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Organizations Mobilize to Help Underserved Women Veterans

As a leading provider of services for veterans, Easter Seals is on the front lines when it comes to identifying the needs of our returning service men and women. We recently released a Call to Action white paper asking policymakers to recognize an urgent need: greater funding support for our female veterans. Show More Summary

Facts Don't Support TANF's "Work-First" Approach

The facts don't support claims by the American Enterprise Institute's Robert Doar that TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a success so we should continue and even strengthen its "work-first" approach -- which requiresShow More Summary

Why It Matters That Ahmed Mohamed Is Both Black and Muslim

Like Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old teenager from Irving, Texas arrested for bringing a clock to school, I grew up Sudanese and Muslim in America, though of a different generation. My family moved to the United States from Khartoum in 1990, when I was 12 years old. Show More Summary

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

The United States is bombing the Islamic State. The Islamic State is fighting Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate that is also occasionally bombed by the United States. The Free Syrian Army (or what is left of it) is fighting the Islamic State, at times in coordination with Jabhat al-Nusra -- the same group that the U.S. Show More Summary

Senator Rand Paul Introduces Legislation to Expand the EB-5 Program

In the latest EB-5-related bill to hit the Senate floor, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced on October 1, 2015 the most open-handed, favorable legislation to-date for the reauthorization and renewal of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Invest In Our Communities Act, Bill S. Show More Summary

Our Country Has Forgotten the Value of a Life

What is a life worth? Is a life worth your anger? Worth your bitterness, worth your hatred, worth your mental ticks and depredations? In August, as I watched Bryce Williams steal two lives in a pithy first-person videogame-like production...Show More Summary

20 Questions About the Gun Control Debate

As I read and watch the coverage of yet another school shooting, another mass murder of innocent Americans, another loss of human life, I am struggling with so many questions. ??Vice President Joe Biden???, in his statement said that...Show More Summary

Rise Up, Education Leaders

According to Ezra Klein's Vox article, since the brutal murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012, there have been "986 mass shootings, with shooters killing at least 1,234 people and wounding 3,565 more." Many of these murders happened at schools, colleges and universities. Show More Summary

People in Recovery From Addiction Need Support and Should Be Celebrated

As I leaned in to smile for the picture that was being taken, I asked the young woman holding her cell phone what the occasion was. "I'm 10 years clean and sober today!" she said with joy and pride. Her husband and children stood by watching. Show More Summary

Republican Candidates Stand Up to Dr. Carson Over the Muslim Issue

When Dr. Ben Carson made his comments about Muslims being unfit for the presidency, he boasted of raising a million dollars afterwards, and added "American people, the majority of them, agree and they understand exactly what I'm saying." In...Show More Summary

The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center--with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television. Suddenly...Show More Summary

President Obama is Right: States with Strict Gun Laws Have Fewer Gun Deaths

Last night, in response to America's latest horrific mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama pointed out that stricter gun laws save lives, a fact that is indisputable when gun death rates are compared by state. Show More Summary

Occasional Massacres Are the Price of Freedom

It was just about a year ago that I was sitting in a lecture hall at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. I was tailing Kevin Sabet, the "quarterback of the anti-legalization movement," as he toured through Oregon trying in vain to defeat our marijuana legalization initiative. Show More Summary

Is Facebook Changing the Political Landscape Forever?

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage a few months ago, my Facebook feed was awash with rainbow-tinted profile pictures. If you analyzed my friends' posts, you'd conclude that a perfect 100 percent of them supported the SCOTUS ruling. Show More Summary

The Routine-ness of the Gun Law Fight

After the 294th mass shooting of 2015 in America, President Obama pointed out the obvious yesterday. "What's become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out. Show More Summary

Why Immigrants Matter: 50th Anniversary of 1965 Immigration Act

My father came to the U.S. from South Vietnam. My mom was from China. Me? I'm born here. That makes me second generation American, which leads to my pet peeve. It's EVIL when people say I'm "first-generation American." Let's be logical. Show More Summary

If Not Now, When?

Almost as horrific as today's campus massacre in Oregon where a gunman killed at least ten people is the callous indifference on the part of most Americans and virtually all of our elected officials. My Facebook feed of socially aware friends who are often outraged by the news was largely devoid of comments about the mass murders. Show More Summary

Puerto Rico's Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico isShow More Summary

After Pruitt Igoe

More than a year has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The event sparked violent protests and almost immediately after, racial tensions surfaced throughout the U.S. Meanwhile things appear to have calmed down and the authorities have begun to take stock. Show More Summary

In Spite of Political Assaults, Hillary Won't Fail

Here's the partial checklist of the endless ploys to torpedo a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. The vapid and phony Benghazi hearings, the baseless email scandals, the legion of cherry-picked polls, the well-oiled and orchestrated campaign...Show More Summary

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