Post Archive

July 2014

Humane Act would fast track ‘voluntary returns’

In response to the border crisis, a movement is underway in Congress to put Central American children on a fast track out of the United

Median family wealth fell 36% in a decade

If I had to pick one number that the 2014-midterm elections ought to be about, it would be 36 percent. That is how much the

Immigration crisis on southern border? Maybe not

Everybody knows there is a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. A record number of unaccompanied children is crossing into the United States, and this flood

What’s the price tag on global warming?

Some members of Congress and the White House are focusing on the potential effects of global warming through a lens they haven’t used much before—dollar

Gun rights advocates are winning

If you have the urge to stroll in an American city where it isn’t legal to carry a gun around, you’d better come to Washington,

Would a national primary help end polarization?

When it comes to politics, the problems plaguing America usually get far more attention than possible solutions. But two think tanks and a group of

No signs VA deal is anything but a one-off

As the children of your Congress get ready to head out to their long summer recess, there appears to be a deal on the table

Satanic Temple seeks exemption after Hobby Lobby

Should I laugh or should I cry? It’s not just the title of a 1981 song by Abba – it’s how you sometimes feel when

Number of political ads up 70 percent this cycle

“The polarization of American politics is not an accident,” according to the dean of political reporters. It is the “direct result of political communication, the

Is it time to end tip-based wages?

Is it time for the government to do away with tip-based wages? Some members of Congress continue to push legislation that would change tipping. President Barack

Physicians debunk claims of disease at border

A Texas epidemiologist said Central American children crossing the southwest border pose little if any threat when it comes to spreading disease. Exotic ailments aren’t

Are the top colleges producing zombies?

There’s a humdinger this week from The New Republic that has sparked loud cheers and jeers, “Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League, The nation's

Congress is scrambling before vacation

It's as true for Congress as it is for term papers: There's nothing better than a deadline to get neglected things accomplished. Lawmakers are set

CDC head warns about ‘post-antibiotic era’

Do we need even more dangerous stuff in vials at government labs? We do if we don’t want to return to an era when an

Congress is ceding power to Supreme Court

There was good news and there was bad news from the courts this week for supporters of Obamacare – and for detractors. How is that