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Alvin Bessent joined the Newsday editorial board in 1993. He writes about national government policy and politics.
Hurry up and wait.
That's the story of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's crusade to move the prosecution of sexual assaults in the U.s. military out of the chain of command.
Her revolutionary amendment to strip commanders of that authority and give it to professional military prosecutors was queued up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. With 53 senators publicly backing it (and maybe a...Read more »
Few people heard of “compounding pharmacies” before a meningitis outbreak killed 64 people a year ago. The disease was traced to a tainted, injectable steroid medication shipped across the country from a mold and fungus infested facility outside Boston where it was mass produced without federal oversight.
Thanks to a gap in the law the New England Compounding Center’s operation was perfectly...Read more »
Turnout in today's election is expected to be dismal, which is too often the case in New York and the nation.
The world’s greatest democracy should have the world’s highest voter turnout. Sadly, it doesn't. Not even close.
Coming in at 138 out of 172 industrialized nations, the United States falls embarrassingly near the bottom. Only 57.5 percent of those eligible actually voted in the...Read more »
Buffeted by diplomatic blowback, President Barack Obama now says he may order America’s spies to stop tapping the phones of our allies' leaders.
Sen. Diane Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that’s what White House officials told her. But as usual with espionage, there’s enough wiggle room in that declaration for a Miley Cyrus twerk-fest.
The administration...Read more »
The controversy over the United States' surveillance of phone calls has gotten personal for some of the world's heads of state.
The leaders of Germany, Mexico, Brazil and France yowled in protest recently when they discovered U.S. intelligence operatives may have swept up their call data. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Barack Obama directly and angrily demanded to know if...Read more »
The shutdown outrage du jour — the delay in paying death benefits to families of fallen military personnel — is fortunately one where there’s an easy fix.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that before the shutdown began, Congress gave the Defense Department authority to pay the $100,000 benefit along with transportation and burial costs to the families. While it may not be...Read more »
House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called the president’s offer to negotiate a budget, but only if Republicans first reopen the government and abandon the threat of default, “a demand for unconditional surrender.”
What an Orwellian spin from the party that, in order to work its will, is demanding concessions from President Barack Obama on a list of issues from Obamacare to spending, entitlements...Read more »
It was not a good day for for democracy in Egypt Wednesday. Not with the nation’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, being ousted in a military coup.
Morsi was a terrible leader. Backed by the Muslim Brotherhood he temporarily claimed almost dictatorial powers and locked everyone but his Islamist allies out of the government. And he did nothing to improve the economy,...Read more »
Anyone who hoped for a blockbuster affirmative action ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday has to be horribly frustrated. The court took a pass.
With the hot issues of same sex marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Voting Rights Act, all queued up for decisions in the next few days, court watchers now have to entertain the possibility that what has the makings of an historic court...Read more »
A Congress that can't manage to do much of anything should avoid the need to do some things over and over again. That includes what's become an annual fight to make sure the interest rate on college student loans doesn't double.
Nobody wants that to happen, least of all the millions of students with little choice other than to pile on debt. But the rate on subsidized Stafford loans will bound...Read more »