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Alvin Bessent joined the Newsday editorial board in 1993. He writes about national government policy and politics.
If you buy prescription drugs, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling announced Monday will likely save you money. The top court's decision allowed federal regulators to go after pharmaceutical companies that pay their rivals to temporarily keep less expensive generic drugs off the market. The Federal Trade commissiion estimates so-called pay-to-delay deals cost consumers about $3.5 billion a year. Brand...Read more »
Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death this morning presents New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with both a political opportunity and a partisan dilemma.
Christie now has an opportunity to appoint a successor who would have the huge advantage of running for election in 2014 as an incumbent.
But does the Republican governor appoint a Democrat -- say Newark's popular Mayor Corey Booker -- and burnish...Read more »
The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay members for the first time in its 103-year history marks laudable progress for the venerable organization.
Implementing the enlightened new policy after Jan. 1, 2014, will provide a real-world lesson in character development for the group's 2.7 million young members.
Unfortunately the scouts left some work on the contentious...Read more »
The case for a fundamental shift in the nation’s approach to combating terrorists that President Barack Obama laid out Thursday — including a call for Congress to refine or even repeal the 2001 authorization for the use of military force — was both welcome and overdue.
The nation is still threatened by terrorists. Boston and Benghazi made that painfully clear. But the existence of a few individuals...Read more »
Remember all the recent caterwauling in Washington about trillion dollar plus budget deficits? Never mind. The latest estimate puts this year’s deficit — the difference between what comes in and what goes out — at $642 billion. That’s half what it was four years ago and $200 billion less than was projected just three months ago. So, what happened? The economy got off the mat and began growing. That...Read more »
IRS officials owe the nation more than a canned apology. It must provide honest answers about who is responsible for letting politics creep into it process.
The agency made a chilling admission Friday, acknowledging that the tax collectors singled out conservative political groups for unfair scrutiny between 2010 and 2012. An agency with privileged access to the intimate details of our financial...Read more »
In a priceless comeuppance for Republicans who tried to suppress the Democratic vote in the 2012 election, black voters, who are overwhelmingly Democrats, turned out at a rate that surpassed that of whites for the first time on record.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 66.2 percent of eligible blacks voted, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible non-Hispanic whites.
And among all racial...Read more »
For the first time in a decade Congress is poised to take a high dive into the politics of immigration this week. Usually Washington waits until a problem becomes a crisis before taking the plunge. Not this time.
The situation with illegal immigration has actually gotten better. Border security has been beefed up dramatically in recent years. With the United States economy weak and the one...Read more »
Crazed or calculating? That's what the world needs to know about North Korea's young Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
The answer has been impossible to fathom so far. But the cloistered nation has nuclear weapons and long-range missiles and Kim's reckless saber-rattling has been incessant since he succeeded his father Kim Jong Il on Dec. 28, 2011. So hopefully the answer is calculating.
Kim...Read more »
As the American public passionately debates how to curb lethal gun violence here at home, the world’s nations are negotiating a treaty aimed at achieving the same result globally.
If approved, the Arms Trade Treaty which was debated Thursday at the United Nations would establish the first international standards for cross border sales of conventional weapons, a $70 billion a year trade in...Read more »