In his news conference, the president, yet again, offers little more than bland reassurances on the government’s runaway surveillance policy.
There will be no tried-and-true reforms on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Rep. Steve Stockman, is milking the Phil Robertson controversy for all it’s worth.
Do criticisms of N.S.A. programs by a presidential panel and a federal judge show that Edward Snowden is a principled whistleblower?
If the break-and-enter tools are provided, human nature will do the rest.
Only when Europe gets serious about accession will Turkish leaders get serious about reform.
A billionaire's worry: 'Every time I hear the stock market went up I know the guillotines are coming closer.'
The Louisiana senator says she's pro-energy, but her PAC has raised a lot of money to elect opponents of the oil and gas industry.
An amazing fraud by an architect of government climate policies.
A Khodorkovsky pardon is part of an Olympics image campaign.
Motley Rice finds a judge who'll believe anything.
Paul Ryan's credibility saved them after the shutdown. Now onto immigration reform.
The so-called bipartisan agreement brings the defense sector out ahead at the expense of veterans, the poor, the unemployed, children and the aged."Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan," said Harry Truman, "I know he is going to vote against me." The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost this vote. True, politicians and commentators vied to hail the sacrifices that had been made on both sides of the aisle for the greater cause of "restoring public faith in the budget process" and thereby bolster Congress' poll ratings.
Television broadcasts from the chambers would be good for democracy and good for the institution.One of the top federal appeals courts this month took a major step forward in opening the historically opaque federal judicial system to the public by expanding the use of cameras. When will the Supreme Court follow suit and finally allow cameras in its courtroom?
It is clear the new standards for mileage and emissions are working, and more can easily be done. One year after automakers began building cars to meet tough new mileage and emissions requirements, it is clear the new standards are working. An in-depth assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency found that manufacturers are on track to deliver a fleet by 2025 that will cut in half the global-warming pollution of cars and save Americans billions of dollars at the pump.
Let them reflect what the consumer wants to know — 'organic' equals 'free of genetically modified organisms.'Many Americans would like to know more about what they eat, including whether the food they purchase contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That desire has sparked ballot initiatives and bitter fights in states across the country. But what a lot of concerned consumers don't realize is that there is already a way to ensure that the foods they purchase are free of GMOs.
Because of the NSA leaker, all three branches of the U.S. government are weighing the federal collection of phone records.Edward Snowden should be proud.
It's the last, best hope for the democratic awakening that began there three years ago.Three years ago Tuesday, the Arab Spring began when 26-year-old vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in suicidal protest against the political repression and limited economic opportunity offered in dictator Zine el Abidine ben Ali's Tunisia. This literal spark ignited dramatic political change across the Middle East.
The only problem with the American Studies Association proclaiming a boycott on Israeli universities is that it doesn't go far enough.
Privacy, protection and the NSAThe world has dramatically changed for those whose job it is to keep Americans safe. The first line of defense is no longer boots on the ground or fighter jets in the air. It's intel — the ability to ferret out the connections of people who would, say, try to set off a bomb in Times Square or Los Angeles International Airport.
A list of notable phenomena of 2013: The overrated and the underratedMeghan's list includes Lance Armstrong, Jason Collins, Prince George, "Getting On" and Sheryl Sandberg.
A spree of studies making the gab circuit say that sitting at your desk all day is as bad for you as smoking. When my neighbors quit their jobs to start a treadmill desk company, I begged them to let me try one.
Why should tax policy favor drivers over transit riders?Good news for those who drive to work: The tax break you can claim for parking costs will go up in January. Bad news for people who ride the buses and trains: Your tax break will go down.
As Dennis Rodman makes his third visit to North Korea, he gets some facts of life from a human rights activist who is the only person born in a labor camp there known to have escaped to the West.
Remember the new spirit of cooperation in Washington? That’s so last week. The era of good feeling is over, its duration measured in days, or perhaps hours. On Wednesday, 36 Senate Republicans — 80 percent of the caucus — voted against the budget compromise drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last year’s Republican vice presidential nominee. Read full article >>
Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless. But the eminences appointed by President Obama to review the out-of-control National Security Agency (NSA) have produced a surprisingly tough report filled with good recommendations — steps that a president who speaks so eloquently of civil liberties should have taken long ago. Read full article >>
In 1987, two medical researchers, Anthony Fauci and Cliff Lane, conducted the first clinical trial of an AIDS vaccine. They took the envelope that surrounds the virus and simply injected it into study participants, hoping to get an immune response — an approach that had worked on hepatitis B. It failed on AIDS. Read full article >>
It’s shaping up to be one fat Christmas for executives and major shareholders at Boeing. The nation’s leading civilian aircraft manufacturer announced this week that it would increase its dividends by 50 percent and devote a further $10 billion over the next two years to buying back its stock — a move that drives up the value of the remaining outstanding shares. Read full article >>
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. Read full article >>
Is income inequality the “defining challenge” of our time? President Obama’s Dec. 4 speech on the topic has produced a lively debate, with some supporting him and others — including The Post’s Ezra Klein — arguing that unemployment should be the main focus. Read full article >>
After nearly seven years, the program has failed to prove its worth.
SPOT identifies high-risk passengers, provides a critical security capability.
Pardoning Snowden would be sign of seriousness at White House.
The 'tolerance' society demands from Christians really is silent compliance.
The White House delegation to the Winter Olympics will include openly gay athletes, such as Billie Jean King.
Test obsession needlessly derailing too many educations.