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It's Amazing That Anyone Would Come Home From War Without PTSD

The question “why war?” has long inspired scholars to seek answers in human nature. Their findings invariably have been ambiguous and judgments inconclusive. While it is easy to make the case that humans do engage in violent behavior...Show More Summary

Why Donald Trump is winning over many American Hindus

Members of Hindu Sena, a right wing Hindu group, celebrate Donald Trump's birthday June 14, 2016. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters Eviane Cheng Leidig, University of Oslo One strange US election fact is becoming clear: Donald Trump has become the favoured presidential candidate of some American Hindus. Show More Summary

Make America un-Hate Again

Well here we are finally-weeks away from election 2016. (Thank God) The two candidates are limping in to the final stretch. One candidate is a career capitalistic business man who has gamed the system to work his way to the top of corporate...Show More Summary

Clinton and Trump's Foreign Policies Share Common Principles

By Tania F. Cohen From the embers of an election season rife with negativity rises an unlikely phoenix: reminders of the potential for bipartisanship in U.S. politics. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's proposals for fighting the Islamic...Show More Summary

Cutting Australia's Emissions? Its All Hot Air

Watching the Australian Government try to navigate the difficult shoals of energy policy in the 21st century is like watching a ship adrift without a compass, or perhaps a map provided by the fossil fuel industry back in 1950. WhileShow More Summary

Electronic Health Records: Panacea vs. Unintended Consequences

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become adopted for widespread use by a growing majority of U. S. physicians. It has been assumed that the wider adoption of EHRs would improve efficiency and patient safety, reduce diagnostic testing and medical errors, improve continuity and quality of care, and save money. Show More Summary

It's No Longer Hillary Vs. Donald: It's About American Women

The 2016 presidential race has imbued in us a renewed sense of urgency to seek action against unjust treatment of women in our society, and to elevate their status. Mr. Trump's video of belittling women has lashed out against the dignity and decency of American men and women alike. Show More Summary

Foreclosing On Trump

I have deep Minnesota roots. My parents were married in St. Paul in 1940 and all of their six children, including me, were born there -- and most still live in the Twin Cities. My mother was a Democrat and my father a Republican. They...Show More Summary

Voting Yes For Medical Or Recreational Marijuana Legalization Will Probably Save Lives: Your Vote Matters

This year's election is already underway and while most of us are paying attention to the presidential candidates, there are a lot of other elected positions and ballot measures that are important to consider. One issue, being voted on in nine states, regards varying levels of marijuana legalization, either for medical or recreational use. Show More Summary

Restoring trust in our trade policy

I'm in favor of trade. I don't know anyone opposed to trade. A better question is, "How should we manage globalization?" We've lost trust in our approach to globalization. The Brexit vote in Europe was a vote of no confidence. Millions of voters in our presidential campaigns send a similar message. Show More Summary

Obama's Stupid Stuff in Iraq

President Barack Obama's foreign policy of "Don't do stupid s[tuff]" has been turned on its head in Iraq. The stupefying stupidity of our continuing military involvement featuring more than 5,000 American soldiers ranks with our carnival...Show More Summary

I Agree With Donald Trump

I have written a number of times this election cycle on my views of the Republican Nominee, most of which expressed disagreement and surprise. I have talked about him being a False Prophet, how he is giving me anxiety and finally understand his appeal. Show More Summary

International Entrepreneurs Can Create American Jobs

During this election season, candidates for all levels of office are debating the merits of policies to expand job growth and boost the American economy. One simple, pro-growth reform that candidates from both parties should champion...Show More Summary

Why We Need to #Fix96 for the Future of Immigration Reform

When Carmen fled Honduras with her nine year old daughter Patricia [names changed to protect identity] because gang members were threatening to rape them both, they went north, in fear for their very lives, and believing the United States...Show More Summary

The Clear Winner Of The 2016 Presidential Race Is Rage

I was at a gathering of friends this weekend, and the conversation circled energetically from family, to politics, to weather, to religion, finance, retirement, world events, and back again. We discussed upcoming weddings, elections, heat waves, house sales, gas drilling in the Catskills, oil spills in the Gulf, and more. Show More Summary

Shecky Trump

Last night's Al Smith dinner in NYC revealed the final piece of the puzzle about Donald Trump. He has no sense of humor. As a comedy writer by trade who has made his entire career out of making people laugh,  like most other comedy writers...Show More Summary

Electoral College Map: Why 2016 Looks Different Than 2012

Survey Monkey's newly released Electoral College Map currently shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading in enough states to win 307 electoral votes and defeat Donald Trump in the race for president (it takes 270 electoral votes...Show More Summary

The Next Orlando: How Xenophobia And "Law And Order" Talk Ignores The Real Danger - Guns

Insisting that Syrian refugees are "the great Trojan Horse of all time," Donald Trump has proposed "extreme vetting" for incoming refugees. Trump, along with many other legislators and pundits have characterized immigrants and refugees...Show More Summary

A Grandmother On The Making -- And Almost Breaking -- Of An Election Junkie

"Healthy democracies depend on unwritten rules. The Republican nominee has trampled all over them." -- The Economist, October 15, 2016 Like most of us, I woke up last Thursday relieved that the debates are over and the end of the most...Show More Summary

The Man-Child's Approach To Political Language

Mr. Donald Trump validates anger. He claims his "secret" strategies to defeat ISIS will be more effective than the CIA's efforts. He wears his inexperience on his sleeve, claiming that as an outsider, he will offer the country a fresh...Show More Summary

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