Honoring The Man Who Helped Develop Kevlar And Saved Countless Lives
Police deaths due to firearms have decreased significantly since the 1980s and 1990s.
Landmine In Paul Ryan’s Budget Blueprint
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 Effect
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 Russia
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 Diplomat
Shirley Temple served as US diplomat to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Why Does Joe Biden Think He Can Run For President In 2016?
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?
Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley are rising stars in the GOP firmament.
Chris Christie Offers Tangible Leadership, In Contrast To Deadlocked Politicians In DC
The 2016 Republican primary could be transformational. Do we go with the tangible or the theoretical candidate?
Government Shutdown 2013: My Dream Speech For Senator Ted Cruz
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'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 Up
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 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?
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
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
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
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 Fix For Medicare
The latest Republican pronouncements on saving Medicare remind me of a Roger Rabbit cartoon.
New Pope Should Look At His Competition
It seems Catholics have been through one form or another of this new evangelism for years.
Clinton's Benghazi Testimony Makes Case For More Security
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
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.
Mitch Daniels To The Rescue?
John Boehner, I feel your pain. Everybody seems to be ganging up on you. If it’s not President Barack Obama, it’s Harry Reid in the Senate, or Tom Friedman and his journalistic acolytes, or even some members of your own caucus.
This Election Is The Most Important
In October 2004, in a D.C. hotel ballroom crowded with ambitious politicos, George W. Bush’s campaign manager Ken Mehlman was at the podium, shouting and gesturing like a televangelist.
Lilly Ledbetter Act Meaningless To Women Without Jobs
One could assume, after President Barack Obama mentioned the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, that it is a magical talisman ensuring women get equal pay for equal work.
Lex Luthor: Villain Behind Rise In Social Security Disability?
Right now, the hunt is on to find the “bad guy” in the story -- the villain who is making it too easy for people to get benefits.
Head Faking The 2012 Farm Bill
With last week's hubbub over Condoleezza Rice as possible veep, you may have missed how a House Republican group took legislative action to increase government subsidies to the one percent.
On This July Fourth, Read The Declaration of Independence Aloud
If talk radio had existed in 1776, the Declaration would have been the script.
Obamacare A Wake-Up Call For Republicans, Time To Start Governing
The Republican benign-neglect approach to health care reform during the past decade was an unwitting contributor to the situation we find ourselves in today.
Symptoms Of A Failing Presidential Campaign
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Obama 'Polish Death Camps' Comment Fails At Cultural Sensitivity
No doubt, the Obama staff prides itself on their cultural sensitivities, love for diversity, and all that.
Romney Exhibits Political Savvy In Rejecting Obama-Wright Attack Ad
Mitt Romney?s rejection of a Super-Pac?s proposed anti-Obama campaign featuring Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president?s former pastor, demonstrates that Romney has more political sense than the Super-Pac?s big daddy, Joe Ricketts, a longtime conservative donor and founder of TD Ameritrade.