This morning, over 120 children’s book authors and illustrators sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern for “our readers,” a.k.a. tots through tweens. The undersigned, who include such luminaries as Maya Angelou, Judy Blume, Jules Feiffer, Phillip Hoose, and Jane Yolen, say they fear the preponderance of testing in American schools keeps children from learning to love to read.
This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider manufacturing industry trade groups and Republican-held state governments' case to repeal some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations. And for both the agency and industry, the real question is what that decision signals for President Obama’s climate change plan, and in particular for the new carbon standards for power plants he tasked the EPA with creating in the coming year.
President Obama should give in. Yes, this mess is all the Republicans’ fault. Yes, it’s outrageous that they can hold the government hostage in order to reargue a law that’s been voted on, signed, enacted, and upheld by the Supreme Court. Yes, it’s a terrible precedent. Nevertheless, he should give in.
America has an uneasy relationship with the idea of the unpaid internship. On the one hand, it’s a way for young people to get some experience and learn some things. On the other, it’s a form of resume-building that’s rigged in favor of kids who can afford it—and especially of kids whose connections can get them hired.
In today’s paper, The Washington Post writes that President Obama has “staked the credibility of the United States—and his presidency—on his call for a military operation.” In the Wall Street Journal, Bill Galston warned more darkly of the consequences of Congress rejecting a strike on Syria: “A loss would shatter
Both men start their handshake way too early. Nerves. There's eye contact, but no smile from Obama. Handout/Getty Images Even up close, it looks like there's eye contact and smiling, but there's not. Handout/Getty Images Seriously, these men do not want to look each other in the eye.
Today, President Obama finally addressed the main question that has gripped this town on Syria: will he or won't he?He will, as we knew he would. But now he has added for himself another hurdle on the road to Damascus: Congress.Citing "some people's" reluctance to repeat the example of David Cameron losing control over his party in Parliament, Obama said, no, he was going to take this thing to Congress because we are a Constitutional democracy.
An attack would be illegal and ineffective. It wouldn't satisfy hawkish critics, either.
The only real choice is between pushing for regime change and not getting involved. He should choose the second one
We must do something in Syria
The trouble with complexity in Syria
Barack Obama's choice on Syria will define his presidency
The Syria choice will decide the tug-of-war between idealism and restraint in the Obama administration—and in the president's self-definition.