WASHINGTON - During a news conference, then-President Bill Clinton, who was going through one of the many rough patches of his White House days, was asked if he was still relevant.
The rap against President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday was that his agenda, once ambitious and transformational, has suddenly turned modest.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of my diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.
WASHINGTON - Should the federal government force the group Priests for Life to pay for contraceptives? Supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's requirement say "yes." They claim the pro-life group isn't religious - nor a religious school or a non-profit publisher that prints Bibles.
WASHINGTON - Do you know what your boss thinks about Jesus? How about Muhammad, Moses or even Matangi, a Hindu goddess?
WASHINGTON - Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one long after the "war on terror" is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans' constitutional rights and the rest of the world's national sovereignty, privacy and, sometimes, security.
WASHINGTON - Edward Snowden stole hundreds of thousands of American secrets and sprinkled them across the Internet. Should he be considered a traitor?
WASHINGTON - In politics, it's all in how you say things.
WASHINGTON - America's top foreign policy to-do's in 2014 include preventing Iran from reaching the nuclear threshold, addressing the humanitarian disaster in Syria, containing an expansionist Russia, managing a rising China and reclaiming its own voice on human rights. Let's take these one at a time.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - It is hoped the new year will bring fresh thinking in the Obama administration on foreign affairs. Prompt decisions on a few key issues could enhance our posture, improve our security, and contribute to the pursuit of peace.
WASHINGTON - Like most Americans, I'm frustrated with the slow rate of economic growth in the United States over the last several years.
WASHINGTON - Fast-track authority is a good idea in auto racing, but not in international trade policy.
XIAN, China - Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - In its most recent assessment released this fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that warming of the Earth's climate system is both unequivocal and unprecedented, a conclusion that rests on multiple and independent sources of data.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.
FLINT, Mich. - At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A portrait of stagnation! That's how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yes, we have failing schools in the United States. And yes, there are schools that any American with an ounce of patriotic blood should be ashamed of sending a fellow citizen to.
WASHINGTON - Wherever we were born and however we got here, workers need certain basic protections and opportunities in order to provide for our families and fully contribute to the American economy.
WASHINGTON - In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.
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