I just finished watching the first "candidates' forum" (don't call it a debate!) of the season, where 14 of the 17 Republicans running for president all appeared on the same stage in New Hampshire. What follows are my snap reactions, before I've seen what anyone else's reactions are.
There is at least one candidate who may support policies that will make it easier for people in developing countries to benefit from the knowledge the world has accumulated over many thousands of years. This can make a huge difference in their lives.
To the senators from the many states of denial, YOUR health is at stake. Aging senators (their median age is 61) should consider how much their own personal health may depend on fetal tissue and stem cell research. Our understanding of various diseases resulting in dementia, blindness, or other disabilities has expanded in part because of research done on donated fetal tissue.
Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only country to use atomic weapons to slaughter human beings.
At a ceremony at the White House I was proud to attend, yesterday the president finalized the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal limits on global warming pollution from power plants. It's an historic action for clean energy, climate progress, and our planet's future. Here's why
I learned that decisions women make about our reproductive health aren't about death, but about life. Whether we are faced with an unintended pregnancy, or when a wanted pregnancy goes heartbreakingly wrong, we are simply trying to live the life we want for ourselves and our families.
Without an inchoate caliphate, ISIS becomes another bunch of terrorists roaming in the area, competing with several others.ISIS can be defeated, and quite readily. It set itself up as an easier target than other terrorist groups when it defined itself as seeking to found a state, governed in line with its particular interpretation of Islam.
In an economy where corporate profits are at record highs while average wages have stagnated for decades, we don't have to choose between economic justice and common economic sense. It is possible to improve living standards for workers without bringing business to its knees.
Low-wage workers around the country have sparked a movement for large minimum wage increases for a reason. And their proposed increases are phased in gradually over several years. It might behoove some of those commenting from the sidelines to stop calling them crazy.
Elbowing for the bottom rung has been fierce, but there's plenty of material on those we know will be on the podium. Whether you tune in to the Republican debate or not, know this: No matter who wins, women lose.
The 2016 Republican presidential contest has barely begun and it has already grown alternately tiresome and old or just downright scary. As a Democrat, I might be pleased, but as an American, I am deeply troubled. I just want it to end.
MUMBAI -- The Gurdaspur attack should remove any doubt that Pakistan's men on horseback do not want peace with India. India would be behooved to tell its international backers bluntly that there is no "India-Pakistan problem" -- only a Pakistan problem.
For the first time in our history, there will be restrictions on emissions from power plants - which are responsible for almost one-third of all U.S. carbon emissions. The rule provides flexibility for states and businesses as they meet its requirements, keeping energy affordable and available for consumers.
The EU was created to expand democracy, boost economic growth, and contain Germany within a democratic whole. Instead, it is destroying democracy, crushing growth, and leaving Germany's most churlish impulses to rule Europe. Before it is over, one of history's noblest experiments in enlightened statecraft could end in ruins.
When it comes to predicting the future, we are all looking through the glass darkly, but it is only prudent to expect that if Congress rejects a deal agreed to by the administration and much of the world, the sanctions regime will -- if not collapse -- almost certainly erode.
When will the trade association lobbyists that try to block such deals -- and the members of Congress people who listen to them -- understand they are on the wrong side of reason and history?
Mass incarceration has become one of the most debated criminal justice issues in American media. We have realized the error in the model of incarceration used over the last 30 years in the United States. Interestingly, the reality of the systems truly unfair application, and the resulting fallout has not been covered fully.
Calling to defund Planned Parenthood is calling to prevent low-income women from getting lifesaving cancer screenings. It's calling to prevent HIV testing, well-woman exams, and other basic medical services. No matter how you cut it, it's an attack on the health and well-being of women.
Things are looking good for the carbon pollution limits to be achievable in every state. And every state will have enormous opportunities to provide cleaner energy and cleaner air, create new jobs, and cut energy bills.