Category Archives: public policy

Trump Rebounds in his Return to the Debate Stage

Having defied political gravity with an unconventional campaign, Republican front-runner and novice politician Donald Trump broke another ironclad rule nine days ago: He skipped the debate ahead of the nation’s first primary contest over a tiff with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, the scheduled moderator. Then the celebrity billionaire — whose campaign cornerstone is “winning” — came in second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, his chief rival, in the Iowa caucus Continue reading

New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what’s known as gay conversion therapy. The Democratic governor’s move, announced Saturday, comes as gay rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental health organizations have repudiated. Continue reading

Viewer’s Guide: Clinton, Sanders clash over economic divide

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The face-to-face meeting between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is rooted in an intensifying debate over who understands the great divide between rich Americans and everyone else. The theme has long been key to the contest between Democrats, but with Martin O’Malley’s exit from the race this week, that contest is focused and dagger-sharp, and it’s rooted in the emotional question of which candidate would represent cash-strapped, everyday Americans Continue reading

Trump predicts US senators will endorse him over rival Cruz

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 race for president on the final weekend of campaigning before Monday’s leadoff Iowa caucuses (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Continue reading

With His Absence, Trump Dominates Another Debate

DES MOINES, Iowa – Donald Trump emerged larger than the presidential campaign itself Thursday night, daringly ditching the final nationally televised Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses to stage his own rally, which commanded at least as much attention as the debate itself. Trump, the GOP front-runner according to polling in each of the first three nominating states, not only defied conventional political wisdom by skipping the debate, but with his absence spurned the country’s most watched cable news channel and most influential media outlet among conservatives, Fox News. Continue reading

Why Danes Happily Pay High Rates of Taxes

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — As chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute, I talk to a handful of journalists every week from around the world. As Denmark consistently ranks among the happiest countries in the world, many of the journalists will look at me with disbelief and ask, “Danes pay some of the highest taxes in the world, so why are they so happy?” Denmark has one of the highest tax rates in the world, which is often mentioned as one of the biggest objections against the Danish welfare model. Continue reading

Terry Branstad Rips Ted Cruz Over Ethanol

Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa’s long-serving chief executive, hasn’t endorsed a primary candidate for president since 1996. While he showed no indication he will break that streak in 2016, Branstad, a Republican, made waves Tuesday by declaring Ted Cruz, who looks poised to win the Feb Continue reading

First play-park for disabled children to be set up in Madrid

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Chicago police unions push for destruction of old complaints

By JASON KEYSER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Unions representing Chicago police officers are fighting for the destruction of tens of thousands of documents from disciplinary files dating back several decades, just as activists and community leaders are demanding more access and transparency from a department under intense scrutiny after several controversial police shootings. The two unions’ contracts with the city stipulate that the records, including complaints alleging misconduct, be destroyed after five years in most cases if no litigation is ongoing. The city says it has had to keep the files because of federal court orders issued in litigation going back to the 1990s Continue reading

Nikki Haley’s GOP Response to State of the Union: Confident but Critical

It’s a political pothole, a thankless job that’s tripped up more than one ambitious, not-quite-ready-for-prime-time politician, including former Minnesota Rep. Continue reading