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David McCabe
Colgate Professor of Philosophy David McCabe specializes in political philosophy, moral theory and applied ethics. His current research focuses on the status of traditional norms of war given contemporary conditions of violent conflict.

Entries by David McCabe

Marsha Blackburn Is Afraid Obama Will Use Border Money To Fund Obamacare

(158) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:52 AM

President Barack Obama has requested $3.7 billion to address the crisis brought on by the influx of unaccompanied child migrants surging into the Southern border from Central American countries. Since then, many conservatives have rejected the demand and instead called for additional border security (although the border is...

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New House Bill Seeks To Make LGBT Rights Abroad A State Department Priority

(16) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday would bolster the State Department's ability to fight discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals abroad, its bipartisan sponsors say.

The bill would direct the department to make LGBT rights a foreign policy priority, develop a strategy to...

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State Department Awarded Blackwater More Than $1 Billion After Threat On Investigator's Life

(113) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:15 PM

The State Department awarded more than a billion dollars in funding to the security firm Blackwater and its later incarnations even after one of the company's top officials allegedly threatened a government investigator's life, a review by The Huffington Post has shown.

The New York Times revealed last...

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Chair Of Mississippi College Republicans Resigns To Become A Democrat

(66) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:22 AM

The first Hispanic chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans resigned Monday because of his concerns about the far right's influence over the party. He said he will become a Democrat.

"When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of...

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Chamber Of Commerce Emerges As Big Supreme Court Winner

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the dust begins to settle on the Supreme Court's term, at least one big winner has emerged: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


The business lobbying group saw favorable outcomes in 69 percent of the cases it was...

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D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Sparks Fight Between Congressman And Councilman

(26) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) isn't backing down from his campaign to stop the District of Columbia from decriminalizing marijuana, as he slammed a member of the D.C. Council on Friday.

On Wednesday, Harris successfully passed an amendment in the House Appropriations Committee that would bar the District from...

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Rep. Andy Harris Says He Didn't Just Accidentally Legalize Weed In D.C.

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is confident he didn't just accidentally legalize pot possession in the District of Columbia.

Harris is the author of an amendment passed Wednesday in the House Committee on Appropriations that would bar the District from spending money to enforce any laws that...

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House Passes Amendment To Block D.C.'s Decriminalization Of Marijuana

(22) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- An amendment that would make it impossible for the District of Columbia to lessen penalties for marijuana possession -- and possibly to legalize the drug -- passed Wednesday in the House Committee on Appropriations, drawing a rebuke from the District's mayor.

Under the rider, added to a spending...

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Ted Olson Calls Ted Cruz Comments Against Marriage Equality 'Very, Very Sad'

(270) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- The conservative lawyer who argued the Supreme Court case that ended California's ban on same-sex marriage condemned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Tuesday for calling the decision "judicial activism."

"This is very, very sad and it's very, very unfortunate," Ted Olson told Ari Rabin-Havt, host of the...

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Republican Sally Atwater Faces Lawsuit Alleging She Shoved Student Who Wanted Candy

(37) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit filed last week alleges that Sally Atwater, who is running for the Republican nomination for state superintendent of education in South Carolina, shoved a student in one of her classes.

The plaintiffs in the personal injury suit -- the parents of the student, who...

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Jan Brewer Claims She's Open To LGBT Protections... But Is She Really?

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said Tuesday that it could be time for the state to adopt laws that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation -- although she's not sure that such discrimination is a real problem in the state.

“I do not believe in...

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GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer Skeptical That LGBT Workplace Discrimination Exists

(174) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:01 PM

A Republican congressman said he's not sure that workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people exists -- because he's never gotten a phone call about it.

"I'm not even sure that this is a problem. I have to be honest, I don't get many, if any. I don't...

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Rick Perry Defers To Scientists On Gay Conversion Therapy, Forgets They Already Trashed It

(275) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Monday that he wasn't sure whether it's possible to stop someone from being gay through a process known as conversion therapy, saying he would defer to the medical and mental health community's opinion on the matter.

His comments came during an interview on...

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Exxon Mobil Insists It Has Policy Protecting LGBT Workers Against Discrimination

(13) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- For years, Exxon Mobil has been called out for being one of the few Fortune 100 companies that does not ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Indeed, its shareholders have repeatedly voted down resolutions that would institute such a policy...

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Afghan Presidential Candidate Has Concerns About Bowe Bergdahl Swap

(7) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the men vying to become Afghanistan's next president said Thursday he was worried that the five Taliban detainees swapped for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would return to the battlefield.

"Our main concern is about those who have been released, that they will not join the...

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French Twitter Is Not Pleased With President Obama

(18) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 2:59 PM

President Barack Obama and other world leaders participated in a televised ceremony Friday to honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. While Queen Elizabeth II was being introduced, the camera cut to Obama -- who was caught chewing gum.

At least a few French Twitter users were not amused....

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Hillary Clinton: You Know Who Else Had A Concussion? Paul Ryan

(36) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Hillary Clinton said in an interview published this week that she does not suffer from any lingering effects of the concussion she sustained in 2012.

“I did have a concussion and some effects in the aftermath of it, mostly dizziness, double vision. Those all dissipated," she

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Senate Confirms First Native American Ambassador

(9) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:16 PM

The Senate confirmed Keith Harper as ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday, making him the first Native American to ever become a U.S. ambassador.

Harper is an attorney who was one of the lawyers behind a landmark class action lawsuit brought by...

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How Not to Defend the Humanities

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Anyone who pays attention to higher education in this country knows that teachers in the humanities feel undervalued, besieged, and at risk of becoming thoroughly marginalized. If not yet on life support, the humanities at best seem to have entered urgent care after a long slide into senescence, with college...

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The Real Stakes in Syria

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 2:44 PM

With the U.S. and Russia now actively pursuing a nonmilitary resolution of the Syrian situation, Congress may escape the burden of having to decide whether the Syrian state's alleged gassing of civilians should be met with military action. But whatever the outcome of the attempt to reach a peaceful settlement,...

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