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The Small Accomplishment Of A Big Turnout

The bravado of Donald Trump has proven to be a powerful tool in the presumptive nominee's war chest, instantaneously acquiring the spotlight from early party favorites, such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, during his bid announcement, and dominating the media's election coverage ever since. Show More Summary

Hair-Trigger Alert

I feel the finger on the trigger. I also feel it on the button. "Dear President Obama," the letter begins. It goes on to remind him of something he said in his 2008 presidential campaign: "Keeping nuclear weapons ready to launch on a moment's notice is a dangerous relic of the Cold War. Show More Summary

Open Letter To A Hunter From A Blue Stater

Dude, We get it. You love to rise before dawn and head out to your hunt club, or sit in your blind in the freezing autumn darkness. There's no joy like watching your Lab leap into your duck-hunting boat as you motor out onto the lake. We read our Spinoza in Philosophy 101, okay? God is nature. Show More Summary

Is Hillary Too Short To Beat Trump?

Throughout history, the taller candidate has had an advantage in presidential elections. Why is that? Does the advantage of taller stature make it more difficult for women to win national elections given that any female candidate will...Show More Summary

Terrosim And Freedom Of Speech In The Internet Age

There are rabid extremists everywhere these days, with raging rhetoric and venomous rallying cries. When their appeals to fear and violence provoke predictably, murderous actions, why shouldn't they also be charged with complicity for...Show More Summary

Political Trust-Busting

The lurid attraction of a Donald Trump-dominated presidential election spectacle is likely to obscure another clear and present political danger that will be hidden from most Americans. That danger is the purchase -- there's no other...Show More Summary

Much Deeper Than The NRA's Pockets

I am a pretty good shot with a rifle. I won a Turkey Shoot as a teenager. I have destroyed clay pigeons, rabbits, and frisbees with a double-barreled shotgun. I trained on an M16, an adaptation of the AR-15. So when I talk about guns I understand the allure and the repulsion. Show More Summary

The Price of Congressional Inaction on Local Response to Zika

Congress is finally answering the call to address the alarming infectious disease threat of the Zika Virus. However, the level of funding included in their recent votes is not close to enough. The effect will be particularly disastrous...Show More Summary

Has Obama Been Misleading Hillary About His Support?

In spite of his endorsement and continued support for her to be the Democratic nominee, has Obama really been misleading Hillary. It is quite possible he has been leading her on and that he really wants and expects someone else to lead...Show More Summary

Why Don't Cops Fight For Gun Legislation?

"Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited...". It is "...not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." -Justice Antonin Scalia, 2008, District of Columbia v. Show More Summary

What If a Short-Handed Supreme Court Had Left Nationwide Marriage Equality in Limbo?

June 26 marks the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment requires every state to allow same-sex couples to marry. This was a life-changing ruling for me and forShow More Summary

No Bill, No Break

Right now, many of my former colleagues in the House of Representatives are holding a sit-in, led by Congressman John Lewis, until they get a vote on gun violence prevention legislation that will make our communities safer from gun violence. There's nowhere I'd rather be. Show More Summary

A Commentary on King v. Burwell

One of the linchpins of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to have everyone in the United States get Health Care Insurance. The way that the law instructed that this be done was to have the States set up Exchanges; access to the exchanges would allow each person to shop, preferably on-line, for an insurance policy that would best meet their needs. Show More Summary

House Republicans Fail To Keep Us Safe

Democratic frustration with the Republican's inability to keep our country safe is not a political talking point -- it is about real policy that affects real people. The number one job of our country's most representative elected body is to legislate in order to keep the American people safe. Show More Summary

Will Donald Trump's call to profile Muslims offend voters?

Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University After the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump reiterated his concern that Muslim immigrants in the U.S. could...Show More Summary

Willingness to Fight

"To get peace," said General Dwight D. Eisenhower in World War II, "you've got to fight like hell for it." I have seen reports in the news media that a major weakness of the Iraqi army is that many of its soldiers are reluctant to fight. Show More Summary

Reinstate The Combat Assault Weapons Ban Now

When it comes to reducing gun violence in America, our leaders are playing a deadly game of small ball. And everyday Americans are losing badly. This year alone, including Orlando, more than 6,200 Americans have lost their lives due to gun violence. Show More Summary

NRA-Owned GOP Does Wall Street's Bidding While People's Protest Burns Bright

The NRA's captive House Republican majority rammed through a vote permitting Wall Street "advisors" to scam the elderly over the strains of "We Shall Overcome" sung by anti-assault weapon Democrats. Such a vivid demonstration of the vastly differing goals of competing political interests has not been seen since the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Show More Summary

How Donald Lost His Mojo

When political historians look back on the 2016 presidential contest, they'll likely consider May 4th to the present as the decisive period. On May 4th, Donald Trump won the Indiana Republican primary; his last competitor, Ted Cruz, dropped out; and the press labeled Trump the presumptive GOP candidate. Show More Summary

The Voices Missing From The Debate

This summer Congress will debate and vote on numerous issues of importance to veterans including funding levels for the VA, troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq, how to combat ISIS, critical job placement programs for veterans and much...Show More Summary

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