“Jobs!” appears to be the one-word Republican slogan promoting the Keystone Pipeline bill – or at least since November, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began promoting “the Keystone jobs bill." That’s the same term Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) used Tuesday night in her response to the State of the Union.
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They are rare occasions to rally Congress and the American people behind specific, ambitious policy goals.
Over the last several days, candlelight vigils throughout the world have protested and memorialized the death of Leelah Alcorn, the 17-year-old transgender girl whose suicide on December 28, 2014 galvanized the LGBT community to object to the conditions that lead to such tragedies.
The conventional wisdom assumes that if Israelis and Palestinians cannot work out a two-state solution, the Jews will someday have to choose between democracy and independence. The specter of that choice has upset many of my fellow center-right, centrist, and left-of-center Zionist friends, since it means to them the end of Jewish statehood. But yesterday’s vote in the United Nations has convinced me that when that dreadful day comes, I’m going to choose independence over democracy.
The movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway classic "Into the Woods," which opened in theaters on Christmas Day, is much more than several interwoven, fractured fairy tales. It’s a thicket of symbols and themes that draw directly on the ideas and Weltanschauung of Sigmund Freud.
To thunderous applause, President Barack Obama described himself in a March 2013 Jerusalem speech as “a man who’s been inspired in my own life by that timeless calling within the Jewish experience – tikkun olam … the work of repairing this world.”
In reporting on the recent disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri, the media has consistently violated two widely accepted journalistic guidelines: to avoid the passive voice; and to identify the race of a criminal suspect when it’s relevant to the story.
Despite last night’s Republican victories, many Democrats expect to take back the Senate and hold the presidency in 2016. So they think the future of the Supreme Court is theirs to lose.
The Senate races in Colorado and Iowa are key contests in Tuesday’s midterms, say reporters and pundits alike. Indeed, if one party wins both elections, it will very likely control the Senate in the 114th Congress.
The MIT survey released yesterday with the alarming statistic that more than 17 percent of campus undergraduate women say they have been sexually assaulted is so poorly designed, analyzed, and reported that no reasonable person who examines it carefully can give any credence to its results.
Last week, Rand Paul unveiled a three-pronged proposal to help Republicans reach African-American voters: criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, and school choice. Each holds promise.
The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – but also those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in the world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff (literally, “bridge builder”) deserve attention, including among Jews. In fact, I think even our most outstanding rabbis could learn from Pope Francis.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced it will not review rulings from several lower courts that had found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The news has been widely interpreted as an auspicious signal for gay marriage – if not the nail in the coffin for man-woman marriage in America.
Friday’s decision by a federal appeals court to uphold Wisconsin’s voter ID law requiring proof of identification at polling booths has pleased many of my fellow Republicans who feared the measure would be declared a violation of federal law or even the Constitution.
For 48 hours now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been celebrated as a gutsy hero for walking out of a Christian gathering after some attendees booed his pro-Israel remarks. His comment, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” drew widespread attention and admiration.
Nothing annoys a liberal more than a smart conservative. But nothing annoys a smart conservative more than a dumb conservative.
Strangely, an important detail was omitted from the recent news coverage of the shuttering of an upstate New York farm that would not rent its venue to a same-sex wedding.
An article in the September issue of GQ discuses the recent increase in same-sex rape in the military. It reports, with many examples, that most victims of sexual assault in the armed forces are men, and that their rapists are nearly always other men.
Millions of Americans are angry over charges of racism in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, at the hands of a white police officer. Thousands of Americans have rallied in protest.