Nineteen states already have estate taxes. Expect them to raise rates and other states to impose estate taxes.
Americans fear the impact Islamic fundamentalists will have on changes in the Middle East. But they need look no further than their own Christian Right for an example of religious conservatives participating in democracy – with civic persuasion, not violence.
Secretary Clinton's speech on Internet freedom was full of good news. The US has a more grown-up view of the complexities of Internet freedom and its importance. The bad news was in what Clinton didn't address: the role US foreign policy and US companies play in Internet oppression.
The iPhone confession app is stirring age-old questions: Do mediating objects assist or hinder in the pursuit of grace? Do things lessen the sincerity or authenticity of religious action?
In 1187, Jerusalem was engulfed by an angry, surging Muslim sea. Today, revolution in the Arab world – particularly in Egypt – is making Israel anxious.
Competing groups often unite in a big national effort -- a revolution or war, for example. But after the dust settles comes the hard part: Building a political mechanism to resolve differences
Children of less educated parents often enter school unprepared for instruction – programmed for academic failure. But early coaching for parents with pre-school age children can change that trajectory. Why not include more of these cost-effective ideas in education reform?
With elections approaching, Ireland’s leaders need to put the blame-game for the Celtic Tiger's downfall in the attic for now, and get on with the business of recovery. A debt-laden Ireland – and the European countries that bailed it out – require it.
After his role in Egypt's revolution, Obama must lay out a strategy to promote democracy in the Middle East with actions, not just words -- and get the GOP on board, too.
I am only 22 years old, and Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron fist for my entire life. But during the protests, I saw a new Egypt emerging – my Egypt. Men didn’t deal with me as a woman but as a fellow citizen. In place of the normal class and religious divisions, I only saw acceptance.
The Egyptian uprising has inspired people throughout the Middle East. But because of deep ethnic differences, the wave popular unrest is crashing into other countries in vastly different ways.
The ouster of dictators in Egypt and Tunisia made it imperative for Hillary Clinton to lay out a US plan to keep the Internet open for people seeking freedom. But exactly how remains an open question.
President Obama's $3.7 trillion budget would derail the American Dream. Conservatives must frame the debt issue in a way that engages young people without scaring older voters or neglecting social conservatives. Yet most of the 2012 Republican hopefuls at last weekend's CPAC don't get it.
Medicare and the new federal health-insurance program will boost costs that Congress will have to rein in.
President Reagan's championship of the unfree would have made him deeply sympathetic to the Egyptian protesters who toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Despite initial wavering, President Obama's response was in line with what Reagan might have done – let ideals triumph over the maneuverings of diplomacy.
As protests shake much of the Middle East, Israel should be less concerned with nonviolent Palestinian resistance movements than with what it would mean for them to fail. Israel should engage, not sideline, these groups. The alternatives for such a frustrated people aren't peaceful.
President Obama's 2012 budget proposal was launched into a barrage of criticism. What emerges will bear little resemblance to the document released on Monday.