Obama shouldn't "poison the well"? Really?
Hillary Clinton is reported to be embarking on a listening tour, gathering ideas for a 2016 run. Let's ask Hillary to lead on climate change- to own the issue and not just drop it in as a talking point when the audience is receptive or the time is right.
Many are now pointing out that Warren's elevation pretty much assures she won't be running for president in 2016, but then we never really believed she would run in the first place. At this point, she'll be much more effective within the Senate Democrats.
If we acknowledge that "white" and "black" people do not exist, then we will accept what really exists: African Americans, Polish Americans, Japanese Americans, Indian Americans, Mexican Americans and the other Americans who reside outside the crude terms of "black" and "white."
The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown.
Now President Obama can go out in public and issue bold statements about net neutrality, and not have to worry about whether Congress agrees with him or thinks he looks nice in that shirt. He can go hang out with China and make deals on greenhouse gas emissions without even telling Congress where he's been.
Though the priority of Obama's trip is to attend the regional summit, other pressing issues of bilateral ties between the United States and Myanmar are expected to be discussed.
The administration is desperate to find a balance: air strikes but no (or few) boots on the ground, attacks on ISIS but no inadvertent bolstering of the Assad regime, assembling a coalition of Arab states against ISIS but trying to prevent some of these states from funding extremist factions on the ground, and so on.
Here's the craziest part: While Congress mires itself in the politics surrounding Keystone, it continues to ignore critical tax policies that could lead to exponentially more American-made jobs in renewables and energy efficiency.
The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.
Rather than propping up an anything-goes gun culture, religion may be part of the solution in promoting conversations that move beyond the partisan divides that have immobilized debates over gun control.
The important lesson from all of this is that leaders in Washington shouldn't start believing their own press releases. Go ahead and claim voters endorsed everything you stand for, but don't start acting like it's true. The American people did not suddenly decide they don't care about clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.
Mr. McConnell: Had your party done its job during the past six years, instead of doing nothing at best and obstructing and obfuscating at worst, we would have a Congress the president could work with, we would have the functioning government the American people wish and deserve, we would have a much better America.
That was then; this is now. Thank goodness. It would be a pity if history were to repeat itself. It would suggest we weren't smart enough to learn from experience.
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The issue isn't what Wasserman Schultz said with regard to a 'top to bottom assessment' but rather who will do the assessment. If it is the same people who planned the mid-terms' non-message we are in for the same problems next time around.