July 19, 2016 |
COMMON-SENSE gun reform is a movement whose time has come. As we move forward as a country, the American people are demanding change after years of mass shootings and regular incidents of gun violence that go unchecked. I urge members of Congress to continue their mission to demand votes on gun control. In late June, House Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in, symbolic of civil rights sit-ins from the 1960s, to demand votes for gun control. The sit-in came in the wake of the worst mass shooting on U.S soil on June 12, at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Forty-nine innocent people lost their lives and 53 were injured.
April 20, 2016
By Carrie Lukas Hillary Clinton wants to have it both ways. She wants voters to support her because they'd like a rerun of her husband's presidency (remembered as an era of relative peace and prosperity), but she doesn't want to have to answer for her husband's personal conduct and character. Yet Bill Clinton's treatment of women - and the many other scandals and ethical lapses that plagued his presidency - are a legitimate and important issue for voters to consider. Hillary Clinton wants to dismiss all such questions as dirty, tabloid politics meant to distract voters from real issues.
April 9, 2016 |
Below is a transcript of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' interview Wednesday with The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News editorial boards. Questions were edited for space. Above each question is an audio player containing both the question and response. Your browser does not support the audio element. Sanders: This campaign is a very different type of campaign than we have seen for a very, very long time. I honestly believe that we have the possibility of pulling off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States of America.
April 6, 2016
By Marge Baker In the last month, Republican senators have mapped out a strategy of total obstruction around the Supreme Court vacancy, flat-out refusing to do the jobs they were elected to do. If they continue along this path, it's hard to imagine that the GOP will not face serious electoral consequences in November. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) shocked many when he said, just hours after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February, that the Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled by President Obama.
March 17, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey held firm to his stand Wednesday that the next president should fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, even as President Obama pushed a nominee to the fore. With the court's "balance at stake, and with the presidential election fewer than eight months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice," the Pennsylvania Republican said shortly after Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
March 16, 2016
By Charles Lewis The United States has a noisy and utterly imperfect representational democracy, disorderly and dysfunctional in many ways. But as Founding Father James Madison famously observed, "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. " Unfortunately, in terms of a national "right to know" law, it took 144 years for the American people to begin to arm themselves with palpable knowledge about their government.
February 22, 2016 |
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday, reinforcing his status as the front-runner for the party's presidential nomination by assembling a broad coalition of voters frustrated with the status quo. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, registering in the single digits, dropped his bid to become the third member of his family in the White House, saying he respects the voters' verdict after three dismal showings....
September 4, 2014 |
D efinition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein Unbelievably, the drumbeat has begun for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run for president a third time. The man who lost twice for president is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, recently told MSNBC: "I think he's proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he's actually going to run and I think he will be the next president of the United States.
December 28, 2013
Owls as canaries The story "N.J.'s 'Crazy Year' for Owls" (Sunday) was interesting and disturbing. It focused on a rare incursion into New Jersey of snowy owls, arctic birds hardly ever seen this far south, and considered why it might be taking place. While there are no conclusive answers - there is either too much or too little food for the owls in the Arctic - the story notes other recent anomalies in animal migration patterns, including those of wildebeests in East Africa, right whales off the Maine and Nova Scotia coasts, and monarch butterflies in Mexico.
September 12, 2013 |
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received the 2013 Liberty Medal during a Tuesday night ceremony at which a small but noisy band of protesters provided a continuous, punctuating soundtrack. "In a democracy, citizens cannot sit on the sidelines. They have to get into the arena, as Teddy Roosevelt said, and participate," Clinton said. "Sometimes, it can get pretty noisy. " She referred, though, not to the shouts and chants that carried into the outdoor ceremony at the National Constitution Center - "Free the Constitution!"