WASHINGTON — An effort to privatize commissaries used by service members at military installations such as Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground is meeting with stiff resistance from a bipartisan group of lawmakers who say the proposal would lead to reduced benefits.
Republicans fear having Democrats control the White House longer than eight years for the first time since the days of Harry Truman. Above all else, that fear will be the animating feature of the 2016 GOP primary.
There's a widespread assumption that racial, ethnic and sexual authenticity is bound up in support for liberal policies. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has one of the most poignant life stories of any African-American in public life, but he's routinely belittled as a sellout because he's conservative. Ben Carson, a child of an illiterate single mom in inner-city Detroit who became a world-renowned brain surgeon, has also gotten the "Uncle Tom" treatment.
Times certainly have changed in the Republican Party. Gone are the times when patience was its own reward and loyal leading members would await their turn in the list of aspiring presidential candidates.
I am no fan of President Barack Obama. I have been openly critical of him, particularly of his foreign policy. But I treat Mr. Obama with a certain measure of respect. After all, he occupies the office of the president of the United States. Name-calling is not something I practice nor encourage when it comes to our president.
Never in memory have so many presidential hopefuls plunged this early before an election year into the money chase to put themselves on the path to the White House. And for whatever reason, all of them are Republicans.
As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture, John McCain has more standing than any of his Senate colleagues when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program.
While Larry Hogan triumphed in the Maryland governor's race, his fellow Republicans won legislative and the county council seats in Dundalk for the first time in decades, completing a dramatic partisan shift in one of the state's once reliably Democratic Party strongholds. The realignment culminated after years of disaffection and may create a lasting transformation.
Ever since George W. Bush in 2002 began driving up public frenzy for his invasion of Iraq on trumped-up justifications a year later, Congress' constitutional role to declare war has continued to be cold-shouldered.
President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The latest disclosures of Secret Service breakdowns in the agency's prime mission, the physical protection of the president, are grim reminders of a most disturbing particularly American malady — the assassination of the nation's political leaders.
In Mr. Obama's 2009 speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, he made a defense of the concept of the just war, which he can reasonably argue he has decided to enter on the grounds of long-range self-defense against this newly sprouting terrorist offshoot of al-Qaida. It now looms as the greatest challenge of his presidency, and to a positive legacy.