WASHINGTON — I’m just back from vacation in Europe, where, to judge from the political headlines coming out of the United States, this country had no greater care than which of its leaders would next be soaked in cold water.
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To govern is to choose. By that definition, the United States is not, at present, being governed. Or so one could reasonably conclude from the latest Congressional Budget Office assessment of the federal government’s fiscal condition, released recently. That document shows that the country remains on a path toward eventual fiscal crisis because Congress and the Obama administration have failed to agree on a long-term plan to match current spending plans, most of which take effect automatically, with projected revenues.
To provide an effective defense, lawyers must know that their conversations with clients won’t be shared with the government. That’s why the attorney-client privilege is critical and why federal prisons typically disallow monitoring of prison visits, mail and secure telephone calls between inmates and their lawyers.
The world according to cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators Syndicate.
Too many Americans have been there: confronted on sidewalks, reaching for their wallets, only to learn that the thieves are most interested in their smartphones. Spending hundreds to replace these indispensable tools is bad enough. Worrying that criminals might have access to sensitive data is worse.
The Big Island as seen by cartoonist Gary Hoff, Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
WASHINGTON — To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong.
There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last week by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree health care, the USPS is struggling with high workers’ compensation costs.
Let’s start with what we don’t know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.
“You’re eating us out of house and home!” “Do you think money grows on trees?” “What do you mean, you need a $100 pair of flip-flops?” “No, you can’t have the latest iPad the second it comes out!”
The world according to cartoonist Chris Britt, Creators Syndicate.
The world according to cartoonist Steve Breen, Creators Syndicate.
Any good business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Interest rates could spike. China could change its currency policy. Chaos in Iraq could push up gasoline prices.