November 10, 2014 |
Having famously named his first midterm "shellacking," President Obama declined to offer a similarly punchy description of last week's sequel. For pointed political metaphors, there's always the hog castration that kept coming up in Iowa, where pig gelder turned Republican Sen.-elect Joni Ernst vowed to make Washington "squeal. " The nation's repudiation of the president Tuesday, when it gave the Senate and therefore the whole Congress to the party opposite, was almost as clear as Pennsylvania's verdict on its governor.
September 19, 2014 |
The Obama administration has given Philadelphia $2.5 million to figure out how to finally fix Roosevelt Boulevard, the 12-lane deathtrap that runs through the Northeast. The federal grant, coupled with $2.5 million in local and state funding, is designed to do what all previous efforts have failed to do: Plan a reconstruction that will make the boulevard safe and efficient for motorists, pedestrians, transit riders, and even bicyclists. The 14-mile-long boulevard has a reputation as one of the most dangerous highways in the nation.
August 30, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Ending a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs. The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.
July 22, 2014
THERE HAVE been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported and nurtured like, well, a child. But let's not fool ourselves: The proposals being bandied about address current political and bureaucratic problems, but they will do little to resolve the instability and violence propelling tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors out of Central America. Street gangs, drug cartels, ineffectual local government and corruption have destabilized neighborhoods and cities in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
June 18, 2014
PRESIDENT Obama said last week that the administration was considering "all options," including military action, to help the government of Iraq fend off advancing Sunni Muslim extremists. But we would be surprised - and disappointed - if the administration injected American forces into a conflict from which the U.S. finally extricated itself only three years ago. Ominous as they are, these developments justify neither American boots on the ground nor airstrikes carried out by American pilots.
June 5, 2014
THE RELEASE of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a captive of Islamist extremists for almost five years, is good news not only for his family but for all Americans. But the price the Obama administration paid for the 28-year-old soldier's repatriation was freedom for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay who are hardened Taliban commanders. Critics of the administration say that that price was too high, and they make three other arguments: that the exchange violated a long-standing U.S. policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists; that this country shouldn't negotiate with the Taliban because it might legitimize the group in Afghanistan; and that the swift release of the detainees violated U.S. law. Most of these arguments are invalid or overstated.
March 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Family members and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks joined three members of Congress on Wednesday in calling on the Obama administration to declassify portions of a congressional investigation that addresses allegations of possible Saudi Arabian government support of the hijackers. The report, released by a joint panel of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in December 2002, contains 28 redacted pages that family members and victims say would shed new light on the hijackings.
January 17, 2014
TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans. They want marijuana, and they're not so crazy about Obamacare. First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they're exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs. Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON A plan to boost a struggling swath of West Philadelphia is getting top priority from the Obama administration. The White House has chosen the area as one of the nation's first five "Promise Zones," a program aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs, all as part of President Obama's efforts to help hard-hit communities and spread economic opportunity, according to...
December 30, 2013 |
For decades, Lehigh University has carefully charted and publicized the success of its graduates in obtaining jobs. The university's career services office each year produces a four-inch-thick binder that shows what about 90 percent of the graduates from the previous year are doing. It lists where students work, how they got their jobs, and their median starting salaries, with breakdowns for the university's individual colleges. A summary appears on Lehigh's website. Now, the Obama administration is taking notice as it develops a national college ratings system.