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Civility's Place is in the Senate and the House

The weather is getting a bit warm in Washington as July rumbles into August, and tempers in the Capitol are heating up as well. In a rare Sunday session of the United States Senate, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who also serves as president...Show More Summary

One Year of Distrust Based on Unexplainable Encounters

For the last two weeks, the nation has been watching what is going on surrounding the mysterious death (coroner says suicide) of Sandra Bland at a Texas jail. Though the District Attorney and the coroner stand by their findings, the Bland family has raised serious questions and ordered an independent review. Show More Summary

New Threats as Americans with Disabilities Act Marks 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law safeguarding the civil rights of persons with disabilities. This landmark legislation clearly and comprehensively mandated the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Show More Summary

The Equality Act, Part One -- Introduction

Last Thursday, Senate and House Democrats, 205 in all, introduced the Equality Act (S.1858/H.R.3185). Decades in the making, and not introduced since 1974 when Bella Abzug and Ed Koch were its Congressional sponsors, it's the first comprehensive...Show More Summary

Don't Let Background Check Failure Be the Lesson of Lafayette

It looks like that if we learn anything from the Louisiana shooting, we're going to learn that another shooter might have played the loopholed NICS system to his advantage and gotten his hands on a gun. Back in 2006 John Houser applied for a concealed-weapons permit in Alabama and was denied based on arson and domestic violence allegations. Show More Summary

Caught Between Egypt, Qatar and the Struggle for Free Press

Judgment comes in just a matter of days -- July 30 -- in the trial of us Al Jazeera journalists, after 19 months of a tormenting experience that has changed me and the lives of my loved ones forever. Understandably, the world is preoccupied...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders

Co-authored by Dennis Ojogho, Harvard University undergraduate Dear Senator Bernie Sanders, When you first announced your candidacy for the Democratic nomination, you breathed new, progressive life into the race to elect our nation's next president. Show More Summary

A Dispatch From Athens

"The thing is, us Greeks, we don't have a sense of humor. We are known for our tragedies and our dramas," remarked Neofitos Christodoulou, a prominent Greek businessman, 10 days into Greece's "bank" holiday. Neofitos had much to be tragic about. Show More Summary

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

A day after Mike Huckabee said that President Obama was "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," former U.S. ambassadors to Israel strongly supported the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers. The ambassadors joined...Show More Summary

A Fish By Any Other Name

Names are important, especially when it comes to what's on our dinner plates. When you order a hamburger, you know you should be getting a specific species, Bos Taurus, or the domestic cow. Just as many animals on land have a scientific...Show More Summary

America Needs to Go on a Forgiveness Diet

We always think it will be so hard to forgive someone who has done us wrong. It becomes second nature to build up walls. Pride, egotism, self-importance, and thinking we have been treated badly can stand in the way. However, when this happens, we end up holding ourselves prisoners of hurt. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Empowering Despots and Damaging America's Image Abroad

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Donald Duck had an old, rich, avaricious, cold-hearted uncle whose name was Scrooge McDuck. This character lived obsessed with accumulating money, bathed in a pool full of dollars and had his own TV series. Recently, a different Donald announced he is running for president of the United States. Show More Summary

If I Must Accept the Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

June 2014: the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In a 5-4 vote, the court allows corporations to claim religious exemptions from federal laws. Opponents are angered but accept the court's...Show More Summary

Increasing Medicare's Impact as it Turns 50

On July 30, 1965 -- 50 years ago -- Medicare became law. With the stroke of a pen, President Lyndon B. Johnson transformed the lives of millions of Americans. Today, more than 43 million seniors have health insurance through Medicare and, as a result, are in better health and living longer than ever. Show More Summary

Being Christian doesn't give you the right to discriminate

Conservatives have spent a lot of time recently asserting their right to illegally discriminate, which they like to call "religious freedom". The problem is that these conservatives seem to have different standards depending on whose rights are being discussed. Show More Summary

GOP Sets New Bar for Disgusting Rhetoric

When I was a kid I liked to see how far I could push my teachers, parents, friends, church minister, and girlfriends with the things I'd say. I'd say outrageous things to get a reaction. I've done the same thing in my marriage trying to get a rise out of my wife. Show More Summary

Anti-Presidential: Money Grubbing, Community Disdaining Candidates

Donald Trump says exactly what the GOP believes. It’s a simple axiom: personal wealth accumulation is everything. Republican Party officials believe individuals like The Donald attain riches through their own guts, glory and gumption...Show More Summary

4 Tactics for Debating Donald Trump

How do you debate a body slammer like Donald Trump? On August 6, at the first primary debate of the season, Trump's competitors for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will find out. The question is, do they find out the hard...Show More Summary

Marhaba! Introducing HuffPost Arabi

LONDON -- Marhaba from London, where we're launching HuffPost Arabi, our 14th international edition, in partnership with Wadah Khanfar and Integral Media Strategies. While all of our other editions around the world focus on one country,...Show More Summary

You Are Here

At bus stops and major urban intersections, the city places street maps furnished with red dots that help tourists or disoriented locals to identify their current location and figure out directions. "You are here," the red dot declares. Geographically speaking, we can easily figure out where we stand today. Show More Summary

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