Many countries, including Vietnam, have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Now that the TPP is sure to be a hot topic at the summit, President Obama must take this opportunity to make clear that the agreement's implementation cannot be successful without serious human rights improvements in the region.
Yesterday Charles Blow wrote a column in the Times headlined, "Stop Bernie-Splaining to Black Voters," and it made me think about how the same arrogance is coming from straight supporters of both candidates to LGBT voters.
When Bernie Sanders denounces the control of big money over our politics and the unwarranted power of the millionaire and billionaire class, he's not just speaking truth to power, he's mobilizing the "people with the pitchforks" that Obama said early on he was protecting the bankers against.
As someone who has attended Bernie Sanders rallies and written about his impressive candidacy, I expected him to prevail in the Milwaukee debate. But Hillary Clinton prevailed by going to the mat for her former boss.
I truly believe that we are going to see a true melting pot that is the Sanders campaign. This is not the campaign of the establishment. This is not the campaign for the advantaged. This is the campaign for those who have had enough.
These words generated a largely positive reaction inside the mosque, but one can't help but wonder what policy implications, if any, the speech will have outside.
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The president's budget request for fiscal year 2017 includes large increases for new nuclear weapons, including new nuclear cruise missiles, new land-based ballistic missiles, and new nuclear-armed bombers and submarines.
Can Bernie's promises be paid for? We would have to reverse a trend of lower taxes begun in the 1970s. That means bringing out new voters -- mostly young--that have been sitting on the sidelines until now.
Wage insurance would supplement, not replace, traditional UI, which provides bedrock financial support to help tide workers over a spell of unemployment. But UI needs strengthening and modernizing.
The Obama budget could have reassured the American people that the monies they contribute to Social Security are properly handled, protected for their intended purpose of paying earned benefits and related administrative costs. Unfortunately, the just-released budget reinforces the opposite view.
The Every Student Succeeds Act may bring a breath of fresh air to teachers that need it most.
President Obama's recent speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore was an attempt to reassure an American minority population feeling very much under siege. Yet Obama's own administration, and members of Congress, have taken actions in direct contradiction to the president's rhetoric.
What is the handwriting on the wall for Hillary Rodham Clinton after her devastating 22-point landslide loss to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire? Are voters telling her that she is the wrong person for our times?
Trump's New Hampshire primary triumph vindicates his media-centric campaign and again emphasize the dominance of Trumpism -- his effective hijacking of the aggregated bloc of angry reactionaries largely assembled by Fox News, which ironically now cannot take him down -- in the Republican Party as a whole.
I love Scrabble and play it daily as a release from politics and law. As the race for Barack Obama's successor heats up, herewith three lessons from Scrabble for politics: knowledge, vision, and flexibility.