Thursday, July 31, 2014

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane as it arrives in Paris, France, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Kerry will continue meetings regarding a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. (AP Photo/Pool)W

Republicans should look for a candidate that would regain their foreign policy advantage.

Posted at 3:20 p.m.
 Arizona Department of Correction Director Charles Ryan talks about the review of the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, in Phoenix, on Thursday July 24, 2014. The nearly two-hour execution Wednesday of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. They discussed the brain activity and heart rate of Wood, who was gasping over and over as witnesses looked on. The judge was concerned that no monitoring equipment showed whether the inmate had brain function, and they talked about whether to stop the execution while it was so far along. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)

Roots of the issue go back to the Magna Carta.

Posted at 4:09 p.m.
 U.S. Rep. Todd Young

Legislation could “create a market” and change how government works with private sector to help people address social needs.

Posted at 4:02 p.m.
 People gather outside the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., during summer 2013 to protest the elimination of tenure and extra pay for teachers with advanced degrees in the state.
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.

This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child’s classroom feel they are effectively without a voice.

 US Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to the local media after touring the border patrol holding facility Saturday,  July 19, 2014, in McAllen.
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

The senator’s fast-and-loose approach to the immigration issue will hurt him if he runs for president. A Hispanic Republican strategist recently told me that, as badly as the GOP has done with Hispanics in recent elections, it could do more poorly in 2016 if Cruz is the nominee.

 U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

One hopes it presages renewed GOP interest in an issue the party has largely ceded to the Democrats and spurs us all to reconsider what we can — and should — do to erase the specter of want in a land of plenty.

 Belhaven, N.C., Mayor Adam O'Neal, left, walked to Washington, D.C., to draw attention to state leaders who won't accept new Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

Studies have forecast that states' refusal to expand Medicaid will mean thousands of preventable deaths each year, and the victims aren't just the poor.

 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wipes his face as he speaks at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Trying to win forgiveness for pushing a failed immigration overhaul, Rubio is rushing to woo social conservatives ahead of a potential 2016 White House run. While Rubio has consistently held conservative positions on abortion and gay marriage, his emphasis now is an effort to find support among social conservatives who have yet to settle on a favored candidate in the presidential campaign that is in its nascent stages.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.

 In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va.   Ryan proposed a new plan July 24 to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

"Experimenting" with people's food-stamp money is not something we should sign onto.

 Smoke fills the skyline following Israeli shelling in Gaza City, Monday, July 28, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.

If you want to minimize civilian casualties, then minimize the dangers of war, by no longer coming to the rescue of those who start wars.

 Parents cheer for their team at  a Little League All-Stars baseball game in Middlebury on Friday, June 27, 2014.
Posted on July 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Is it a crime to parent "free-range" kids? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate.

 This June 25, 2014 file photo shows a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally as they are stopped in Granjeno, Texas.
Posted on July 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

We need to stop comparing ourselves to Mexico. What’s the point? When dealing with immigrants and refugees, the United States is a much better country. We must realize that. Let’s start acting like it.

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Is no place so hallowed or holy that we would never think to use it as a stage upon which to showcase the fizzy wonderfulness of our own selves?

 President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he boards Air Force One to return to Washington at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.
 This Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, shows a displaced Christian girl who fled the violence in Mosul with her family, in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul. Iraq was home to an estimated 1 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since then, militants have frequently targeted Christians across the country, bombing their churches and killing clergymen. Under such pressures, many Christians have left the country. Church officials now put the community at around 450,000.

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.
 A man taking part in a job fair at IUSB fills out paperwork in August 2011.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.
 A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Washington.  Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 p.m.
 President Barack Obama shows his free throw technique to a couple of people at Canter's Restaurant Bakery Delicatessen along Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:09 p.m.
 In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, displaced Christians who fled the violence in Mosul, pray at Mar Aframa church in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State extremist group expired, the vast majority of Christians in Mosul had made their decision. They fled.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.
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