WASHINGTON - First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014.
WASHINGTON - If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore.
On Jan. 1, the Centennial State (it hasn't yet changed its nickname to "The Rocky Mountain High State") became the first place in the country to legalize marijuana sales for recreational purposes.
The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement.
WASHINGTON - America's capacity for optimism and hope has been boundless through much of our short history.
SAN DIEGO - What Americans really need to kick off the new year is a dramatic improvement in our relations with India. In a world where it sometimes seems that the United States doesn't have many friends and allies, that south Asian country has become both. Most notably, since the attacks Sept. 11, 2001, India has been a partner in fighting the war on terror.
WASHINGTON - The year-end review required of all columnists inevitably brings us to the mailbag and a few clarifications.
SAN DIEGO - Given what he does for a living, it is no surprise that Rick Najera's memoir about being a Latino breaking down barriers in Hollywood reads like a good movie.
WASHINGTON - The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is - which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place.
So rednecks need to be politically correct now?
When will the insurers revolt?
SAN DIEGO - You would think that liberals would like Megyn Kelly. And they might if they weren't so quick to judge the popular Fox News host by the company she works for.
SAN DIEGO - There comes a moment when you find that you disagree with someone on an issue, and you still agree with him/her on other things and respect how he/she presents his/her views. So you think back to the disagreement, and wish that we lived in a world where we could celebrate our differences instead of always getting hung up on them.
WASHINGTON - 'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people - her phrase "Embrace the suck."
WASHINGTON - In explaining the disastrous rollout of "Obamacare," President Barack Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."
WASHINGTON - Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing.
"Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on "Fox News Sunday." "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."
All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border.
WASHINGTON - As is his wont, Barack President Obama is treating the border crisis - more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally - as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn't enunciated a policy. He may not even have one.
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