Free college? That's crazy talk. That's how President Obama's idea to make community college free was greeted by many. It's too costly, some Republicans said. It's an undeserved handout. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: Improving the nation's sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code, and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.
Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.
Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS." Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality — that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves.
Ever since Bill Cosby was accused by one, then two, then four, then many more women of everything from unwelcome kissing to flat-out rape, the one reaction I can't quite figure is TV Land pulling "The Cosby Show" reruns from its air.
Standing at the intersection of three foreign policy crises and constitutional tension, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., incoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, may be the senator who matters most in 2015. As Congress weighs its foreign policy role regarding these three matters, Corker treads the contested terrain between deference to presidential primacy in foreign policy and the need for collective wisdom and shared responsibility.
So, 2014 is done for. It was a year that happily ended with a pickup in the economy and other blessings but also had its excruciating moments and sometimes something making those moments and others in the further past worse: inappropriate or overreaching reactions.
Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.