Judiciary appreciates support for Kona judiciary complex
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Washington’s seeming inability to focus on more than one international crisis at a time has been a boon to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. It also has diverted attention from the bankruptcy of Obama administration policy.
WASHINGTON — The filibuster has been used to delay many things over the years: civil rights, spending bills, presidential nominees and, most recently, Obamacare. But this may be the first time in history that a group of senators filibustered themselves.
Even though both parties would prefer to stop legislating until Election Day, reality will intercede here and there. One case in point: The country needs to pay for its roads, rails, bridges and ports, but transportation funding is again approaching a crisis point.
WASHINGTON — Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas? Are they really reappraising their approach, or are they trying to adjust their image just enough to win elections?
Most of island is like a Third World country
Reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers
To hear Republicans tell it, the federal government’s constant changes to Obamacare, including Wednesday’s two-year reprieve for insurance plans that don’t meet the law’s tough new standards, rank somewhere between treason and Thanksgiving tofurkey on the scale of outrageousness.
WASHINGTON — When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier?
For an entirely predictable event, retirement is going to come as a shock to tens of millions of Americans — a financial shock, that is. Many people in their 50s and 60s are about to find that the money they’ve set aside for retirement is too meager to support the standard of living they’d hoped for. Soon, the long-expected U.S. retirement crisis will no longer be a forecast; it’s becoming a brutal fact.
WASHINGTON — What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
Bicyclists deserve space on our roads
Don’t delist humpback whales
More than a dozen years after the attacks of 9/11, it is time to treat government decisions made in the aftermath as history — to be debated and learned from. This is especially true of the misguided program of interrogation and torture carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency. In the years after the attacks, so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” that did not measure up to American values nor international law were brought to bear on detainees. We need to know the full story of how that happened.
WASHINGTON — Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee leading numerous investigations of the Obama administration, found a new way to silence Democratic critics who question his actions: He shut off the microphones.