8:41 PM, 12/05/13
Obama Won't Choose Between Clinton, Biden For 2016
7:24 PM, 12/05/13
Obama: Some Republicans Have 'Gotta Be Embarrassed'
2:08 PM, 12/05/13
Maine Governor Says We Shouldn't Be So Glum About Global Warming
Okay, there were too many negatives in that title. Let me say it more positively: We positively must extend UI benefits, lest 1.3 million UI recipients lose needed UI benefits in a job market that is improving, but still slack.
I had the honor of working with Madiba often during my time as co-chairman of the U.S.-South Africa Binational Commission. Each and every time I was with him, I was awed by his commanding yet graceful presence.
Democrats are hammering out a deal with transparent fraud Paul Ryan when they should be shouting the truth to anyone who'll listen. And the rest of us? We should be reaching for pitchforks.
In thinking about Nelson Mandela, his life and his legacy, a metaphor comes to mind: that of a great, one-for-the-ages comet. Mandela was a great comet of a man; we are not likely to see someone like him again anytime soon.
Nelson Mandela wasn't a "personality" politician. He was the leader of a movement and a model for the world. We'll be learning from his example long after the eulogies have ended.
America needs a strong middle class but the mindless sequester cuts threaten the very priorities that help build and sustain it: childhood nutrition, student aid, job training, and housing assistance programs.
Life is a series of falls and rises, mountains and valleys, and pushing and pausing. And as Mandela has shown, our most important years and victories may occur when our hair is gray or gone.
At the root of inequality is a moral choice: we either believe in the maxim, "I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper," or we don't.
Republicans are looking at changing demographics around the country, and they don't like what they see. Forced to confront this new reality, they must choose between changing their policies, or changing the rules whenever they can.
The threats of air pollution and climate change don't respect international boundaries. We face them together; we must find a way to fight them together and seize the opportunity to shape the clean energy economy of the future.
Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.
Yesterday I was proud to support H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, which will help to rein in patent trolls, which have seriously damaged American businesses and consumers.
His work went beyond his people to all peoples, and beyond his country to every corner of the planet. If there is justice in this universe, in any form, Nelson Mandela will indeed rest in peace.
How do we teach creativity, innovation, collaboration, and intellectual empowerment to our students in a system that is oppressive, repressive, based on mistrust and fear?
As leaders of governments and human rights groups from all over the world prepare to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week, here is a proposal that would pay worthy tribute to his memory.
In the past two days we've seen a federal judge rule that Detroit can go bankrupt, putting its workers' pensions in jeopardy, and we have seen Illinois' legislature vote for substantial cuts in its retirees' pensions. Undoubtedly these two actions are just the tip of the iceberg.
Five years into his presidency, with the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Obama has almost no possibility of passing meaningful legislation addressing income inequality. In a strange way, this is why he is speaking about it now.