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Old-Fashioned Republican Endorses Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

It's not exactly news when a Republican endorses marriage equality, since it happens all the time. But this is a big deal: Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a fixture of Wyoming politics for decades, is now appearing in an ad for Freedom toShow More Summary

American Hero Stories: A Navy SEAL

I am not writing this new, regular column because nobody else writes one like it--though nobody does--or because I love this country--and I do--or because these stories need to be told. Though those are all true and good reasons. I write...Show More Summary

Fakhera Mousavi: "The Afghan woman rests in the coma of her predecessors"

Fakhera Mousavi is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Lyon in France. She offers her views as a woman who has always lived in exile and has had a different experience of life from that of other women of herShow More Summary

Money, Corruption and the Free Thinker Principle

Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God and over these ideals they dispute and cannot unite -- but they all worship money. -- Mark Twain Believe none of what you hear and half of what you believe. --...Show More Summary

Course Correction Needed for Democrats in the 2014 Mid-Terms

The resignation of Kathleen Sibelius as secretary Health and Human Services and the announced enrollment of 7.5 million of applicants under the new Affordable Care Act provide the Democratic Party, and the White House, with the opportunity...Show More Summary

House Dems to Obama: Hurry Up On Detainee Declassification

If the Senate Intelligence Committee's 11-3 vote last week is any indication, Senate Democrats are united in their support of closing the chapter on Bush-era enhanced interrogation techniques on their own terms. All of the Intel Committee's...Show More Summary

Sexual Assault Is a Crime Against Women's Health

In 1974, the women's liberation movement was in full swing. My class at Baylor College of Medicine had over 30 female students, more than in previous years. We felt powerful -- like trailblazers doing our share for women and equality. Show More Summary

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

What a week it was, of saber rattling across the globe, from the Potomac to the Persian Gulf, from the Black Sea to the Pacific. A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets --...Show More Summary

Ron Pundak and the Legacy of Middle East Peace

In the midst of Middle East turmoil, few recognize the personal sacrifice by those who relentlessly champion peace. Ron Pundak, one of the initiators of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, who passed away this week, embodied the daring efforts to build bridges in the hearts and minds of the people of the region. Show More Summary

We Need to Promote Public Service in Government

One of the unfortunate impacts of the conservative war on the U.S. government is a decline in the ethos of public service. Nevertheless, dedication to public service survives despite the sustained attacks that started over three decades ago under Ronald Reagan and continues in the face of the Tea Party's assaults. Show More Summary

Now Is the Time to Rebuild Our National Infrastructure

Are you proud of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport? It's a question I ask nearly every audience I speak to these days. JFK, after all, is the largest entry point for foreign visitors arriving in what sees itself as the greatest city...Show More Summary

Dozing through "the Great Moving Right Show"

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. Show More Summary

Taxes: The Debate We're Not Having

It's tax time and to mark this hated season let's take a quiz. Question: Do you A) Pay too much in taxes B) Pay too little C) Pay just the right amount The answer is: D) none of the above. We talk - or complain - a lot about taxes in this country, and many of us, I suspect, are upset with our annual bill. Show More Summary

GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Rejecting dozens of heroic characters, from Captain America to Underdog, Republicans last week chose instead a villain for their figurehead. They selected Prince John, the guy who coddled the rich and tried to crush Robin Hood. House...Show More Summary

Kansas Murder Suspect Is Hate Leader Who Cut Deal With Feds

An Anti-Semite To The Core, But Tainted By Plea Deal Frasier Glenn Cross, 73, the alleged triple murderer who defiantly yelled "Heil Hitler" from the back of a rain spattered patrol car in Overland Park, KS on Sunday afternoon is a notorious, though exiled, hate group leader with a criminal record that dates back decades. Show More Summary

Is Washington Just Impossible?

As Washington says goodbye to now Former Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius, I wonder, is Washington just impossible? Who leaves this town without scars? Having been here for so long, I have met hundreds of politicians on both sides of the aisle and I have yet to meet one who did not come here with the goal of making it better for Americans. Show More Summary


The Democratic Party must embrace, fight for and enact economically-progressive policies. It must be the party of Main Street, not Wall Street, of the 99 percent, not the one percent. In particular, it must fight for a strong safety net to protect those of us who fall on hard times. Show More Summary

Paying Your (Un)Fair Share on Tax Day

"I pay my income tax... and I starve myself to death, trying to keep my family fed. I keep my budget tight, trying to get myself ahead... a workin' man can't get nowhere today." Merle Haggard, "A Workin' Man Can't Get Nowhere Today,"...Show More Summary

Sunday Roundup

This was a week of reshuffling and resetting. On Friday, President Obama announced the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Yes, the Obamacare signup system was initially botched, but Sebelius also presided over a historic expansion of medical coverage, with the number of uninsured Americans having dropped to 2008 levels. Show More Summary

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