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Budget Ax Falls on a Bit of Alaskana, the Bars on Alaska State Ferries

JUNEAU -- For years, the best way for visitors and newcomers to Alaska to learn about the place was to find a self-proclaimed "Alaskan" in a bar on a state ferry, buy a round of drinks and listen to the tall tales. Before the rise of...Show More Summary

No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Warriors on the Loose

Ben Carson is not a household name. He's popular in far-right circles and unlikely to break out of them. He is also rather hateful and made one of the more absurd comments in the new "cake wars," which are meant to show how fundamentalists...Show More Summary

The Enemy of my Enemy: Islamic State and the Internationalization of the Syrian and Iraqi Civil Wars Part 2

Foreign Involvement in the Syrian Civil War The Syrian Civil War was quickly seen by the Sunni Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, and to a lesser extent Turkey, as an opportunity to "roll back" the arc of Iranian influence in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Money Trail Revealed: Did Eric O'Keefe Pay James O'Keefe for Hatchet Job on WI GOP Senate President?

In 2014, as March drew to an end but the cold Wisconsin winter refused to let go, State Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) stopped at his favorite after-work hangout to relax after a long session in the Capitol. After a few drinks,...Show More Summary

The Race for the White House

We are two years away from the inauguration of the next president of the United States. We are one year away from the New Hampshire Republican primary and ten months from the Iowa "caucus" (a funky voting mechanism like a primary but not like a primary). Show More Summary

In the Bully Pulpit: 'It's the Right Thing to Do.'

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama urged the Congress to take action on paid sick leave for American workers. Forty-three million workers currently have no paid sick leave, the President noted, forcing many toShow More Summary

Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

One NCLR Affiliate is working to reach eligible immigrants in families with mixed statuses The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is...Show More Summary

Obama Should Give Up Keystone XL To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Keystone XL Pipeline is the 1,664 mile project that has become the political football of the 114th Congress. What most folks don't know about this football is that it is already operating from Steele City, Nebraska to Port Arthur, Texas. Show More Summary

Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?

Something doesn't compute here. Last week, President Obama rightly declared in his State of the Union address: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." This week, the Obama administration announced...Show More Summary

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

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