There are lots of pressing issues Congress could be focusing on right now.
Lawmakers could work on reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired Sept. 30, leaving the 9 million kids who depend on it in limbo.
Or maybe they could find a solution for so-called "dreamers," the undocumented immigrants brought here as ...Read more
For two years, Frank Ourada has been "supporting our troops" -- more literally than most.
He has connected soldiers and veterans with food pantries, temporary housing and legal advice. He haggled with an insurance company when a soldier's home flooded. He helped a suicidal veteran find treatment.
Ourada basically ran triage for military ...Read more
Fun fact: Under U.S. law, sexual assault allegations are now adjudicated by political election.
Don't believe me?
Just ask White House officials, Republican lawmakers and right-wing pundits, who lately argue that an electoral win provides absolution for any past sexual misconduct.
This troubling claim is being applied to (who else?) our ...Read more
Corporations are people, my friend. Both Mitt Romney and the Supreme Court told us so years ago.
Still, they left out one key fact: It's way better to be a corporate-person than a person-person. At least when Republicans are reshaping the tax code.
Republicans love cutting taxes. They'd cut all the taxes in the world if they could. But the ...Read more
Nearly every claim Republicans are using to market their tax plan is at best a distortion, at worst a deliberate falsehood.
Which raises the question: If their plan is really so great, why not sell it on the merits?
Consider just a few of the Republicans' key talking points and their tenuous relationship to reality.
1. The tax cuts will ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Invest more in people, not stuff.
That's not a tip for achieving personal happiness. It's a statement about economic growth.
Right now, much of the Republican tax agenda is geared toward incentivizing investments in physical capital. But that's not where the country's real deficit lies. What's sorely lacking is human ...Read more
The Republican tax bill is often described as being weighted toward "the rich." But that's not the full story.
It's actually weighted toward the loafer, the freeloader, the heir, the passive investor who spends his time yachting and charity-balling.
In short: the idle rich.
Republicans claim the opposite, of course. For years the GOP ...Read more
Many blue states are in big, big trouble. Perhaps Republicans should be wary of causing them more, if they really think it through.
The new Republican tax plan is, on the whole, a bunch of tax cuts weighted toward the rich. To partly offset the cost of those cuts, the bill also closes some deductions and loopholes.
Among the biggest and most ...Read more
The Windsor Diaries Book One: Victorian ScoundrelStephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 for Britain's Great Exhibition. Alice soon discovers ...
Paul Ryan's white whale is almost in sight.
On Wednesday, after years of wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' (and lately, nose-holdin'), the Republican House speaker and his party will finally drop the text of their long-sought tax bill.
Then, thanks to clever manipulation of Senate rules, the bill will secure swift passage, requiring ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Republicans claim to believe no company is too big to fail. The almighty market must be allowed to work its magic, and firms with defective business models should face the consequences.
Yet over the course of this year, President Trump and Congress have worked to prop up lots of defective firms. By which I mean: Companies whose ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Everybody -- but especially the olds -- loves to hate on millennials. We're lazy, entitled, emotionally stunted, spendthrift, narcissistic, promiscuous snowflakes.
And yet my fellow Americans: You recently made one of us leader of the free world.
Oh sure, President Trump was not technically born between 1982 and 2000, the ...Read more