| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:16 AM
"Our biggest problems over the next 10 years are not deficits," President Barack Obama told House Republicans last week, according to those who attended the meeting.
The president needs to deliver the same message to the public, loudly and clearly....
| Dec 14, 2012
SINGAPORE -- While the U.S. unemployment rate "dropped" to 7.7 percent last month -- a figure even The Washington Post acknowledged was due "in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000" -- here in this modern and prosperous city-state of...
| Dec 1, 2012
Congress returned to "work" this week (now there's a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people's money is a taxing experience.
Their task is to avoid the "fiscal cliff," a geological construct of their...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:04 PM
When John Arthur and Jim Obergefell chartered a private medical jet to Maryland last month to get married — the only safe means of transport for Arthur, who is terminally ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease — the gay couple fulfilled a last...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 6:23 AM
Congressional Republicans are stepping up their rhetoric on federal employee pay, positioning the issue as a central bargaining chip in negotiations next month over raising the debt ceiling and keeping the government open.
House GOP leaders will hold...
| Jun 14, 2013
The latest open debate over security and privacy is a welcome pivot from the irksome father-knows-best attitude that has prevailed too long regarding the government's contention of superior judgment in the realm of national security.
As with most...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 3:59 PM
When city or county firefighters have a family event or unexpected obligation pop up on a workday, their solution is familiar to most shift workers: They find a colleague willing to trade hours.
But for the roughly 10,000 firefighters employed by the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 6:21 PM
A leading advocate in Congress for federal workers, Sen. Daniel Akaka says he's pleased by progress on some of his priorities: Legislation to allow employees to work from home, reforms in hiring and the security clearance process, improvements in matching...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 3:00 AM
One of the consequences of abandoning a standard by which right and wrong can be judged is our increasing inability to mete out punishment that fits the crime. In fact, too often we weigh extenuating circumstances rather than guilty actions.
In the case...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Federal deficits are too large, and mounting national debt threatens future generations. But as Democrats and Republicans squabble over the mandatory spending cuts known as sequestration that went into effect Friday night, they are failing to face the...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The crowd’s signs range from the earnest — “Privacy IS security” to the humorous — “Sorry about all the porn, it was research.” The crowd is equally diverse, with everyone from members of the...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Egyptian army tanks are rumbling through the streets of Cairo in an ominous show of force that leaves little doubt that the country's fledgling experiment in democracy has been seriously disrupted. The whereabouts of President Mohamed Morsi, the country's...