September 4, 2013 |
PARIS -- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the National Assembly on Wednesday that France must take action in the face of Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. Opening a parliamentary debate on the possibility of military intervention in Syria, where the government of President Bashar Assad is suspected of launching a chemical weapons strike on civilians last month, Ayrault said he hoped France's position would be supported by other European countries and those in the Middle East, including members of the Arab League.
August 1, 2013 |
With public disapproval of the House of Representatives hovering somewhere around 77%, John Oliver joked on Wednesday's “Daily Show” that "Congress" is about to become “the English language's most offensive C-word.” And the House's do-nothing reputation isn't likely to improve, he argued, given that Republican leaders have refused to vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill already approved with bipartisan support by...
June 20, 2013 |
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, so it might seem crazy that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced a $20-billion proposal to construct levees and shore up hospitals to protect his city from storms and rising seas. All government leaders should be so crazy. Though the need to adopt policies that sharply curb carbon emissions remains as important as ever, there also are unmistakable signs that decades of inaction on climate change are shaping the present, not just the future.
March 6, 2013
Re "Nurse refuses to help; woman, 87, dies," March 4 As an owner of geriatric facilities such as the one in which a patient died after a staff member refused to give her CPR, I can say with authority that in the absence of a do-not-resuscitate order, there is absolutely no morally justifiable reason to refuse to attempt to save the life of a struggling person. Given the litigious nature of our society, one may institute a protective policy, but such a policy must reflect the sanctity of human life, even that of the ill and aged - they too have rights.
November 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The chief executives of Dell Inc., Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and six other leading high-tech companies warned Tuesday that inaction on the so-called fiscal cliff is unacceptable and urged President Obama and Congress to work together to solve the problem and "implement a pro-growth framework. " "Failure to act will undermine our economy and make the challenge or restoring growth and fiscal sustainability that much more difficult," the executives, who make up the Technology CEO Council, said in a letter to the White House and lawmakers.
August 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office, in a dire projection for the U.S. economy, warned that if lawmakers failed to act, the large-scale fiscal tightening set to occur next year will push the nation into a deeper downturn than previously thought and cause the unemployment rate to jump back up to about 9%. The nonpartisan CBO, in its semiannual budget outlook Wednesday, forecast that the economy would shrink 0.5% next year if lawmakers failed...