There is remarkable intellectual conformity among Republicans. Dems would do well to focus on ideas and their policy differences. It will allow the minor candidates to stand out and it will strengthen the eventual nominee. This is a perfect place to unveil something new and interesting, if there is such a thing. Democrats are positioned to win in 2016. Keep it clean, no hitting below the belt and come out punching.
Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican candidate for president and former neurosurgeon, says, "I am not politically correct. I will not be politically correct." This approach to his campaign has helped him secure second place in polls taken of likely Republican voters, trailing only Donald Trump. But will it play well in a national election?
Presidential campaigns, and debates in particular, are rarely times to promote bipartisanship. But there is an issue around which both Democrats and Republicans have recently coalesced: America has put too many people behind bars -- and it's time to do something about it.
Moscow calculated, correctly it appears, that the U.S. and its allies were not going to commit real forces to achieve their stated objectives in Syria. Forced to respond to Russian initiatives in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere, the West is left searching for half-hearted compromises on Russian terms.
The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.
Try to think of a policy idea that has the following characteristics: it costs almost nothing to implement; it has the potential to help millions of highly disadvantaged people raise their living standards; it is supported by both President Obama and the Koch brothers. You're envisioning the null set, right?
Hillary has not shied away from embracing her gender in this campaign and has made it clear that advocating for women will be a top priority. The reality, like with many campaign promises, is much more complicated. Women do have huge influence in elections, but when it comes to passing legislation that impact women's lives or issues, the prospects are bleak.
The shortcomings of the measure for Social Security are obvious. Moreover, the same inadequate index is used for other programs for seniors and people with disabilities, including military retirement benefits, veterans' compensation, civil service retirement benefits and the means-tested Supplemental Security Income program.
The U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government all say they are conducting their own investigations into the attack, but only an independent investigation can uncover the facts we need to demand accountability and new safeguards to ensure this type of tragedy doesn't happen again.
First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism.
At a Bernie Sanders rally in Boston on Saturday, October 3, members of our group, Boston Students for Justice in Palestine, were threatened with arrest after the campaign staff had requested the removal of a banner that read "Will Ya #FeelTheBern 4 Palestine??!"
Plenty of our presidential candidates seem happy to talk about finding efficiencies in other parts of the federal budget. National security shouldn't get a free pass.
In the last few weeks, he number of television mentions of candidates from either party dropped to their lowest levels in almost four months. What's driving this drop in coverage and could it be that Trump's dominance over the airwaves is coming to an end?
Those of us who don't think it's the best use of government money to give subsidized loans to some of the largest companies in the world have to recognize political reality. With enough campaign contributions on the table, Congress will eventually vote to approve the money.
ISIS's mad, avowed determination to butcher every "infidel" -- including not just non-Muslims but Shiites and more moderate Muslims as well -- would make the government's case for passport revocation a strong one, so long as full due process safeguards are afforded.
Tuesday's Democratic debate is a very big deal, especially for front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders merely needs to take care to come across as fighting for the forgotten American on the issues, as he nearly always does, but not too radical in his personal style.
"The question, Mr. Speaker, is not whether we like Saddam Hussein or not. The question is whether he represents an imminent threat to the American people and whether a unilateral invasion of Iraq will do more harm than good."
Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.
Instead of concentrating on my time with my mother, I spent most of it worrying. It's not the inevitability of the outcome that matters in these situations, it's the little bits of control we are given in times where so much of it has been taken away. And that would have changed so much.