Environment

The Not-So-Hidden Obama Agenda

Everywhere you turn, President Obama is accused of not offering a clear second-term agenda. It's not surprising that Republicans say it, but you also hear it from...

Obama's Advantage, Romney's Openings

Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn't stand a chance. But then a candidate with...

Game Over?

When Republicans in Congress finally passed a bill extending the payroll tax cut in December, they booby-trapped it with an unrelated provision. The bill required...

Regeneration

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to 70 million West Africans. One of the countries richest in natural resources, it is also one of the least...

Jeopardy

In the weeks since Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spewed contamination and displaced thousands. It has also...

Hot Air

California is usually regarded as the country’s leader when it comes to environmental policy. Yet with the potential passage of two propositions on the November...

A National Election, Like It or Not

Let us contemplate the joys of being in the political opposition when unemployment in your state tops 10 percent. Kevin DeWine, the affable chairman of the...

Tempest in a Tiny Teapot

Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?Before you dismiss the question, note that word successful. Judge the tea party...

Trivial Pursuits

Republicans were few—you could count them on one hand—in our Chicago neighborhood. The one on our block, Bob O’Rourke, was the Republican counterpart to Ann W. O’...

Midterm Exam

Californians aren't accustomed to thunder and lightning. Perhaps that's why they haven't detected the storm that is quietly brewing in their state.The November...

Extreme Makeover

On the eve of the primary that would end his electoral career, Rep. Mike Castle was in a reflective mood. He seemed calm and confident, yet almost everything he...

The Power of Negative Thinking

In an election, a solid "no" usually beats an uneasy "yes, but." That's the heart of the problem Democrats and President Barack Obama face this fall.The advantage...
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Book Reviews

Distant Neighbors

March 5, 2015 | 2 comments

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 5 comments

Humane Society?

July 12, 2010 | 0 comments