Representative John Kline, Republican of Minnesota, chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also is a living symbol of the Republican Party's shameful loyalty to big for-profit colleges.
As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?
The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.
What government department does the Tea Party want to be funded that is not currently being funded right now during the shutdown? I can't think of one.
Chris Powell, managing editor of the Journal Inquirer, an afternoon paper in Manchester, Conn., seems to be having trouble adapting. Instead of asking questions about why his newspaper's circulation is falling, and finding innovative ways to preserve his product for future generations, he's pointing his finger at single mothers.
Can people be so biased by their political attitudes that they look out and see a different world, a world where up is down and black is white? I came across a new study this week that argues just that.
The government shutdown is not driven by a Republican desire to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Nor is it about trying to reign in government spending. It is, at its core, the latest act in an effort by the far right of the Republican Party to delegitimize the presidency of Barack Obama.
Political extremism -- from the communist witch hunts of the 1950s to the government-is-coming-to-get-you hysteria we have now -- has proved a useful distraction from a political agenda that many Americans don't like.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Vice President Hubert Humphrey's historic speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he broke with President Lyndon B. Johnson over U.S. policy in Vietnam.
Right-wing ideologues don't like what Brooks said about Cruz? Too bad. Get over it, and get over yourselves.
The Mormon Church has a large presence in Hawaii. The Church-owned Brigham Young University -- Hawaii (BYUH) and the Polynesian Culture Center are there, along with enormous real estate holdings and thousands of Church members.
The Federal Reserve is about to announce their decision on when to begin tapering their purchases of securities at next Tuesday's FOMC meeting. Amon...
We need to have policies that help all students to succeed, and not just the few. Ayn Rand and her philosophical followers would have us be concerned only about future "strivers." Our better nature, most religions, and our country's core beliefs call for us to help all.
In recent years, we have developed an unhealthy habit of blaming the borrower, but there are two parties in every financial contract -- and the lender is almost always the more experienced, more sophisticated, and more powerful of the two.
These images depict a life of glitzy charity events and socializing with the rich and famous. It's the life of Arthur E. Benjamin. It seems that we taxpayers have all helped pay for Arthur Benjamin's charmed life with our hard-earned dollars.