Battles over Native American names are raging nationwide, with none fiercer than in Wisconsin, where a GOP bill awaits the governor’s signature. He doesn’t know what to do.
In Washington, D.C., as the usual gridlock paralyzes Capitol Hill, another controversy is playing out a few miles away: whether the Washington Redskins should change their name to something less offensive to Native Americans. A number of news outlets announced this year that they would not use the team’s name for publication, and a handful of sports writers followed suit, while the team’s owner vowed to maintain the status quo for as long as he is paying the bills.
With needy families already feeling the sting of cuts to food stamps, outrage is growing over a Republican push to slash even more from the program, just in time for the holiday season.
Republican lawmakers are on the defensive as the country heads into the holiday season, with cutbacks in food stamps stressing needy families while Congress debates how much more to cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “Which of your constituents do you think should go hungry?” asks a holiday card electronically delivered to members of Congress this week. It points out that the proposed cuts mean “less food and more hunger for millions of low income seniors, veterans, working families with children and disabled Americans.
OK, the Obamacare site should have worked right away. But it’s getting better every day, especially now that the man who saved ‘cash for clunkers’ is on the case.
As you spare a moment for the truly needy this Thanksgiving—you do do that, right?—I doubt you’ll be giving a thought to the techies working around the clock to fix HealthCare.gov. But with or without your good will, they’ll be working. And while the site isn’t going to be perfect by the administration’s self-imposed deadline of November 30, it has undergone tremendous improvements and will continue to. I’ve watched Republicans these last couple of days actually being idiotic enough to say in public that the Iran accord is a “distraction” that attempts to divert attention from the disaster that is Obamacare.
To prevent gay soldiers from receiving marriage benefits, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin ordered state National Guard facilities to stop processing benefits for all service members.
As you tuck into that turkey and dressing Thursday, add this to your list of things to be thankful for this season: You are not a member of the Oklahoma National Guard. Profuse apologies, of course, to those of you who are in the Oklahoma National Guard and have been barred from obtaining your marriage benefits by a Governor so intent on blocking gay marriage she's decided to shut the whole system down and deny straight couples their rights in the process.
Do corporations have religious beliefs? According to an arts and crafts chain, they do, and if the Supreme Court agrees, it could have huge implications for employees
The Supreme Court just can’t seem to quit the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, it announced it would hear challenges to the law’s “contraception mandate,” which requires employers that provide health insurance to include contraceptives in their plans, including birth control pills and emergency contraception. At stake is whether for-profit companies can be exempted from the mandate because of their owner’s religious beliefs.This controversy centers on a lawsuit by Hobby Lobby, an arts & crafts chain whose owners—David Green and his family—are devout Christians who believe life begins at conception and that using certain kinds of birth control violates their religious beliefs.
The Tea Party in Georgia went up against the Republican establishment and Major League Baseball. They lost, for now, but grassroots leaders are looking for revenge.
When the Atlanta Braves became the latest Major League Baseball franchise to demand a new stadium to play in, they ran into a huge tide of opposition to their move from downtown Atlanta to the suburbs north of the city. But instead of protests from fans in their current home downtown, the team has gotten an earful from furious Tea Party activists in Cobb County, the Republican-dominated portion of the metro area that was once the heart of Newt Gingrich’s congressional district and will now be home to the 60-acre site the team has chosen for its new stadium.
Anonymous donors, disclosure reports filed late, activities shrouded in secrecy—and it’s all legal. But now the Treasury Department is moving to shed some light on political nonprofits.
Six months after news broke that IRS staffers had spent more than two years reviewing Tea Party groups’ efforts to register with the government as tax-exempt organizations, the Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it is planning to change the rules governing nonprofits’ political activities altogether.The department said it plans to create a new definition of “candidate-related political activity” to clarify which activities do and do not count toward a group’s work on social welfare, the key measurement for determining an organization’s tax-exempt status.
On a conference call Tuesday with state and local officials, Kathleen Sebelius, the woman in charge of fixing HealthCare.gov, urged disappointed users to try the site again.
The good news stories are beginning to catch up with the bad news stories that made the rollout of the Affordable Care Act such a disaster. The problem is that it’s hard to make a second first impression, and it will take a long while before Obamacare and HealthCare.gov aren’t a punching bag for the late night talk shows, and the political target of choice for Republicans.Every day there are emails touting a previously uninsured or underinsured person in some state exchange finding a health-care policy that’s just right for them and their family.
