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The Curtain's Been Pulled on Gowdy's Partisan Sham...

Purple Nation October 8, 2015 The Curtain's Been Pulled on Gowdy's Partisan Sham... by Lanny Davis We all remember the scene in the classic 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" where the little dog Toto goes to a curtain and pulls it back,Show More Summary

Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump and discussions...Show More Summary

The Ever-Changing America

"The Ever Changing America " Rev. Peter E. Bauer Recently, I visited the first house that I remember living in as a child. This house located at 520 N. Mason Street in North Portland was in an integrated neighborhood in the 1950's. Working class white and black families lived together, interspersed with other ethnic groups. Show More Summary

The House Divided Cannot Stand: GOP Civil War

MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images "I am not the one." House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy. These are trying times for the Republican Party. The storm has arrived, the thunder is rolling while lightning crashes down. The GOP has reachedShow More Summary

Rallying for Prejudice

On October 9 and 10 at least twenty protests are planned at mosques and Islamic centers across America under the banner of "Global Rally for Humanity". The Facebook page being utilized for promoting the rallies provides little in the way of a cogent purpose for the rallies but states simply: "Humanity is attacked daily by radical Islam. Show More Summary

Americans Strongly Favor Equal Applications of the Law Over Religious Freedom Accommodations

A recent nationwide poll conducted by political scientists from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky shows that by a wide margin, Americans strongly favor equal treatment under the law over respecting individual religious beliefs when the two come into conflict. Show More Summary

The NRA Requires More Background Checks for its Employees Than for Gun Owners

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has come out in favor of full background checks. And here's proof: If you want to work for the NRA, you'll need to agree to an investigation of your employment and financial history as well as, perhaps, your physical and mental health. Show More Summary

Managing the House of Representatives: A Little Unsolicited Advice

With the election of a new speaker completely up in the air, confusion reigning in the House of Representatives and no clear path forward to electing a new speaker, the question still remains, how could anyone manage the House of Representatives...Show More Summary

McCarthy Quits: The Tea Party and Republican Wreckers Seize Control

Kevin McCarthy's decision to pull out of the House Speaker race is a genuine political surprise only if you have ignored the steady move of the Republican Caucus from hard right-wing ideology to wrecker. The notion that McCarthy is somehow...Show More Summary

For-Profit Colleges Enlist Capitol Hill Supplicants, U.S. Chamber in Renewed Push Against Obama Rule

The for-profit college's trade association, APSCU, was once mighty but is now hobbled, discredited, and depleted. Yet the group, and its industry, still have the money -- most it from taxpayer-funded student aid to its schools --  to...Show More Summary

And Justice for All: 21st Century Policing

by Danny Turkel, Digital Coordinator, National Council of La Raza On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, a committee composed of law enforcement, academics and community organizers. Show More Summary

Fully Automatic: The Trigger-Happy Refusal to Talk about Gun Violence

April 4, 2009: 14 Die in Shooting at Community Center in Binghamton, N.Y. November 5, 2009: Nidal Hasan killed 13 in mass shooting at the Fort Hood, Texas, military base. January 8, 2011: Jared Loughner opened fire while Rep. Gabby Giffords...Show More Summary

Arne Duncan's Legacy: Growing Influence of a Network of Private Actors on Public Education

Sherman Dorn, Arizona State University and Amanda U. Potterton, Arizona State University Arne Duncan is leaving the US Department of Education in December. Reactions to his legacy have been mixed. Some see him as a heroic reformer, and others a well-intentioned but overreaching bureaucrat. Show More Summary

The Devils of Darwin: Satan Takes on the Tea Party

Ben Carson is interesting as a Republican candidate for the presidency, not because he could ever win, but because he embodies in one person the very worst of conservative thought. In spite of his intellectual prowess as a neurosurgeon, Carson celebrates ignorance, relishes anti-science sentiment and ignores the fundamentals of history. Show More Summary

Republicans Must Pick A Woman For House Speaker

Now that Rep. Kevin McCarthy has bowed out of the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner, there's only one logical choice to replace him: Washington Congresswoman Catherine McMorris Rodgers. Though she's been tagged as a moderate,...Show More Summary

The Path to Cultural Awareness for Whites

Most white people in the U.S. don't think a lot about white culture. We see whiteness as bland if we think about it at all. We often consider ourselves to be not white but a member of the ethnic group of the country that our ancestors...Show More Summary

The Public Must Speak Up About Genome Editing -- Beyond Embryo Modification

This article was originally published on The Conversation UK, co-authored with Lara Marks, University of Cambridge. Researchers led by Kathy Niakan at the Francis Crick institute recently applied to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for a license to genetically modify human embryos. Show More Summary

Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime

"We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was. In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds." So said Lajos Zoltan Jecs, a nurse at the hospital the U.S. Show More Summary

The Day That Speaker-to-Be Kevin McCarthy Accidently Told the Truth

"What you're going to see is a conservative Speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. Show More Summary

Deconstructing McCarthyism

Kevin McCarthy is getting properly beat up for his colossal blunder, essentially saying something that isn't so, that the Benghazi investigations are a political stunt. He has genuinely and repeatedly apologized. He is a good man who has worked hard for Republicans, in California as State Assembly Leader, and in Washington as House Majority Leader. Show More Summary

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