July 9, 2016
ISSUE | HILLARY CLINTON Gentler justice for white politician FBI Director James Comey validated the Black Lives Matter movement by not recommending a prosecution of Hillary Clinton for endangering the country's security ("FBI Finds Carelessness, Not Crime," Wednesday). Rich, white people are apparently not held accountable for their crimes to the same degree as the black community. Former Rep. Chaka Fattah was prosecuted for corruption - rightly so - but he did not endanger our country's security, a crime I deem more severe.
May 3, 2016 |
Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all great powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish. Two world wars, nuclear missiles, and international terrorism have disabused us of the illusion of safety-by-isolation.
March 7, 2016
If Berkeley, Calif., was to become the first city in the nation to pass a soda tax, Councilman Laurie Capitelli knew he would need a united front before the lobbyists showed up. So in 2014 he and the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition brought together the NAACP, nearly every elected official in town, residents, and even unions to join the movement that they dubbed Berkeley vs. Big Soda. They argued that sugary drinks were a health hazard, the precursors to obesity and other troubles.
December 10, 2015 |
THANKS TO a plodding schedule and the NFL's overinflated sense of importance, football divas provide the juiciest storylines in sports. The Eagles exiled their last one to Buffalo, the Siberia of the NFL . . . but, as it turns out, they replaced that diva with another. Deliciously, their paths collide Sunday. According to an ESPN report Tuesday, DeMarco Murray is so upset with his diminished workload that, on Sunday night, he complained to owner Jeffrey Lurie on the team plane back from New England.
November 29, 2015 |
Nine companies have submitted bids to enter Pennsylvania's Medicaid market, which has grown substantially this year since Gov. Wolf expanded access to coverage. But only one of the new applicants seeking to offer managed care to lower-income Pennsylvanians beginning in 2017 is a national player. "Pennsylvania should be more attractive, in theory, to Medicaid-focused insurers, since it has an established statewide mandatory managed Medicaid program coupled with the recent eligibility expansion," said Mark Cherry, principal analyst for Florida and Pennsylvania at Decision Resources Group, a health-care data firm.
February 6, 2014 |
It's more than their unusual Black Sea locale that, for American TV viewers at least, will lend an exotic flavor to these 2014 Winter Olympics. Ninety years after 304 mostly aristocratic, mostly male amateurs gathered for the first Winter Games, Sochi's schedule will showcase several new daredevil sports, more team events, and a superstar roster dominated by females. With diminished women's figure-skating hopes and a men's hockey team so far absent from the gold-medal conversation, the United States will rely on much-improved bobsled and Alpine skiing teams as it seeks a second straight medal-count victory.
February 11, 2013 |
I know from watching the recent Senate confirmation hearing what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) thinks of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, for once having used the words "Jewish lobby" in an interview. (Hagel has since said he regrets his word choice.) But Graham's testy questioning of Hagel made me wonder about someone else's reaction - the Middle East negotiator to whom Hagel had made the comment. So I asked Aaron David Miller, a distinguished scholar and vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
November 14, 2012
U.N. assails U.S. on Cuba rules UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic, and financial embargo against Cuba for the 21st year in a row. The final tally Tuesday was 188-3, with Israel and Palau joining the United States. The Marshall Islands and Micronesia both abstained. The embargo was first enacted in 1960 after Cuba's nationalization of properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations. Sanctions against the Caribbean nation were further strengthened to a near-total embargo in 1962.
October 3, 2012 |
There's an old saying that liberals will support intervention in a foreign conflict as long as nothing resembling national interest is at stake. If the cause is purely humanitarian - if the refinement of American morality is the only possible benefit - liberals just might back military force to help a starved, invaded, or otherwise oppressed people. Which brings me to the baffling subject of Syria. Like many observers of the Obama administration, I've been confused by its unwillingness to take even relatively modest steps to bring about a decisive end to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
August 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss tensions in the South China Sea during a sprawling trip through the Asian Pacific that will include stops in China and Russia, the State Department said Tuesday. The trip, with stops in six countries, underscores the Obama administration's heightened focus on Asia, an economically booming region that has sought deeper U.S. ties. Clinton starts off in the remote Cook Islands for talks Friday with Pacific island leaders.