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Thomas Frank

The Life Of The Parties

Thomas Frank | June 30, 2016 | Politics
It is true that Americans are more cynical about Washington than ever. To gripe that "the system is rigged" is to utter the catchphrase of the year. But it is important to understand just how little difference such attitudes make here in the nation's capital.
Jamie Lee Curtis

Orlando, We Are With You

Jamie Lee Curtis | June 29, 2016 | Queer Voices
The way that Orlando has come together -- uniting as one, supporting each other and taking care of the fallen and their families -- confirms everything I have always hoped about humanity, strength and the tenacity of the human spirit.
Yuliana Salinas

An Open Letter To A Gentrifying Property Developer

Yuliana Salinas | June 27, 2016 | Latino Voices
I hope that the next time you visit, email, or call a Latino family, you have a better speech prepared. "White" people are not the only people that deserve housing, and Latinos are not at the very least deserving of your unsolicited dry speech.
Pete Tucker

The Washington Post Has an Uber Problem

Pete Tucker | June 21, 2016 | DC
In May of this year an Uber driver was charged with attempted murder of two Montgomery County police officers. After dramatically displaying the suspect's 20-foot-long rap sheet, local ABC7-WJLA reporter Kevin Lewis, who broke the story, asked pointed questions in a segment that aired on May 25: ...
Dawn Hawkins

Pornography: The Missing Piece In The Movement Against Sexual Violence

Dawn Hawkins | June 23, 2016 | Women
The movement to combat violence against women must address the problem of pornography. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the White House Summit on “The United State of Women” held in Washington, DC. This event brought together “change-makers” impacting women’s equality in America. Many notable advocates for the...
Khadijah Abdullah

A Retreat For HIV Positive Muslims

Khadijah Abdullah | June 21, 2016 | Impact
“I just want a place where I can connect with people who share my faith, understand my condition and don’t pass judgement”. – Fatima Bilal. Being HIV positive in a society where ignorance is still prevalent can be detrimental to a person’s physical...
Harold A. McDougall

Orlando for President

Harold A. McDougall | June 20, 2016 | Politics
Wolf Blitzer had his team of talking heads ready to bloviate on Trump versus Hillary in the context of the Orlando shooting. They had just seen a video clip of the Donald, posturing and gesticulating, the consummate blowhard, bully, and con man. Then followed a clip of Hillary, giving a policy wonk speech at some conference, displaying all the empathy and connection of a dry sponge.
Melissa Terzis

Summer Real Estate Reading

Melissa Terzis | June 22, 2016 | DC
I'm going to do a little something off my regular scheduled programming here because why not, it's summer, right? We waited a long time for this summer, after getting nailed with a cold spring and then pummeled with almost an entire month of rain in May. Finally, sun and 80...
Pete Tucker

"The Most Corrupt Politician in DC?"

Pete Tucker | June 17, 2016 | DC
In other states officials go to jail for serious conflicts of interest. In D.C. Jack Evans is cruising unopposed to reelection.
Sanjeev K. Sriram

3 Reasons Why Guns Are A Health Problem -- And 3 Things We Can Do About It

Sanjeev K. Sriram | June 16, 2016 | Politics
Mass shootings lead to media narratives and political rhetoric about stopping "crazy evil monsters" from accessing guns, which increases stigma and makes inaccessible treatment even less utilized.
Franklin Garcia

DC to Host Constitutional Convention to Become 51st State

Franklin Garcia | June 16, 2016 | DC
On May 6th, 2016, the New Columbia Statehood Commission presented to the public a draft Constitution of what will be the state of New of Columbia, or the 51st state in the Union.
Anna Wilding

Dalai Lama shares condolences for Orlando,and says USA China relations important

Anna Wilding | June 21, 2016 | DC
His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with President Barack Obama today. This is the fourth time, since holding office that President Obama has met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Trey Lyon

Of 'Hamilton' and Humanity: A Love Letter

Trey Lyon | June 16, 2016 | Education
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”-Alexander Hamilton   In 2011, a college friend now on Broadway posted a video on Facebook. The artist was a young...
Edward R. Hamberger

Data Proves That Railroads Drive the American Economy

Edward R. Hamberger | June 13, 2016 | DC
Every school age child learns that molecules are the basic building block of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist.
Noam Chomsky

The Doomsday Clock

Noam Chomsky | June 13, 2016 | Politics
American citizens face an enormous responsibility right at home. The undermining of functioning democracy is one of the contributions of the neoliberal assault on the world's population in the past generation. In Europe, the impact may be even worse.
Melina Delkic

5 D.C. Coffee Shops to Sit in Forever

Melina Delkic | June 20, 2016 | DC
When I look for coffee shops, all I want is somewhere to sit forever. This characteristic -- sit-ability? -- encompasses everything. To sit in a coffee shop all day, it has to have wonderful coffee, obviously, good food, a comfortable and cozy ambience, probably some plugs, wifi, and room to...
Richard Branson

Why Should We Care About the Ocean?

Richard Branson | June 10, 2016 | Green
Like millions of others, I really care about the ocean and can't just sit back and watch it being destroyed. Having had the huge privilege of swimming with magnificent creatures, I am in total awe of our underwater world.
Jean-Michel Giraud

Sheltering Inside the Beltway

Jean-Michel Giraud | June 9, 2016 | DC
Shelters or Permanent Housing? As communities around the country build up their homeless services systems, a question frequently comes up. Should we build more shelters or permanent supportive housing units? The answer is both. Some community members believe that shelters are just not necessary if...
Connie Lawn

My Link to Muhammad Ali Through Parkinson's

Connie Lawn | June 5, 2016 | DC
My Link to Muhammad Ali Through Parkinson's, by Connie Lawn June 4, 2016 I never met Muhammad Ali, but we were linked together in an important and deadly way, through Parkinson's disease. I have suffered with the disease for five years and counting. For the millions of us...
Karah Preiss

Arianna Huffington to Hunter College Grads: To Create a Better World, Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First

Karah Preiss | June 2, 2016 | College
I had the great privilege of joining Arianna Huffington, HuffPost's editor-in-chief, at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony of my alma mater, Hunter College. Arianna gave the keynote address and was given the President's Medal by Hunter College President, Jennifer Raab.
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