WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius shouldn't be made a scapegoat for the Keystone Kops-like rollout of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act this fall.
WASHINGTON - Our Botcher-in-Chief is searching for a fall gal to blame for the continuing train wreck that is Obamacare, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems the likely pick.
SAN DIEGO - I've heard it all now. It seems that Americans have come full circle on matters of race and ethnicity. What was once considered a liability is now thought to be an advantage.
WASHINGTON - This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right.
Many years ago the British historian and strategist B.H. Liddell Hart pointed out that the object of war should be to produce a "better state of peace." If that is what earns a war a passing grade, then the United States deserves a failing grade for Afghanistan and Iraq.
WASHINGTON - America's public K-12 education system isn't making the grade. It's not adequately preparing our students to succeed in college or the modern workforce. It's not delivering the skilled workers that businesses need to drive stronger economic growth. It's not helping advance America's ability to compete and lead in the global economy. In short, it's setting our nation up to fail. Although there are exceptions, American public schools are generally producing fewer students with ...
WASHINGTON - Even if you believe that the Common Core standards are high quality, internationally benchmarked and would provide a solid foundation for the American education system, you should be worried about how they are being implemented.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - During bad economic times, government spending on such programs as unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid will rise, as more Americans lose their jobs and need immediate economic assistance.
WASHINGTON - Any honest assessment of America's entitlement programs recognizes that they're headed for insolvency without modernization and reform. But too many of our leaders refuse to believe it or delay action for their own political interests.
WASHINGTON - For a law whose admirable goal is to ensure better health care at lower cost for all Americans, the Affordable Care Act has come under remarkably varied and persistent attack.
WASHINGTON - The scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service is "overtaxed" in its new role as the key enforcement agency for Obamacare.
WASHINGTON - "The thing about money is that when you have it you don't need it and when you need it you don't have it," my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It's most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest. No amount of subsidy, no amount of federal or state regulation can change this simple fact.
WASHINGTON - As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.
WASHINGTON - After five years of abnormally high unemployment since the Great Recession began, it is strange to hear people with access to major media still claiming that the solution lies in smaller government for America.
ADA, Mich. - Free enterprise has been the foundation of America's economy and society for more than 200 years. It's been the platform for unprecedented prosperity, opportunity and advancement for generations. It's the reason our nation remains a beacon of hope for people around the world who wish for a better life.
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.
WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.
WASHINGTON - Dan Snyder remains adamant that he will not change the nickname of his beloved football team.
LOGAN, Utah - Members of the Oneida Indian Nation are demanding that the National Football League's Washington Redskins change the team's name to something less offensive to American Indians. Sportscaster Bob Costas calls the current nickname "an insult, a slur."
The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.
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