By RICHARD L. FOX and JENNIFER L. LAWLESS
During the 2012 presidential election, we conducted a national survey of more than 4,200 high school and college students. We asked about their attitudes toward politics and current events, their career aspirations and their political ambition. The results are stark. Only 11 percent of our survey respondents reported that, someday, when they were older, they might consider running for political office.
By JENNIFER RUBIN
For some time, the House has been called “dysfunctional” by critics on the right and the left. House hardliners were largely responsible for the government shutdown. The speaker has undergone a series of ordeals, including the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the “fiscal cliff,” because a significant segment of his caucus is unrealistic. But now the House is at least doing its job professionally.
BY JOY-ANN REID
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one thing is clear: We are living in an age of strange and persistent cruelty, and our politics is making things worse.
BY JACK LEVINE
Each of us has much to be thankful for — our lives, families, friendships, and hopefully, work that fulfills us. While there is no perfection in life, let’s admit that the glass is more than half full for most of us most of the time.
BY JOHN HOBLICK
Like generations of our ancestors, most people in our society will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their families. They will also find a moment to reflect upon the many blessings we are privileged to receive.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
You may not dance.
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
Some people never change and never disappoint. Take Charlie Crist. He showed up for an interview with me the other day with his fan.
BY BRIAN J. SIEGAL
This year, for the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide in what many in the Jewish community are calling “Thanksgivukkah.” The eight-day Jewish holiday begins at sundown on Wednesday. The next day is Thanksgiving.
BY JOE BIDEN
In 1956, the world’s first container ship, the Ideal X, sailed from New York harbor to the Port of Houston. Instead of sacks and crates stuffed in a musty hull, the ship carried 58 neatly packed containers on its deck. Shipping costs fell drastically, and global commerce changed forever. A world of opportunity — and competition — had arrived.
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
Michelle Bachelet will soon return to Chile’s government house. Chileans like her, and she probably deserves to return. She went through La Moneda once and left it with a very high approval rate.
BY MARY SANCHEZ
Just in time for the holidays, your low-wage employer wants you to know it really cares. And would you mind tidying up the condiment stand on your way to the soup kitchen?
Happiness is attending the 30th Miami Book Fair International. The authors were great, the food booths superb, the energy fun, the books for sale irresistible and the music inspired.
BY EDWARD WASSERMAN
The news media love anniversaries, and this month’s surge of commemoratives marking the assassination of President Kennedy is just the opening bell for a media observance that will go on for years — the 50th anniversary of the Sixties.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
According to one of South Korea’s largest newspapers, JoongAng Ilbo, the Pyongyang regime executed 80 North Korean citizens in one day, for crimes including watching smuggled videos or owning a bible.
BY DANA MILBANK
When the good people of southwest Florida elected Trey Radel last year to represent them in Washington, they probably didn’t expect him to be doing so from Room 314 of D.C. Superior Court.
BY MIRTA OJITO
A lot has changed since the first time I walked the halls of the United Nations building in this Swiss city in February 1988.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
BY CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
Catholics can generally be divided into three groups: the “devout,” the “I doubt,” and the “I’m out.”
BY DANA MILBANK
Congress is broken, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789.
SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
BY JOE CARDONA
It’s been 20 years since Sister Helen Prejean wrote her landmark book, Dead Man Walking, and yet time and celebrity have not worn down the Catholic nun’s resolve — she continues her crusade against capital punishment and does it the old fashioned way, travelling around the country sharing her experiences one lecture hall, church and civic group at a time.
SENATE FILIBUSTER RULE
By GAIL COLLINS
One of the many problems with the Senate filibuster rule is that it requires us to think about the Senate filibuster rule.