Ambrose: Putin presses for power

By Jay Ambrose February 16, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Not just by what they have reported, but in some cases by what they have not reported, journalists have helped tell the story of Russia in modern times. And something else has helped them tell it: what has happened to them afterward, either good, as in winning an undeserved Pulitzer Prize, or bad, as in being murdered.

Ambrose: How Obama could rescue millions from poverty

By Jay Ambrose February 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Getting people to quit cigarettes and saving families with children from destitution have nothing in common, right? I think they do, and I think it could be President Obama's single most significant legacy if he would sponsor something comparable to a surgeon general's 1964 report on smoking killing people.

Ambrose: Mayor may take NYC back to bad days

By Jay Ambrose January 19, 2014 6 a.m.

New York City is a cultural center, a commerce center, a finance center, a media center and every now and then an ideological inanity center. Its voters proved as much in electing as mayor Bill de Blasio, an income-equality kind of guy who just could become the next John Lindsay — a mayor who helped make a great city a sad city until other mayors, after a long, hard climb, finally made it great again.

Ambrose: Pope's criticisms of capitalism fall short

By Jay Ambrose December 8, 2013 6 a.m.

Should non-Catholics care what Pope Francis says? Of course. His is a big, big voice, he is a good, good Christian man, and millions just may be swayed when he says capitalism hurts the poor. His high intentions in a recent papal statement are the kind forever paving the road to more socialist bedevilment, and we all have a stake in that.

Ambrose: Differences between Kennedy the man and the myth

By Jay Ambrose November 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Say it's 1960, you are 16, raised by Democrats and fascinated by politics. Because there is someone like John F. Kennedy running for president, you're also excited.

Ambrose: Take care as Affordable Care Act moves toward reality

By Jay Ambrose October 31, 2013 6 a.m.

The sign-up period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act — often called "Obamacare" — got off to a fumbling start, a fact that's deservedly received massive attention even though there is something that should be kept in mind. The failure is the equivalent of no more than one ungrammatical, illogical, badly worded sentence in 10,000 pages of regulatory Obamacare gobbledygook due to inflict lasting trauma everywhere you look.

Ambrose: GOP's moves are questionable; Reid's are unforgivable

By Jay Ambrose October 10, 2013 6 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prefers safeguarding a talking point over helping kids with cancer. He said as much to a reporter, calling her reckless and irresponsible for even bringing that matter up. The online AtlanticWire fumbled to the rescue, giving the exchange more context, but without success. Reid said it.

Ambrose: Consumers pay price for government's ethanol plan

By Jay Ambrose September 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Watch out, because here comes big government on a big mission to grab your wallet at gas pumps, empty it to no avail except to make everyone's life worse, and then applaud itself for saving the world.

Ambrose: Dream made a difference, and there's more to come

By Jay Ambrose August 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Thank God for him, this preacher, this man of words, action, patriotism and nonviolence, this Christian who energized a movement, whose dream awakened a nation. I speak of Martin Luther King Jr. and ask that Americans do him the honor, please, please, of recognizing his accomplishment instead of pretending, as some do, that we haven't come that far.

Ambrose: Obama's action delivers a blow to minority students

By Jay Ambrose August 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Acting unconstitutionally, without benefit of Congress, President Barack Obama has vitiated President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind law.

Ambrose: Can Amazon's Bezos transform newspaper industry?

By Jay Ambrose August 8, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The most pathetic suggestion for saving American newspapers from the trash heap was the one that said government should step in, letting taxpayers compensate for revenues fleeing to the Internet.

Ambrose: Reagan effort on energy is history worth repeating

By Jay Ambrose August 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

If you don't learn from history, you're doomed to repeat it, a philosopher once said, but here's an addendum: You may also want to learn from it — as in reading "Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle With Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today" — because you do want to repeat it.

Ambrose: Destitute Detroit serves as warning to governments

By Jay Ambrose July 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Look at Detroit, the first major American city ever to file for bankruptcy and, after bemoaning how it got there and the hurt that's going to follow, say thank you for this object lesson in how a bad situation can be made worse.

