While the Obama administration and congressional supporters of the pacts have rekindled timeworn talking points that describe these deals as "21st century" trade agreements, in reality, they strongly resemble the failed NAFTA that went into effect more than two decades ago.
According to the WSJ, the secret information that the senators had that was so confidential they could only hint at it was an interpretation of one word in the Patriot Act by the FISA Court. The super-super-secret word was "relevant."
The revelations that the U.S. government has been collecting phone and Internet data has reopened a debate about the balance between privacy and security, at a time when America is becoming an increasing target of terrorists.
The highly polarized debate over birth control has given rise to allegations of governmental interference and a purported "war" on religious freedom. But much of the over-heated rhetoric is due to the increasingly polarized state of our nation.
Elder abuse occurs in a variety of forms: physical, mental, sexual, financial and neglect. With its focus on youth, consumption and productivity, and living for today, our culture is complicit in this turning away.
If there's one thing that unites politicians and the general public it's the belief that the U.S. tax system is too darn complicated. Yet somehow the process of paying taxes has resisted almost every attempt at simplification.
Senator Wyden discussed his "Free Choice Proposal" in detail with me, just two days after he met with President Obama to discuss the latest developments in the health care reform battle. Here's what he said.