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538 People Can Save 325 Million

An Open Letter to the Members of the Electoral College NOTE: With the United States on Death Row, if this last-ditch attempt to gain a reprieve and save America from the catastrophe of a Trump Presidency is to have any chance of succeeding, the realization that Trump can still be blocked must reach the public and the Electors before it is too late. Show More Summary

Easy Math: Trump Sticks With Obama Cuba Policy

He doesn't read much. He doesn't have in-depth policy discussions. But now we know Donald Trump can count, don't we? And because he's good with numbers, it's hard to imagine a President Trump undoing the Obama détente with Cuba. First,...Show More Summary

Repealing Obamacare? Here's a better idea - Medicare for all

Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda. Repeal of the ACA will not curb the persistent, systemic inequities of our profit-focused...Show More Summary

Ben Carson, Housing, And Homelessness: Opportunities And Concerns

The news that Ben Carson has accepted Trump's nomination for HUD Secretary is cause for concern for the millions of Americans who are homeless or at risk -- and for anyone who cares about this continuing crisis. It's a common misconception that people become homeless as a result of personal failures or poor choices. Show More Summary

Disappointment And Ample Concern In 2016

This year's November elections spewed disappointment -- or bafflement, or something stronger like fear -- all around this country and beyond. Hillary has to be Disappointed in Chief, as she, and most of the world, expected her to become the president-elect. I wonder how long it takes to recover from that loss. Show More Summary

Why I'm Angry

Maybe you’ve heard of the “Five Stages of Grief.” First, there’s shock and denial. That’s what I experienced on election night. “This isn’t happening. This can’t be happening.” After that comes anger. And next—well, I don’t know what comes next. Show More Summary

Democracy Hero: Rep. John Sarbanes (Part Two)

Photo: Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sarbanes Last April, as part of Democracy Spring the two of us marched from Philadelphia to D.C. with four game-changing demands for Congress: Get big money out of politics, ensure votingShow More Summary

Still Recovering, But Not Surprised....

After reading all of the post-presidential election excuses concerning the reasons for the failure of Hillary Clinton to win the White House, which virtually all seem to center on the failure of democrats to find solutions for the White...Show More Summary

A Three Worlds Theory for the 21st Century

We still use terms like "1st World" and "3rd World," referencing the so-called "Three-World Model" proposed by French demographer Alfred Sauvy in 1952 and the "Three Worlds Theory" developed by Mao Zedong. We still use terms like "1st world problems" to describe the silly "struggles" of an over-privileged elite. Show More Summary

Make Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work Make Democracy Work Two centuries ago, a unique nation was formed, not on the basis of any ethnic, cultural or religious community but on universal human values of equality and freedom. It gradually grew more prominent on the world scene. Show More Summary

The Election Is Over. Now What?

Now that we have a new president, how much will our lives really change? I'm sorry to tell you that the answer is not as much as some people hope and not as much as some people fear. The bottom line is that the president of the United States has very little impact on the lives of the average citizen. Show More Summary

Castro, The Mob And Capitalism's Full Circle

The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has provoked intense commentary, but one story we haven't heard much about is how Castro's rise brought about one of the greatest business reversals in the history of American capitalism - and,...Show More Summary

With Eyes Wide Open America Needs Self-Awareness

A hundred and fifty years after the Civil War ended, an admirer of white supremacists has been elected President of the United Staes. Not coincidentally, Donald Trump's ascendancy comes at a moment when the eyes of many white America...Show More Summary

In Dialogue With Peter Diamandis

Earlier this summer I was proud to be a part of the first-ever Novus Summit hosted at the United Nations in partnership with UN DESA during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York. Founded by Co-Chairs Kunal Sood and...Show More Summary

Dr. Carson

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Dr. Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We are eager to work with the Trump Administration, Dr. Carson and Congress to create more opportunities for Americans...Show More Summary

Kobach is Wrong, Barring Refugees Would Hurt National Security

By Eleanor Acer Just days before the nation celebrated Thanksgiving, an AP photographer snapped a picture of Kris Kobach's proposed Homeland Security plan for the Trump Administration. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a candidate...Show More Summary

GOP's Health Reform Strategy Amounts to Repeal Without Replacement

The proposals to date from President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans would do little to help the millions whose coverage is at risk under ACA repeal. Republican congressional leaders plan to move quickly in January to repeal...Show More Summary

Learning From The History Of Resistance To Survive In Trump’s America

The specter of a Trump White House is unconscionable and traumatizing to many. Some have suggested that we give the president-elect a chance, and hope, even pray for his success ? as if Donald Trump is a normal politician, and it isShow More Summary

The Reckoning: Republican Values In The Age Of Trump

If there is a silver lining inside the acid-cloud of Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory, it’s that Americans have been afforded an unusually vivid picture of the Republican Party’s stance on that most highly charged of campaign themes: ”values.” Mr. Show More Summary

The Terrifying Executive We Need For The Wrong Reasons

I understand why all of the often false, usually bombastic, reporting on Trump is angering me. You know the stuff -- take a "fact," real or fully made up, and conflate it with some apocalyptic prediction. Watch: Trump alternates between wearing boxers and briefs. Show More Summary

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