There's a general assumption in public policy discourse that economic policy and social policy are separate universes.
When economic policy is the topic, we think about taxes, government spending, business, jobs, etc. When social policy is the topic, we think about marriage, family, children, abortion, etc.
But, in reality, the line between ...Read more
Students stormed the football field at halftime at the Harvard-Yale game and held things up for about an hour, demanding that the schools divest holdings in fossil fuels investments.
The disruptors were cheered on by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren while actress Alyssa Milano decried wealthy universities "invested in the destruction of ...Read more
President Donald Trump recently launched his black-outreach operation -- called Black Voices for Trump -- in Atlanta. The objective, of course, is to move more African American voters to the Republican Party. There is good reason to believe Republicans can attract more than the 8% of the black vote they got in 2016.
The headline, logically, is ...Read more
American voters are motivated by a fever pitch. That's the message from last week's elections.
The headlines were the Democratic sweep of the state legislature in Virginia that put the entire state government under Democrat control for the first time in 25 years and the defeat of incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky.
An important ...Read more
Two American women of color. Two diametrically opposed views about America.
This clash of worldviews helps us to understand that what is going on in our nation is not a legitimate impeachment process but an attempt to wipe out a sitting president for personal and ideological reasons.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib was sworn in as a freshman Democratic ...Read more
The Washington Post obituary read, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48."
"(A)ustere religious scholar"? How about terrorist?!
After Twitter world went berserk, The Post obituary reappeared with a new headline: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48."
At a time ...Read more
Two recent high-profile speeches by Trump administration officials say much -- maybe even all we need to know -- about the core cultural conflicts in the country and what will define the upcoming election.
One speech, titled "Being a Christian Leader," was delivered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the American Association of Christian ...Read more
The Supreme Court, in its new term, will hear a case that could remove a major barrier that stands between what our nation is today and what it can and should be.
The case is Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.
It's about whether states can block use of public funds that parents use to pay for their children's education in a religious ...Read more
Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American public servant with characteristics all too rare today -- integrity, intelligence, wisdom.
Moynihan was a Democrat who would find a hard time being at home in today's Democratic Party.
He was a policy adviser in Democratic -- Kennedy -- and Republican -- Nixon -- administrations and went on to serve ...Read more
Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon-turned-secretary of housing and urban development, has written many books.
One of them is called "You Have a Brain."
The book is not about neurosurgery. The title is a quote from his single mother, who raised him and his brother and led them out of lives of poverty to successful careers.
When one of the lads ...Read more
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan bewails, in her column this week, that "the sane center is getting ignored" in the current round of presidential politics.
"When we talk about politics," she writes, "no one speaks of the center, which is vast and has something neither way-left nor way-right has, and that is a motivating love for ...Read more