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'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Last month, a small, black-and-white newsprint magazine quietly made a case in a Florida courtroom to protect the fundamental rights that nearly every citizen in the industrialized world holds dear. Yet the odds are, you didn't hearShow More Summary

Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

As the LGBT community waits for the Supreme Court to hear, and ultimately decide, the four same-sex marriage cases currently on its docket, there is a rising sense of optimism about the expected outcome. Even Justice Thomas -- as evidenced...Show More Summary

Drinking Water: A Human Right at Risk in America

Take a moment to imagine life without running water. Imagine the ordeal of not only having to find water to stay hydrated but also to bathe, clean, and cook. Imagine the challenge of caring for infants, the sick, or the elderly whenShow More Summary

Populism Sounds Good, but It Always Ends Badly

BUENOS AIRES -- "Populism" is one of those ubiquitous words that eludes definition. In contemporary Europe, many are proposing it as the solution to the twin evils of chronic corruption and economic crisis. It is now in power in Greece,...Show More Summary

Presidential Hubris

From an environmental perspective, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is selling his state down the river, or more aptly into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a betrayal rooted in his determination to help protect the bottom line of his benefactor--the...Show More Summary

Health Reform War Won

The war to reform American medicine has been won. The transformation began with the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid during the Johnson years -- which allowed prices to be contained as a growing percentage of bills were paid by large...Show More Summary

Eventually I Will Stop Trying to Convince People That They Should Want to Stay in West Virginia

On Saturday September 24th, 2011, I was in the upper deck of Mylan Puskar Stadium. I was in the student section where I frequently sat during games. I still tell my students that there is no place I would rather watch a football game than among our students in the upper section of Mountaineer Field. Show More Summary

Extending Funding for CHIP in 2015 Is Key to Sustaining Gains for Children

In a time of partisan inertia, heightened concern about income inequality and the welfare of children, and disagreement about the ability of government programs to address serious problems, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP),...Show More Summary

Opioid Treatment Programs Should Provide Naloxone to Patients

I have an idea for how to lower drug overdose deaths. Clearly the culprit here is that people feel safe using too many drugs because if they overdose and someone calls 911, the paramedics will save them. So let's dismantle EMS or at least forbid them to respond to drug overdose calls. Show More Summary

Recession, Falklands Complicate Business Ties With Brazil

Hoping to improve its flagging reputation in major financial markets Brazil is putting a business-to-business spin on this week's Brazil-UK strategic dialogue in London. But the most strategic issue facing foreign secretary Phillip Hammond...Show More Summary

Fly Me to the Moon: The Public and NASA

On March 3, 1915, the U.S. government established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA. In 1958, NACA became NASA. In polls the American public has shown pride in the country's accomplishments in space exploration, along with concern about the costs involved. Show More Summary

The Silent Minority

"I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America." -- Rudy Giuliani (R-NY), speaking about President Barack Obama While Mr. Giuliani shocked most of America with his...Show More Summary

King v. Burwell: A Novel Argument to Get Us Out of This Mess

Regardless of your position on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a decision in favor of King, in King v. Burwell, scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court March 4, will lead to the loss of insurance for millions of Americans. Both Republicans and Democrats acknowledge this fact. Show More Summary

The 2015 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) and America's Military Kings

President Obama is now seeking congressional approval for his ongoing offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS), which began about six months ago. When the president was first gearing up for airstrikes, he said that he preferred input...Show More Summary

Don't Wait Until 2016 to Make Political Change

Leading up to the 2016 presidential elections -- a race that is, to the annoyance of many, already dominating the political debate - the current narrative asserts that young people do not believe that we can truly influence government for the common good. Show More Summary

Legalization day in Alaska passes with plenty of pot but little public fanfare

GIRDWOOD -- The password to the legalization party was "I get high with a little help from my friends." On Tuesday, Alaska became the third state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. It turned out to be both a historic moment and a deeply understated occasion. Show More Summary


After years, no decades, of a diplomatic low profile in the Americas, the United States is staging a comeback that just might bear the elements, and fruits, of serious strategy. Step one: Obama's monumental Cuba pivot. Step two, andShow More Summary

Chapman University Welcomes a Mormon Apostle From Utah

I am all for freedom of speech in this country. I have worked in politics for over 40 years to preserve this cherished right. As an Orange County, California resident, I for one would like to welcome Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) to our county. Show More Summary

The Homeland Security Impasse

Minnesota's Mall of America was named this past weekend as a possible target of a terrorist attack in a one-hour video released by the militant Somali group al-Shabaab. Concern about such an attack could not be higher, especially following on the heels of terrorist attacks in France and Denmark. Show More Summary

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