Tomorrow the US Supreme Court begins hearing arguments on thePATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. The affectionate name for this legislation is “Obamacare.” This ambitious set of laws seeks to reform our healthcare system so that all Americans can benefit from our nation’s bounty when it comes to doctors, medication, hospitals…healthcare in general which is truly a Christian goal. We are Your people and we ask for Your intervention in revealing Your DIVINE WILL to the Justices of the Court. May all of us benefit from their final decision. Thank you, Lord!
THE WHITE HOUSE: Obama surprised the international financial world this morning by nominating Dartmouth’s president, Jim Kim, to head the World Bank.
As a native of South Korea and a physician with an expertise in public health — he’s best known for work to slow the spread of AIDS and tuberculosis — the 53-year-old Kim should be able to counter criticism from developing countries that the United States has misguided priorities for the 187-nation global lending consortium, which focuses on fighting poverty and promoting economic growth. “It’s time for a development professional to lead the world’s largest development agency,” the president said. (As a practical matter, the U.S. has always been able to decide who runs the bank because it’s the biggest stakeholder. Bob Zoellick is stepping down after five years. Other candidates the president considered included Susan Rice, John Kerry, Larry Summers, Laura Tyson and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi.)
Air Force One takes off for Seoul at midnight. (On Sunday the president will visit some of the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed at the DMZ — hoping an appearance at the world’s most heavily defended border might help get North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, to the nuclear disarmament bargaining table. On Monday and Tuesday the president will be at a 60-nation summit on keeping nuclear weapons material away from terrorists.)
Tired of hearing Republicans lie about the President being responsible for rising gas prices? Do you think that more drilling would make prices go down? Yesterday, President Obama clarified the record.
Latin America (orthographic projection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tomorrow Central American presidents are convening in Guatemala to discuss alternative strategies to the failed war on drugs. The host of the meeting, President Otto Perez Molina, has said that all options, including decriminalization and legal regulation, will be on the table.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a growing number of former presidents and prime ministers denounce the drug war and call for breaking the taboo on discussing alternatives to failed prohibitionist policies. But now, we’re hearing the same calls from current presidents and prime ministers.
When I traveled to Guatemala and Mexico a few weeks ago to meet with business leaders and top officials, I was struck by the growing number of prominent individuals who at last are willing to speak out. They’re fed up with U.S. government demands that they persist with policies that are so obviously ineffective and counter-productive. And they are emboldened by the rapidly growing number of leaders who dare to speak truth to power.
When Vice President Biden visited the region a few weeks ago, he acknowledged that legalization was now a legitimate subject of debate — even as he insisted the Obama administration still firmly opposes legalization. That acknowledgement represented a modest but important new step forward. We know, however, that U.S. officials are doing whatever they can behind the scenes to suppress this discussion.
The meeting of Central American presidents this weekend is extremely promising for the drug policy reform movement around the world. With more countries calling for new approaches to drug policy, it is increasingly difficult for the U.S. to ignore the legitimacy of this burgeoning debate.
Arianna Huffington: On Monday, I spoke at a conference centered on the timely theme of “Delivering in a Delevering World.” “Delevering,” as it’s traditionally used, means decreasing a company or country’s leverage, usually by paying down existing debt. It is a term more likely to be heard at finance conferences than around dinner tables, but it’s an idea that gets to the heart of our current economic crisis. Because the ways we pay down our debts, in life and in business, have a real influence on our ability to arrive at positive outcomes. Unfortunately, on both the political and economic level, we’re being told that delevering means that we must cut, cut, cut. But smart delevering isn’t just about cutting — and the relentless emphasis on cutting has obscured the more important question of what is being cut. In far too many cases, our approach to delevering is keeping us from growing, and keeping us from tapping into all our resources.
Arianna Huffington attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)