There was a striking moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee's debate on the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform bill when Republican Jeff Sessions and Democrat Charles Schumer argued over the number of immigrants who would be allowed into the country under the new legislation.
Where in the world is Edward Snowden? If you know his whereabouts, the United States intelligence community would like to talk with you.
The narrow boxes through which we find ourselves entering public debate over the rise of a totalitarian government surveillance infrastructure are driving me a little crazy.
I don't know what my parents were thinking, sticking me with a weird name like Jim. Why couldn't they have named me something cool, like Hal 2000 or Bandersnatch or Sasquatch or a thousand other cool names that the parents who really care about their kids would have come up with?
Last week, the California Legislature passed a $96.3 billion budget. Most discussions coming out of the one-party budget focus on the fact that the budget used the governor's more conservative revenue projections, but legislative Democrats won in their push for higher spending, particularly for welfare grants, Common Core standards, and a scholarship entitlement program that does not protect students from tuition hikes. Worthy of public attention, however, are two trailer bills, Assembly Bill 76 and ...
There are countless things I do not understand about Republicans and their approach to public policy, but their fear and loathing of big government and "socialism" is near the top of the list.
The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere - road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems.
Uncle Earl was over at our house the other day helping me replace the exhaust manifold in the old green '99 Honda.
I'm being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long.
Republican support for immigration reform focuses mainly on political self-interest. Since 71 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of Asians voted Democratic last November, it's easy to see why smart Republicans are so concerned.
At some point it was inevitable that I would opine about love. I must confess that the urge had come up quite often but I've always been able to stifle it. The problem is that love isn't what it used to be. Sure we still sing that it makes the world go 'round, and will keep us together, and even that it is a many splendored thing. But the truth is love has fallen on tough times.
NEW YORK - My grandfather used to tell a story about a fellow who proposed to end poverty by taking half of the rich folks' money and giving it to the poor.
Swimming is not only one of the best ways to stay cool when temperatures heat up; it is also one of the best ways to stay fit.
John Landis, director of the 1980 Blues Brothers movie, used the address of iconic Wrigley Field in Chicago - 1060 West Addison Street - to great comic effect.
Yes, it is possible. You can pursue the American dream. And maybe even be on your way to achieving it by age 11.
SANTA CLARTA - I'm not good at talking to audiences. I don't like talking to audiences. When I am excited, I talk quickly and in a painfully high pitch. When I am emotional, not even my parents, who've had 20 years to learn, can understand my words.
The fact is, everything stands or falls on leadership. Leaders understand the importance of bringing people together to accomplish more than any could do alone. The best leaders are able to recognize future challenges and opportunities, assess and use their team's strengths while protecting their weaknesses, and mobilize efforts in the right way when crises arise. But more than anything else, good leaders have a laser-like focus on the mission they have been charged to accomplish.
Our federal government has been tough on those who would do intentional harm to our nation and its people. Gitmo is filled with "suspected terrorists" - from taxi drivers found in the wrong place at the wrong time to actual bad guys who would slash us with box cutters or far worse if given a chance.
I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the crime that starts the story rolling. New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco have more than their fair share of detectives. So does London, and for some reason, rural England. The butler rarely does it, but mystery readers seem to really love ...
Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.
Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.
Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.
"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.
Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.
My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.