Ambrose: Obama's global warming plan full of miscast notions

By Jay Ambrose July 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

He got cute the other day,

Ambrose: NSA leaker Snowden must be caught, tried, punished

By Jay Ambrose June 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It is a good thing for the American people to know the extent of government's surveillance of us, and the harms of disclosure, it seems to me, reside somewhere between trivial and none. It's also crucial to arrest and try Edward Snowden, the former security contractor who released material about the government collecting phone records and more and is now doing his best to dodge arrest.

Ambrose: Privacy goes poof as incompetence reigns in Washington

By Jay Ambrose June 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.

President Barack Obama is more right than wrong in his embrace of massive data collection to help prevent terrorist attacks, but watch out, fellow Americans. Privacy in our land is going poof, this particular program has potential for grave abuse, and here is an administration that too often wanders off the ranch as ideology urges it forward and incompetence says OK.

Ambrose: Bridge collapse shows structural failures of stimulus

By Jay Ambrose June 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.

An 18-wheeler truck with contents reaching too high recently slammed into an overhead crossbeam on a bridge crossing the Skagit River in Washington state.

Ambrose: Apple hearing gets to core of liberal double standard

By Jay Ambrose May 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Sen. Carl Levin, one of those liberal politicians leaving few harms unvisited as he does his big-government best to limit American possibilities, decided recently to beat up on Apple Inc., a business that helped pioneer a new computer age in this country and around the world. In its innovative quest for profits, it served us all far more than any current senator or bunch of them I can think of.

Ambrose: Obama administration swimming in major scandals

By Jay Ambrose May 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Please, please, there's no reason to impeach President Barack Obama, and it is overreach to say we're getting Watergate all over again. But the scandals are indeed piling up on each other, or, to use another metaphor, it's not just raining. It's pouring. And the message to the nation is to take cover.

Ambrose: Jefferson championed vigilance, but Obama fears it

By Jay Ambrose May 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Thomas Jefferson said and others chimed in that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Phooey, says President Barack Obama. He recently told graduating college students in Columbus, Ohio, to essentially ignore such advice.

Ambrose: U.S. could stand to take a few lessons from Thatcher

By Jay Ambrose April 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Margaret Thatcher saved Great Britain not the way Winston Churchill did earlier, through wartime leadership, but domestically, through reform.

Ambrose: Terror in Boston shows importance of preparation

By Jay Ambrose April 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Homegrown or foreign-directed, it was terrorism -- a coordinated act meant to kill, maim, confuse and frighten at a major American event -- that we saw at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Ambrose: A look at some winners and losers, saints and sinners

By Jay Ambrose April 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

This is a review of recent winners and losers, of saints and sinners, starting with the wonderfully impressive Pope Francis, the Argentine newly in the Vatican, himself as much a work of art as the paintings there by Michelangelo, or no, much more a work of art. When he washed the feet of young prisoners on Maundy Thursday, as just one example, he radiated love you could feel halfway around the world.

Ambrose: Television news fails to inspire great deal of confidence

By Jay Ambrose March 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Last July, a Gallup poll said 21 percent of American adults had a "great deal" of confidence in TV news, which is odd even though it is a minority, seeing as how there is so little really, truly to have confidence in.

Ambrose: With government on autopilot, U.S. headed for a crash

By Jay Ambrose March 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.

In the movie "Flight," something major goes wrong with a passenger jet. It starts plunging downward, the pilot amazingly rolls the plane upside down to keep it just barely under control, and, at this point, if President Barack Obama were watching, he'd probably stand up to reassure the audience. "We don't have an immediate crisis," he would say, an encouraging smile on his face. "The plane is in a sustainable place."

Ambrose: Obama dodges blame for sequester; GOP not so lucky

By Jay Ambrose March 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.

'Spit in the ocean" -- it's a phrase that's well-worn, and for a reason, namely that it sums up so splendidly the idea of something that is itsy-bitsy relative to something very, very big.

