It's that time of the year. The tree is up, lights on the house, whispers of presents for the grandkids and a sense of awe as we proceed through the Advent calendar. For my wife and me, Christmas has always been a joyous time, filled with family, festivities and a sense of wonder.
Two years ago, Florida was offered $50 billion over 10 years as part of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to low-income families who didn't qualify under the current eligibility requirements.
Using convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza's ham-handed video America: Imagine A World Without Her, to force Florida public school students to watch a warped view of the nation's history would be like requiring children to sit through a screening of Saw (1 through 7) as a biology primer on proper dissection …
The War on Christmas is over. Jesus won.
That's the implication of a new Pew Research Center survey that finds nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) believe that Jesus was literally born to a virgin. (About 40 percent of Americans say the Bible should, in general, not be taken literally but do believe in …
Elizabeth Warren's memoir begins with the story of a family in collapse. She was 12 years old when her father had a heart attack.
The Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate the showing of a conservative film to all eighth- and 11th grade students in Florida. I'm sure the supporters of the bill believe the documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her, will help influence the students' political beliefs.
In his 2010 campaign for governor, Rick Scott promised to cut $1 billion from Florida's nearly $2.4 billion budget for the Department of Corrections.
A divided nation has finally united, if only for a while.
It is clear that our efforts to defeat the Islamic State have been inadequate. Half-measures will not work against a growing threat from radical Islamists who are uniting fractured terrorist groups around the world under one banner.
Most of us don't save enough. When governments try to encourage saving, they usually enact big policies to increase the incentives.
It's probably worthwhile to think of these moments as Washington's version of The Jerry Springer Show, where some hapless oaf goes on national television to be exposed as a dolt.
In Vanity Fair, the Nobel-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz parses the implications of China's surpassing the United States as the world's largest economy. Read "The Chinese Century" in full at tbtim.es/ chinacentury …
Sen. Mark Pryor began his farewell speech with the usual homage to the institution and how he had a "front row seat to the making of history." But he quickly launched into a biting indictment of Congress.
We now have the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report on this nation's treatment of detainees, partially redacted at the insistence of intelligence agencies. The report may not shock us, for we have known of American abuse of detainees for more than 10 years.
The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program has quickly stirred up a white-hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies.
On Nov. 4, 1977, moments after the legendary CIA director Richard Helms received a suspended two-year sentence and a $2,000 fine for committing perjury by lying about U.S. covert action in Chile before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his former CIA colleagues gave him a standing ovation at a local country club. …
I spent this semester teaching creative writing at Lehigh University. I've been a soldier, a police officer and an interrogator. So hearing students call me "Professor" and assigning homework was a significant change of pace.
Most Americans consider themselves to be centrists, and more Americans are registering as independents or no party affiliation than as Democrats or Republicans.
This fall, federal regulators made a controversial decision to back down from tough new underwriting standards for mortgages. Some affordable-housing advocates, allied with parts of the corporate housing industry, had successfully argued that the proposed standards would make it too hard for people to qualify, thereby …
Too few Floridians get their flu shots. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reported that last year the Sunshine State had the worst influenza immunization rate in the United States, leaving our seniors and other susceptible groups disturbingly vulnerable.