The truth about the income gap

by Jane Chastain -- The number of people living in poverty in this country has been reduced. That is a cause for celebration in most circles, but not in the circle around more…

Buchanan, the misunderstood

by Jane Chastain -- Pat Buchanan is either the most misquoted or most misunderstood man on the planet. As a presidential speechwriter, columnist, television host, author of five books and, most recently, more…

Trials of the federal bench

by Jane Chastain -- Last Tuesday, Democrats in the Senate took an unusual step as they actually filibustered one of President Clinton's judicial nominees. However, this nominee is not representative of other more…

The Republican budget shell game

by Jane Chastain -- During the decades when Democrats controlled the United States Congress, Republicans referred to some of the sleight-of-hand that went on to get around budget constraints as "smoke and more…

Goodbye tax cuts; hello spending

by Jane Chastain -- Say goodbye to the 1 percent across-the-board tax cut. Goodbye to the elimination of the marriage penalty. Goodbye to the end of estate taxes and the alternate minimum. more…

America's first fallen female warrior

by Jane Chastain -- The United States has its first fallen war heroine. On Aug. 3, the plane carrying the body of Army Capt. Jennifer Odom arrived home in the dead of more…

You're rich!

by Jane Chastain -- You're rich! You may be struggling to pay off your credit cards, the mortgage on your home and the kids' braces. You haven't figured out where the money more…

Disaster relief

by Jane Chastain -- As Turkey is digging out from a disastrous 7.4 magnitude earthquake, here at home, various state congressional delegations are lining up to fight a proposal from Federal Emergency more…

Abortion and crime

by Jane Chastain -- In a world turned upside down, guns now are considered part of the national health debate and abortion is being credited with reducing crime. Last week, the results more…

Who is Linda Shenwick?

by Jane Chastain -- On Thursday, Aug. 5, the United States Senate confirmed Richard Holbrooke as ambassador to the United Nations. Holbrooke's nomination had been held up for 14 months, most recently more…