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Politics is poorly suited to address global warming

By Michael Gerson, Published: October 10 Washington Post The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has provided undeniable proof of a remarkable phenomenon: a public debate even more bitter and polarized than the budget showdown. The intersection of science and policy, of climate and politics, has become a bloody crossroads. Blog-based […]

Point/Counterpoint: ‘War on drugs’ is lost, time for new strategy

By Harry Peck 9/7/2013 Green Valley News We live in a nation awash in illegal drugs. For over 40 years we have fought a “war on drugs” at a tremendous cost with no evidence that it reduces use of illegal recreational drugs, which is the war’s only conceivable purpose. How did we get to this […]

Sequestration’s self-inflicted wounds

By Leon Panetta, Published: September 2 Washington Post Leon Panetta was director of central intelligence from 2009 to 2011 and secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. He was a Democratic representative from California from 1977 to 1994. In my last days as defense secretary earlier this year, I made one final effort on Capitol […]

Pandemic of pension woes is plaguing the nation

Published: Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 6:00 AM ET By: John W. Schoen | Economics Reporter CNBC Detroit, you’re not alone. Across the nation, cities and states are watching Detroit’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy filing with great trepidation. Years of underfunded retirement promises to public sector workers, which helped lay Detroit low, could plunge them into […]

Governors vent about aging infrastructure, Washington gridlock

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 3, 2013 A bipartisan group of governors vented Saturday about the challenges of rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure in a time of tight budgets and partisan paralysis in Congress. The meeting’s most memorable moments were lighter, with Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Jay Nixon of Missouri […]

There Are Good Alternatives to US Capitalism, But No Way to Get There

Counterpoint Press / By Jerry Mander AlterNet July 24, 2013 | The following is an excerpt from Jerry Mander’s new book The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (Counterpoint, 2013): Let’s start with some good news. There is no shortage of good alternative ideas, plans, and strategies being put forth by activist groups […]

Majority annoyed with D.C. gridlock

By David Lightmanand Lesley Clark McClatchy Washington Bureau July 27, 2013 11:23:00 PM WASHINGTON — Americans are eager for Washington to act on a host of issues they care deeply about, but instead they’ve just witnessed another week of sharp rhetoric and political finger-pointing. There was the one-hour and six-minute speech from President Barack Obama […]

No Relief in Sight from Senate Gridlock

By Shar Adams, Epoch Times | July 23, 2013 WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a win when he reached a compromise with Senate Republicans on executive nominations last week. The new comity is likely be short-lived, however. A polarized Congress remains and important business, including major spending bills, promises further gridlock. “The fundamental dynamic […]

Digital Privacy, a Non-Partisan Issue

By Carl M. Cannon – July 23, 2013 Real Clear Politics In polarized, partisan Washington, various controversies that have lapped up on the shores of the executive branch in President Obama’s second term have engendered mostly maddeningly predictable responses on Capitol Hill. To congressional Republicans, the debacle in Benghazi that left four Americans dead signaled […]

Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?

THOMAS B. EDSALL July 17, 2013, 11:34 pm NYTimes Thomas Doherty, patronage czar and political enforcer for former New York Governor George Pataki, reached the breaking point last week when he read that House Republicans were preparing to “slow walk” the Senate immigration bill to death. Doherty turned to Twitter: If Senate Immigration bill gets […]