It's true that income inequality has grown dramatically in last 30 years in United States, but social mobility? In truth it doesn't appear that ever changes much at all.
It is the death throes of the neoconservatives' hold on United States foreign policy that makes the confirmation of Hagel and the installation of the Biden-Kerry-Hagel team so critically important for the United States and the world.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the issue it raises of how his successor deals with a living ex-pope has touched off a heated debate among presidential historians about how American presidents deal with their predecessors. Here are some examples.
Western media took Ayatollah Khamenei's answer as a clear "no" to negotiations and as an unnecessarily rude rebuke of Joe Biden's gesture. This said, a closer look at his speech reveals other aspects and allows for a more nuanced reading.
A new message will have to be sent to John Barrow and the other "Contempt" Democrats in the House: "The party does care about what your position is on guns" -- to the point that it will affect important future decisions like committee assignments and fundraising assistance.
If Obama mentions the word "drone" everybody immediately makes continuous droning noises. First person to run out of breath has to drink two shots of beer.
As Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Obama Administration's commitment to combat climate change, new data indicates carbon dioxide emissions in the United States in 2012 dropped to their lowest levels since 1994.
My top priority -- of course -- is to protect the young people who study here, our faculty and staff, and all the many thousands of concert visitors we have every year. But this mandate necessitates negotiating a way through a challenging Scylla and Charybdis of choices.
I want to direct the same lines said by Joseph Welch in 1954 to Wayne LaPierre, who testified at the Senate committee hearing on January 30, 2013 and shamelessly uses fear-mongering to boost gun sales: Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
If we are serious about electing a female president in this country, then we should first look at how we limit the role of the First Lady. Maybe if we allowed these women the opportunity to utilize all of their skills, then the role could better reflect that of today's modern American woman.
While it's probably not a saying the president uses, Hagel is his choice, come hell or high water. Obama's getting more than a little of both in the bargain. He's going to get Hagel, too. But not thanks to Hagel's public performance skills.
For the fastest most complete disappearance in political history, Mitt Romney. They must have powered him down, folded him up and placed him back into the original packaging.
Worthwhile as gun control is, America also needs to address violence from the other side -- the side of our culture.
For the sake of party, and country -- Joe Biden should cancel his dreams of the Oval Office. That is not to say, however, that this second term as vice president need be the end of the line.
Harry Reid talked a big game about taking apart the filibuster leading up to his Grand Bargain with Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky senator now promises to play nice. But like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, he has once again snookered the hapless Majority Leader.
This is not the time for our leaders to have a yelling match causing fear in our citizens; nor is it the time for stalling and procrastination. It is a time for action. If we are to have action in a thoughtful way, reasonable people, must stand up.