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U.S.-Afghan Security Agreement Must Focus on Border

The United States and Afghanistan have negotiated a security agreement that Karzai says the future government in Kabul must decide whether it will accept it or not. His regime has also been talking to the Taliban, trying to make peace with them.

There’s Nothing Offending Washington Redskins

Moscow Must Pressure Tehran, Like Damascus

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani seeks better relations and talks with the United States. This is a positive development and ought to be pursued, but talks can also be used as a delay tactic and result in nothing.

Raise Debt Ceiling with Significant, But Careful, Deficit Reduction

The federal government will shut down in two weeks, and America could default, if the Administration and Congress, especially House Republicans, fail to agree on raising the debt ceiling and paying the country’s bills.

Instead of Defunding ObamaCare, Make It Affordable

Some conservative Republicans are still dreaming about defunding or repealing ObamaCare, which is the law of the land, whether we like it or not. Speaker Boehner and other Republicans have moved away from the idea of defunding, which could result in a government shutdown,…

Minimum Wage Should Be Higher, But…

The minimum wage ought to be higher, but not under current antibusiness antilabor conditions!

Egyptians Need Stability and Representation

Egypt is on the brink of civil war and the military must move quickly to establish national reconciliation among all Egyptians. Mohamed Morsi was democratically-elected as president by a majority of the people, and must be allowed to go free to begin the process…

Simplify “Grand Bargain” to Pass Quickly

President Obama should link corporate tax cuts to eliminating tax loopholes only, not other spending initiatives. His spending ideas are well-intended, but they should be debated separately.

Goal of Two-State Solution Requires Diplomatic Boldness, Consistency

  After a three-year hiatus in Mideast talks, Secretary of State John Kerry invited Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C. to set up a plan for future negotiations. While there’s plenty of hope, no breakthrough is expected anytime soon. First of all, such…

High Gasoline Prices Keep Lid on Consumer Spending, Recovery

The price of gasoline has reached $4 per gallon again in some U.S. cities, hurting consumers and businesses, especially those who are poor and middle class. High prices are containing the U.S. and world economy. Before the onset of the war in Iraq, oil…