Consumer Advocates Hail Food Safety Reform

Consumer advocates who have long pushed for food safety reform are applauding the Senate’s Tuesday approval of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which would grant enhanced power to the Food and Drug Administration. The Senate passed the long-stalled bill on a 73-25 vote, with many Republicans supporting the measure … Continue reading

Boosting the Economy–One Big Screen TV at a Time

Even the most casual observers would believe that the U.S. is making an economic recovery if they saw the hordes descend upon retail stores on Black Friday. Americans began lining up four hours before the stores opened as early as midnight. And they weren’t shopping just for necessities. Sale of … Continue reading

Citing Student Detention, University Pushes Immigration Bill

Officials from a Catholic university in Miami plan to hold a press conference on Tuesday designed to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation designed to provide legal residency status for children of illegal immigrants. In their support for the DREAM Act, officials from St. Thomas University cite the recent detention of … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Bipartisanship In The Airport Screening Line

Our nation may be caught in deeply hyperpartisan, “socialism” vs. tea-party polarization, but liberals and conservatives finally have hit on an issue able to unite them. Left and right agree: neither side much likes the groping and “porno-scanners” found in airport security lanes. Commentators and bloggers from across the political … Continue reading

Fairness and the Bristol Stomp

by Walter Brasch              Almost all children hear a set of conflicting statements from their parents, relatives, and friends. They’re told if they study hard, if they work hard, they can achieve whatever they want. It’s the “American Dream.” But they’re also told that life isn’t always fair.             Looking … Continue reading

Potential Gov’t Shutdown: ‘The $64,000 Question’

Seemingly lost in the wrangling over President Obama’s arms-control treaty and other post-election legislating is the one must-do on the agenda for the lame duck session: pass a federal budget, or face a massive government shutdown. Congress has, as has often been the case in recent years, left undone many … Continue reading

Deficit Reduction Alternative ‘Protects Poor, Middle-Class,’ Beats Obama Targets

A liberal member of President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission released an alternative plan to reign in federal red ink, a proposal she says “protects the poor and the middle-class.” Rep. Jan Schakowsky unveiled her plan last week an alternative to the proposal by the bipartisan co-chairs of the commission. The Illinois … Continue reading

Nasty Politics Keeps Democrats, Independents From Voting, Poll Finds

Not only do Americans see politics as increasingly noxious, but that growing level of nastiness is dissuading Democrats and independents from showing up on Election Day, according to the the third, and most recent, poll on civility in politics from the Center for Political Participation (CPP) at Allegheny College. Some … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Republicans Dishonor Dick Lugar, One Of Their Best

Time was that when the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee declared it imperative to ratify a given treaty — any treaty — senators on both sides of the aisle would take heed. But, then, time also was that politics was supposed to end at the waters’ edge, … Continue reading

What President Obama Ought To Do Now — From Someone Who’s Been There

Barack Obama may have tough sledding ahead legislatively, as one-half of Congress slides over to GOP control. But Obama is no longer a senator from Illinois. He is president of the United States, a position with a vast authority all its own — if only he chooses to use it. … Continue reading