The Republican Party has reached its Ninotchka period.
People keep railing against "big labor's" sinister agenda, but they never say what they're opposing.
A little more than a year ago, we published a book about American politics - and particularly Congress - titled "It's Even Worse Than It Looks.
Both Republicans and Democrats say concern about the middle class is at the heart of the ongoing, vituperative debate over taxes, entitlements and fiscal discipline, but the political spat never seems to honestly address the gaping and growing class divide in the United States. As politicians in Washington, D.C., slam each other over competing budget priorities, most avoid facing up to the disturbing question behind all the numbers: Is the American Dream temporarily stalled or permanently kaput?
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns of a Pearl Harbor-type sneak attack on the United States by its adversaries, which he identified as Russia, China, Iran and other militant groups. He issued the warning last week in a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. "An aggressor nation or extremist group could gain control of critical switches and derail passenger trains, or trains loaded with lethal chemicals," Panetta said. Water supplies as well as the power grid could be among the potential targets vulnerable to attack across the nation.
Ten years ago, George W. Bush came to Washington as the first new president in a generation or more who had deep personal convictions about immigration policy and some plans for where he wanted to go with it. He wasn't alone. Lots of people in lots of places were ready to work on the issue: Republicans, Democrats, Hispanic advocates, business leaders, even the Mexican government.
...bipartisanship beyond civility to gosh-darn friendliness when he ambled across Lafayette Square to speak to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.He rarely walks anywhere - strolling presidents drive the Secret Service crazy - but he decided strolling...
If you're like most consumers of business and financial news, you gobble up those useless lists of "Best Leaders" and "Most Admired Companies," trusting that people in my line of work have the right formula to measure what's "best."Over the years, I've been in the room when some business "best" lists were put together, and the creators of David Letterman's Top Ten look like a Nobel Prize jury by comparison.
The popularity of online games has raised questions for corporate America, such as whether it's a good place for advertisers to fly their banners and how companies feel about the time employers spend playing the games when they're supposed to be working.
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