Presidents need latitude to make decisions affecting matters of national security (another name for matters of life and death) and, until now, all presidents have been afforded it, as provided for in the United States Constitution. But, in the case of Iran, the rules are changing.
Back when he was a candidate, then-Senator Obama criticized President George W. Bush for his frequent reliance on signing statements to circumvent Congressional intent. What a difference executive power makes.
Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.
It has been a big week on the foreign policy front, with the death of Libya's dictator and President Obama's announcement today that all U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by the end of this year.
Sen. John McCain has exhibited personal courage, but his geopolitical judgment is uniformly awful. Over the last 30 years there has been no war or potential war that he has opposed.
The idea of shared sacrifice as a public value is fine. However, why should many Americans, who have become accustomed to shouldering most of the sacrifice, get excited about taking on additional burdens?
Over the last two days, a group of businesses, non-profits, and public officials came together in Chicago at the Clinton Global Initiative to find ways putting Americans back to work in a way that contributes to everyone's bottom line.
Beyond the immediate implications of tactical policy, conservatives are grappling with a much larger choice of ideology. The right is entering into, whether they realize it or not, a referendum on the definition of American Exceptionalism.
In a time of budgetary crisis, an Infrastructure Bank can finance an infrastructure platform for surge manufacturing.
President Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by next summer will bring an end to his surge strategy, but it is unlikely to mollify a growing war weariness among the American electorate.
Zakaria begins to make the case for Republican and Tea Party support. Let's flesh it out a bit.
[Deep inside a large white house, there is counseling...] "Do I have to lie down?" "Not at all, Mr. President! Not at all! Whatever is comfortable for you."
By most accounts, our representatives in Washington will find a way of raising the debt ceiling to avert financial crisis. However, our deficit is not going away anytime soon.
Today, we would rather bicker amongst ourselves than find ways of working together as a team to open up the economy, and rapidly grow our pie. As a result, we find ourselves embracing a no-jobs in our back yard philosophy.
Everyone has a language peeve. Mine is "literally," a great word with no close synonym. When used as a mere intensifier or to mean simply "It felt as though..." it has almost no kick at all.