Having lived through seemingly a full range of presidents and presidential performances over the preceding decades—from the similarly ineffective stints of an exceptionally intelligent nuclear physicist and an underachieving C-student, to the two iconic two-term performances of our time: one by a Hollywood actor and Eureka College cheerleader, the other a Rhodes Scholar—what my observations tell me is that a great communicator is most enabled to achieve a great presidency.
Late Wednesday night, Congress finally voted to end the 16-day government shutdown, pushing the debt ceiling to February 7, 2014. While both Democrats and Republicans had to make concessions to pass the continuing resolution, there is still much blaming coming from both sides, and neither views this is a legitimate long term solution to the debt problem. With the shutdown over and furloughed government employees back at work, read what some people are saying about the aftermath and where we are headed from here.
In this interview, Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, sits down with Diplomatic Courier Video Correspondent Monica Gray to discuss a range of policy issues including the global implications of the government shutdown, the administrations missteps in Syria and the big problem with world leaders today.
A new paper by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen has discovered that the proportion of enslaved residents in 1860 — 153 years ago — predicts race-related beliefs today.
The government shut down began last Tuesday, October 1, leading to a great deal of frustration amongst politicians and citizens alike. It is not clear how much longer the shut down will last, but thus far it has led to thousands of federal employees being furloughed and essential funding for programs such as Head start being cut. The longer the shut down lasts, the larger the consequences will be. The lack of progress in negotiations has caused a great deal of tension as the debt ceiling deadline quickly approaches on October 17th.
Last Monday, the United States was shocked and saddened by yet another mass shooting rampage, this time just miles from the White House at Washington, DC's Navy Yard. As with recent tragedies in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn., as well as the high-profile George Zimmerman case in Florida, the general public and elected officials have called for serious gun control reform.
The glaring illogicality just ruining the great theater that is Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), to its apparent imposition of a communal healthcare system upon the storied, once truly free and independent American man (Sorry ladies, I do believe this is stated correctly.), is that this dreaded communal calamity is already the state of healthcare in the United States; it is a communal, universal system of the most ineffective and expensive sort. Whether or not the United States will adopt a universal healthcare system is a non-debate,that decision was made in the affirmative long ago when Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986.
At a family reunion that I recently attended, I was approached by one of my distant cousins with a revelation that immediately stopped me in my tracks: “I need to lose weight.” What was troubling about the statement is that these words were spoken by a self-doubting, weight-appropriate, eight-year-old child. While the health consequences of being obese – heart disease, stroke, diabetes – are dire, a recent journal article in Pediatrics suggests that overweight children who have lost a considerable amount of weight are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia later in life.