It may be the most important news story of the decade: The United States, in concert with five other world powers, has negotiated a preliminary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. Before we consider this, we ought to pause and negotiate an agreement among ourselves to stay rational.
We all want a cleaner environment in which to live, work and pass on to our children and grandchildren. We're making great progress here in Washington. Employers are investing millions of dollars in new and innovative technologies that reduce their carbon footprint, including converting their vehicle fleets to cleaner-burning alternative fuels.
What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking on the criminal justice system, and liberty generally.
Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law. Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits "to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak."
Of all the axioms for staying the course, my favorite is from W.C. Fields, often quoted by my late father: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no sense being a damn fool about it."
Progressives like to blame House Republicans for Washington stalemate, but those Republicans lag behind Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader. Thanks not insignificantly to his own doings, he is now the minority leader, though he is retiring at the end of 2016. Reid won't be missed except by those who think any abuse of office and American preciousness is acceptable if it furthers their druthers.
Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit against her employer contained the juicy elements that captivate us. The plaintiff was a Harvard-educated lawyer suing for a healthy $16 million. The defendant was Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a high-powered venture capital firm. The locale was Silicon Valley, where many complain that the big fortunes go overwhelmingly to men. And Pao's evidence resided largely in gray areas, where things said and things done could be interpreted in several ways.
As the CEO of a Seattle-based solar company, I know that our state's forward-looking clean energy policies are a major reason why cutting-edge businesses have decided to set up shop here in Washington.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory.