There was an international uproar when, on Sept. 4, in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, an American fighter jet under NATO command bombed a group of Taliban fighters who had hijacked two fuel tanker trucks. The trucks exploded, the fighters were killed, and so were a still-undetermined number of Afghan civilians. Read More
If a health care overhaul clears the U.S. Senate this year, the key vote may be a former drug industry lobbyist who has helped raise millions of dollars from drug companies and insurers. Read More
Senate Finance Committee chair Max Baucus, D-Mont., has taken center stage in Washington with the release of his highly anticipated health care reform plan. His proposal will likely serve as the foundation of whatever legislation emerges from Congress.
Sen. Baucus had promised to be bipartisan. This summer, he convened the “Gang of Six” — three Republican and three Democratic senators from the Finance Committee — to negotiate the details of his plan. Read More
Affluent New York City suburb Westchester County recently agreed to spend more than $50 million to build or acquire 750 affordable housing units in order to help desegregate some of its almost entirely white towns and villages. It only did so because it had been sued.
In February, a federal court determined that Westchester had taken virtually no action to fulfill its promise to use millions of dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant money to further fair housing. Read More
If nothing else, the Obama eruption in American politics is steadily revealing the stark reality behind the progressive movement — the totalitarian temptation is always there and, for more than a few, possessing the official power to compel sooner or later becomes irresistible. Read More
Independent voters are turning away from President Obama and his fellow Democrats in droves. And if they can't find a way to get them back, the party could be in deep trouble for 2010 and beyond. Read More
Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column, “Plan to add more parking meters is wrongheaded” and the Oakland revolt against extended hours for meter enforcement should both be eye-openers for San Francisco officials. Read More
With one swift slash from a samurai sword, John Pontolillo made a convincing case for ... private ownership of handguns?
Oh, you betcha.
Pontolillo is an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. Before Sept. 15, that’s all he was — one of the many JHU students who have to bust their humps studying so they can graduate from one of the most challenging and academically competitive campuses in the country. Read More
By Keith E. Phillips
President Barack Obama’s first budget, entitled “An Era of New Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promises,” is a crucial document. Nothing expresses a president’s governing principals more concisely than his budget, and it’s in this document that rhetoric gives way to fact.
One example of Obama’s priorities and his commitment to changing how government is run is the Defense Department budget. Read More
“Do no harm” is the physician’s first order of business. It should also be the first rule of health care reform. Read More