What do you get when you mix a Republican-dominated House with a Democratic-majority Senate? Answer: not much— at least, not much legislation to address the country’s major challenges.
The Obama administration has cut an interim nuclear deal with Iran that gravely worries some of America's strongest allies in the Middle East and even gives pause to some of President Barack Obama's allies in the U.S. Senate.
Americans have always had their differences and disagreements, but rarely have they been more polarized than today. President Barack Obama is at his lowest approval rating ever— 39 percent. Even so, he ranks higher than the Republican Party, which is viewed favorably by only 28 percent of Americans.
Americans are no strangers to disaster.
It wasn’t so long ago that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was having trouble with his constituents. His approval numbers were below 45 percent and some pundits were writing is political obituary.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler exercised very poor judgment in hanging out at a teenage beach party last summer. There was obviously underage drinking taking place and for him to contend he didn’t notice is not believable. However, now it’s time to move on.
President Barack Obama promised “the most transparent administration in history.” The jury remains out on that.
We get the picture that Washington is one beat-up town after the brutal budget fight. However, politicians in the White House and on Capitol Hill cannot wait for wounds to heal. They must get on with the nation’s business.
Cities all over America have reported an increase in panhandling and a corresponding increase in attempts to control or ban it— as well as in lawsuits challenging the restrictions. Crafting an ordinance to better regulate panhandling is a difficult task, but one that Baltimore, with input from advocates for the poor, should attempt.
President Barack Obama's decision to nominate Janet L. Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve Bank's Board of Governors was both timely and a good choice.