"I'm so glad you talked about maternity leave," an obviously pregnant young woman said to me as I was walking out the door after giving a speech to a group of federal employees, about my book, "The New Feminist Agenda."
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the American economy is slowly and sluggishly recovering from one of the worst recessions in its history. Many sectors of the economy have been hit very hard by the downturn.
Americans are having something of an anger management moment. Tweeters hated on NBC's coverage of the Olympics, campaign crowds heckle both presidential candidates, and viewers lost interest in the last season of "American Idol" because the judges were too nice.
Without a personal identification card issued by some level of government, you are a second-class citizen. You cannot board an airplane, ride an Amtrak train, buy a six-pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes, open a checking account, enter many public and some private office buildings or even attend an NAACP convention without proving that you are who you say you are. You cannot even qualify for means-tested public support programs such as Medicaid without valid identification.
The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble, and there's no telling whether it will survive. It's been battered by the Internet and a dragging economy, besieged by commercial competitors and stymied in its efforts to trim a costly web of post offices and delivery routes. On Aug. 1, it defaulted on a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury for future retiree health benefits.
Even as the country struggles with slow growth and high unemployment, America remains resilient, capable of tackling great challenges including the looming year-end "fiscal cliff" and the vast national debt.
To paraphrase the old saying about horses and water, you can give a corporation money, but you can't make it spend.
Ralph Lauren, the crown prince of preppy, received more than $30 million in compensation in 2011 from the corporation he founded and of which he and his family control about 73 percent. He is on the Forbes list of billionaires. The Ralph Lauren firm physically produces nothing: It is a design, marketing and licensing operation that hires factories to make its stuff. The company has had the U.S. Olympic team deal since 2008.
Supposedly, an estimated 10 percent of Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Mayflower.
In the presidential race, it's striking to note that the Republican and Democratic candidates' campaigns contain only vague echoes of the two significant popular movements of the last few years: the tea party and Occupy Wall Street.
When Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the nation's independence, he was already widely recognized as one of the most important figures of America's revolution, largely due to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence.
Georgia and especially Hall County has some transportation issues that need to be addressed. But the Transportation Investment Act (also called T-SPLOST) is wrong for Georgia. The most significant reason it is wrong is that it violates Georgia's Home Rule provision in our constitution. This provision in our state constitution allows the citizens to overturn votes made by city councils and county commissions. However, there is no provision to overturn votes made by regional roundtables, thus the people are deprived one of our state constitutional rights.
Like many of you, I grew up on the roads of Northeast Georgia.
President Obama's health care overhaul was passed with the promise to end the ability of insurance companies to exclude individuals with "pre-existing conditions" and to reduce the number of Americans without insurance. That the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the law this month is no reason to panic, however: Both problems can be addressed without the need for another 2,700-page law.
Calls to ease sanctions on Iran to spur global negotiations over its nuclear program will backfire, making a deal far less likely and greatly raising the risk of an Israeli military strike to cripple the program.
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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