Nathan Sheets, the Federal Reserve’s behind-the-scenes international emissary during the global financial crisis, is returning to the fray as Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew’s frontman on the world economic stage.
The rocky rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has forced President Barack Obama to express his openness, albeit half-heartedly, to reforms that might accomplish the law’s goals. In response, congressional Republicans have offered no fewer than three major alternatives to Obamacare, the most recent being an overhaul plan from Republican Senators Tom Coburn, Richard Burr and Orrin Hatch. All these proposals address the issue at the heart of the law’s name -- the affordability of health care.
The release of California Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 budget last week was a cause for celebration in Sacramento. In news conferences all over the state, Brown triumphantly announced that his budget would invest in California’s schools, expand health-care coverage for millions and continue work on the state’s troubled high-speed rail project. All of this while Brown and his allies have been touting what they call California’s comeback as an example for other states to follow.
Conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D’Souza, who made the film “2016: Obama’s America,” pleaded not guilty to charges he illegally directed $20,000 in contributions to a candidate for U.S. Senate from New York in 2012.
Conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D’Souza, who made the film “2016: Obama’s America,” was charged with illegally directing $20,000 in contributions to a candidate for U.S. Senate from New York in 2012.
Asli Aydintasbas, a young Turkish columnist with steely nerves and a keen grasp of Middle Eastern politics, sent a note from Istanbul to a Hoover Institution blog where it will be published later this month. Her title tells the story: “Where Have the Americans Gone? Who Invited the Russians Back?”
In a politically contested city such as Beirut, there are public figures who fall to assassins, and others deemed safe by their reasonableness and moderation. The assassination Dec. 27 of former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah by a car bomb in a swanky part of the city called into question the rules of the sordid political game that has come to dominate Lebanon’s life.
At his end-of-the-year news conference, President Barack Obama called the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act his single biggest mistake of 2013. That’s putting it mildly. Supporters of Obamacare can’t wait to put this year behind them: From dropped insurance coverage for millions of Americans to the delay of the law’s employer mandate and the problems with HealthCare.gov, 2013 has been nothing short of a disaster.