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Bob Kerrey
Bob Kerrey is executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship. He is a former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nebraska, and a former President of The New School.

Entries by Bob Kerrey

Higher Education: On a Crash Course for Reinvention

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Thirty years ago-- with the Cold War ending and the rise of the Internet just beginning -- the demand for a post-secondary degree increased. This was the collective result of millions of individuals making a rational decision that their understanding of the world and their economic opportunities in that world...

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We Should Be United in Driving Reform in Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Throughout my career, I have witnessed the following: It is much easier for humans to ascertain when and where we disagree rather than when and where we agree. We declare our disagreements proudly and loudly, while our points of agreement tend to remain hidden, silenced by our passionate discord.


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Becoming Aware of Civic Unawareness

(176) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 9:00 AM

A few years back, I was dismayed and horribly discouraged when I read that more than 70% of Americans could name all three of the Three Stooges but that barely 20% could name all three of the branches of our Federal government. That troubling fact led me to realize that,...

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Iran Invasion Would Be a Disaster

(314) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 2:59 PM

There's growing talk in Washington these days about invading Iran.

It's not front and center -- yet. But there are folks in Washington building an under-the-radar case for an invasion right now, so I'm not waiting to speak out.

I recorded a video laying out my opposition to invading Iran....

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Why Washington Isn't Working for the American People

(71) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 6:45 PM

Here's one piece of news that won't take anyone by surprise: Congress is failing to solve the difficult challenges facing our country. Healthcare costs are choking the federal budget. Our reliance on foreign oil is perilous to our national security. We continue to spend precious resources on military weapons the...

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Connecticut to Congress: Time for Elections Owned by the People, not Special Interests

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 11:59 AM

In last week's gubernatorial primary in Connecticut, the biggest winner of all was a bold idea: that big money should not govern who can seek and win public office. That job belongs to the people.

The election featured the successful first-run of the state's landmark Citizens' Election law for...

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VA Docs Prohibited From Recommending Medical Marijuana to Returning Vets

(264) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 4:35 PM

The U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) recently adopted a policy prohibiting VA physicians from recommending medical marijuana to their patients, even if marijuana is the safest and most effective medicine to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other service-related conditions.

No doubt the policy stems, in part, from...

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After Supreme Court Ruling, Time for a Campaign Finance Transplant Instead of More Band-Aids

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 5:13 PM

When the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Citizens United v. FEC to allow unlimited corporate spending in campaigns, I joined congressional leaders and President Obama in condemning the Court's decision and calling for an end to special interest funding of elections. As the President said in his...

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The Senator From Exxon-Mobil?

(30) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 9:38 AM

Folks, we have a problem. It's bigger than health care, global warming, and the economy because it cuts to the heart of every big issue we face.

The symptoms of this problem are clear:

Instead of doing the nation's business, elected officials are spending a third of their time or...

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As Supreme Court Hears Landmark Campaign Finance Case, Public Funding Solution is Missing

(43) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 6:41 AM

When the United States Supreme Court today rehears the campaign finance case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), it will be calling into question no less than sixty years of established precedent limiting corporate spending in federal elections.

The case pits conservative advocate Citizens United, famous for its 2008...

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End the Money Chase, Get Back to the Business of Governing

(20) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 11:08 AM

Next week, 535 Members of Congress will file their quarterly fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. The reports will say little or nothing about the quality of their leadership and everything about their chances of winning reelection.

For the non-wealthy unknown American, the details of the reports present...

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Why I'm Not Running Again for the US Senate

(89) Comments | Posted October 24, 2007 | 12:28 PM

I have decided I will not leave The New School to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska. The reason is simple enough: For my family and me now is not the time for me to re-enter politics as a candidate.

We have made a lot of...

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My Perspective on the New School Commencement

(274) Comments | Posted May 23, 2006 | 4:53 PM

After following the exchange between Senator John McCain's Chief of Staff, Mark Salter, and one of The New School's graduating students Jean Sara Rohe, I am compelled to add my perspective and thoughts about the events, which took place at last Friday's New School commencement.

First of...

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