If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.
While I'm not sitting by the phone waiting for a call from the White House, I'll never discourage Jeremy from dreaming. Who knows, maybe Jeremy will get his chance to meet the president and have a chat with him.
In calling for an increase in the minimum wage in his State of the Union address, President Obama may have unwittingly echoed Franklin D. Roosevelt.
As a city, we must find the language to once again address race as an issue connected to poverty and joblessness, not immune from it.
"All of the Above" strikes me as a lazy political sound bite designed to appeal to a broad audience, but Obama's not going to win over coal-state senators or the drill-baby-drill crowd, no matter what.
For those who care about wage stagnation, alleviating poverty, and increasing income mobility, the President's speech Tuesday night was a mixed bag. It was hard not to come away with the feeling that Obama's agenda is lacking.
The president was positive, action-oriented, and concrete. In contrast, Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers was negative, passive, and vague.
President Barack Obama delivered his 5th State of the Union (SOTU) address with a style and tone reminiscent of his early presidential campaign years....
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For too many American women, the dream of "having it all" has morphed into "just hanging on." This is not about handouts. This is about smart economic policy. Working women are the core of our economy. Leave them out and you don't have a robust economy. Lead with them and you do.
Call me a cock-eyed optimist if you will, but I couldn't help wondering how different next year's State of the Union speech will be if Democrats have a much better year than expected and not only hold the Senate but win control of the House.
The problem that I have with last night's SOTU address is that it came three years too late. The president's inability to communicate has allowed House Republicans' obstinate behavior to become a viable political strategy, for which they may be rewarded in the midterm elections.
It was a speech mainly geared to the base of the party and reinforced the reasons many of us believe it is crucial that we elect more Democrats. But it was also a speech to the middle class about moderation and how the government can help people.
I am grateful for the dialogue we had as a nation in 2013, but we will all suffer if it does not proceed in 2014. The need for access to quality behavioral health treatment is critical.
My name is Mayra Guadalupe Rubio Limon and I am a dreamer. When Congressman Joe Garcia (D-FL) asked me to join him at the 2014 State of the Union I was thrilled because I knew it would give me a chance to tell my story, and that of the 11 million others that have one just like it.
Importantly though, President Obama took a strong stand for recalibrating our diplomatic and military instruments, saying, "I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on our military alone." As he noted, diplomacy has been one of America's greatest strengths and should continue to be at the forefront of how we face today's new threats.