| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:12 PM
With the Oct. 1 rollout of a major facet of the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, you'll be hearing a lot about the glitches, loopholes and shortcomings of this most important restructuring of America's healthcare system in our lifetimes. Here are a...
| Sep 11, 2013
On Tuesday, President Obama made the case for a limited military strike in Syria if diplomacy fails.
But he still sounded like a man looking for an escape hatch.
"I've spent 4 1/2 years working to end wars, not to start them," he said. "Our troops are...
| Sep 15, 2013
President Obama and his aides were surprised this month by the strength of public opposition to their call for military action against Syria. They shouldn't have been.
Americans have almost always been reluctant to go to war. In 1939, polls showed...
| Sep 18, 2013
To strike Syria or not — for Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), that wasn't exactly the question. In the Wall Street Journal, he said he couldn't even consider U.S. military intervention unless the military budget was liberated from the...
| Dec 23, 2012
Soon — perhaps very soon — the Syrian government of Bashar Assad will fall. On that day, and for months after, Damascus will probably be a disorderly and dangerous place, a risky place for American diplomats to be.
| Sep 18, 2013
In the wake of his dizzying reverses over chemical weapons in Syria, President Obama has been blasted as inconsistent, impulsive and amateurish in his conduct of foreign policy. But when you look at his actions rather than his words, there's more...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:45 PM
Michael Barr served as the U.S. Treasury Department's assistant secretary for financial institutions in 2009 and 2010. He oversaw the Obama administration's dealings with Congress in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
And he's still...
| Sep 22, 2013
"The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people."
That's what Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the GOP's victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:32 PM
As every legislative craftsman knows, the trick in giving your bill a name is, first, come up with a title that yields a catchy acronym. Second, make sure the title doesn't explain what the bill does.
Hence, the Inform Act.
The name certainly is...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:12 PM
There's an ancient adage that in war, truth is the first casualty. The war being waged over the federal budget, mostly by Republicans fighting with themselves, is a perfect example.
The biggest untruth may be that by pressing their demands the...
| Oct 2, 2013
Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no government shutdown, and no implementation of Obamacare.
As of Tuesday, the GOP had failed on...