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GOP and Iranian Hardliners--Comrades Against Women's Health?

Have you ever heard the saying, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"? Well, apparently some Republicans have taken that a bit too literally when it comes to their hatred for President Obama. Case in point: The recent letter sent by 47...Show More Summary

To Make DC Listen, Ted Cruz Moves to Nullify City Laws

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced his presidential candidacy this week at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Pennsylvania. With "Make D.C. Listen" as a battlecry, Cruz's enthusiasm for limited government has been the ideology driving Cruz's political trajectory to date. Show More Summary

Scandal of FTC Burying Staff Analysis of Google's Search Advertising Monopoly Power

When the Wall Street Journal accidently got their hands on an original staff report from the Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation of Google, many in the media focused on where the FTC staff report on Google differed withShow More Summary

Does the Pentagon Know That It's the Twenty-First Century?

Fifteen to 20 years ago, a canny friend of mine assured me that I would know I was in a different world when the Europeans said no to Washington. I've been waiting all this time and last week it seemed as if the moment had finally arrived. Show More Summary

Military Strategy? Who Needs It?

The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe” Cross-posted with President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Show More Summary

Blast From the Past: States Using 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Segregation

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has pledged to sign a bill today that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against anyone they like, simply by claiming religious belief. The bill will mostly likely target gays and lesbians. Show More Summary

For the NCAA, There is No Sideline

While individual athletes and teams are engaging in more social justice activism beyond the playing field, leagues have been more conservative when wading into "political" issues. But sometimes a political issue hits so close to home,...Show More Summary

Cuba: The Day Peace Broke Out

"Peace broke out!" the old teacher was heard to say, on the day that Barack Obama and Raul Castro reported the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States. The phrase captured the symbolism of a moment that had all...Show More Summary

Why Ted Cruz Is Not a Serious Contender for President in 2016

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz officially announced his White House bid in a tweet at 12:09 am EDT Monday morning, becoming the first candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential campaign. "I'm running for president and I hope...Show More Summary

The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!

On a recent trip to London, I got into a conversation with a wealthy oil and gas investor about climate change. He didn't disagree we need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, he said. His job is to make sure the lights in our homes still turn on while we make the transition. Fair enough, I said. Show More Summary

Why Doesn't US Government Want Fannie, Freddie to Succeed?

At a time when the housing market is just beginning to recover, the U.S. Treasury wants to close down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two GSEntities under government conservatorship. Counselor to the Secretary for Housing Finance Policy Dr. Show More Summary

The Ted Cruz Way

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy for President of the United States. While critics, including some in his own party, dismiss him, Cruz is a smart, shrewd and brash politician. He is also arrogant, self-confident and power-hungry. Show More Summary

We Are Koch

Koch Industries, considered Public Enemy Number One by many environmentalists, is blanketing the airwaves with an ad campaign touting its contributions to society. Charles and David Koch, billionaire moguls of a fossil fuel empire, sign...Show More Summary

Can Congress SNAP Out of It?

The new Congress unveiled its budget proposals for this legislative year. They want to propose "streamlining" spending for essential government programs, including defense, but again they want to pressure cuts to the Food Stamp Program and to Medicaid. Show More Summary

What Fundamentalists Are Missing About Religious Freedom Bills

I grew up in southern Indiana right where the Ohio River makes a curly seam against Kentucky. I was a Southern Baptist boy, at first by tradition and then by choice. That's what we Southern Hoosiers did in those days. Those circumstances were the perfect yet unfortunate set up for a lot of heartache. Show More Summary

Schism and Lack of Leadership in Washington Betrays the Inevitable Fall of our Great Nation

Even to those who could care less about politics and the root causes of the squabbling and dysfunction in Congress can recognize the failed foresight and potential for fallout involving 47 Republican senators and their celebrated letter to Iranian officials warning them of the perils of making a nuclear deal with President Obama. Show More Summary

The Wrong Math

"It's simple math," is the refrain often uttered by those seeking to explain why cutting, not expanding, Social Security is the choice to make. A variation of that phrase, "arithmetical realities of an aging society," appeared in Fred Hiatt's recent opinion piece ("Never-Compromise Wins Again," Washington Post, 3/23/15). Show More Summary

Iran 2015: Are 1914 and 1964 Calling?

The March 31st negotiating deadline with Iran over limiting its nuclear programs is upon us. Even if a further extension follows, which is likely, suppose at some future point these negotiations ultimately fail. What options are left? Eerily, chilling parallels with 1914 and 1964 arise. Show More Summary

GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein

Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. A budget amendment by Sen. Show More Summary

Workers Save Lives

Labor unions, particularly those for public sector workers, have become such a popular punching bag that their membership might as well wear Everlast tags. They are such a common scapegoat that they might as well have horns. (A few right...Show More Summary

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