When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.
You may or may not agree with their politics, but no one can challenge their chops as attorneys. Yet both of them are saying very dumb things about DHS executive actions on immigration, announced by the White House.
Obama's recently announced Immigration Accountability Executive Actions are targeted at making the legal immigration system work as well as it can until Congress fixes it. A functional business immigration system will boost the economy by generating tax revenue, adding billions to the GDP and creating jobs for American workers.
The still too quiet majority must ramp up its engagement to defend diplomacy. If enough Michigan Democrats get on the horn, maybe Gary Peters will find a phone booth and change into Carl Levin.
Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.
While Democrats debate the lack of a message and fight over what it should have been, they forget one major point: It is the presidential candidate who sets the party message in presidential election years.
Given the uncertain and complex nature of the international security environment and the dysfunctional politics of Washington, the next Secretary faces a truly daunting set of tasks.
Following Chuck Hagel's resignation, President Obama has had himself cloned and then chosen that clone, known as Obama II, to become the United States' new Secretary of Defense.
I hesitate to say "lost to AIDS" because the term is too benign -- as if, like car keys or cell phones, people are "lost" randomly and accidentally to a disease. No, AIDS patients are killed by disease abetted by stigma, their immune systems compromised and vulnerable to opportunistic infections.
As Republican pressure grows on a beleaguered president to become even more militarily assertive on a range of global issues from the Ukraine to the Levant, we all need to ask ourselves a few questions.
The performance of students at the Brooklyn P-Tech means State Education Departments, corporations, foundations, and the federal government have no idea how to improve the educational performance of inner-city minority students and that they are selling the public a fairy tale.
The EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are being described by some in the new Republican Congress as anti-business, job-killing regulation. They are in fact pro-business and job-creating rules.
Opposition to Obama's Net Neutrality statement has come from unlikely bedfellows ranging from Sen. Ted Cruz to Rev. Jesse Jackson. With so much nonsense, the editors of our most established newspapers have stepped into the fray to set the record straight. Well, not exactly.
The United States is under the effects of a big storm: Ferguson. The city has been struggling to return to normal since an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last summer.
Though it is clear that Turkey has tacked to a strong wind, Turkey is painfully aware that the American-led effort to arm Kurds against ISIS will accelerate a redefinition of a hundred-year old regional order defined in the detritus of World War One.
Remember "Peak Oil?" The world was running out of oil, prices would soon skyrocket, and we had better find other fuels. Well, that argument didn't work out so well for environmentalists, did it? As oil reserves and those of other carbon fuels became scarce and prices rose, the law of supply and demand kicked in. The industry invested the profits from those higher prices in new technologies, and the oil barons found even more destructive ways to extract oil and gas -- by exploiting the muck from tar sands, inventing hydro-fracking, and despoiling Third World sources. So now, oil is cheaper than it's been in years, about $66 a barrel. Regular unleaded gasoline can be had for well under $3 a gallon. One of the few things sustaining U.S. consumer purchasing power in the face of dismal wages is close to $100 billion saved in energy costs. OPEC's pricing power has been broken and the United States is about to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer.