There's enough chatter at the Capitol about a pair of climate-change policies — familiar but complex proposals known as "cap-and-trade" and "low-carbon fuel standards" — that it's time to ask: What do these confusing and complicated discussions mean for the average Washington resident?
'Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying (my fiancée) does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Tuesday, wearing his smart glasses, his hands chopping the air, he called out the National Guard to go to the border to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 children crossing into the U.S. illegally.
It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once-predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.
Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. His agenda, however, was to change his party's national brand.
It was one of those important-but-dull Senate hearings that don't get broadcast even on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety last week, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too.
The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Barack Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.