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.
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.
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.