Now the fun begins. Everybody has an opinion on who the Donald and Hillary should pick for running mates. It’s the most harmless fun of the campaign because none of the speculation means anything. But it might beat a game of Solitaire on a dark and rainy night.
Americans are recovering from the annual pain of filing with the Internal Revenue Service, having paid the government more than $3.3 trillion this year alone. At almost 75,000 pages long, Americans collectively waste more than six billion hours and spend $378 billion complying with the code every year.
It is, was, and probably will be one of the greatest political stories of all time.
Every year since 1914 presidents have issued a proclamation declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. The only exception was Franklin D. Roosevelt who in 1935 opted instead for a short White House statement. To be sure, most of the proclamations are similar and ordinary — except those of Ronald Reagan during his two terms in office.
Boil down all of the bluff and bluster of the presidential campaign and two issues stand out from all the rest: a weak economy and a government riven by corruption, waste, fraud and abuse.
The purpose of a public restroom is not to make a political statement. Sex-specific facilities were designed for male and female biological differences. Safety concerns are not bigotry.
”Jump the shark” is an American pop-culture expression that derives from a 1977 “Happy Days” sitcom episode and describes a moment of decline. At a certain point, a TV show becomes so predictable, empty of ideas and gimmicky that in desperation its writers will try anything — like the character “The Fonz” jumping over a shark on water skis — just to stay on the air.
Despite Donald Trump now being the Republican Party’s presumptive president nominee, populism has a greater long-term future with Democrats. Because American politics swings like a pendulum, the victory of populism in the Republicans’ 2016 contest makes a similar showing less likely in 2020.
I was moved as Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church jointly visited the Greek island of Lesbos. As a third-generation Greek American and Orthodox Christian in Congress, I am honored to represent the unique priorities of constituents who hail from a variety of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Donald Trump has taken America by storm. The presumptive GOP nominee stole the hearts of millions of voters, overturned the establishment and is now just weeks away from clinching the Republican nomination.
People think early European immigrants to America were seeking religious freedom. In fact, they sought escape from religious persecution. Not quite the same thing.
Let’s begin with a deeply troubling truth: You are being enlisted as sacrificial lambs in prison reform legislation currently being considered by Congress. This legislation comes in response to President Obama’s quest to release as many convicted criminals as he can from federal prison due to concerns about the costs of lengthy prison sentences.
”I have never been more proud of a president than when Bush announced the Iraq surge on Jan. 10, 2007.” That’s the honest sentiment of an Iraq war veteran recently returned from that trying battlefield. I served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 and witnessed some of the worst moments of the war, including the bombing of the Samarra golden mosque — an event that unleashed sectarian violence across the country.
The most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign is that neither front-runner has focused on the most critical issue confronting America — learning to grow again.
The fourth Nuclear Security Summit was recently hosted in America’s capital by President Obama. Optimists contend that the summit’s message of nonproliferation resonated with both nuclear and nuclear-threshold nations alike.