A powerful message is sent that this is truth, that this is life. A mature sense of responsibility and a measure of integrity are devalued - where they are recognized at all.
Life in a national insecurity state... ...
From the time the president announced his nominations to the Court back in June, Republicans have kept up a steady stream of misinformation about the need to fill the court.
Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.
Last week's decision by Saudi Arabia to pass on an opportunity to become a member of the UN Security Council speaks to the Council's perceived ineffectiveness on a host of issues, and what comes with membership -- the need to take a public position on sensitive issues in international relations.
The fight over Obamacare is an example of how the fact of a civil war is camouflaged under surface arguments over federalism and spending.
After 223 years you'd think the Coast Guard would have proved its usefulness to the nation. Instead, even after the government shutdown, its essential personnel still face unprecedented funding cuts and growing demands that threaten their ability to operate.
Is this President George W. Bush on the war in Iraq, President Barack Obama on the Affordable Care Act, or both of the above? If one isn't drinking the partisan Kool-Aid, the answer should be both of the above.
Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?
CDC investigators are a vital link in the chain of public protection because they are the people who "trace back" illness to its source. Obviously, knowing someone has salmonella poisoning is not enough: we also need to know which food from what company gave them the disease.
We cannot idly sit by as OPEC continues to rig the global oil market to our detriment. American fiscal and national security demands that we finally get serious about producing more and consuming less.
As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.
History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.
It is clear that those in the House who are advocating this shutdown are not only misrepresenting this country's experience with shutdowns but do not actually understand that history.
House Republicans must come to their senses and start governing responsibly. Our economy -- and the small business owners who serve as its backbone -- deserve nothing less.
We cannot achieve anything when two parties speak only to themselves. The president must lead the negotiations that are currently at a deadlock.