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God Bless America: Let's Debate Acts of War

As I looked this morning at my bookshelf as the sun rose over the landscape of Central Texas I noticed two items stood side by side, the Bible and the United States Constitution. It made me pause and ponder recent events, and I cameShow More Summary

Severe Flaws in Polls

Political polls have become daily news in recent years. It begins to appear that we have put the cart before the horse. Leadership and followership are, of course, Siamese twins in many ways, but we have begun to confuse the two. Horses...Show More Summary

Holder's Legacy: Steering Away From the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

When it comes to criminal justice reform, Attorney General Eric Holder -- who announced today he will soon resign -- waged a revolution from within. Taken individually some of his work seems incremental. Seen as a whole it's quite bold. In...Show More Summary

Why We Should Care About Boys and Young Men of Color

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the fate of young Black men and more broadly speaking, young men of color in this country. Earlier this year, President Obama launched My Brother's Keeper,...Show More Summary

Omar Gonzalez, President Obama and Safety from Mentally Ill Assassins

The recent scaling of the White House fence and entry into the front door of the White House by Omar Gonzalez should focus our attention on a bipartisan bill in Congress that attempts to get help to people with serious mental illness and might prevent events like this from happening in the future. According to the Washington Post, Mr. Show More Summary

Focus on the Family

I'd like to present a thought experiment with two different questions posed by two different judges during oral arguments on the legal right of gay couples to marry. Their inquiries relate to whether it is constitutionally permissible...Show More Summary

New Data: Millennials Are Better Off with Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act's supporters and detractors have consistently agreed on one thing: the success or failure of the law hinges on the whether young adults, who tend to be healthier and less expensive to insure, enroll. New data released last week shows that more young people are getting health coverage, and in stunning numbers. New U.S. Show More Summary

Latinos vs. Democrats

Anger over immigration leads advocates to perform a civil disobedience outside the Democratic National HQ in Washington, D.C. "I think that the anger is not placed in the right direction, and Republicans get off the hook... They did nothing and people are picketing the president. Show More Summary

Will U.S. Anti-ISIL Air War Succeed?

The United States has shifted its longstanding reluctance to become militarily involved in the Syrian conflict. The U.S.-led strikes mark a partial tactical, military, and strategic shift in American foreign policy as well as in the foundation of President Obama's plan towards the Islamic State and Syria. Despite the fact that the U.S. Show More Summary

Bill Clinton's Corporate Idylls

At the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative this week, former President Bill Clinton predicted corporations would soon care less about maximizing profits and more about employees and society. This would happen without significant...Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: How a DNA Test Broke an Immigration Officer's Heart

Years ago, when I was a very green young attorney, I had a client who had been kidnapped and tortured under a brutal totalitarian dictatorship. The client, whom I will call Alonzo, was a prominent political dissident who managed to bribe his way out of captivity. Show More Summary

# 3.5: This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President

(This piece is a timely expansion on entry # 3 in this Press the Battle series: " Calling Out the Republicans: Obama Hasn't So We Must..") Summary: It is clear the Republicans, with their obstructionism, have deliberately hurt the nation. Show More Summary

Gary Hart and Richard Nixon, Pt. 1

Next week former New York Times political reporter Matt Bai will publish his reconsideration of the dramatic fall of former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.) from his leading position as Democratic contender for president for the 1988 elections. Show More Summary

Would a Body Camera Have Saved Michael Brown?

The clamor for police departments to fully outfit all their officers with body cameras was loud long before Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown. But when Wilson shot Brown, some said that if he had been wearing a body cam, the shooting may not have happened. Show More Summary

Five Ways Cyberterrorists Could Target the U.S.

Will the next terrorist attack occur in cyberspace? As the Western world becomes increasingly concerned about ISIS and the potential for homegrown terrorist attacks by its adherents, governments and their publics have focused their concerns...Show More Summary

'Strong Year-End Executive Action' on Immigration: Legally Sound and Politically Helpful

President Obama's constant wavering on executive action on immigration has frustrated many immigrant rights organizers who are continuing to request action without further delay. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi has now chimed in to suggest that delaying executive action would allow for a stronger year-end action. Show More Summary

Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea

In the Face of Rising Maritime Insecurity, AFRICOM Claims Success and Obama Embraces a Strongman Cross-posted with [This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additional...Show More Summary

How an Influential Group of Doctors Exerts Influence Over Medicare Payments to Physicians

Imagine a scenario in which Exxon Mobil recommends to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) how much carbon dioxide that oil and gas companies should be allowed to emit -- and the EPA approves those recommendations 90 percent of the time. Show More Summary

The Right to Be Forgotten: An Insult to Latin American History

Recently, I was discussing with fellow colleagues from Latin America the implications of the decision of the European Union's Court of Justice that establishes the "right to be forgotten." One of them pointed out that the content ofShow More Summary

Every Vote Counts, Are You Ready?

The midterm elections are just around the corner! Are you prepared? Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day. The Koch brothers may have billions to influence our government, but the rest of us have our voices and our votes. Let's...Show More Summary

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