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It's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. What's Congress Doing About It?

January 2015 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In a proclamation commemorating the month, President Obama explained: Stained from a history of slavery and shaped by ancestors brought to this country in chains, today, America shines as a beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish liberty and opportunity. Show More Summary

Mandatory Questions for the 2016 Election

None of the candidates in the last presidential election said much about climate change or the clean energy imperative, not even Barack Obama. We cannot allow that to happen again. The media, the Commission on Presidential Debates, young...Show More Summary

Why Secularism Is Compatible with the Quran and Sunnah -- And an 'Islamic State' Is Not

Introduction Extremist Islamic groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and the al-Nusra Front in Syria, have transformed the holy Quran into a manifesto for war, terrorism and bloodshed. These groups use the most modern weaponry and technology, and their crimes have created worldwide concerns. Show More Summary

Would an Attorney General Loretta Lynch End 'Too Big to Jail'?

This week the Senate enjoys an opportunity to secure a commitment that criminal mega-banks and their executives will be held to the same legal standards as smaller crooks. On Jan. 28, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee opens two days...Show More Summary

Isn't It Time to Take Hoover's Name Down From FBI Headquarters?

Why does the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation still bear the name of J. Edgar Hoover? Those who continue to hold Hoover in high esteem are a diminishing lot of so-called "true believers." Any merits of his more than...Show More Summary

Steve King: The World Was Right in the 1950s and '60s

At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit co-hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4), the congressman drew a comparison between President Obama's upbringing in Indonesia and his own. King referred to a statement made by Obama that the call...Show More Summary

CA Blue/Green Coalition Provides Leadership to Reduce Methane Emissions, Create Good Jobs

The recent editorial in The New York Times "A Modest Move on Methane" (January 19, 2015) is spot on in identifying methane as a major unaddressed climate change problem, and praising President Obama faintly for his efforts to date. Methane...Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Mitch McConnell failed on his pledge to make Obama a one-term president, but he did succeed in obstructing the passage of many bills that would have grown the economy and helped the American people. Since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 413 times as minority leader. Show More Summary

Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms...Show More Summary

Israel Is Not at the Water's Edge; It Is Inside the U.S.

The spectacle of a foreign head of government being invited to speak before the U.S. Congress in early March without the American president being first officially notified leaves, or should leave, the American and Israeli publics in a state of stupefaction. It is not that a foreign head of state has not addressed a joint session of Congress. Show More Summary

Yemen's Houthis -- America's New Proxies?

President Obama is in danger of making the same kind of mistake that President Jimmy Carter made on the eve of the Iranian revolution. President Carter, indulgent in his belief in the strength of the Shah of Iran and in his refusal to...Show More Summary

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. Sterling's indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government's charges. From...Show More Summary

Globalization, 21st Century Style: The National Security State Goes Global

Cross-posted with Remember the glory days of the 1990s, when our interconnectedness -- the ever-tighter embrace of Disney characters, the Swoosh, and the Golden Arches -- was endlessly hailed? It was the era of "globalization,"...Show More Summary

College for All: Democratic Safeguard, Economic Necessity

There was a time when you couldn't go to high school for free in the U.S. If you wanted education beyond the eighth grade, you'd have to find a school and pay for it. After all, what was the point of free, universal high school if most kids ended up on the farm or in the factory? Some states were quicker to implement change than others. Show More Summary

Sweeping Military Pay and Benefit Changes Coming

Senator Graham's question is about to be pondered in a way that has not happened since the draft ended 42 years ago. This will be a game changing debate. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) is set to release its report this Thursday, the 29th of January. Show More Summary

The Collapse of Europe?

The European Union May Be on the Verge of Regime Collapse Cross-posted with Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States squandered...Show More Summary

Who Moved Obama's Win-Win Cheese?

Whether or not you like President Obama or his policy preferences, you have to acknowledge his consistency. Even those with "zero regard" for the president confess, "At least Obama is consistent." But not consistently. There is one issue, at least, on which he hasn't held still, moving in and out like an octopus in a sunken ship. Show More Summary

Pushing Back Abortion Laws Pushes Us Back to the '70s

A lot has changed since 1973. Forty-one years ago, Martin Cooper made the first telephone call on a portable handset, beginning the march to cell phone technology that would free us from decades spent connected to avocado-colored wall phones. Show More Summary

The Right to Die

In 2011, two of my friends were diagnosed with brain cancer. One died six months later. One is still living. Both suffered through the debilitation of brain cancer, the rattling of their lives and the realization that their life was terminal. Show More Summary

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