| Aug 11, 2014
Yes, we Americans, our members of Congress and our presidents care intensely about the plight of our fellow citizens who live in poverty. Until a little time passes, at which point ... we all move on. All of us, that is, except the millions of people...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:00 PM
Top national Republicans held their summer meeting in Chicago today in a symbolic defiance to hometown President Barack Obama, Illinois’ blue-state status and Democrats who control the Senate, and vowed an expensive and expansive mid-term campaign...
| Aug 6, 2014
Like most Republicans, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is an Obamacare refusenik. A staunch opponent of the law, he rejected the Medicaid expansion, refused to build an exchange and won't encourage Mississippians to enroll in the federal backstop.
| Jul 22, 2014
| 6:09 PM
Paul Ryan, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent appeared Tuesday in Allentown to raise money for fellow U.S. House Republicans.
Dent, R-15th District, hosted the National Republican Congressional Committee...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 11:27 AM
It's a measure of how bitter the partisan divide in Washington has become that yesterday House Republicans voted overwhelmingly to authorize Speaker John Boenher to bring a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for failing to enforce a provision of the...
| Aug 3, 2014
There's a hidden side to today's poverty debate that politicians on the left and right too often overlook or undervalue: a decline in neighborliness.
Perhaps "neighborliness" strikes you as a word that's too quaint, simplistic or old-fashioned for an...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:04 AM
It didn't take Democrats much time to denounce Rep. Paul Ryan's latest plan for addressing poverty in this country. The main feature of the Republican's proposed "Opportunity Grant" would be to roll a lot of social welfare programs together and leave it...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Thank you for your thoughtful, balanced editorial on Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's recent discussion of poverty ("Ryan's safety net," July 28).
A quick read of Congressman Ryan's proposal show his appreciation of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit as an...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 12:36 PM
Compassionate conservatism is back. That's how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican politics, the most recent being Representative Paul Ryan's announcement of new anti-poverty proposals....
| Jul 17, 2014
There is a point at which firmness of conviction becomes obstinacy, and there is a point at which obstinacy becomes comedy. The latter was on spectacular view the other day when a prominent inflation hawk self-destructed on national TV.
| Jul 30, 2014
After six years of bending to hurricane winds of narrow tea party backlash against President Barack Obama, the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be rising up like visitors to Oz — with a heart, courage and a brain.