Ambrose: Hypocrisy lets Obama avoid heavy criticism on drones

By Jay Ambrose February 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Ideology and personal tastes often can speak louder in politics than evidence or logic, and, yes, that's as true for one side as it is for another. But it has been especially pronounced among leftists in recent years, as many found little that George W. Bush did as president that they did not abhor, even as they can find little in Barack Obama they do not very nearly worship.

Ambrose: Super Bowl exemplifies some vital American virtues

By Jay Ambrose February 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The Super Bowl has come and gone. Reports tell us it was the third most widely witnessed event in American TV history, beaten only by two other Super Bowls. In this land of ours, the game has become as big a celebratory deal as just about anything from the Fourth of July to New Year's Eve. It features a physically tough sport. It is enmeshed in commercialism. Is all this OK?

Ambrose: JFK corrected his mistakes; will Obama do the same?

By Jay Ambrose January 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.

You bump into an article in The Atlantic magazine. It's about John F. Kennedy, an American hero writ large — except that he wasn't. It tells of how he put the world at risk for the sake of politics during the Cuban missile crisis, though finally coming to his senses, and you think about another charismatic American president, Barack Obama. Will he come to his senses, too?

Ambrose: Real solutions possible if Obama would just stay away

By Jay Ambrose January 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who started the fiscal cliff negotiations with a grand compromise offer, got as much as poked in the eye by President Barack Obama, and it didn't stop there.

Ambrose: Illegal immigration issue appears to be solving itself

By Jay Ambrose December 20, 2012 6:01 a.m.

Sometimes it seems the tipping point has come and disaster is on its merry way, and then -- what do you know? -- things start taking care of themselves. Maybe there was some helpful shoving, and it could be that more needs to be done. But you still have a kind of spontaneous solution, as is the case with immigration.

Ambrose: Durbin off by a lot more than a penny on Social Security

By Jay Ambrose December 6, 2012 6 a.m.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said in a speech and in a TV interview that Social Security doesn't increase the debt by even one penny. He is wrong. It adds 2,100 trillion pennies to debt calculated as all future obligations. That's enough, along with the enormous amounts of money owed to other entitlements, to press down the American future to the point of its being squashed, but never mind. Durbin has politics to tend to.

Ambrose: Rice a pawn in effort to mislead public on Libya attack

By Jay Ambrose November 29, 2012 6 a.m.

A dozen women representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives said it was "sexist" to beat up on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice for her misleading account of what happened in Libya on Sept. 11, and there's this to be said for their position: Rice wasn't the one most at fault for the deception.

Ambrose: Dream of Obama presidency has become nightmare

By Jay Ambrose November 1, 2012 6 a.m.

Maybe you didn't really trust Barack Obama's politics when he was elected president, but he was also bursting with positive characteristics, wasn't he? And weren't lots of people reassuring us he would fix the broken economy, abide by the highest principles of governance and move the country in right directions?

Ambrose: U.S. in midst of recovering from Obama's 'recovery'

By Jay Ambrose October 18, 2012 6 a.m.

First Lady Michelle Obama said the other day that America is in a "huge recovery" because of what her husband has done, and what I'd advise is that she get a pair of binoculars and look out a White House window.

Ambrose: Lessons on rescuing our schools

By Jay Ambrose October 4, 2012 6 a.m.

A report on American K-12 education as a security threat, a bully-boy teachers' strike and an emotionally powerful movie combine as a convincing lesson plan instructing us to rescue our schools soon — and that we can.

Ambrose: Conservatives are more compassionate than liberals

By Jay Ambrose September 27, 2012 6 a.m.

Mitt Romney has released his 2011 tax returns, demonstrating several things: how the left always overreaches, the bias of some news media and the truth of a book six years back that said it's not liberals who best illustrate compassion.

Ambrose: Obama's foreign policy full of contradictions, dangers

By Jay Ambrose September 20, 2012 6 a.m.

The day after the Libyan tragedy, President Barack Obama flew out to Las Vegas to do a political hootchy-kootchy and days earlier refused a future meeting with the prime minister of Israel, who is worried about something not so minor: how madmen edging toward nuclear weaponry in Iran just might immolate 7 million fellow citizens. And what prompted the disdain of numerous news outlets?

