Darryl Woods, of College Park, Ga., could not believe what he was reading.
It was a permission slip from his child's charter school for the upcoming "holiday program."
"We will begin rehearsing popular American holiday music (such as Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad and Santa Claus is Coming to Town) during music class," the music teacher wrote in the letter. more >>
Ask a cancer patient about the need for affordable health care. The issue of healthcare quality is very personal to me. As a former cancer patient, I couldn't believe the out-of-pocket expenses that drastically affected my monthly budget! But affordable is only one aspect of the equation. Affordability should not produce poor quality. Yet it often does.
The debate over Obamacare is unlikely to be settled anytime soon. Even as the exchanges made their debut, we heard horror stories of crashing websites and confusing user interfaces. Fans of the law saw this as proof its popularity, while opponents viewed it as evidence of incompetence. But for all the hours spent arguing about the law, it would seem that journalists, politicians and citizens alike are still confused about what it all means. This goes not only for the details of the law itself, but also for the state of healthcare in the United States.
Certainly, there are many aspects of our healthcare system that can and should be reformed and improved. However, just because you change something does not mean you improve it. We have changed education many times in our nation, but whether or not we have improved it is certainly up for debate. The bottom line is this: what changes will actually improve health outcomes for Americans? more >>
WASHINGTON – The President Barack Obama administration, through the U.S. Department of Justice's legal advocacy, has been extreme in its defense of federal power, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said during a Thursday speech at The Federalist Society's "2013 National Lawyers Convention." To illustrate his point, Cruz discussed the nine times that the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected DOJ arguments.
Those nine cases are discussed in a report published by Cruz's office, which was handed out before the speech and is available on his website.
Cruz focused most of his remarks on three of those cases. more >>
President Barack Obama admitted on Thursday that the rollout for the Affordable Care Act was "fumbled," and announced that Americans will be able to keep their current insurance plans for one more year – if the insurers offer such an option.
The ACA has faced a number of problems since its launching on Oct. 1, with a website that has been plagued by glitches, and a growing number of people who have complained that they are losing their insurance plans, which contradicts previous promises the president had made.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and eight Christian leaders met in the Oval Office on Nov. 13 to discuss the faith community's role in passing immigration reform.
Months after the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" announced a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate, little has happened on the legislative front in a political season that has been dominated by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and government shutdown.
Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a progressive Christian social justice group, said that the meeting did not dwell on the specifics of the political challenges facing reform, but rather was the result of the president's curiosity on how the issue had been discussed within the faith community. more >>
"Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises." – William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
When the Bard of Avon wrote those words some four centuries ago, he wasn't describing Republican Senate candidates in 2010 or 2012, although the quote works well to illustrate how great opportunities can be frittered away. But now that the 2013 elections are over and the 2014 cycle is beginning to take shape, we've been thinking: What are fair expectations for both parties next year?
What follows are suggestions as to how observers should judge the results 12 months from now. more >>