WASHINGTON - State universities and community colleges should offer free tuition to all students who academically qualify for admission.
WASHINGTON - Skyrocketing college tuition threatens educational opportunity in America.
WASHINGTON - Medieval doctors bled their patients with leeches. Far from improving their condition, it left them worse off. Raising the wages of fast-food workers to $15 an hour would produce similar results for those the proposal is intended to help.
WASHINGTON - Walkouts and protests by fast-food workers demanding higher wages and collective bargaining rights began last November and spread to 60 cities nationwide at the end of August.
WASHINGTON - Sixteen million Americans who haven't access to medical care are eagerly awaiting the Oct. 1 start of the Affordable Care Act, and now Republicans and a few willy-nilly Democrats are saying, "No, it's not perfect, let's defund it and start over."
WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act should be defunded - even the president concedes it's not ready for prime time.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The debate about whether President Barack Obama should seek congressional authorization to make limited strikes against Syria is part of his larger struggle to build a lasting legacy. Obama has studied the extraordinary achievements of Abraham Lincoln and other widely revered presidents.
WASHINGTON - In the annals of dishonest Washington debates, the question of whether to strike the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons is notable for its breathtaking incoherence.
WASHINGTON - Go in or keep out? It's a false choice when it comes to addressing the situation in Syria.
Whether it's negotiating over how much to spend on government operations or the government's borrowing limit, we hear a familiar refrain in Washington these days: There is absolutely no room to cut federal spending. But this is not the case.
WASHINGTON - The date: Aug. 28, 1963.
Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed putting $10 million into Georgia's Accountability Courts next year. This is the best news for our criminal justice system in many years. Why would Gov. Deal want to do this and what are these courts? Why would I say it's such good news?
Everyone has an idea of what the role of parent means.
WASHINGTON - What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) - sure to inflame public opinion?
By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first.
WASHINGTON - As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.
WASHINGTON - In his Islamic State speech, President Barack Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.
"I should have anticipated the optics," President Barack Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. "Part of this job is also the theater of it," he said. "It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters."
Several recent events in North Georgia involving government transparency - or the lack thereof - prompted friends and colleagues in other parts of the country to ask whether I am living in some 18th century time warp, as they frequently perceive this portion of the country, where absolutists reign with absolute disregard for their subjects.
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