Since the minute he set foot in the White House, President Obama has pursued one foreign policy objective with uncharacteristic clarity and focus: avoiding war with Iran. Whatever the merits of the goal, the approach has actually been a narrow success.
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It’s not hard to understand why Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to invade Gaza: The Israelis have a right to protect themselves from terrorists who launch rockets into populated areas of the country or invade through underground tunnels.
The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience.
For the third time this year, state executioners administering a lethal injection to a condemned man have botched it. This time it happened in Arizona, where it took nearly two hours last week to kill convicted murderer Joseph Wood using the same two-drug protocol involved in Ohio’s slow, torturous execution of Dennis McGuire in January. The other mis-execution occurred in Oklahoma, where Clayton Lockett writhed and groaned on a gurney before the bungled procedure was finally aborted; he later died of a heart attack.
Rather than getting on with the country’s business and focusing solely on can’t-wait issues before they jet out of town this weekend — like the unfinished bill to fix veterans’ health care and the stalled bill to deal with the humanitarian crisis of Central American children arriving at the border — House Republicans are gearing up for a grand maneuver: an apparently unprecedented move by the House to sue the president over his use of executive orders. Talk about misplaced priorities.
The renewed focus this past week on Obamacare — there is so much going so wrong in the federal government right now that even the health care monstrosity occasionally slips off the radar — centered on how the government can provide subsidies to qualified applicants. Because the text of the law doesn’t seem to allow those benefits to be provided by insurance exchanges operated by the federal government rather than by the states, the question is now before the federal courts.
The world according to Chris Britt, Creators Syndicate.
The world according to cartoonist Chris Britt, Creators Syndicate.
The Big Island as seen by Hawaii Tribune-Herald cartoonist Gary Hoff.
PORTLAND, Ore. — “Are you kidding ?”
Following months of damning disclosures about the use of deadly force by Border Patrol agents, Department of Homeland Security officials tightened the rules of engagement this spring.
The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Sen. John Walsh, a place-holding Democrat from Montana, already was deemed unlikely to win a full term in this year’s election.
WASHINGTON — “Checked the tax code,” wrote a friend who’s engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. “Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancée] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS.”
International outrage about the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that country or the material support Russia is offering the rebels.