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Donald Trump's Hall Of Insults

It is difficult for voters to keep track of the many legal and personal scandals surrounding Donald Trump, but it is easier to remember the many people whom he has insulted. Both pose liabilities for Trump's campaign for president, but...Show More Summary

Deplorable Donald

WOLF. You've had quite a contentious week, haven't you, what with Hillary's remark about your followers. DONALD. Yeah, that tootsie had the nerve to call us all "deplorable bastards." WOLF. Not quite as bad as that, but bad enough. What she actually called them was "a basket of deplorables." DONALD. Show More Summary

Talking Sex, PrEP, And A Politician

Two years ago this month, I stepped onto what most would consider a proverbial third rail in politics: I opened up about my personal sexual health. To be specific, I announced to the world that I take a daily pill called Truvada or PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which if taken consistently reduces the risk of HIV transmission by nearly 100%. Show More Summary

Jay Z And Snoop Dogg Do Powerful Videos Slamming Drug War

For years hip-hop artists have rapped about drug use, the drug trade and the drug war. And now, we are seeing some of the biggest stars use their influence to deal a blow to our country's racist drug war. Two weeks ago, Jay Z teamedShow More Summary

The Obstacles We Face on November 8th

Six weeks to elections and counting. Americans will be voting for the entire House, a third of the Senate and the President, as well as all members of state legislative lower houses and usually half of their state senators. It may be...Show More Summary

The Debate: They Both Bombed It

Painful, stupid, trite... America! There was more than one loser in the big debate, but that's no surprise. I hardly expected any issues of substance to get serious air time, let alone intelligent commentary, in Monday's 90-minute presidential race spectacle, but something -- something -- matters here enormously. Show More Summary

People are not Deplorable, only Human

By Ralph J. Benko Angel of peace in Donetsk, photo by Andrew Butko CC BY-SA.,0 J.D. Vance, one of the freshest new writers on the scene, recently published a wonderful op-ed in the New York Times, When it comes to Baskets, We're All Deplorable. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Donalds

Cross-posted with Think of American politics today as a tale of two Donalds. First, there's Donald Trump, political provocateur, a man with his eye on the Oval Office who's ready to say just about anything to get into it. Show More Summary

Why Health Insurance Industry Consolidation is Bad for Your Health

You undoubtedly have heard that some of the country's biggest health insurers have decided to leave several Obamacare markets, which means that tens of thousands of us will be affected next year. You probably haven't heard--at leastShow More Summary

Wells Fargo CEO Should Pay Back All Scam-Inflated Pay

After being raked over the coals for one of the biggest scams in Wall Street history, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has agreed to forfeit $41 million in compensation. Astoundingly, this is the first time a Wall Street banker has had to disgorge any of his ill-gotten pay. But don't get out the Kleenex box quite yet. Show More Summary

New Best Friends

Sticks and stones can break my bones But words can never hurt me. A child's reply to a taunt It was a truly heart-warming couple of days-the rapprochement of two former bitter rivals, one of whom, in a moment of amazing grace, buried the hatchet and the other, in a similarly generous gesture, assisted in the burial. Show More Summary

Madoff In The White House?

How Trump's Conflicts of Interest Could Become Ours Cross-posted with Imagine for a moment that it’s January 2009. Bernie Madoff, America’s poster-child fraudster, has yet to be caught. The 2007-2008 financial crisis never happened. Show More Summary

Simulation in Surgery

Simulation: the imitative representation of the functioning of one system or process by means of the functioning of another--Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, seventh edition. For the last several years, a group of "seasoned" cardiothoracic...Show More Summary

Corporate Campaign War Chests Average 10-to-1 Advantage in State Ballot Races

Big Business is poised to crush its opposition at the ballot box this November. I'm not referring to the presidential race or congressional contests. I'm referring to state ballot initiatives and referenda - the democratic institutions...Show More Summary

Presidential debates rarely change minds or sway elections. So why have them?

Like millions of other Americans, Benjamin Warner is watching this year's presidential debates very closely. However, he's one of the few viewers doing so with a very specific scholarly background. An Assistant Professor of Political Communication at the University of Missouri, he researches presidential debates and how they affect elections. Show More Summary

Sorry, But the U.S. Does Indeed Have a VAT Problem

A number of economists (here, here) have tried to deny that America has a VAT (Value-Added Tax) problem that's harming our trade balance. It seems Crazy Billionaire has said we do, and he's not allowed to be right about anything. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary

A Brief History Of Early Voting

In recent years American voters are rediscovering a way of voting used during the country's first half-century of existence. I'm talking about early voting. Since the early 1990s, the number voters who cast their ballots prior to Election Day has steadily risen from less than a tenth to about a third. Show More Summary

A Woman in Politics

It is too broad a sweep to discuss all women in politics in short form writing. I am however a woman in politics and it is particularly worth discussing how being a woman in politics affects my life, my choices, my family, and the decisions...Show More Summary

Implicit Bias In The Presidential Debate

The presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday night was the most watched presidential debate in American history. Race was a prominent theme of the debate, as it has been the whole campaign. At one point,...Show More Summary

The Perfect Storm: Zika, Trott And Trump

In a season that has defied the laws of political gravity, going low seems to mean going high. Now, as our nation faces a serious health crisis on Zika, the debate is being filtered through a political system that isn't capable of dealing...Show More Summary

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