Category: Opinion

Does the public have a right to a speedy trial in the Trump case? 

The Supreme Court has just taken Donald Trump’s appeal of his claim — until now, denied — that, effectively, he is immune from prosecution for anything he did while president.   A further delay, of course.   Anyone paying any attention knows that Donald Trump has wanted to delay every criminal case against him since, well, forever. A speedy trial is the furthest thing from Trump’s…

How concerned should investors be about the Western alliance?

This question is being asked on both sides of the Atlantic in the wake of Donald Trump’s recent pronouncements on NATO, in which the former president stated that he would encourage Russia to attack NATO members that fall short on defense-spending goals.   Trump’s impact on the Republican Party is readily apparent as House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is blocking legislation to provide Ukraine with military support when Russia…

Elite high schools are the new model for diversity without affirmative action 

What if there was a plan that colleges and universities could adopt that could improve admissions, create stronger classes and increase diversity, all at the same time?  Impossible, many admissions officers might say, especially in the wake of last summer’s landmark affirmative action case.  And yet, this month, the Supreme Court left in place the admissions standards at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia…

Matthews: Counterfeit drugs: Losing your life instead of your weight 

Americans have long dreamed of a weight-loss drug that would help the pounds fall off. The good news is we now have those drugs. The bad news is the new drugs are in high demand, leading to short supplies. Plus, they can be expensive if insurance won’t cover them for weight loss. As a result, criminals are producing and selling counterfeit versions of the drugs that could…

If age forces Joe Biden to stand down, who will step up? 

A damning critique by Republican special counsel Robert Hur has brought President Biden’s age and declining faculties into sharp focus. After interviewing Biden, Hur described him as as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” who had “diminished faculties in advancing age.” While comparatively healthy for an 81-year-old man, Biden’s long-term speech impediments and memory losses are worrying many Americans.  If Biden’s age-related issues…

The medical gaslighting of long COVID patients could be nearing its end

Presiding last month at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), addressed the many issues faced by patients suffering from long COVID, an often debilitating condition that can persist for months or years following a SARS-CoV-2 infection.  In addition to inadequate research funding and the difficulty of accessing quality care, Sanders observed that “far too many patients have struggled to…

Trump’s colossal legal fees are draining his campaign at the worst time

If President Joe Biden has any advantage going into the 2024 presidential election, it’s that former President Donald Trump’s legal fees and primary challenges are a significant drain on the Trump campaign’s finances.  Indeed, with money playing an increasingly prominent role in political campaigns, particularly presidential contests, both Trump and Biden are facing a very similar problem, albeit for different reasons, and to varying degrees….

The GOP’s history of endangering American and global security

Republican support for Trump’s trashing of NATO and defunding Ukraine is just the latest demonstration of GOP myopia about the role of the United States in world affairs. The total American economic and military aid to Ukraine has so far amounted to just one-third of 1 percent of U.S. economic product — a lesser percentage than that in eleven NATO member states. Yes, most NATO…

Congress must act to defend our borders and aid our allies. Global security is at stake.  

As America grapples with the resurgence of authoritarian aggression abroad and chaos at our southern border, we stand at a crossroads.    The American-led security framework that has existed for nearly a century is under threat and at risk of collapse. In Eastern Europe, brave Ukrainian soldiers are on the front lines of democracy’s battle against Putin’s authoritarian regime in Russia. America’s military support, along with…

Even in recess, House GOP priorities are all screwed up

Following an unusually unproductive and chaotic session in 2023 — and the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this month without a shred of evidence that he committed a high crime or misdemeanor — the Republican-led House took a vacation. During the two-week recess, GOP leaders doubled down on another baseless, pointless, partisan witch hunt and made no visible progress on averting a government shutdown,…

The world must respond to Ethiopia’s Merawi Massacre 

It has taken three weeks, but the world is slowly confirming the details and coming to grips with a shocking atrocity in Africa’s second most populous nation. In the Ethiopian village of Merawi, government soldiers massacred civilians in door-to-door house raids, then dumped the victims’ corpses in the street. Government human-rights officials have now confirmed that at least 80 civilians were killed during the late-January…

Self-employed workers ‘politically homeless’, as 6 in 10 do not have faith in any party 

Nearly two in three self-employed people do not believe any of the main political parties represent their best interests. As the end of this government’s parliamentary term approaches, the major political parties are preparing for a general election, due no later than January 2025. But while politicians get on the war footing, the independent workforce is unsure that any of the mainstream parties represent their…

Supply chains are the gateway to sustainability

The business world is awash with talk of environmental, social and governance (ESG) activity, and particularly companies’ impact on the natural environment. Sustainability is the buzz word. In a 2023 report, Thomson Reuters Institute found that 71 per cent of businesses believe that the role of ESG in corporate performance will grow, and 91 per cent are already using third-party solutions to help with their…

How the US can ground Iran’s ‘terrorist airlines’

The Biden administration has a unique opportunity to step up its campaign against anti-American regimes in Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua. Recent actions demonstrate that serious application of tough sanctions can work. Biden should take note and act accordingly. Earlier this week, U.S. authorities flew a seized Boeing 747-300 cargo plane from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to a military airfield in South Florida. The plane had once belonged to Mahan…

Congress owes it to Americans to fund the Affordable Connectivity Program

Last week, enrollment for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides discounts to low-income households struggling to afford internet service, was forced to close due to congressional inaction and lack of funding. During the rollout of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Congress appropriated $14.2 billion for the ACP. The program goes hand in hand with the infrastructure bill’s $65 billion investment in updating and expanding high-speed broadband across the country, providing an incentive for internet…

