David ('Axis of Evil') Frum & Bob ('Dream will never die,') Shrum clash over whether Obama got traction with 'Give America a Raise!' Are his unilateral actions unconstitutional or inevitable? And will GOP agree to reforms that encourage more minority/young voters?
Obama's plea, 'Give America a raise,' was the most effective applause line of the evening. Even Republicans were compelled to cheer. But his order raising the minimum wage on government contractors will help a few hundred thousand workers and add less than a billion dollars to household purchasing power. He declined to use other executive powers to compel contractors not to violate basic labor laws.
No matter that Obama spoke well. John Boehner's tan and his sour face really won the show. And what's all this about a living wage?
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have said explicitly that they are not interested in any of these three issues. But it's a vastly different story in the states.
This week we were told that the State of our Union is, as per usual, strong. President Obama, also as per usual, gave a solid speech. But it was hard to take it as much more than political theater (albeit theater with a wildly skewed entertainment-to-applause ratio). Given what we know about D.C. dysfunction, boilerplate bits like "let's work together" and "let's all come together" played like laugh lines. And despite the presidential exhortation, "let's make this a year of action," progress in Congress will more likely look like traffic in Atlanta in the wake of Tuesday's snowstorm. For some actual action, we'll have to tune into the Super Bowl, where even if the game is a dud, the commercials usually rock. Maybe next year's SOTU should include breaks featuring Scarlett Johansson or puppies and Clydesdales.
A president talking to a stubborn Congress? Or something even closer to home? ...
A two-generation approach to creating a cycle of opportunity reflects the tremendous energy of parents wanting to do more for their children. Its four critical elements -- education, economic supports, social capital and health -- provide a substantive scaffold so that families can get ahead.
2014 chatter about "Immigration Reform" remains superficial. As Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week, yet again, that this will...
Is it possible that in his State of the Union message, U.S. President Barack Obama missed mentioning something really important? Like, perhaps, the cause of all our difficulties?
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Colorado has worked hard to create smart, forward-thinking election laws and process, and now a bipartisan, presidential commission has validated our efforts and recommended similar reforms in all states.
If our collective hope is for prosperity, one of the ways we can get there is by restoring the strength of the systems we rely on to get us back and forth to work, supply our power, keep us safe from floods when storms rage, and make sure we can communicate with each other. To put prosperity within our reach, we need a strong infrastructure to build upon.
The congressional Republicans and the conservative entertainment complex has lost its collective shpadoinkle over President Obama's slate of new executive orders. In fact, George W. Bush signed more orders in his first four years than President Obama has signed in just over five.
Apprenticeships are a win-win: They provide workers with sturdy rungs on that ladder of opportunity and employers with the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. And yet they've been an undervalued and underutilized tool in our nation's workforce development arsenal.
I am happy to report that the State of the News Quiz is healthy and the outlook is good, at least if you take our Week to Week News Quiz and test your knowledge of the week's happenings.
To know that the cause that I have been fighting for has made it all the way to the White House's ears makes me more proud than I can say.