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Patients' Rights Questions Hang Over Mental Health Debate

Congressional efforts to overhaul the mental health system have more momentum than at any time since the 2012 shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school by an unbalanced young man. But a push to tie millions of dollars in funding to states’ willingness to force some people with serious illnesses into outpatient treatment programs is complicating prospects for a consensus.

No Silver Bullet to Closing the Racial Wealth Divide | Commentary

By Jeremie Greer

End the Ban on Federal Funding for Needle Exchange Programs | Commentary

By Monica S. Ruiz and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Energy Consumers Are Speaking. Will the Administration Listen? | Commentary

By Lance Brown

A Tale of Two House Democrats on Opposite Courses Toward the House Exits

They are a pair of congressmen looking to be in the prime of their public lives. Both are party loyalists with unabashedly progressive views and constituencies as deeply “blue” as they are. Both are emblematic of a caucus that’s trending less white and more liberal. Their names even appear close together on the alphabetical roll of House Democrats.

One Day in, Climactic Month Slips Into Pope-Inspired Procrastination

How easy it is to procrastinate during the first month of a new semester, knowing none of the difficult assignments are really due before the end of the term — and especially when there are so many tempting distractions on campus.

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later | Commentary

By David Vanderpool

Can Bartering Official Acts Ever Be Legal? | Question of Ethics

Q. I am hoping you can explain the recent ruling on Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions. I know that the court upheld nearly all of his convictions, but I was interested to see that the court threw out several as well. Why did it do this, and is there any significance to the decision?

Can Party Government Work in America? | Procedural Politics

In graduate school I wrote a paper titled, “The Deadlock of Democracy and Anglophilia in American Politics.” It was a review essay on James MacGregor Burns’s book, “The Deadlock of Democracy: Four Party Politics in America” (1963). His thesis was simple: Our system of government wasn’t working properly because there were four, not two, political parties vying for power — the presidential Republicans and Democrats, and the congressional Republicans and Democrats. The congressional parties, with their attendant special-interest groups, were tying the system in knots.

Back the JCPOA, but Strengthen Deterrence Against Iran | Commentary

By Howard Berman

A Needed Step Toward Fair Pay and Workplace Safety | Commentary

By Sen. Patty Murray

The Looming Budget Showdown on Capitol Hill | Commentary

By Laicie Heeley

How the Criminal Justice System Hurts Young Americans | Commentary

By Jordan Richardson and Molly Gill

On Capitol Hill, It’s Business as Usual for Investor Visas | Commentary

By Kenric Ward

Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines | Commentary

By Bruce Knight and Dave White

Congress Should Act to Preserve Financial Innovation | Commentary

By Brian Knight

Consumers Deserve Private Flood Insurance Options | Commentary

By Bradley Kading

Fixing School Lunch Inequities | Commentary

By Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.




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