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America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

By Ben Notterman Video of Henry McCollum's release shows the exonerated death row inmate making his way through a crowd of excited onlookers and into his family's car, where he could not figure out how to fasten his seatbelt. In hisShow More Summary

What's Behind the New Chinese-Russian-Iranian Alliance?

As the world awaits the outcome of the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran due on November 24th in Vienna, Austria, what is one to make out of Russia's decision to build two further nuclear reactors at the Bushehr in IranShow More Summary

The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Last week, new U.N. envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura visited Syria for the first time and presented his diplomatic "action plan" to the warring parties. The plan, which U.S. officials heard last week, centers on a local ceasefire around the rebel stronghold of Aleppo City. Show More Summary

The Democratic Party Must Find Its Core Values in Order to Become Relevant Again

It appears that Democratic members of the House were the most amazed of all at the drubbing they took in this past election. How could it come as such a shock? Even our clueless VP Joe Biden had been predicting the Senate would remain under Democratic control. Show More Summary

JFK Tried To Craft A Creative Course In Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future. As usual, the commemorations of the 51st anniversary of his assassination over the weekend didn't capture much of this. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren's Winning Ways

Much has been made of Elizabeth Warren being the go-to Democrat in this cycle, being eagerly welcomed in places like West Virginia and Kentucky where few other Democrats were. Elizabeth's populist message works with both base Democratic activists and voters, and with hard pressed white working class folks who aren't real fond of Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Ending the Immigration Insanity

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. For years President Obama, and President Bush before him, have been locked in an insane immigration cycle. Both genuinely wanted to shift our national trajectory on immigration and reform our immigration system to make it more humane. Show More Summary

"Felons, not Families" Oversimplifies a Complex Reality

Words count. Especially when uttered by the President of the United States. In announcing his Executive Order changing immigration rules last Thursday, President Obama used the phrase "felons, not families." This phrase has its origins...Show More Summary

Michigan Cop Suicides Over Medical Marijuana Butter Conviction

In Kent County, Michigan, 49-year-old Tim Bernhardt is dead by his own hand. The 22-year veteran police officer was forced to plead guilty to felony charges of maintaining a drug house, ending his law enforcement career and causing his...Show More Summary

When Good Conspiracy Theories Go Bad

"I'm going to do a hard review of this." -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) There is going to be yet another investigation of Benghazi. Yes, really -- another one. But don't worry, this investigation is actually going to be very different. Show More Summary

Bipartisan Political Agenda

Bipartisan Proaction for Jobs, Revenues and Prosperity With control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate it is now incumbent upon the Republican party in conjunction with the President and the Democratic Minority Leaders...Show More Summary

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School (Part 3)

There were other days when students had an open-ended discussion about a Bible story they had read or a question that had come up in class. What follows is a distillation of four often-asked questions and the exchanges they sparked. Was...Show More Summary

Dividing the Spoils

Previously published on We've been watching Congress since the mid-term elections and reading Zephyr Teachout's terrific history book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United. That snuff box was a gift from King Louis XVI of France. Show More Summary

After 13 Years Is a Name Change in Order for the War on Terror?

Cross-posted with The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats,...Show More Summary

Begich says Obama discontent, not Active ad, cost him Senate seat

Republican Dan Sullivan will be Alaska's newest U.S. senator, but outgoing Sen. Mark Begich said he'll work in Washington until the last minute to push through legislation that will benefit Alaska. The Senate plans to adjourn Dec. 11. Show More Summary

Immigration Action Gives Obama an Edge Over GOP

By Anise Vance The recent mid-term elections left President Obama in a precarious position. The overwhelming Republican victory, seen by some as an indictment of the president's administration, supposedly confirmed Mr. Obama's lame duck status. Show More Summary

For Once a Positive Crisis

The original meaning of crisis is a turning point, decisive or crucial in time, whether good or bad. The overused negative interpretation is of a time of danger or threat. The U.S. is now in a real crisis but one that relates directly...Show More Summary

Seven Reasons Why Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Is Great Policy and Great Politics

Ten years ago, following President George Bush's 2004 re-election victory, Progressives were back on their heels. Bush decided to press his advantage by launching a campaign to privatize Social Security, seeking to eliminate the crown...Show More Summary

GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

At the first Thanksgiving 383 years ago, Native Americans and Pilgrim immigrants gathered with mutual respect to share a bountiful harvest they’d produced together. This Thanksgiving, though, there’s no respect or sharing in the homes...Show More Summary

I Applaud Hillary For Visiting Ferguson and Meeting Al Sharpton. Oh Wait, That Was Rand Paul.

Before the Hillary machine steamrolls towards the Democratic nomination, it isn't sacrilege to question the sincerity of our 2016 frontrunner. At least one nanosecond of thought should be placed to see if she's the right choice for president, or... Show More Summary

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