For many children, the arrival of summer can mean summer camp or a family vacation. For millions of low-income children, however, summer can mean wondering where they’ll get their next meal. For years, many children eligible for free and reduced priced meals have been unable to access meals during their summer break, making hunger an unnecessary part of their summer months.
In 2006, the Democrats were the minority party in Congress and there was a Republican in the White House. Provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were set to expire in 2007, particularly the part of the law requiring states with a history of discrimination to clear changes to their voting laws with the federal government, known as “preclearance.”
There is a growing and warranted concern over student loan debt in this country. On a daily basis we are reminded about record levels of student debt, stories of struggling borrowers, and general anxiety among Americans about the cost of college. Add to this a little known fact that students and parents are actually being taxed on their federal student loans. It has to stop.
While we were meeting with women journalists in Afghanistan this past May, another group of Afghan women journalists were in Washington, D.C., meeting with congressional staff members. The overlap was coincidental, but both groups of Afghan women recounted similar stories of their growing role in Afghan media and, more importantly, the fight for Afghanistan’s democracy.
On June 6, I had the honor of attending the 70th anniversary of the D-day invasion in France. What a humbling experience it was to be there. Countless graves marked the landscape where over 155,000 Allied soldiers fought and more than 6,000 died at the site of one of the most significant military operations in modern history.
There’s a growing recognition today that early education should be a national priority. As a parent and grandparent, I’d say it’s about time.
Americans love animals. Over half of all American families own pets, and we overwhelmingly believe in protecting animals from cruelty and suffering.
Springtime in Washington usually means budget time, and Congress recently engaged in a debate on fiscal policy for the nation. It is an arcane process that doesn’t get the attention it probably deserves and can cause the average person’s eyes to glaze over when discussed in the detail.