WASHINGTON -- The other day a few senators remembered they have rather well-paid jobs which they haven't bothered to show up to for weeks and held a hearing on a burning issue -- statehood for the District of Columbia.
Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera knows that home ownership is key to ridding the inner city of what he calls "blight" -- abandoned or dilapidated homes, others stuck in foreclosure proceedings that make a sale or rehabilitation next to impossible.
The National Football League's poor handling of the now infamous domestic incident involving Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice has sent the league spinning into damage control mode. It's clear that the NFL requires an enormous effort to regain its credibility, and that effort should start with new leadership at the top.
Ukrainian officials reported last Tuesday that Russian military personnel and equipment have been widely observed moving east and crossing the border back into Russia, leading many to speculate that the crisis was de-escalating. Thursday however, the European Union bloc of nations proceeded with the implementation of a new and more severe round of economic sanctions, which will be matched by and coordinated with America. Most significantly, this latest tightening of the screws will ban U.S. and European companies from all aspects of oil exploration in Russia's Arctic, deep seas, and shale formations, including the technology required for such exploration.
I want to believe. I want to believe that President Obama wants to win a war even more than he wants to get a bounce in the polls to help Democrats hold at least one house of Congress in this fall’s mid-term elections.
“Who’s behind Seth Moulton?” the announcer asks. “Moulton took money from a special-interest group that only funds Republicans. NRA-backed Republicans who voted to outlaw abortions, tea partyers who say they’ll end the Medicare guarantee. Seth Moulton’s special-interest friends gave nearly half a million to 67 Republicans but donated to just one politician who wants you to believe he’s a Democrat. Huh, what do they know that Seth Moulton won’t tell us?”
Broad smiles and bitter tears intermingled by turns as the St. Augustine congregation remembered John E. Fenton Jr. during his recent funeral service. "How do you bury a giant?" the celebrant rhetorically asked the gathered mourners who were comprised of family, a lifetime supply of friends and more lawyers than were in attendance in any Massachusetts courthouse at that same hour.
The House Republican leadership appears to have forestalled for now any threat by the party's often fractious tea party forces to force a government shutdown to get their way on issues from immigration to the Export-Import Bank.
Sept. 12, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the "first AmeriCorps boots on the ground." Massachusetts has been there with AmeriCorps every step of the way. From the first swearing-in ceremony on the Boston Common on Sept. 12, 1994, to today when more than 3,000 AmeriCorps members serve every day in communities throughout the commonwealth. As the "birthplace of national service" Massachusetts has much to celebrate and recognize in the last 20 years.
In 1949, George Orwell published "Nineteen Eighty-Four," his famous portrait of a totalitarian regime whose "Ministry of Truth" spews rank propaganda called "Newspeak" that turns historical facts on their head.
The overt invasion of Ukraine by Russia's army, after months of covert aid to rebel forces, has generated the most serious crisis in Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s -- and perhaps since World War II. NATO has an obligation to respond skillfully, while trying to avoid direct combat with Russian forces -- if possible.