opinion Nick Troiano Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EDT Sep 14, 2018 Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska drew national headlines last weekend after candidly replying to a tweet from a newly independent voter asking whether he, too, would consider leaving his party. “Yep — regularly consider it,” he said. This line of thinking isn’t new for the senator. In May 2016, he posted on Facebook: “Neither political party works. They bicker like children about tiny things. ... These two national political parties are enough of a mess that I believe they will come apart. ... When people’s needs aren’t being met, they ultimately find other solutions.” In March 2017, he tweeted that he considers himself to be “an independent conservative who caucuses with Republicans.” On Sunday, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “The main thing that the Democrats are for is being anti-Republican and anti-Trump, and the … [Read more...] about Ben Sasse should quit Republican Party, become independent, help America
Cities account for only about 3% of America’s land area, but they are home to more than 80% of the population. And that figure is still rising. The worldwide trend to urbanization may be driven by any number of local social and economic factors, but it usually comes down to one thing: opportunity. Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s a job or the love of your life, you’ll have a greater chance of finding it in a city. You’ll also have better access to health care and education, and more opportunities to make—and spend—money. But urbanization comes with a range of major social, economic and health problems such as poverty, crime and violence. City dwellers soon learn to ignore the big issues and put up with traffic, money worries and a lower standard of living as payment for all the extra opportunities. Until, one day, they wake up and realize their love affair with the city is over and they’re ready for suburbia. The good news is … [Read more...] about Ranked: The Least Stressed Cities in America
In the coming weeks, the Trump administration will decide the annual refugee admissions ceiling for fiscal year 2019. The decision involves not only the total number of refugees to admit, but from where to admit them. Absent from the administration’s tough border security rhetoric is recognition that the number of refugees we admit, and where we admit them from, has a direct connection to the number of people showing up at the southern border to seek asylum. This oversight is not unique to the current administration. For years, the United States has admitted more refugees from outside the Western Hemisphere than within it. In fiscal year 2016, when the Obama administration increased the refugee ceiling from 70,000 to 85,000, it allocated a paltry 3,000 slots, or 3.5 percent, to refugees from the Latin America and Caribbean region. In fiscal year 2017, when the Obama administration again significantly increased the refugee ceiling — this time from … [Read more...] about More refugees from Central America means fewer illegal entries at the border
Garth Brooks says he may take up Simon Cowell's suggestion to help one of the "American's Got Talent" hopefuls to write some music. (Reuters) Garth Brooks says a collaboration with America's Got Talent hopeful Michael Ketterer might happen after all! Following Ketterer's incredible performance during the first night of this season's AGT semi-finals, judge Simon Cowell suggested that a country icon like Brooks would be the perfect person to write a song especially for Ketterer to sing during the finals. A little over a week later, Brooks appeared in a new installment in his Facebook Live video series, Inside Studio G, where he addressed Cowell's suggestion, and said there's a chance that he might be able to make it happen. 'AGT' Singer Michael Ketterer's Wife and Six Children Share Their Family Story (Exclusive) "I actually got to talk to Michael, I talked to him on the phone, just to get ideas about, if we did write a song, what … [Read more...] about Garth Brooks may take on Simon Cowell’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ mentor challenge
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Upshot Supported by Crisis and Consequences ByNeil Irwin Sept. 12, 2018 A decade ago this week, Wall Street imploded. Read our special coverage . It’s hard to overstate But for all that anger, the engineers of the American crisis response got the economics mostly correct, and more right than most of those — including leading economic thinkers and prominent politicians — who were second-guessing them. I was a beat reporter covering the events at the time and the key players — including the former Treasury secretaries Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner, and the former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke — and then wrote a book on the crisis. Looking back on it a decade later, I’m struck by the way that I, and they, misunderstood what “success” would actually … [Read more...] about The Policymakers Saved the Financial System. And America Never Forgave Them.