September 30, 2013 |
"All of this would be funny if it weren't so crazy. " That was President Obama commenting the other day about some of the irresponsible, outlandish and just plain idiotic things critics have been saying about the Affordable Care Act. We've now reached an important milestone: Pre-enrollment begins Tuesday for people to sign up for insurance through the online exchanges created by the healthcare reform law. Actual coverage will begin Jan. 1....
September 30, 2013 |
It's back-to-school time and parents' worries abound. Will the new teacher be any good? Will my child have friends in the new class? Will budget cuts limit the offerings in art, music or sports? There's one worry that's universal: Are my kids safe after school? The combination of shorter school days and the lack of after-school child care creates a mismatch for many full-time employed parents, especially mothers. Imagine that you have a child whose school day ends at 2 p.m. but you don't get home until 6 p.m. or later.
September 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A day after his potentially momentous phone conversation with President Obama , Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was met at home Saturday by cheering supporters and some egg-pelting protesters, while a few members of the U.S. Congress offered a cautious, if somewhat muted, assessment of the first such contact between leaders of the two nations since 1979. The reaction reflected the political realities in both countries over signs of a thawing of relations between the United States and Iran after decades of antagonism, most recently over Tehran's nuclear program . "I think you're going to see very strong reactions in the U.S. and Iran," said Jon Wolfsthal, deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
September 25, 2013 |
BEIJING - He was a poor man selling sausages and chicken from an unlicensed food cart in hope of earning enough money to send his talented young son to an art school in the capital. Outside a market in northeast China on a spring day, two municipal officers, members of a notoriously brutal force known as chengguan , confiscated Xia Junfeng's cooking equipment and took him in for questioning. Xia said it quickly turned into a beating. Soon, both officers were dead, stabbed with a small knife Xia kept in his pocket for slicing sausages.
September 23, 2013 |
The notion that society benefits when journalists are able to promise confidentiality to news sources isn't a radical idea. The vast majority of states provide some protection for reporters from having to identify sources who request anonymity, and long-standing Justice Department regulations require government lawyers to try to obtain information from other sources before issuing subpoenas to journalists or seeking to acquire their telephone records....
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September 22, 2013 |
You be a slice of bacon. I'll be a banana. We'll ask some friends to come along. One can be peanut butter. One can be jelly. Or maybe that's too much food? Maybe someone we know has a lion suit? Why should we let the tourists win all the grand-prize cars? The luxury trips to Aruba? The Sea-Doos? The patio furniture? Let's dress up and head to Hollywood. Let's fight for our piece of the pie. With summer on its way out, this is prime time for us locals. Tourists are scarce, but still - four days a week - "Let's Make a Deal" needs an audience.
September 20, 2013 |
Bryan Cranston has three. So does Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are close behind, with two Emmys each. Will these voters favorites return to the podium Sunday? Or will a new group -- Kerry Washington and Louis C.K. among them -- win their first acting Emmys? After looking at the supporting races here , let's lay some odds on the lead acting categories. LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA Bryan Cranston , "Breaking Bad" Odds: 2-1. "Say My Name"?
September 20, 2013 |
Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff is understandably unhappy with my critique of his "Inform Act" --a proposed federal law dictating a new way of government fiscal accounting that I explained in a recent column was a useless and misleading device that could be used to attack Social Security and Medicare. So he's taken to forbes.com to present a lengthy response . Unfortunately, most of his defense confirms rather than contradicts what I said about his brainchild, which uses "generational accounting" to show the burden that government spending today imposes on our children and grandchildren.
September 19, 2013 |
There's magic in the air in the sci-fi thriller "Plus One. " Like the latest must-have rave accessory, an unexplained force crackles, glows and makes revelers see double. Director Dennis Iliadis pairs a familiar premise - teens partying like there's no tomorrow while the world falls apart around them - with an original conceit. At a lavish house party, doppelgangers of all the guests appear, disappear, then reappear, each time with closer resemblances to the original individuals.