A mandate to govern

Americans are hungry for an alternative vision, and survey after survey in recent weeks confirms this.


Selfless sacrifice in Afghanistan and selfish immaturity in D.C.

Last week, four U.S. soldiers were killed in the Zhari District of Kandahar, Afghanistan when their vehicle drove over a Taliban emplaced improvised explosive device.  Having driven over the same road while serving in the same exact district in Afghanistan where these soldiers died, I am particularly struck that these soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, returned home last week to a nation that initially refused to pay their families the military death benefit used for funeral expenses.  This was one of a string of political casualties caused by the recent government shutdown that finally just ended.


Time for Supreme Court to stand firm on campaign donation limits

On both ends of the political spectrum, and the middle as well, there’s a sense that the political system is broken—and not just this week.

While there’s plenty that Americans on the left and right disagree about, they and almost everyone in between are convinced that in Washington and in state capitals across the country, those with big money to throw around get attention the rest of us could only dream of.


GOP is losing the health care debate

This week saw a new low in the House of Representatives, as the Republican leadership was once again rebuffed by its hard right membership.  In trying to determine how to fund the government past Sept. 30, House Republicans are tied in knots over how to address conservative demands for defunding “Obamacare” without leading to a government shutdown. In an interesting twist of fate, Republican opposition to the president’s health insurance reform is leading them into a trap they’ve set for themselves.