| Feb. 5, 2015, 5:52 p.m.
As the national debt continues to spiral, now at more than $17 trillion, Congress should be commended for investigating wastes of tax payer money such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America — both media organizations shown to have clearly gone off the rails, either working against U.S. allies or directly supporting our nation’s enemies. Perhaps the next target for Congress’ cross hairs should be the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
| Feb. 5, 2015, 5:52 p.m.
In the movie, “American Sniper,” we learn of the complexity of the invisible injuries of war U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle experienced. What weighed on his conscience is that he couldn’t save more of the troops with whom he served. After taking time to understand what bothered him, his Department of Veterans Affairs doctor realized that helping other veterans would be therapeutic for Kyle.
| Feb. 4, 2015, 7:27 p.m.
This is the price tag: $20.8 trillion. Because there is currently no way to stop or slow Alzheimer’s, that’s what we will all pay over the next generation to care for people with Alzheimer’s unless policymakers change the disease’s trajectory by adequately funding research for treatment.
| Feb. 4, 2015, 7:04 p.m.
Despite the stereotypical image of the stoner who is so lacking in motivation he can’t get off the couch, a look at recent elections shows that marijuana actually does motivate people — to vote. And the phenomenon is most profound among millennials, as illustrated in the presidential swing state of Florida last November.
| Feb. 4, 2015, 6:57 p.m.
When it comes to consumer data breaches, everyone would acknowledge that 2014 was a difficult year. Major institutions both financial and retail were targeted with malicious cyber-attacks, and more than 80 million J.P. Morgan Chase accountholders had their personal information exposed in a single hack. Unfortunately, it came as little surprise when a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released at the end of the year found that just under half of all Americans had received notice of a breach compromising their data.
| Feb. 4, 2015, 4:37 p.m.
President Barack Obama reminded us in his State of the Union address, “America thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free, sent a generation of GIs to college, and trained the best workforce in the world. But in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more.” He unveiled a plan for free community college education.
| Feb. 4, 2015, 4:26 p.m.
Cracking the genetic code is arguably the greatest life science research triumph of the last century. Thanks to our country’s investments in basic and clinical research over several decades, America now leads the world in harnessing the genetic code to understand, prevent and cure disease.
| Feb. 4, 2015, 4:16 p.m.
America’s small businesses are the way millions of families get ahead in life. Small businesses employ about half of all working Americans, and create 2 of every 3 new job opportunities.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 7:25 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s proposals on higher education announced at the State of the Union have generated a continuum of reactions — ranging from positive to derisive — from lawmakers and the higher education policy community. Successful passage of these ideas will likely face long odds following the release of the president’s budget next week. But even if the president’s sweeping plans don’t make it through, the door is open for real, bipartisan progress that can serve as important first steps toward a much-needed overhaul of our federal strategies that help students gain the talent they need to prosper economically and socially in the 21st century.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 6:47 p.m.
Recently, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., announced bold legislation that will limit corporate felons’ ability to influence our elections. It’s an important step toward undoing the damage of the Supreme Court’s five-year-old Citizens United decision and restoring control over our democracy.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 4:20 p.m.
Everyone knows Congress has an extremely low approval rating in the eyes of the American public. Yet, that rating is based on but a sliver of members of Congress covered by the news media and only a fraction their work. The media and the public are fixated on Congress’ legislative responsibilities and ignore legislators’ direct interactions with constituents, or their “customer service” work. Just think if we judged Amazon.com by its coverage in The New York Times instead of the services it delivers.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 4:08 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s call for legislation to strengthen cybersecurity may be one of the few points in his State of the Union address that has some bipartisan support, according to the morning-after pundits and analysts. And it should because the threats are real and imminent.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 2:51 p.m.
A final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that recommends wilderness protection for the highly valued coastal plain. A draft five-year oil and gas leasing plan for the U.S. outer continental shelf that would protect 9.8 million acres of ecologically vital areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Last week was a big week for President Barack Obama’s conservation legacy: bold steps on the Arctic Refuge, and important ones for the Arctic Ocean. Taken together, they represent a thoughtful and rigorous approach to balancing our nation’s energy needs with the conservation of America’s Arctic, one of the wildest places on earth.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 5:02 a.m.
None of the top-tier GOP contenders for the party’s presidential nomination have formally entered the race yet, but it’s already clear the field will be unique in the party’s modern campaign history.
| Feb. 2, 2015, 3:47 p.m.
The IRS has a tough job ahead. The agency is in the process of writing a rule that could clarify the definition of political activity for nonprofits, making it harder to game the system and push millions of undisclosed dollars into our elections while also making it easier for nonprofits to navigate and easier for the IRS to enforce the rules.
| Feb. 2, 2015, 3:06 p.m.
Timing is everything, they say. And when it comes to extending federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, it’s absolutely true.
| Feb. 2, 2015, 1:58 p.m.
Most members of Congress today are millionaires. Their wealth has increased 28 percent since 2007, while that of the average American fell 43 percent.
| Jan. 30, 2015, 5:47 p.m.
What is Congress asking of scientists?
| Jan. 30, 2015, 2:49 p.m.
Fast forward. It’s the last night of the 2016 Democratic Party nominating convention. The first woman presidential nominee takes the stage to claim her hard fought prize. Balloons drop and confetti fills the air as the crowd begins to chant — wait for it – “Win, Liz, Win.”
| Jan. 30, 2015, 1:58 p.m.
Natitude was a potent force last fall, and with every new season, Washington becomes more of a baseball town. Again. Once upon a time, the District was a madhouse for everything that happened between the foul lines. The Washington Senators, the town’s first franchise, became a team in 1901, one of the American League’s Original Eight, and captivated the mid-Atlantic with six decades of baseball magic. The team moved to Minneapolis for the 1961 season, and brought with it a young slugger named Harmon Killebrew.