Ambrose: Rice takes stand against Obama's empty chair leadership

By Jay Ambrose September 6, 2012 6 a.m.

The Democrats are hysterical to the point of waging a war on the elderly, or at least on 82-year-old Clint Eastwood, who gave us a lasting image of President Barack Obama at the GOP convention. He is an empty chair, the filmmaker suggested, though just how empty was something we learned earlier in a speech by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Ambrose: Ryan's Medicare plan a stark contrast to Obamacare

By Jay Ambrose August 16, 2012 6 a.m.

The Democrats want to scare the elderly to death about Paul Ryan's Medicare proposals even though they won't affect anyone over 54, and here's what they're not telling anyone. Their own legislative mishaps include billions in cuts that start eating away at Medicare right around the corner and won't address the debt threat because of the coming costs of Obamacare.

Ambrose: Free speech proving costly to those who exercise it

By Jay Ambrose August 2, 2012 6 a.m.

In Russia, Vladimir Putin's government is prosecuting three women for a prayer to toss the president out of office. In the Netherlands and Denmark, officials have been putting people on trial for what they have said about Muslims. In Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, mayors are aiming to stop a restaurant chain from expanding its outlets because the owner does not believe in gay marriage.

Ambrose: Obama owes apology for more than smear campaign

By Jay Ambrose July 19, 2012 6 a.m.

His campaign's defamatory broadsides against Mitt Romney are "entirely appropriate," says President Barack Obama, a former community organizer whose work did so little good for the South Side of Chicago that it is now one of the more murderous neighborhoods in America. Play the game he's playing and you'd say he is to blame for the gang killings.

Ambrose: Health care law built upon foundation of major taxes

By Jay Ambrose July 5, 2012 6 a.m.

Is the crazily constructed, oppressively focused, unaffordable Affordable Care Act also the biggest tax in history?

Ambrose: Obama's autocratic mischief continues unchecked

By Jay Ambrose June 28, 2012 6 a.m.

Again and again, presidents overreach their authority. It's always a danger, and maybe there's a penalty such as public disapproval. Richard Nixon got caught in criminal conduct and was forced to resign.

Ambrose: Obama can't deny leaks enhance re-election effort

By Jay Ambrose June 14, 2012 6 a.m.

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress say recent leaks of classified information could endanger national security, and some contend the White House itself did some of the leaking. The White House wasn't responsible, says the president. He adds that he is offended, which means The New York Times should be offended. If the president is right, the paper has been lying.

Ambrose: Playing politics with college loans only hurts students

By Jay Ambrose May 31, 2012 6 a.m.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says student loans don't push up tuition, but of course, they do, much like housing prices were pushed up by banks giving loans to people who could not afford the mortgages. Does anyone in Washington, D.C., remember how that turned out?

Ambrose: Wisconsin recall vote could spur fight for fiscal sanity

By Jay Ambrose May 17, 2012 6 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin may not have done every single thing right in his 16 months in office, but he did one thing right, powerfully right. He stood up to public employee unions turning many states and localities into places with little chance for good days ahead, and for that reason he is facing a recall election.

Ambrose: Dissident’s escape spotlights need for change in China

By Jay Ambrose May 3, 2012 6 a.m.

Kill millions here, kill millions there, and pretty soon you are talking about a brutal system that does not work. That was pretty much the way of things in China under the collectivism-worshipping philosophy of leader Mao Zedong, himself worshipped to this day, though his philosophy has been partly tossed out.

Ambrose: Obama sails toward fiscal disaster of Titanic proportions

By Jay Ambrose April 19, 2012 6 a.m.

President Barack Obama can’t seem to get anything right, or at least no more than half right, as when he said the other day that Google and Facebook “would not exist” without government spending on basic science and research. It is true that the Internet arose out of a military project, and it is also true that one of the few places Obama is willing to cut spending is the military. Go figure.

Ambrose: If health care law is upheld, all liberties are endangered

By Jay Ambrose April 5, 2012 6 a.m.

The federal government wants power, far more power than the Constitution grants, because, after all, officials don’t trust mere citizens to do the right things in their lives, and who better to instruct them than their betters in D.C.?