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Politics on the Red Carpet at Cannes: The Impeachment Process of President Dilma Roussef and the Brazilian Film "Aquarius"

Brazilian president Dilma Roussef, accused of violating fiscal laws, was suspended from government two weeks ago and faces an impeachment trial. Supporters of Roussef refer to her removal as a coup d'état. Former Vice President Michel...Show More Summary

Fox News Should Give America What It Wants: A Primetime Sanders-Trump Debate

In early March, Fox News Channel almost made "primary debate history," according to an article in The New York Times. The conservative cable network now appears poised to do in May what it was unable to do two months ago. The idea back...Show More Summary

"Dear Donald Trump: It is Immigrants Like Me Who Make America Great"...

Silicon Valley is a place where boundaries of race, color, traditions, religions melt, and the multiplicity of cultures strengthens the fabric which has fueled America's economic engine of innovation. It goes against the grain of Siliconiers,...Show More Summary

Erie, Pennsylvania and the Death of Public Education

While functional states may be basically all alike, when it comes to education, dysfunctional states are all dysfunctional in their own way. In Pennsylvania, we have focused on developing one of the most dysfunctional funding systems in the country. Show More Summary

A Stronger, Sustainable National Infrastructure

For centuries, humankind has relied on concrete to safeguard our families and ensure the security of our communities. We continue to use concrete because it is strong, and durable, and more able to withstand Mother Nature's temperament. Show More Summary

I Am Not a Paid Hillary Troll

The internet is a bizarre, highly-curated universe. Deception abounds -- from false OKCupid profiles, to the Instagram accounts of fake-buttocked, dead-eyed "models" who desperately shill detox teas. Trolling is a sport. Misinformation and lies are a universal truth. Show More Summary

The Great Middle Class Awakening and Its Torchbearer

The middle class has been taking a shellacking for years. It began in the 1970s, when the business and political elites separated from the people and it has been accelerating ever since, according to Hedrick Smith, a former PulitzerShow More Summary

FUBAR: The Shame of Our V.A.

While the national media today devotes its pages and airtime to Donald Trump's twitter feeds, and our President is taking center stage issuing bathroom decrees, a huge scandal, the shame of our Democracy, is all but ignored. An NPR program...Show More Summary

Trump Wins If He's Allowed to Speak Without Accountability

There's an old adage attributed to many pundits that aptly applies to Donald Trump's campaign to become our next president: "I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right." To Trump, any publicity is good publicity. Show More Summary

Inconvenient Truths About the Government's Experiment on Cancer Care

There is a raging debate going on in Washington about how the government pays for drugs used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, immunodeficiency diseases, and other serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, for patients, the debate has become political. Show More Summary

New York State Legislature Gives Mute Swans Another Reprieve

Photo: Friends of Animals The third time around may be the charm for New York State's embattled mute swan population. For the third year in a row, the state assembly and senate have each reintroduced a bill that calls for a two-yearShow More Summary

The Overlooked Evidence on Women's Leadership

CO-AUTHORED BY Einstein supposedly said that doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is the definition of lunacy.  Yet over and over we've behaved as if men deserve a monopoly on authority and decision-making. Show More Summary

Trump, Hillary Haters Take a Hard Look at the Constitution Party

Speaking in a southern drawl from Memphis, TN, Darryll Castle, Presidential nominee for the Constitution Party answered my questions: JF: Why are you running for POTUS? DC: I was the Constitution Party's nominee; the party wanted me....Show More Summary

Hey, Trump Trollers: Citing Just One HRC Accomplishment Is Impossible

The other night I was on television discussing Hillary's assertion that Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and his remarks about her wanting Bill in the White House so 'she can keep an eye on him.' With seconds left in the segment, the interviewer asked me to name one of Hillary Clinton's accomplishments. Show More Summary

Layers of Islamophobia: Rep. Ellison Says He's Unaware of Clinton Having Returned "Muslim Money"

At a news conference Tuesday, I asked Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and André Carson (D-Ind.) about Hillary Clinton's having returned money from Muslims and refusing to meet with Arab and Muslim groups in her 2000 Senate run. Rep. Ellison indicated he didn't know about the controversy and -- while stressing his backing for Sen. Show More Summary

Exercising Democracy in Environmental Decision-Making

The 2016 Presidential campaigns are in full swing, promising to be one of the more interesting elections in recent memory. The Republicans are poised to nominate a billionaire businessman seen as an outsider of the party. The Democrats, although with a strong insurgency, are close to nominating their establishment candidate. Show More Summary

Bernie (and Hillary): Heed These Warnings About Single Payer

Bernie Sanders's campaign website states: "The only long-term solution to America's health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program." This would be amusing if it weren't so frightening. British single payer collapsing British...Show More Summary

Appreciating the Military for Combating Climate Change

The month of May is Military Appreciation Month. As a former soldier, as well as a father and husband of other soldiers, there is much I appreciate about the military. But, perhaps one of the things I appreciate about it most, recently,...Show More Summary

"Get Close"

What I said to the Yale Class of 2016 Good afternoon class of 2016! For starters, I think I owe you an apology. I know what you were thinking. 2014: John Kerry. 2015: Joe Biden. Then 2016 rolls around, and your Class Day speaker still...Show More Summary

Despite the Campaign Trail Chatter, Americans Not Sold on Defense Increase

Listening to all the campaign trail chatter of increasing defense spending, one could conclude that deficit reduction has fallen off the political radar. President Barack Obama's proposed budget for FY2017 also calls for increasing national defense spending (including nuclear weapons) to $537 billion. Show More Summary

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