Obama’s latest poll results indicate that Americans are no longer just disapproving of his job performance—they find him untrustworthy and dishonest.
November has not been kind to the Obama administration. Piece after piece of the Affordable Care Act has very publicly fallen apart or failed to function as promised, and voters have punished President Obama in the polls accordingly. Between the embarrassing failure of HealthCare.gov’s rollout and the broken promise of “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” headline after headline has spelled bad news for the president and his team.When pundits and politicos assess the health of a presidency, the most obvious and oft-noted metric is job approval.
It may sound otherwise, given the decibel level of the Munich Katrinas, but the opposition to the Iran deal is in fact fairly limited. Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund makes the point in a calm and level-headed and nicely straightforward description of the details of the deal, which I commend to you. He writes:The Iran Project headed by Amb. Tom Pickering and Amb. Bill Luers earlier released a letter from 79 former officials and security experts, including Ryan Croker, Wendy Chamberlin, Joseph Nye, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Frank Wisner, in support of the negotiated deal.
The Obamacare debacle and his plummeting approval rating are a sign that Americans are done hoping for change from this administration.
America’s health-care morass is now entwined with the president’s credibility crisis, and neither shows any signs of abating. Documents released last week by the House Energy and Commerce Committee once again demonstrate the administration knew that the Obamacare signup system was a disaster in the making but still had the audacity to roll it out. Two late September emails from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tell the story.
During the 2008 race, Clinton was seen as a better friend to Israel than Obama. But she was also the first top U.S. official to float the nuclear deal idea. So what happens if it fails?
Aside from the tens of millions of Jews and Arabs within missile reach of a future Iranian nuclear bomb, probably nobody on earth is more nervous about the new Iranian nuke deal than Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton.The deal is built on an unexpected American concession. Until this month, the U.S. pressed other countries to support and enforce U.N. sanctions that called on Iran to stop enriching uranium. At Geneva, the U.S. abruptly changed policy—and undermined six U.
Much like ‘wilding’ before it, the furor over the ‘knockout game’ bears all the hallmarks of an overblown panic over a crime wave that doesn’t exist.
Have teenagers adopted a new game of random assaults, with the goal of a one-hit “knockout”?If you’ve been following local news, watching national coverage, or reading your Facebook newsfeed, you might think the answer is “yes.” The Today Show, for instance, reports that “teenagers [are] knocking people out for the fun of it,” targeting “women and children,” with cases “piling up.”Likewise, CNN writes that “A sick so-called game known as ‘knockout’…is catching the attention of law enforcement throughout the nation,” and USA Today echoes the report with a brief on beefed up police vigilance in cities such as New York, Washington, New Haven, and Philadelphia.
Obama’s overreaching, to the detriment of his presidency—on health care and now the filibuster—is part of a historical pattern in U.S. politics. But that doesn’t make any less painful.
There comes a certain point in life when we realize our parents are just like us, only older. They don’t have any more answers than we do, and the confusions, questions, miscues, and passions that each of us experience are, most likely, experiences they share.If you were operating under the assumption that your elders had drunk from a deeper font of wisdom, the realization can be disorienting. Or it can be liberating, further proof that we are all human and what separates us is probably not as great as that which unites.
The agreement signed with Iran on Sunday is a momentous step forward. Yet Republicans will try to subvert the success by playing to their Obama-hating base.
Well, the ayatollah appears to have lent his provisional support to the historic U.S.-Iran accord announced Saturday night. In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the deal “can be the basis for further intelligent actions.” Now we just need sign-off from our American ayatollahs. But the early indications are that the Republicans, eager to perform Bibi Netanyahu’s bidding—not that they needed a second reason to oppose something Barack Obama did—will do everything within their power to stop the thing going forward.
The Sunday talk shows focused their attention on the early morning deal brokered to stop Iran's nuclear enrichment program. Is it a good deal or a historic mistake?
Here’s a nightmare for John Boehner: Eight or 10 months from now, Republicans’ obsession with getting rid of the health-care law is going to look awfully stupid to a majority of voters.