Why Christmas matters

by Jane Chastain -- Last week, I went into the Gap to buy a gift card for a young friend of ours. I asked for one that said "Merry Christmas," and the more…

The refugee grinch in the White House

by Jane Chastain -- Cold, heartless, cruel, callous, merciless, hard-hearted! Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Republicans and others who want to put the more…

Defund Planned Parenthood yourself

by Jane Chastain -- This week, Congress will present President Obama with a bill to fund the government through the remaining fiscal year, and Obama will veto it. Why? Because the bill more…

Obama declares war!

by Jane Chastain -- Seven years into his presidency Barack Obama finally found his mojo and declared war! Americans were astonished that within three weeks of the bloody Paris attacks, the U.S. more…

Young refugees: Send 'em to fight in Syria

by Jane Chastain -- "Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motive." – Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" President Obama still is refusing more…

GOP establishment: Kentucky fried

by Jane Chastain -- Let's get real: There is a lot of angst among the GOP establishment over the outcome of the Kentucky governor's race. You would think that they would be more…

Boehner's gone -- who's crying now?

by Jane Chastain -- "It stinks!" That was how incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explained the back-room deal hatched by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leaders that raised the more…

America on slavery's slippery slope

by Jane Chastain -- The average life of a democracy is 200 years. Our country has outlived its expiration date largely because it is a democratic republic with a constitution that guarantees more…

What is democratic socialism?

by Jane Chastain -- Bernie Sanders, a socialist, has achieved quite a following in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. How many of his followers really know what he stands more…

Free your congressman from the House monarchy

by Jane Chastain -- Last week, our republic dodged a bullet when, at the 11th hour, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he was removing himself from consideration for speaker of more…