Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 The U.S. Capitol building, seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington.

The only way to cure chronic deficits is to cut someone’s benefits or raise someone’s taxes. But this requires an open debate to reshape public opinion.

Posted at 5:00 p.m.
 A Malaysian air crash investigator takes pictures in a wheat field at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. A team of Malaysian investigators visited the site along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine for the first time since the air crash last week.

Flooding a war zone with weapons is like dumping gasoline on a fire. Vladimir Putin should pay a heavy price for doing so. And Obama’s critics owe him an apology.

Posted at 4:00 p.m.
 A pro-Russian armed fighter stands in guard on the platform as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers departs the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Monday, July 21, 2014. Another 21 bodies have been found in the sprawling fields of east Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week, killing all 298 people aboard. International indignation over the incident has grown as investigators still only have limited access to the crash site and it remains unclear when and where the victims' bodies will be transported. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.
 In this July 12, 2014, photo, Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. The number of family units and unaccompanied children arrested by Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley has doubled in the first nine months of this fiscal year compared to the same period last year.
Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.

A country that does not control its own borders does not have any immigration policy. There may be laws on the books, but such laws are just meaningless words if people from other countries can cross the borders whenever they choose.

 In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence during a news conference in Chicago. During the news conference, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy spoke about the more than 50 people were shot in the city, including multiple deaths, during the long Fourth of July weekend.
Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.

Taken as a whole, the city has not gotten more dangerous. It has gotten less dangerous — much less.

 Protesters gather outside the Mexican Consulate, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Austin, Texas.  Prospects for action on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will go into its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas.
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

How much compassion can America afford? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, weigh in.

 President Barack Obama signs the stop-gap spending bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent, Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., near the Interstate 495 Bridge.
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

How much to spend on transportation is a judgment call, as is the means of payment.

 In this Nov. 5, 2012, photo, Todd Akin, then a Missouri Republican Senate candidate, campaigns in Florissant, Mo. Akin, whose “legitimate rape” comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize. Akin says in a new book that his remarks on whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape were taken out of context and led to his “political assassination” and betrayal by GOP allies. Akin lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Akin has certainly picked an interesting time to dredge this back up. In recent months, his party has embarked on an effort to re-brand itself. Its slogan might be (but isn't), "Try the new GOP, now with 25 percent less crazy!"

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

While Warren is a compelling figure — a feisty populist at a time of inequality and resentment — her actions since arriving in the Senate suggest she has neither interest in nor aptitude for a presidential candidacy.

 Gene Troyer, campus pastor for Granger Community Church in Elkhart, speaks to the board of zoning appeals Thursday night. The board rejected a request by the church to operate a coffee shop.
Posted on July 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Other churches have varied activities. There are bingo nights, turkey raffles, and all kinds of fundraisers. GCC may have been pushing the envelope a bit with their café idea, but not by much.

 CNBC's Rick Santelli.
Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:52 p.m.

Tight-money true believers have consistently let ideology dictate their understanding of the world instead of the other way around.

 A Palestinian protester hurls a stone towards Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the Israeli military action in Gaza, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank of Nablus, Friday, July 18, 2014. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers.
Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

It's to the Israelis' credit that amid all this madness they haven't lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve.

 In this Dec. 5, 2005, photo, John Seigenthaler works in his office in Nashville, Tenn. Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the Kennedy administration, died Friday, July 11, 2014. He was 86.
Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

During John’s 40-plus year tenure as a journalist, he more than lived up to the old charge of that profession to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” 


Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.
 U.S. Sen Evan Bayh introduces Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at Concord High School during a 2008 campaign stop

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.
 In this May 2, 2011, file photo, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves during a fundraiser at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
 In this Sept. 17, 1969, photo, Nashville Tennessean Editor John Seigenthaler testifies at a Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing in Washington. Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the Kennedy administration, died Friday, July 11, 2014. He was 86.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.
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