Composting, farming, and exercising the legal right to get married all improve urban life, according to guests from Harlem to Park Slope who gathered at last night’s benefit for the Citizens Committee for New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
President Barack Obama, setting out the themes that will carry into his re-election campaign, said growing income inequality is damaging to the U.S. economy and leaving millions of Americans feeling that “the basic bargain that made this country great has eroded.”
In the 15 minutes Marco Rubio spent speaking to a crowd of anti-tax Tea Party Republicans in Orlando, Florida, he didn’t mention the word “immigration.” Activists at the annual meeting of Americans for Prosperity didn’t hesitate to raise the subject -- loudly.
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.
So here’s a question that’s nagging at me as we watch millions of Egyptians express their loathing for Mohamed Mursi, their hapless, power-grabbing president, and for his Muslim Brotherhood movement: How exactly did the U.S. come to be seen by Egyptian secularists and liberals as the handmaiden of a cultish fundamentalist political party whose motto includes this heartening sentiment: “Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”?
Anglo American Plc hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and UBS AG to sell as much as 49.9 percent of its biggest development project, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.