It’s time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia’s assault on Ukraine. I mean invasion.
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Changes in the global energy market are threatening to turn Washington into a classic oil-boom state, focused more on short-term profits than the safety of its citizens, the health of its irreplaceable ecosystems and the treaty rights of sovereign tribal nations.
There isn’t much room for optimism among progressives these days. The president’s avenues to legislative achievement in his final two years are narrow and seem mostly to lead to the right — toward a corporate tax reform in one instance, and a NAFTA-style trade deal with the Asia-Pacific region in another.
President Barack Obama, who was once a seemingly laid back, autocratically minded, economically confused, deceptive, politically klutzy, often naive Big Government worshipper, has changed since an election in which voters said they were dismayed at his doings. He is not laid back anymore.
Since late August, a group of gamers has been waging an online war against women.
My neighborhood is natural habitat for beggars and panhandlers. The freeway is only a few blocks away, and its overpasses often harbor bedraggled men with cardboard signs asking for a handout. Garbage cans and recycling bins are regularly gleaned for aluminum and other valuables before the city picks them up.
The GOP manifesto published by the Wall Street Journal last week over the names of Republican leaders John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., included a tweak to the Affordable Care Act they say would provide Americans with “more hours and better pay.”
In his first term, President Obama put his political muscle behind passing health-care reform and financial regulations instead of a global warming bill, missing the best opportunity ever to establish a comprehensive national climate program. Then he hardly mentioned global warming.
There have been terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Election Days for Democrats before — and Republicans have had a few of those, too. Such days are always followed by plenty of pronouncements about what just changed and what’s going to be different going forward.
I had just stepped through the gate, Da Nang Air Force Base, Republic of South Viet Nam, on my way out for my first patrol. It was dusk. The sky’s beautiful colors fading to gray, when the realization hit me: I could really die. I prayed. I prayed hard.
As one of my favorite political experts is fond of saying, “Obama acts like he’d really rather be an ex-president.” Tuesday night, he sort of got his wish.
On Thursday, Oct. 16, I attended one of the public scoping meetings regarding the Grays Harbor Rail Terminal (GHRT) Project proposed by U.S. Development Group LLC to be located on Paulson Road in Hoquiam.
It’s unfashionable to express sympathy for politicians these days, but spare an ounce of charity for all those officeholders trying to come up with reassuring responses to the terrifying — but so far, exaggerated — problem of Ebola in the United States.
So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis?
If you’re confused by the plethora of polls purporting to measure the key 2014 midterm Senate and House races, you’re not alone. You’d probably do better by ignoring the numbers and reviewing midterm election history.