If you listen to the media narrative on climate change and "clean energy," you'd think that the rest of the world has moved smartly and seamlessly toward 21st century green energy, while the U.S. is the high-polluting laggard that just won't get with the program to save the planet.
The Green Energy revolution around the world has turned into a Big Green meltdown with many nations sprinting away from "renewable" energy as if they were Usain Bolt.
The do-or-die moment for the Trump Administration and the GOP Congress arrived on Monday, as House Republicans rolled out their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill. The question now is whether they can deliver on their reform promises and govern to improve the lives of American voters.
The American Health Care Act would be the most consequential GOP social-policy reform since the welfare overhaul of 1996. Not only does the bill repair the failures of the Affordable Care Act, it starts to correct many of the government-created dysfunctions that have bedeviled U.S. health care for decades.
In a break from modern tradition, former President Barack Obama appears to be wading back into political waters.
"It's coming. [President Obama is] coming," former Attorney General Eric Holder told a gaggle of reporters last month. "And he's ready to roll."
We don't know the scope of involvement he has planned. The New York Times, though, reported that Obama's team rushed to preserve intelligence regarding possible contacts between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. That since leaving office, Obama tapped Holder to chair a new group focused on helping Democrats with redistricting efforts, while his loyal holdovers are leaking secrets about the Trump administration.
For all the talk about Trump's atypical behavior, the Obama camp's unfolding machinations feel almost equally unprecedented.
Ask someone to explain the dramatic rise in the United States prison population over the past four decades and you are likely to hear one of three responses: It's happened because of the War on Drugs; because prisoners are serving longer sentences owing to minimum-mandatory sentencing laws and the like; or because of the privatization of prisons and the rise of the prison-industrial complex.
Wrong, wrong, and wrong, writes John Pfaff, an economist and professor of law at Fordham School of Law, in his provocative new book, Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform. Pfaff critiques what he calls the "Standard Story" put forth by Michelle Alexander (author of the New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow) and other reformers....
Politicians shun any meddling' with entitlements, but the math problem inherent in the system is unavoidable. Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue -- the stock-market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hidden nor arcane. Now comes the tsunami of pension problems that will wash over many cities and states.