December 4, 2013 |
Martin Bashir has learned something Alec Baldwin already knows: Even a cable news host can say too much. MSNBC announced Wednesday that Bashir, a commentator and host of the 4 p.m. hour, is leaving after an uproar over his remarks last month about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Disputing Palin's position that compared the national debt to slavery, Bashir during an on-air segment called Palin "America's resident dunce" and then suggested a slave-like scatalogical punishment for her. (Entire video is below; warning: strong language.)
November 9, 2013
Re "A crisis of competence," Editorial, Nov. 7 Listening to the discourse in Washington, many Americans feel that compromise is not feasible in the near future. I cannot help but think of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when representatives from the 13 states came together and compromised on principle, for the survival of the nation, to create the government that currently exists. For the sake of our nation, can we now compromise on principle again and focus on other matters such as the national debt and avoid another government shutdown?
October 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis. This time, though, the parties come to the table with serious incentives to reach a deal. Both want to make changes to mandatory budget cuts that kick in next year, slicing into Pentagon accounts that Republicans want to protect, and domestic programs, such as Head Start early education classes, that Democrats favor.
October 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As Democrats and Republicans prepare for negotiations over the next round of the scheduled budget cuts known as the sequester, incentives for both have swung toward a small deal, rather than the sort of “grand bargain” President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) once tried to negotiate. On the Democratic side, interest in a grand bargain that would reduce long-term deficits by cutting Social Security and Medicare and increasing tax revenue has faded.
October 18, 2013
Re “Crisis averted - for now,” Oct. 17 Although it's tempting to feel relief that our government is restarting, we must recognize the irreparable damage that's occurred in the last 16 days. A small, extremist faction of Republicans put people out of work, bruised our international reputation, desensitized us toward the ploy of brinkmanship and made us a more cynical nation. California voters are fortunate to have congressional representatives who are, in general, balanced and represent us well.
October 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Even as a deal was in the works to end the federal government shutdown, bickering continued Wednesday morning -- over the closing of national parks. House Republicans accused the National Park Service of barricading open-air monuments such as the World War II memorial in Washington to make the shutdown "as painful and visible as possible. " But Democrats ridiculed the hearing, coming as congressional leaders scrambled to avert a potentially economically calamitous default on the national debt and end the 16-day government shutdown.