The debate over this year's transportation reauthorization bill has taken an important turn, as legislators, the public and the media are giving serious thought to a White House proposal that would allow states to toll existing Interstate highways to pay for their reconstruction.
Nearly 60 years ago, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. started a race to see which country would dominate outer space, leading to extensive investment not only in scientific and technological research, but also in educating American students in the STEM fields.
The story that troubles me is what occurred under America's first African-American president, in our own time. I refer to the preventable catastrophe of the wipe-out of black home equity. Beginning in the 1970s, when the Federal government finally stopped colluding in racial redlining, black families at last got a reasonable shot at accumulating wealth via the dream of homeownership -- assets for one's old age and something to pass along to one's children. One of the most disgusting slanders by the right against low-income people and especially African Americans is the claim that the subprime collapse resulted from the government pressuring lenders to loan to unqualified borrowers. The vast majority of subprime loans were written by mortgage companies not even covered by federal law. Subprime was a scheme originated on Wall Street to profit from deceiving borrowers.
Like it or not, the Obama Administration will have to confront the Russian information war sooner rather than later. The question remains, how many countries will have fallen before President Obama realizes he is already losing the war?
On May 20, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the CIA's refusal to turn over under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), part five, of the draft history of the flawed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
President Theodore Roosevelt famously stated that, "If given the choice between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness." The United States faces this same choice now in the Ukraine.
Head-in-the-sand statements from key political leaders doesn't help inspire confidence among a voting bloc that trusts climate science. Only 3 percent of young voters think climate change isn't happening, according to a survey for the League of Conservation Voters that combined Democratic and Republican polling firms.
While confronting Russia undermines popular support for American and European leaders, Putin, by contrast, is finding that fighting the West enhances his popularity.
For 58 years, the federal gas tax has been the main source of revenue to build and maintain the Interstate system. But with time, inflation and changing technology, the gas tax isn't what it used to be.
The most important news of the week had nothing to do with celebrities behaving badly or who will occupy the White House after President Obama. The most important news this week is about the precarious fate of our species.
Now is the time for the federal government to act.
Let me be clear; Americans are not interested in another military intervention, and Barack Obama is probably the soberest guy in Washington today. But is his sobriety a sign of carefulness or utter indifference to the soaring Syrian tragedy?
Early in the 2012 election cycle, the American Petroleum Institute warned that opposition to Keystone XL would bear huge political consequences. Pro-Keystone candidates and their supporters spent $11 million on campaign ads in 18 races. They lost all of them. Every senator who cast a vote against Keystone XL was reelected.
A plethora of pundits, law makers and think tanks continue to criticize the Obama Administration for presiding over what appear to be persistent failures in the foreign policy arena. Opponents are quick to attack the perceived lack of meaningful progress.
The gathering celebrates the legacy of synthesizer mastermind Robert Moog and the generations of musicians he influenced -- all in the burg where he stationed his musical instrument factory before his death in 2005.
The city blocks of Washington, DC are chock-full of young professionals from all over the world: people in their early 20's to early 30's, often livin...