Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is apparently close to deciding which candidate he'll purchase for the 2016 election, and the lucky winner looks to be Marco Rubio. It's not particularly noteworthy to witness an American politician bowing and scraping before an oddball billionaire during our nation's spin through the "Doom Loop Of Oligarchy," but it is a little funny to reflect on the fact that Rubio likes to pretend he is different. "When people give money to me, or support me, they're buying into [my] agenda, I'm not buying into theirs," is the line that Rubio enjoys giving to voters on the stump. It's a very pretty thing to say. The only problem is that not too many people have been buying Rubio's agenda of late.
The death penalty is an unusually cruel and inhumane form of punishment. It also demonstrably fails to deter crime, drug-related or otherwise. Countries carrying out executions for drug offenses simply do not register significant shifts in either supply or demand.
Odeh's is an important story. A story of Palestine. A story of refugees, of military occupation and torture, of political imprisonment, of women's rights organizing, of freedom. But Odeh's must also be understood as a Black story. No one is free until everyone is free from oppression.
Obama should consent to a full, independent, impartial investigation of the hospital bombing by IHFFC. If that investigation shows that war crimes probably occurred, appropriate prosecutions of the U.S. chain of command should ensue.
It was, without question, the climax of the debate. Hillary Clinton was defending herself against email allegations, when Bernie Sanders came to her rescue. In doing so, he not only demonstrated the decency that is the hallmark of his campaign, but also proved that he's no ordinary politician.
Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican candidate for president and former neurosurgeon, says, "I am not politically correct. I will not be politically correct." This approach to his campaign has helped him secure second place in polls taken of likely Republican voters, trailing only Donald Trump. But will it play well in a national election?
We don't understand why a presidential contender like Senator Bernie Sanders voted in favor of a law called the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which gun lobbyists wrote to prevent people like us from holding gun dealers accountable in court.
Presidential campaigns, and debates in particular, are rarely times to promote bipartisanship. But there is an issue around which both Democrats and Republicans have recently coalesced: America has put too many people behind bars -- and it's time to do something about it.
All of my black friends have been told at some point or another during their lifetime that they "talk white." The person who says it likely doesn't know many black people. Black people are generally seen as uneducated thugs. I do not appear to be an uneducated thug. Therefore, I must talk white.
Let's fill the gap between expectations and reality by showing that workplace equality is both possible and a priority, and ensure that women are fully empowered to press for change and unleash their potential.
Latinos in Nevada and across America will be watching the debate tonight and waiting to hear the candidates' positions on the issues that are important to our community. Given Nevada's role as one of the early caucus states, and the only one with such a large Latino community, tonight's debate will be critical.
The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.
President Obama has taken extraordinary measures to lower U.S. CO2 emissions, especially considering the congressional hand he was dealt. But it's nowhere near enough, and I can't help wonder what more he might have done if he'd experienced a life-changing moment.
First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism.
The U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government all say they are conducting their own investigations into the attack, but only an independent investigation can uncover the facts we need to demand accountability and new safeguards to ensure this type of tragedy doesn't happen again.
The shortcomings of the measure for Social Security are obvious. Moreover, the same inadequate index is used for other programs for seniors and people with disabilities, including military retirement benefits, veterans' compensation, civil service retirement benefits and the means-tested Supplemental Security Income program.
The numbers for this crisis are daunting. One of America's favorite past times is essentially draining the lifeblood and the future wealth out of the next generation and few realize it.
It's all about Hillary. With due respect to a talented and attractive field, it remains hers to win or lose. That's not to say it's a sure thing. Hillary has been oddly off-kilter, passive and muted. She's been unable to create a personal connection with folks almost all of whom would like to like her. The sand-blasting she's been getting from the Republicans has hurt, as well. And she's weighted down by the same history that buoys her up; She's been around forever and everyone everywhere wants something new. It's what we call an "Oy Vey" syndrome and she needs to battle out of it. This is a perfect place to unveil something new and interesting, if there is such a thing.
At a Bernie Sanders rally in Boston on Saturday, October 3, members of our group, Boston Students for Justice in Palestine, were threatened with arrest after the campaign staff had requested the removal of a banner that read "Will Ya #FeelTheBern 4 Palestine??!"
In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely - if ever - be asked what they would do to keep this nation at the forefront of science and innovation. That's a shame.
Moscow calculated, correctly it appears, that the U.S. and its allies were not going to commit real forces to achieve their stated objectives in Syria. Forced to respond to Russian initiatives in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere, the West is left searching for half-hearted compromises on Russian terms.
This went down badly (not just "tragically," as one of the experts put it) and the officers should be held accountable. An independent investigation would have asked the question: If the 911 caller could see that the "suspect" was a child, and the gun "probably a fake," why couldn't trained police officers see that?
I hate to admit it, but I truly believe that dating apps have ruined dating forever. Thinking back to my college days, I only wish that it were still the norm to meet people in person. Now, people are looking to date those with the hottest photos, the best jobs -- basically anyone who looks good on paper.
A lot of people are using the various examples of Ben Carson's recent comments to call him ignorant, thoughtless, insensitive and a narcissistic windbag who's unfit for the Presidency, but I submit that, perhaps, not only does he know better than us, but that he is better than us.
If our country wants to give all children a shot at success and disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty, we need to provide more support to families with young children.
The Volkswagen scandal hit new lows this week when German-born Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen America, refused to acknowledge the people responsible for falsifying emissions tests on 11 million vehicles or to release essential documents.
You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out of the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.
Try to think of a policy idea that has the following characteristics: it costs almost nothing to implement; it has the potential to help millions of highly disadvantaged people raise their living standards; it is supported by both President Obama and the Koch brothers. You're envisioning the null set, right?
We have two choices of when our children can fail: now or later. Now, they are still in a safe environment with people willing to help them succeed. Later, it will be in the context of the workplace or with their own families when the stakes are much higher.
I remember the first time I knew something was wrong. I was in my junior year of high school when I thought about what would happen if I purposely fell down the stairs. I'd always been an overachiever, but being the year before college that really mattered, I wanted to escape from the pressure that I was going through in school.
A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.