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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
Now that the Senate has passed its immigration bill, the future of reform lies in the hands of the GOP-led House of Representatives, where the debate will center on allowing a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living in this country without legal status.
FREDERICK, Md. - Are we there yet? With summer knocking at the door, many Americans are contemplating an old-fashioned hit-the-open-road summer family driving vacation.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Modern electric hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States for more than a decade.
For the last 60 years, we have been learning a new language. Ever since the double-helix structure of DNA was uncovered in 1953, the vocabulary of genetics has been creeping into our lives, becoming over time a full and rich lexicon.
When my husband and I decided to become foster parents, we considered how it would affect our daily life, what saying goodbye to these children would feel like and whether we would ever adopt.
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