The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries that the Obama Administration is preparing to distribute to communities across the nation raises very real and understandable security concerns among government officials at the state and local levels, and among the citizenry generally.
Even as President Barack Obama reminds the world in the wake of the massive ISIS attacks in Paris that America, under his leadership, has little interest in leading on anything other than climate change rhetoric, the Unites States continues to lose ground to other nations in terms of the freedom it affords its own citizens.
In George Orwells dystopian novel 1984, Newspeak,the cognitively-repressive language of the totalitarian regime included words such as bellyfeel,blackwhite,and duckspeak.
As a former federal prosecutor, I know first-hand that the wheels of justice often turn very slowly. Preceding every offender into court are hundreds of hours spent on investigation, case preparation, jury selection, prisoner transfer, and simply guarding them while in custody in public; not to mention the time spent actually housing these inmates as they await trial, and after they are sentenced.
Once upon a time, America valued and produced great leaders. Men who inspired, who rose above the common, who placed country above self, and who understood the importance of honesty as a vivid and very real motivator of personal behavior and public policy.
A generation ago, it took exactly 506 days between the passage of Senate Resolution 60 establishing the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities to investigate the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committees Watergate headquarters, and the release of an exhaustive 1,250 report that would lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon a mere 43 days later.
Since regaining the majority in the House in 2010, the Republicans have resembled less an organized, cohesive team of lawmakers, than the Biblical Hebrews wandering in the Wilderness.
If there is any glimmer of light to emerge from the mass murder last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, it is the story of Chris Mintz -- a 30-year-old Army veteran who was shot seven times after running towards the shooting scene to help.
Want a Speaker who knows how to get things done? Want a Speaker who is smart as a whip?
Through an anonymous but well-placed source deep within the White House, we received a leaked copy of a preliminary draft of Pope Francis Wednesday and Thursday itinerary for his historic visit to Washington D.C., prepared by President Obamas crack political advisers.
Trashed streets. Tent camps. Chaos at railway stations. A toddlers body washed up on the seashore. These are the scenes replayed over and over by the news media, depicting the worst refugee crisis to hammer Europe in more than half a Century.
Imagine waking up to the news that a Quaker county sheriff is denying concealed carry permits to citizens because of his religious objection to violence; or, a Muslim DMV supervisor in Dearborn, Michigan has ordered his staff to refuse to issue drivers licenses to women out of a religious objection to women behind the wheel.
Because of their wealth and their passion for funding free market causes and organizations, the Koch brothers Charles and David -- have been blamed for everything.
Before taking the stage at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama last Friday, Donald Trump had his private jet circle the venue -- a college football stadium packed with 30,000 screaming fans, some waving signs that proclaimed, Thank You, Lord Jesus, for President Trump"; and everyone waiting breathlessly to see the man who repeatedly tells us he tells it like it is.
We have met the enemy and it is us. Pogo, by Walter Kelly, 1970
The environmental disaster unfolding in Colorado is one of the worst since the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This time, however, it is the federal government -- more specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency that is responsible for the mess.
Until a few days ago, Dr. Walter Palmer was just a successful dentist from Minnesota who had a passion for trophy hunting; a highly regulated and extremely expensive sport.
A paper flyer hangs on a pole in New Hampshire advertising a Young Americans for Hillary party. It features a black-and-white photo of a young, Bohemian Hillary, and promises to include, in addition to political discussion and a good time, pizza, Hillary swag, and young people.
When the news broke last week of another mass shooting at two Gun Free military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the story was all-too-familiar. Gun Free Zones make absolutely no sense to begin with; but mandating them at locations we know to a virtual certainty are terrorist targets, including U.S. military sites, borders on criminally negligent.
Last Friday, President Obama wrote 46 letters to men and women across the United States that will change their lives.