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.
December 8, 2013 |
On Monday night, precisely at 10 p.m., I logged on to a site where many have unhappily gone before - HealthCare.gov - to see whether the fixes touted by the Obama administration had taken hold. I chose the late hour because Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said people might have better luck buying health insurance during off-peak hours. The site's welcome screen popped up quickly. So far, so good, I thought. And then: "Healthcare.gov has a lot of visitors right now. We need you to wait here so we can make sure there's room for you to have a good experience on our site.
November 28, 2013 |
A Lancaster County cabinet maker who says the Affordable Care Act's mandate on contraception coverage violates his business' religious rights will have the chance to argue his case before the U.S. Supreme Court next year. Justices on Tuesday chose an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl as one of two they will hear on an issue that has divided lower courts and become the subject of roughly 40 lawsuits from companies seeking exemption from having to cover birth control for their employees.
November 23, 2013 |
Anna L. Aagenes, district director for State Sen. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), offered a caution to constituents who turned out this week to learn about the Affordable Care Act. "These are not the people to complain to about the website," she said Wednesday evening, referring to Moshe Bitterman and Elizabeth Rosario, two ACA counselors with the Public Health Management Corp. "They are not from the government. They are here to help. " Against the backdrop of the uproar over the troubled federal ACA website and canceled health care policies, grassroots efforts to educate and register consumers for insurance policies under the ACA continue.