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Columns

  • Perriello, Hurt race very close

        A few weeks ago, what I heard from Democratic activists and campaign operatives was four very dreaded words: The House is gone.

        Now, things seem to have brightened a bit. Polling shows that Democrats may not lose control of the House, after all. And, because of the nomination victory of “tea party” weirdo Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, the U.S. Senate seems safe for the party of working people.

  • Not a tempest in a teapot

        The TEA Party movement is certainly not a tempest in a teapot. It’s a tempest, alright, but it certainly won’t fit in a teapot. Right now, it looks more like a hurricane and it’s frightening the party hacks in both major parties.

  • The tale of two hearings

    It’s no wonder the American people have little confidence in the federal government. Two sets of testimony given in Washington last week revealed the severe problems with this nation’s current leadership — both in Congress and at the White House.

        To some, providing leadership for this nation appears to be nothing more than a big joke.

  • Rooting out corruption in our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the U.S. Congress impeaches a federal judge and removes the accused from the bench.  Indeed, only 15 federal judges have been impeached by the House of Representatives in our nation’s history.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the Congress has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.

  • The strange GOP, tea party dance

        With primary elections over, Republicans are now burdened with candidates in several states that are considered so loopy that it may cost them any chance they may have had to take control of the U.S. Senate.

        It’s fascinating to watch the weird dance between Republican regulars and the pretentious, right-wing “tea party” extremists who act as though they just discovered the Constitution and that no one else knows about it.

  • Russia could be an ally

        Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyuko signed a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation last week. Gates hosted Serdyuko at the Pentagon.

        “I don’t see Russia as a threat,” Gates was quoted as saying after the meetings.

  • Smart public investments can quickly yield results

  • Success in education needs to be redefined

    A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. This includes not only the higher education that will be necessary for global competitiveness, but also the solid foundation of a strong K-12 education. I have often said that there are no shortcuts to regaining our competitive advantage, so at this moment, while we recover from our current economic downturn, we know that we must be providing educational opportunities that will prepare our current and future workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • What we have learned from September 11th

    Nine years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11th unfolded.  At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.

  • GOP busy defending the rich

        President Obama has finally begun to fight back on behalf of his party’s agenda and against the assumption that Americans just can’t wait to put the Republican Party back in power.

        In two speeches last week, the president laid out his agenda and assailed the proposals of the GOP and its House “Speaker-to-be,” John Boehner.