House Republicans showcased their demands for tighter border security, voting to eliminate the discretion that President Barack Obama wants to use to stop the deportation of young people brought to the U.S. by their undocumented parents.
The booming stock market is of little solace to middle-class Americans, who continue to express concern about their financial security and the overall condition of the U.S. economy. The poor are even more bearish, surveys show.
The following is a reformatted version of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress, as prepared for delivery yesterday. The remarks were released in an e-mailed statement by the White House.
Washington is still capable of surprise. After two conservative, gun-owning senators from states with a strong gun culture couldn’t move modest gun-safety legislation through the Senate, something unusual happened: Their proposal didn’t die.
It is tempting to hope that the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will serve as a cathartic moment, allowing Americans to turn a page on the worries and errors of the last 10 years without diminishing the successes. But history has no pages.
The rebound in the real estate market has breathed some life back into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant mortgage financiers that have been wards of the state since their near-collapse in 2008. The government should seize the opportunity to put them on a path to recovery, rather than killing institutions that, properly managed, could help stabilize U.S. housing finance for generations to come.
All contemporary U.S. presidents vacillate between promoting democratic values and human rights around the globe versus protecting security or national interests. Usually, “realpolitik” comes out on top.
The Republican National Committee reaffirmed its view that marriage should be only between a man and a woman, as the party sought to calm members of its base concerned that a rebranding effort might go too far.
Hillary Clinton has some advice for the next secretary of state on negotiating with Chinese leaders: “You have to be yourself, you have to be America, you have to stand up for American values, interests and security.”