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Scotland's Quarrel Is With Globalization, Not the U.K.

EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The referendum in Scotland has sent shockwaves through the political system. With talk of the possible end of the United Kingdom in prospect, commentators are asking what is happening to the politics of advanced industrial states. And across Europe we are having to confront a new, basic truth. Show More Summary

How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

On paper, it sounded so good: all insurance companies had to provide substance abuse treatment and there would be no more discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot. This...Show More Summary

Things Are Bad in the Good Old U.S. of A.

This weekend is the People's Climate March, which will almost certainly be the largest climate march in U.S. history. It is more than just a march about the environment, though, it is an opportunity to begin building a mass movement, one that has the potential to radically change the course of U.S. Show More Summary

Should We Be Electing Our Judges?

When the idea of electing judges was first introduced, it was seen as a way to avoid corruption. Today it has the opposite effect. A poll taken in Texas found that 83 percent percent of Texans believe that campaign contributions influence judicial decisions and 48 percent of judges agreed. Show More Summary

Intimations of Independence

We all want to be independent, don't we? Scotland may be the most noted example of a country weighing remaining within a larger union or striking out on its own. But it's not the only one. People in the Catalonia region of Spain have spoken about becoming an independent nation. Show More Summary

Six Big Problems With Obama's New Anti-ISIS Strategy (Or, Why It May Already Be Too Late)

Nearly a week has passed since President Barack Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. Show More Summary

Anthony Weiner and the Revolving Door

When former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took a job with the investment bank Moelis & Co. earlier this month shortly after resigning his Congressional seat, he became the latest example of the tight-knit relationship between Wall Street and Washington. Show More Summary

The Power of Moral Complexity

Today, the citizens of the United States face some very difficult moral choices. Should the U.S. government commit to spending billions conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria or stay out of the conflict and invest those...Show More Summary

Scotland, Let's Chart a New Course for Generations to Come

I remember the last time I felt like this. I was 15, and although I couldn't vote in the first Scottish Parliament election, I was excited. For the first time politics mattered that little bit more to all of us. We had 'mock elections' at school and learned all about democracy and devolution. Show More Summary

UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning

Next week President Obama will attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Over 125 heads of government will gather for the event, more than the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen. This summit is not designed to generate a legal...Show More Summary

Offering Hope Through Soap

Think about the last time you stayed overnight in a hotel room. Chances are, you got up the next morning, took a shower, got dressed and checked out of the hotel to attend meetings, visit friends or just see the town. Did you ever wonder...Show More Summary

Never Once Have I Imagined My Daughters Ever Going To Prison

Never once have I imagined either of my daughters ever going to prison. Never have I had the image in my head of my children getting finger-printed, photographed and processed by police officers at the local precinct. Never have I imagined Aoki or Ming in an orange jumpsuit walking through in-take at LA County Jail. Show More Summary

To Avoid Escalating the War, Don't Arm Syrian "Moderates"

The Obama administration has a dilemma when it comes to the war in Iraq and Syria. On the one hand, the president desperately wants to persuade the public that the war will be limited, and that there will be no U.S. combat troops on the ground there. Show More Summary

We Must Share Sacrifice Through Draft and War Tax

As the United States launches its first airstrikes against ISIS, we must ask this crucial question: Who is paying for the war? Because, if indeed it is worth fighting for, all of America needs to chip in and share the sacrifice. It is...Show More Summary

ISIS and the Ku Klux Klan

As decent people from all backgrounds struggle to fathom the latest savage murder by ISIS, one of the more mind-boggling facts is the perpetrators' bizarre attempts to cloak their brutality as somehow an act of spiritual conviction. And...Show More Summary

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

The US Census Bureau released its 2013 report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance today. The data offered a mix of good news and bad news. They also offered an underlying story about priorities. It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. Show More Summary

13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

The following is the text of a speech Michael Moore gave at Toronto International Film Festival this month. 1. My number one guiding principle in making documentary films is essentially the "Fight Club" Rule. What is the first rule of...Show More Summary

On Constitution Day, 4 Million Still 'Separate and Unequal'

On September 17, the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 227th birthday. For more than half those years -- 115 to be exact -- residents of overseas U.S. territories have been denied full and equal membership as part of We the People. While these Americans serve in the U.S. Show More Summary

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No on Training and Funding Syrian Rebels

Today Congress will vote on the McKeon Amendment, a piece of legislation most Americans haven't heard of. But the consequences of the vote today are grave: funding Syrian "rebels" will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East. Show More Summary

How an 'Independent Caucus' Could Form in the Senate and End Gridlock

If Republicans win control of the Senate, there will be the gridlock -- only much worse. It will be so bad that the American people will look back on this current Congress as "productive". How do we know? They have already told their...Show More Summary

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