The insidious nature of addiction is rooted in the addict's physical and psychological being. No matter how many cautionary movies, parental admonishments and societal pressures are brought to bear, addiction is a disease that subverts the most basic human instincts: self-preservation and survival.
When I interviewed the head of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere division last week, he didn’t mince words about the possibility of Venezuela descending into even greater economic chaos.
Thousands of federal inmates still serving time under sentences that would not have been imposed under a new law. Most are black. Society made a judgment, expressed in a bipartisan political consensus, that disparities of this kind were irrational and racially inequitable.
The House Republicans who refused to renew expiring federal jobless benefits before leaving Washington for an extended Christmas break have shown no inclination to revisit the issue when they return to work in January.
The Obama administration, which is negotiating separate free trade deals with Asian and European countries, is “exploring” a regional trade plan for the Americas that would be the most ambitious hemispheric initiative in years.