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Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken was appointed a UNICEF ambassador in 2004. In March 2005 Aiken toured the tsunami-ravaged Indonesia and heightened awareness about the need to restore schooling to displaced children. In May 2005 Aiken traveled to Uganda, where he saw children on the run from kidnapping and involuntary enlistment in the local guerrilla army. He has also traveled to Mexico to aid children affected by recent floods. In April 2007 Aiken traveled to Afghanistan where he toured schools and marveled at the resilience of the children he met there. His experience prompted him to launch the "$100,000 in 10 Days" campaign to continue offering lifesaving support for kids in that country. The campaign ended up netting $250,000 in fewer than five days. In June 2008, Aiken traveled to Somalia, a country where conflict and hunger have created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Aiken continues to be an avid champion for the often forgotten children of the world.

Entries by Clay Aiken

My Home State's Anti-LGBT Law Is Emblematic of a Much Larger Problem

(133) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:36 AM

Almost every gay man has one. Gay women, too.

We all have someone who was our "first."

No! I'm not talking about that kind of first. I'm talking about a different first.

I'm talking about a more important kind of first. For many, it was the first person we truly...

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Losers Need Love Too: Why Voting for Bernie Is Still So Important

(587) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 6:18 PM

Everyone likes a winner.

I would know; I've never been one.

If any group lives by this mantra, politicians do. And everyone wants to be on a winner's team.

That's why so few people were willing to run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. As the presumptive favorite...

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Trump, You're Fired.

(127) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 11:00 AM

Dear Mr. Trump, 

Maybe it takes one to know one. Maybe the fact that I have lost three times on a national scale has given me a special insight. But I can assure you, I know one when I see one, and you, Donald Trump, are a loser.

I took...

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Ready for Hillary. Voting for Bernie.

(534) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 10:32 AM

The North Carolina primaries have always been an overlooked and inconsequential event. Held in May of every election year for as long as I can remember, the votes rarely make a difference in the process of choosing a presidential candidate for either party. That's why, this year, the powers that...

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Why in the Hell Is Clay Aiken on CNN?

(66) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:01 AM

Just when you think this political season can't be any more ridiculous, you turn on the TV and who is sitting on the panel to weigh in on the politics and political climate of the country?

The gay guy from American Idol.

A 74-year-old socialist is running for...

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5 Easy Things That Members of Congress Could Be Doing for Our Military and Veterans, But Aren't

(20) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Too many times these days, our veterans are getting caught up in the childish games in Congress. That's unacceptable.

I'm running for Congress in North Carolina's Second District. We're fortunate to be home to over 50,000 active duty soldiers, their families, and thousands of veterans. These folks have been...

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Support Somalia (Because Mother Nature Ain't)

(148) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 5:29 PM

I have a small pond in my backyard.

It isn't big enough for recreational use. No fishing; no boating.

It's just pretty. But, fortunately it's big enough that, during the warmer months, I can use the water from the pond to irrigate my lawn.

The water is pumped out...

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Progress in Somalia Despite Difficult Circumstances

(73) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 5:23 AM

This past November, while we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a grim milestone was reached in the east African nation of Somalia. The conflict and instability which has characterized that nation for the past 20 years has produced a...

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