| Dec. 9, 2013, 4:59 a.m.
A few months ago, the Internal Revenue Service was accused of improperly targeting conservative nonprofit organizations for special scrutiny. Whoops. Now the IRS and the Treasury Department have proposed new rules to curb the political influence of one type of nonprofit organization.
| Dec. 6, 2013, 1:25 p.m.
Growing up as the son of a scientist, I learned the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education at an early age. My father was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and nearly every year, I received a chemistry set for Christmas to spur my interest in science and math.
| Dec. 6, 2013, 1:04 p.m.
Following a string of state-level initiatives to raise minimum wages, Democrats in the Senate are salivating over the prospect of a national wage hike. Beginning with President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which he repeatedly pledged to increase the federal minimum wage on an annual basis, this issue has remained on the back burner throughout Obama’s presidency until now, when the administration is in desperate need of a distraction. The current incarnation of the proposal would put a double burden on U.S. businesses at a time when the economy needs them to thrive.
| Dec. 5, 2013, 11:23 a.m.
On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Prohibition was repealed, and states were granted primary authority over alcohol.
| Dec. 4, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
This summer, Sen. Mitch McConnell shocked absolutely no one when his campaign launched an early, nasty attack ad on his opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. You may remember the ad — a poorly produced music video that repeatedly asked, “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”
| Dec. 4, 2013, 5 a.m.
In a Congress marred by gridlock and partisan brinkmanship, a surprising opportunity has emerged to strengthen our nation’s ocean and coastal communities, businesses and environment. Congress should seize the moment and establish the long-recommended National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes.
| Dec. 3, 2013, 5 a.m.
2013 will mark the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s first term as president of the United States, and 2014 will observe the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. As we near these occasions, authors and commentators have been trying to answer many questions concerning Wilson’s presidency and World War I itself.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 4:14 p.m.
Congress and the administration have recently been talking a lot about access to and affordability of higher education. The administration has proposed an ambitious overhaul of our entire higher-education system, including the development of a college scorecard to ensure that students and their families have all of the information they need to make an informed decision about their postsecondary education.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 4:13 p.m.
It’s difficult for many of us to imagine a world without the benefits of technology. As mobile providers revolutionize our daily lives with each new gadget and companies tout the simplicity of e-commerce and social networking, it’s all too easy to forget that this technology is simply not accessible for millions of Americans, especially seniors.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
With fewer than 500 migrating up and down the U.S. East Coast each year, right whales rank as one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Yet, in less than two weeks, the most significant regulation in place to protect these gentle giants — the Final Rule to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North Atlantic Right Whales, also known as the Ship Strike Rule — is set to expire.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
While the American public may not be familiar with the intricacies of antitrust policy, they have direct, and painful, experience with the results of over a decade of lax antitrust enforcement in the airline industry: high fares, little competition and increasing ancillary fees that are the product of a hub system that facilitates tacit, if not overt, collusion amongst the legacy carriers. Against that backdrop, the Department of Justice’s antitrust challenge to American Airlines/US Airways was a breath of fresh air. Finally, we had antitrust enforcement that did not shy away from the tough challenges raised by the increasing consolidation of the airline industry.
| Nov. 26, 2013, 5 a.m.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing this month to examine “How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape the Future of Surface Transportation.” It’s a good inquiry — already, many tech and auto interests recognize the societal benefits and business case for autonomous vehicles, and are investing enormous time and capital into innovating in this rapidly evolving sector.
| Nov. 26, 2013, 5 a.m.
With the Obama administration’s signing of a very specific nuclear deal with Iran, key American allies in the region are being left behind.
| Nov. 25, 2013, 2:22 p.m.
The International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency that I was fortunate to serve for 12 years, has been much maligned as of late, even derogatorily referred to by some as the “International Trolling Commission” as the patent debates have heated up. These hyperbolic claims by the critics have little relation to the reality of the ITC’s important work as a trade enforcement agency and I feel a sense of duty to my former agency to help sort fact from fiction.
| Nov. 25, 2013, 1:31 p.m.
We live in a global economy dependent on fossil fuels and until the day arrives when renewable energy can adequately meet the world’s growing energy needs, we’ll continue to need a ready, affordable and reliable source of oil, natural gas and coal.
| Nov. 25, 2013, 5 a.m.
Immigration reform advocates may feel disheartened after Speaker John A. Boehner’s declaration that House immigration bills will not be combined with the Senate’s proposal to fix our immigration system. In times like these — as we reinforce our efforts at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to carry our just immigration policies — it is important to reach back for the lessons of history, stay grounded and keep our eyes on the prize.
| Nov. 22, 2013, 5 a.m.
Over the last few months, the media has described Congress as “dysfunctional” and “broken,” and the public as “frustrated” and “angry” with its lawmakers. Interestingly, those are the same words that are used to describe today’s tax code.
| Nov. 22, 2013, 5 a.m.
America is not broke. Our country is making great strides toward energy independence and to position itself as the world’s largest oil producer. For the first time since early 1995, U.S. oil production exceeded imports, and it will surpass Saudi Arabia’s output by 2020.
| Nov. 21, 2013, 12:09 p.m.
Base Realignment and Closure -- also known as BRAC -- is the process through which the Department of Defense either closes bases or moves major functions to new locations. The closure of a local installation can cause upheaval in the surrounding community, and many in Congress have expressed firm opposition to the administration’s request to authorize a BRAC round in 2015.
| Nov. 21, 2013, 5 a.m.
In workplaces across the country, federal law protects employees against discrimination based on a whole host of things—race, religion, sex, age, nationality and more. The list is pretty long, actually. But in 33 states that don’t explicitly have such a ban, people can be legally fired or harassed just for being gay or transgender.