Jon Stewart’s return perpetuates ugly partisan politics

Liberals of a certain age are excited that Jon Stewart is back behind the desk at “The Daily Show.” Comedy Central executives likely are too, as the ratings for his first show on Monday, Feb. 12 represented the highest episode in nearly six years. But I’m less ecstatic. A classic Stewart bit has a similar format. Stewart’s eyes widen, inviting his audience to wonder how…

Folorunsho Fatai: Governor Dapo Abiodun’s bold initiatives in Ogun State brings hope

As heatwaves sweep across West Africa, the recent AFCON football tournament’s frequent cooling breaks underscore the region’s scorching temperatures. However, Nigeria finds itself grappling with not just climatic heat but also economic pressures exacerbated by federal policies. Acknowledging the ongoing cash crunch is crucial, as denying its existence would be insensitive at best and wicked at worst. Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Ogun State,…

‘Friendshoring’ sounds nice, but who are America’s true friends?

As the world’s market-oriented democracies struggle to peacefully decouple from their authoritarian rivals, their trade dialogue sounds increasingly like insecure middle-schoolers: minerals clubs, resilience and “friendshoring.” That’s not much of a guide for real-world economic policy. Friendshoring sounds nice but remains ill-defined: Who, even, are our friends in the trade world? We’ve had disputes over trade matters recently with Canada and the European Union, after all.  Still, the term…

Elector’s Day, not Election Day, could be key to saving the vote

In our outrage against “fake electors” from the 2020 election, we are setting up a clear strategy for stealing the presidential election in 2024.  After the events of Jan. 6, 2021, we set out to map every strategy we thought was possible to flip an election against its legitimate winner. Our forthcoming book presents several strategies that would certainly fail, and a few that might…

David Cameron: Pass Ukraine funding for the sake of global security

I welcome the U.S. Senate passing the national security supplemental bill on Monday. This funding package before Congress, including support to Ukraine, matters greatly to UK and European security. I want to explain why. I believe in our special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Our partnership in defense of freedom.  This is personal for me. My grandfather stormed the beaches of…

To Save Ukraine, Speaker Johnson must find his inner Charlie Wilson

The movie “Charlie Wilson’s War,” based on the nonfiction book by George Crile, features Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson, the well-connected, hard-drinking, womanizing Democratic congressman from Texas who found the key to defeating the Soviet Union after its invasion and occupation of Afghanistan during the Cold War. As dramatically depicted In the movie, Wilson visits a huge, squalid Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan and realizes that the Afghan mujahideen…

As tax policy goes global, balancing independence and collaboration is crucial 

In 2024, the landscape for global commerce will be a regulatory warzone, with multiple international organizations battling for their own economic agendas.  The conflict’s two major players are stationed in Paris — at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — and New York — at the United Nations. Their respective plans are poised to make 2024 a transformative year for global tax policy. …

A Critical Business Challenge for 2024

Having seen the estimates from the ONS that the UK’s GDP fell by 0.2% in the three months to November 2023, combined with the news that the IMF has downgraded the UK’s growth forecast from 2% to 1.6% for the coming year, businesses may be wondering how to finally break the run of negligible growth and tap into the potential that many businesses are struggling…

To save local journalism, update the Public Broadcasting Act

During his time as the U.S. ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson wrote that if he faced a choice between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Jefferson would be disappointed with today’s trends. Increasingly, we are seeing government without newspapers, especially at the local level, where they are vital in informing the citizenry….

Biden is quietly narrowing the race against Trump, but challenges lie ahead

Very quietly, and without a lot of public attention, President Joe Biden has chipped away at former President Trump’s early lead in the general election, with recent polling showing Trump’s lead nationally down to just 2 points (44 percent to 42 percent) according to Morning Consult.  To be clear, Biden’s increase in the polls should be tempered by the fact that the polling is, at best,…

East Palestine anniversary calls for careful attention, not rushed legislation

One year ago today, there was a terrible rail accident in East Palestine, Ohio that shocked the nation. Thousands of gallons of hazardous materials were dumped into the environment, with an EPA-directed controlled burn-off resulting. Amazingly, there were no injuries from the accident itself to humans. So far, at least, there have been no deaths. The National Transportation Safety Board continues its careful investigation and…

This Black History Month, let’s finally break the cycle of racial inequality in our housing and education systems  

Black History Month in the United States is a time to focus on and celebrate the history of Black Americans. However, as we approach the 70th anniversary in May of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, this year’s celebration requires a more in-depth look at history’s impact on the present day, as well as its implications for Black…

High electricity prices have Europe facing deindustrialization; don’t let it happen here

After years of misguided energy policies, Europe’s electricity has become so expensive that trade unions have started warning of the threat of deindustrialization. The warning will hopefully prove a salutary one for the U.S., which is now headed down the same road to energy serfdom. Despite Germany shuttering its nuclear plants and sanctions disrupting the supply of Russian natural gas, the European Union has doubled…

A notorious Israeli spyware firm wants to use the Gaza war to make a comeback

In 2021, the Biden administration blacklisted the NSO Group, an Israeli company infamous for selling controversial commercial surveillance technology across the globe. But now pressure is mounting on the White House to reverse course. NSO Group lobbyists and several European governments claim the firm’s spyware — software for covertly collecting mobile phone data — has become indispensable in Israel’s fight against Hamas. But removing NSO Group’s blacklisted status would be a mistake. Doing so would endorse unconstrained…

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