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The Separate Orbits of Medicare and Moore's Law

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Medicare Bill--which transformed health care in the United States by providing insurance for people age 65 and older, irrespective of income or pre-existing medical conditions. Just a few months ago...Show More Summary

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform - One Blueprint for How to Do It

Last week's Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice brought the nation's leading voices to DC to discuss forging a path forward. The result? A blueprint for action. 2.3 million. That's the number of Americans incarcerated. That's more than the population of New Mexico. Show More Summary

No, U.S. Air Force, There Is No Separation Between Standup Comedy and State

Last week, the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) released a report of its investigation "into the compliance by the Armed Forces with the elements of such regulations on adverse personnel actions, discrimination, or denials...Show More Summary

Why the Black Lives Matter Campaign Matters to Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is unlikely to be the Democratic nominee, but he is having an impact on the primary race in several ways. First, he has helped focus the Democratic discourse on economic questions. Hillary Clinton, who remains by a very large margin the Democratic frontrunner, has kept economic questions at the center of her campaign. Show More Summary

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Never Says, 'When I Become President, I Will Answer Your Question'

One attribute shared by Ronald Reagan and Barrack Obama is the ability to communicate a message. While their messages differ politically, the speeches of both two-term presidents seem to hit the core of what voters were looking for during their respective eras. Show More Summary

The Perversion of the American Presidency

Children long have been taught by their parents that anyone in America can grow up to be president. Today that message needs to be revised: anyone can grow up to be president if they are willing to circumvent and break the nation's anti-corruption campaign finance laws, and are willing to genuflect before the nation's wealthiest individuals. Show More Summary

The Weekly Shooting Cycle

One more terrifying, insane, heart-stopping shooting spree. How many is it now? I've lost count. I will never again speak the words "gun violence." You know why? Because "gun violence" is a euphemism. It's hollow. It doesn't describe what's actually happening (like "collateral damage," a euphemism for the murder of innocent women and children). Show More Summary

Clinton Is Not a Stronger Candidate Than Bernie Sanders

It's just so obvious. A recent CNN poll shows Sanders can beat the possible Republican nominees; and mind you, that's with Sanders not having full name-recognition yet (as in, 41 percent of respondents said they didn't know who he was). Show More Summary

Representative Vigilante Strikes Back: The Ballad of Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower

Homelessness. Politicians, community, & spiritual leaders across the nation have been challenged by the issue. Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower made headlines across the US in 2013 when he grew tired of the political process and took it upon himself to "pound" home his point of addressing homelessness in Hawaii. Show More Summary

Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act Will Make Homes Accessible

Today, I introduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act, which would require new homes built with federal dollars to meet accessibility standards -- including a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways and bathrooms, and climate controls that are at a height reachable from a wheelchair. Show More Summary

This is How We Reform Wall Street

Have you ever wanted to to know what's going on in Wall Street in a 10 minute article? This is my story about how I got introduced to Wall Street and what I think we need to do. Before deciding to run for Congress and before I worked at IBM, I went to NYU Stern. Show More Summary

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples. Show More Summary

10 Things to Consider When Walmart Attempts to Take Over Your Town.

In 1982, Edward Hejtmanek settled into his new life in the Ozark hills, building a home for he and his family in the small collage town of Fayetteville Arkansas. There, with the whistling cicadas and hot summer nights, he set down roots. Show More Summary

An Open Letter to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Dear Editor, Now that you have interviewed Mr. Corey Goulet, TransCanada's president for Keystone Projects, and the South Dakota Public Utilities hearing in Pierre, South Dakota is imminent, when is The Argus Leader going to begin interviewing...Show More Summary

Mike Huckabee's Uncomfortable Penchant For Holocaust Comparisons

In an interview yesterday with Breitbart News, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee accused President Obama of marching Israelis to the "door of the oven" with his proposal for a nuclear deal with Iran. That's a bold claim, but Huckabee is a bold man. Show More Summary

Kathryn Steinle's Murder: Personal Tragedy and Immigration Reform

The death of Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot on July 1, 2015 in San Francisco's Embarcadero, has shocked the nation. Not only has it become a personal tragedy but is also being used as a driving factor in the long-divisive political debate about how to reform the nation's immigration system. Show More Summary

The President Should Veto Cybersurveillance Legislation

Reacting to data breaches that have compromised the security of hundreds of millions of Americans in the last year alone, Congress understandably is once again looking to take action to enhance cybersecurity. Enhancing cybersecurity is important--and Congress should take meaningful steps to protect cyberspace. Show More Summary

Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Party crashing--or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called--is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime. It required being part private eye, part actress and part chutzpah machine. Show More Summary

PREPA Must Abandon Its Dependency on Heavy Oil for the Sake of the Puerto Rican Economy

This post is in response to an article published on the Washington Post by Jacob Bogage on July 21, 2015, titled "Study: Pepco is the country's worst utility at connecting solar power." Although it is no secret that Puerto Rico's deep...Show More Summary

The Balance of Power in the Middle East Just Changed

U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge from a 30-Year Cold War Cross-posted with Don't sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways. Show More Summary

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