Note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on February 11, 2014. ...
Iran is in the news. So is Syria and Israel and Iraq. Even though it is the most populous and economically vibrant area of the world, Asia will continue to be an afterthought for the Obama administration, pivot or no pivot.
During an era when there are more of us over 60 than in the traditional "working age," who could quarrel with the fact that American economic growth needs older Americans to remain as economically engaged as their kids and grandkids?
The good news is Congress is likely to be more productive in 2014 than they were in 2013. But don't rely on the Senate and House to make this the "year of action." Young people everywhere can come together to make real, sustainable change this year.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's great to be unemployed and retired if you can afford it!
Over 33 million people saw Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg as the President cited his exemplary, not only for his heroism, but also for never giving up. Why did a not uncommon use of a personal illustration in a State of the Union address occasion a nearly two-minute standing ovation and launch a national conversation?
History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom.
Businesses should pay and promote women equally because it's the right thing to do. But they should also do it because it's the smart thing to do.
Judging by congressional reaction to the trade elements in the State of the Union, President Obama still has his work cut out for him if he's going to sell his plan to reticent Democrats and Republicans.
It is upon us as teachers, researchers, advocates and policymakers to embody the ideals of just and humane immigration reform
The Constitution did not give the president power to issue executive orders. Congress and the Supreme Court should and must curtail or abolish the president's use -- and abuse -- of such orders before he or a successor misuses it to transform himself from an imperial president into emperor.
American teachers, students and parents don't need any more condescending invocations of nationalist fear, or juvenile appeals to competitiveness for grades. Teaching and learning are not about competition. They're about child-rearing.
Obama's record on climate is thus far mixed: kudos on his fuel economy standards, not so much on boosting fossil fuel production. With three years left to go, he can still swing for the fences and he has two big fat pitches, headed for the plate and right in his wheelhouse.
For the working class in this country, factors outside their control can make life feel colder, nastier, and poorer. What if there was a way to account for facts of life that make poor people feel even poorer?
Poverty isn't a "money problem." It's not about having to wait to cash out your 401k or your IRA or some of your stocks. It's having nowhere to turn for money. It's wondering which bill can be paid and which bill can be put off.
To truly rein in the income gap, reduce significant health disparities, fix our immigration system, and ensure that all children have access to a quality, affordable education, we need our government working together.