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Gun Lobby Extremism Blocks Cities' Common Sense On Guns

A week and a half after Dallas, days after Baton Rouge, the mayor of Cleveland is powerless to stop armed protesters from intimidating convention goers and menacing the police. Why? The National Rifle Association prefers it that way. This week we're seeing the NRA's vision for America on full display. Show More Summary

Hit 'Em Where It Hurts: How The NBA Made The Political Personal In North Carolina

North Carolinians just got bad news. The NBA announced that they will be moving the coveted NBA All-Star Game from North Carolina. Why? HB2. HB2 is the infamous North Carolina law that undermines the civil rights of several marginalized communities. Show More Summary

It's Been A Rough Few Weeks For The Private Prison Industry

Despite the bizarre politics on display in Cleveland, sometimes knowing where someone stands on an issue is pretty straightforward. We can be sure about this: The private prison industry doesn't share our goal of ending mass incarceration. In...Show More Summary

Herding Cats In Cleveland

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Melania's "Tribute" to Michelle is Hard to Swallow

A speechwriter for Donald Trump's business has taken the blame for apparent plagiarism in Melania Trump's 2016 speech at the Republican National Convention. After all the excuses for Melania Trump's plagiarism of Michelle Obama's 2008...Show More Summary

Understanding "Brexit"

The British today have an identity problem - but this is nothing new. The referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union delivered a political and economic shocker: 52 percent of voters favored leaving the EU; 48 percent favored staying. Show More Summary

Trump's Hidden Agenda: All Applause, No Work

According to the New York Times, Donald Trump junior offered Governor John Kasich a chance to be the most powerful vice president in history, because Trump wants his VP to be in charge of both foreign and domestic policy. This...Show More Summary

Is White-Male Time Kaine Too Boring to be Hillary Clinton's Vice President?

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is at the top of virtually everyone's speculative list of possible running mates for Democratic, presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Kaine's profile is an impressive one. He's been a mayor, governor, senator and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Show More Summary

#1 Pro-Choice Anti-Pence Movement Rally Ever

The Best Pro-Choice Anti-Pence Movement Rally Ever Right before George W. Bush came up with the first legitimate reason to burn a book -- a memoir called "The Decider" -- he told NBC anchor Matt Lauer that, as young man, his mother showed him an old jar containing the fetus of her stillborn child. Show More Summary

Just three of 68 RNC primetime speakers donated to Trump (and Cruz wasn't one of them)

by Alec Goodwin It's no real surprise that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) hasn't given to Trump, but what about all the other RNC primetime speakers? (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Primetime speakers at the Republican National Convention might not support Republican nominee Donald Trump as much as they would like you to think. Show More Summary

Note To Republicans: Stop Slinging Mud At Hillary And Consider Some Actual Facts

A rebuttal of many strong misstatements being made by press and polity, alike Now that the dust has settled on the recent public appearances by FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch about Hillary Clinton's emails,...Show More Summary

Mike Pence Could Be Your Worst Nightmare

He's smooth. He commands the stage. He's humble and mild-mannered. He's the boy scout to Trump's pit bull. And he sure does love his mother and his wife. But do not be fooled. Are you a woman? Mike Pence is your worst nightmare. The Governor of Indiana, now Trump's sidekick, wants to strip you of all of your reproductive rights. Show More Summary

The Trickle Down Theory Of Corruption

My previous blogs, The IMF in Denial As to the Realities of the World, Dangers of Demand Driven Capacity Development, and Ostrich-Playing at the IMF & Elsewhere in "This Town", examined how those in power are still in denial after almost...Show More Summary

Voting in Kansas?

As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? Attributed to William Marcy Tweed Kansas is back in the news, and the purpose of this column is to reassure Kansans that although he played a vital role as a member ofShow More Summary

Standing Together Against Injustice

written by Steven Choi, executive director of New York Immigration Coalition with Constance Malcolm Imagine for a moment: You are a proud immigrant to the United States. In the vein of the American tradition stretching back to the nation's founding, you've come to New York City to create a better life for you and your family. Show More Summary

Trump's Speech... When He Quits The Race

Donald Trump is officially the Republican nominee. But there is a very good chance he will not make it to Election Day. No, it's not because the #NeverTrump movement will deny him the nomination; that ship has sailed. The feeble hashtag-disguised-as-strategy Hail Mary came to an abrupt, merciful end on Tuesday. Show More Summary

The Washington Post: Fearless and Balanced on War?

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote in New York Times v. United States (1971) ("Pentagon Papers" case): "[P]aramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell. Show More Summary

Volatile America

In a flash I thought, oh God, the civil war has started. Then the headlines shifted and, for the moment, "normalcy" returned. It's a Trump-sated normalcy that's anything but, of course, and the most recent heavily reported violence (at...Show More Summary

Mike Pence: The Leading Member of the "Israel, What Nuclear Weapons?" Flat Earth Society

Last night, Pence addressed the Republican Convention: "And if the world knows nothing else, it will know this: America stands with Israel." I've heard him say that before. Being a journalist based in the Washington, D.C. area, I try to ask tough questions of political figures when I can. Show More Summary

Trump's Convention: Tragedy or Farce?

The Trump Convention has been a strange mash-up of three previous moments in Republican history - each of which ended tragically. First, most seminally, is Joe McCarthy's rise and fall, and the witch-hunt he unleashed. Trump himself,...Show More Summary

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