Putin is playing with a strong hand on his home turf. His ultimate intentions in the Ukraine in the current crisis are opaque. But his goals have been known for years.
Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced an initiative by the Obama administration to significantly reduce military spending over five years.
John Boehner has a song in his heart. As he was busy passing a clean debt ceiling bill in his House, he followed up with another lyric from the tune.
David ('Axis of Evil') Frum & Bob ('Dream will never die,') Shrum clash over whether Obama got traction with 'Give America a Raise!' Are his unilateral actions unconstitutional or inevitable? And will GOP agree to reforms that encourage more minority/young voters?
At this point, the field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination is wide open. Governor Chris Christie's plight may not have altered the outcome of the Republican presidential nominating process, but it sure has led to another major traffic jam.
They claim that the war has been lost, but do they truly understand what battles have been and are being fought or the nature of the victims?
The notion that the poor are uniquely morally deficient, it turns out, is completely backward. They're actually more virtuous, on average, than the rich. And yet, we have politicians who assume that the poor are less trustworthy and therefore less deserving of our help.
Should they be praised for bringing up the issue at all, regardless of their proposals' shortcomings? Does paying lip service to an issue mean anything if a party's track record is backwards or they've long been silent about the issue?
Predictably, recent celebrations of the anniversary of the War on Poverty, votes to extend unemployment insurance, discussions of a minimum wage hike,...
Co-written with Jonathan Stone The "P" word has been buried for decades - yes, John Edwards brought it up in the 2008 elections, but who wants to rem...
Last week Republican leaders Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor called for their party to address the issues of poverty. Yesterday, the House Repu...
Government does a lot to stand in the way of the poor. Getting the government out of the way is at least as important as resource transfer.
Senator Rubio proposes to end most federal safety net programs -- including unemployment insurance, SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, and housing assistance -- and replace them with one mega-block grant to states. This proposal has deep flaws.
Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.
Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.
Are Republicans going to walk the same well-trodden path hoping for a different outcome? How many more members of their narrow-minded, ideological, intransigent, and exclusionary party will think they're qualified only to have there dreams dashed by a capricious electorate?