When White House press secretary Jay Carney led a quartet of President Obama's top advisers into an auditorium for the annual rollout of the budget Tuesday, only 40 of the room's 120 seats were occupied — and several of the reporters there had come to ask Carney about Ukraine.
Let's be real. It's one thing to say that Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula "cannot be allowed to stand," as many foreign policy sages have proclaimed. It's quite another to do something about it.
There ought to be a name for it. There ought to be a descriptive term for that time in life when your age and your experience and your accomplishments deliver you to the intersection where Curmudgeon Street collides with Elder Statesman Avenue.
I repeat: I'm not a global warming believer. I'm not a global warming denier. I've long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.
Oil trains are already traveling through our community and will continue to do so, regardless of whether or not Tesoro-Savage's proposed oil terminal is approved. What's in question is whether or not any of those trains stop at the Port of Vancouver.
A Republican leader is doing something right … and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.
When it comes to controversy, education funding guzzles down ink and gobbles up air time like no other issue. Small wonder! Year in and year out, approximately half the state's operating budget goes for our K-12 schools. About another 10 percent goes toward our colleges and universities.
In his more than 58 years in Congress, John Dingell has never been known to mince words. So it was no surprise that the 87-year-old Michigan Democrat announced his departure with a characteristically acerbic bang.
This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal's off-script remarks Monday, you'd think he'd been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies' restroom.
A couple of other debates received most of the attention last week when the Legislature hit one of its self-imposed deadlines. The Senate considered and defeated a revision to the state's teacher and principal evaluation system. Later, the House took the Senate up on its offer of creating and funding a state version of the Dream Act to allow college-bound students without legal immigration status to still qualify for financial aid.