At the beginning of June, 85 mayors, governors and county officials from across the country – and across the political spectrum – signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Today, we’re announcing that in the two months since then, 97 more state and local leaders have signed on – meaning that a total of 182 local leaders have pledged to end homelessness among the veterans in their communities by the end of 2015.

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Monday, July 28:

In February, the editor of a small daily newspaper in Iowa called the Newton Daily News posted on his personal Facebook page, "Russia gets a lot of things wrong, but they got one thing right." Below it was a graphic of intersecting Olympic rings that spelled out: "One man. One woman. One God. One Covenant. One Family."

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

Even if it accomplishes nothing else, calling Vladimir Putin nasty names makes us feel a little better. Thug, megalomaniac, liar, war criminal, mass murderer - those are just the printable ones.

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That's one way to finance your presidential campaign ads.

Bobby Jindal once gave a speech inspiring TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to respond with satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn't just a little awful, but laughably awful. The other day, I saw Jindal give a speech inspiring a massive audience to a standing ovation, which is to say, it is untrue he's all substance and no show. He has the oratorical oomph to get to the Oval Office.

The following editorial appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday, July 18:

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Tuesday, July 22:

A few days after Iowa's governor was spotlighted on MSNBC for declaring undocumented children from Central America unwelcome in his state, "Meet the Press" highlighted one Iowa city's plan to welcome them.

It's a revealing video.

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Saturday, July 19:

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, July 16:

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Thursday, July 17:

You just can't make everyone happy.

So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again.

The collective gasp heard around the world after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is a recognition that what just happened is different. Civilian casualties in war zones are, unfortunately, all too common, sometimes outpacing the deaths of combatants. But this wanton act of shooting down a civilian airliner falls under a whole new category of terror.

Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash?

The following editorial appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on Monday, July 14:

I'm willing to make the wildly optimistic assumption that the majority of Americans appreciate the complexity of the current situation on our border.

Perhaps averting another standoff with Democrats, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took a small step earlier this week by allocating an additional $10 billion to continue to paying for freeway projects nationwide.

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Tuesday, July 15:

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, July 16:

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