Joanne Butler

  • Honoring The Man Who Helped Develop Kevlar And Saved Countless LivesHonoring The Man Who Helped Develop Kevlar And Saved Countless Lives

    April 23 2014 4:40 PM

    Police deaths due to firearms have decreased significantly since the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Landmine In Paul Ryan’s Budget BlueprintLandmine In Paul Ryan’s Budget Blueprint

    April 04 2014 3:23 PM

    Ryan assumes seniors are savvy shoppers of complex health insurance plans, and will make wise choices with no surprises.

  • Warren Buffett And The Keystone Pipeline: Cause And EffectWarren Buffett And The Keystone Pipeline: Cause And Effect

    March 07 2014 10:44 AM

    A survey found that 65 percent of Americans support building the Keystone Pipeline, including 51 percent of Democrats.

  • The Importance Of Finland’s Olympic Ice Hockey Victory Over RussiaThe Importance Of Finland’s Olympic Ice Hockey Victory Over Russia

    February 21 2014 12:31 PM

    To understand the roots of the Finns’ resentment, we need to look at a bit of history.

  • What I Learned From The Late Shirley Temple Black, A Capable DiplomatWhat I Learned From The Late Shirley Temple Black, A Capable Diplomat

    February 12 2014 8:52 PM

    Shirley Temple served as US diplomat to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

  • Why Does Joe Biden Think He Can Run For President In 2016?Why Does Joe Biden Think He Can Run For President In 2016?

    February 07 2014 3:40 PM

    He’s deluding himself partly because he lives in a D.C.-Delaware bubble.

  • 2016 Election: Could South Asians Bobby Jindal Or Nikki Haley Get Big-Ticket Nominations?2016 Election: Could South Asians Bobby Jindal Or Nikki Haley Get Big-Ticket Nominations?

    November 11 2013 9:01 AM

    Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley are rising stars in the GOP firmament.

  • Chris Christie Offers Tangible Leadership, In Contrast To Deadlock In DCChris Christie Offers Tangible Leadership, In Contrast To Deadlock In DC

    November 07 2013 9:33 AM

    The 2016 Republican primary could be transformational. Do we go with the tangible or the theoretical candidate?

  • My Dream Speech For Senator Ted CruzMy Dream Speech For Senator Ted Cruz

    October 11 2013 5:44 PM

    My “fantasy Ted Cruz speech” probably wouldn’t go over as well, and that’s because it would raise tough questions.

  •  Randy Neugebauer And Others: When Entrenched Politicians Behave Badly Randy Neugebauer And Others: When Entrenched Politicians Behave Badly

    October 07 2013 12:23 PM

    Randy Neugebauer's behavior is proof of what happens when you’re elected from a very safe district for a very long time.

  • Under Obamacare, Premiums Will Go Up, Way UpUnder Obamacare, Premiums Will Go Up, Way Up

    September 26 2013 2:38 PM

    Next year, town halls may be filled with angry early retirees and others who don’t qualify for Medicare and don’t want their new health care benefits disturbed.

  • Obamacare: My Five Predictions

    Obamacare: My Five Predictions

    September 10 2013 9:27 AM

    Obamacare has already brought about some changes, with significant ones coming next year and for the rest of this decade.

  • Will Chris Christie Avoid Hiring Lollygaggers?

    Will Chris Christie Avoid Hiring Lollygaggers?

    August 20 2013 2:45 PM

    Let’s be generous and say the Romney campaign had good data – but what did they do with it?

  • DOMA Decision: Equal Protection For All In Social Security

    DOMA Decision: Equal Protection For All In Social Security

    July 02 2013 10:58 AM

    A recent Wall Street Journal article noted the Social Security Administration’s struggle to cope with last week’s Supreme Court ruling regarding gay marriage. In its ruling, the Court said federal agencies managing federal benefits programs -- e.g., social security widow/widower’s benefits -- need to look at the marriage laws of the claimant’s state of residence, not where the person was married. Some have noted that this situation presents an issue of equal protection. That may be true, but the truth is that “equal protection” is currently a very flexible notion at the SSA.

    Let’s go back to the social security widow/widower’s benefits and gay spouses issue for a moment. Edie and Ida get married in Massachusetts, which recognizes gay marriage, they later move to Texas, which doesn’t. Edie dies in Texas; Ida applies for widow’s benefits at a social security office in Texas. Per the SCOTUS ruling, Ida’s application is rejected because Texas did not recognize Edie and Ida’s marriage. If Ida had moved back to Massachusetts, or any other state that recognizes gay marriage, and filed for benefits there, her application would have been accepted. The “equal protection” argument says that, as national federal benefits are involved, Ida should be treated the same way in every state.

  • Farm Bill's Defeat Gives Breathing Space For Reform

    Farm Bill's Defeat Gives Breathing Space For Reform

    June 25 2013 12:30 PM

    Last Thursday’s surprise defeat of the House farm bill resulted in a litany of finger-pointing from the lobbyists on K Street to the House Ag staffers in the Longworth Building.

    But they’re looking for blame in all the wrong places. It really belongs to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan -- and many other Republicans and conservatives -- who said so many times last year that America was going broke. If we are really going broke, then why did the bill maintain generous subsidies for agriculture?

    The Republican House members, including Ryan, who voted against the bill, took last year’s “broke” message to heart and should be congratulated for their fortitude.

  • Thanks to Human Gene Ruling, Women Will Have More Knowledge

    Thanks to Human Gene Ruling, Women Will Have More Knowledge

    June 17 2013 8:46 AM

    Last Thursday’s Supreme Court decision about the limits of obtaining patents on human genes was somewhat personal for me. Like Angelina Jolie, I, too, had that BRCA gene test. Unlike Jolie, my test results were good. I feel very fortunate to have been able to afford the test. If it’s made widely available, it would be beneficial for thousands, if not millions of women. To use a poker analogy, with the BRCA information, women will have more knowledge of how their cancer deck is stacked.

    For me, it started with a genetic counselor giving me a questionnaire during my annual breast exam: Did my mother have breast cancer? Answer, yes. My maternal grandmother? Yes, again. Did I ever have cancer? Yes, colon. It was decision time: Did I want to know if I had the BRCA gene or not?

  • An Easier (And Comparatively Painless) Fix For MedicareAn Easier (And Comparatively Painless) Fix For Medicare

    March 10 2013 4:10 PM

    The latest Republican pronouncements on saving Medicare remind me of a Roger Rabbit cartoon.

  • New Pope Should Look At His CompetitionNew Pope Should Look At His Competition

    March 01 2013 10:45 AM

    It seems Catholics have been through one form or another of this new evangelism for years.

  • Clinton's Benghazi Testimony Makes Case For More SecurityClinton's Benghazi Testimony Makes Case For More Security

    January 23 2013 2:36 PM

    Clinton’s testimony over the Benghazi disaster is really about the need for more funding to strengthen U.S. embassies.

  • My Afternoon With Chuck Hagel

    January 16 2013 12:31 PM

    I can only marvel at how faded pols suddenly become white-hot in the blink of an eye. Take former Senator Chuck Hagel, for instance.