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Shereen Hall

12 Influential Pakistani Women Leaders You Should Know

Shereen Hall | Posted May 8, 2012

As the weather warms and tourists descend on the nation's capital, 12 Pakistani women will be among the thousands of visitors in D.C. this week. But they aren't here to see the cherry blossoms or tour the White House. They're here to meet with US policymakers to propose solutions for...

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Truth Takes a Back Seat in Lacey Act Hearing

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted May 8, 2012

Today, I had the opportunity to testify before the Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs on two bills that would repeal significant portions of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act is common sense legislation that protects American workers and industries from illegally harvested or...

Sean Carman

A Magical Evening: Etgar Keret at the JCC

Sean Carman | Posted May 8, 2012

I'm a big fan of Etgar Keret, and I missed his reading last year at the 6th and I Street Synagogue, so when I see he's going to do a reading at the Jewish Community Center, I ask a friend if she wants to go.

And she says, Who?...

David Grosso

Learning To Be a Leader From My Mom

David Grosso | Posted May 8, 2012

Mother's day is very special to me because from the time I was born, my mother, Marie Dennis, taught me through her actions to respect and be present for others no matter who you are, or where you live. Not only does she live by example, but for...

Steph Sherer

Why We Fight for Medical Cannabis - and How Congress Can Help Us Win

Steph Sherer | Posted May 8, 2012

One month ago I traveled to California for an event in San Francisco. The morning before the event, I awoke to the news that the DEA was raiding Blue Sky, a dispensary in Oakland. It was heartening to see an outpouring of support for medical marijuana patients, but the dispensary...

Buster Brown

D.C. Patients Struggle From Medical Marijuana Delays

Buster Brown | Posted May 9, 2012

A spike in pain prompts Lyndly Wadley to call a shuttle service that will take him from his nursing home to his friend's apartment. Wadley, who has multiple sclerosis, then waits outside the building in his wheelchair, looking anxious. At his destination, he wheels up to a 10-step entranceway, lifts...

Jon Chattman

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Watch Eric Hutchinson "Watch Him"

Jon Chattman | Posted May 8, 2012

He's been a VH1 "You Oughta Know" artist, has played just about every late night show on the planet, and has had a bunch of hit songs since the release of his 2007 debut Sounds Like This. The one thing singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson hasn't done, however, is perform a song...

Michael Manganiello

We Can Teach Old Drugs New Tricks -- and We Should

Michael Manganiello | Posted May 8, 2012

In the mid-80s, I was diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. I was 28 years old and given 18 months to live.

At the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, there was not a single therapy or drug to stem the scourge of AIDS in this country. But...

Kim Witman

Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Kim Witman | Posted May 8, 2012

It started as a practical solution to a casting problem.

We had two perfect Don Giovannis and two ideal Leporellos. (Or would that be Leporelli?) And they were both embodied by the same two guys. So we did what any sane and fair-minded casting company would do: give both gentlemen...

Kevin P. Chavous

Teaching From the Heart

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted May 8, 2012

I remember her as if it were yesterday. Helen Shelton was my first grade teacher at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 in Indianapolis. While I owe my parents everything as it relates to making sure that I received a quality education, I owe Ms. Shelton a lot as well. She...

Greg Jacob

Telling the Truth and Demanding Justice

Greg Jacob | Posted May 8, 2012

Today, more than 250 advocates, supporters, lawmakers, family members and survivors of sexual violence in the military will come to Washington, D.C., in a first-of-its-kind event that will inform, empower and move forward critical efforts to eliminate sexual violence within the military.

"Truth and Justice, the...

Nick Wiseman

District Grocery Stores: 1922 and 2012

Nick Wiseman | Posted May 8, 2012

History has a way of repeating itself. I'm not the first to say it; theoreticians have posited this for hundreds of years.

Most of Washington's history never gets told, lost in the bigger historical events that define our city. But it certainly repeats itself.

One story that is repeating...

David Perel

John Edwards Courtroom Still No Place to Find the Truth

David Perel | Posted May 8, 2012

A lawyer from the elite Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly once told me, "When there's a murder in hell, you don't have angels as witnesses." Such is the axiomatic anxiety that now besets John Edwards' prosecutors as they rely on one inveterate liar, Andrew Young, to convict another.

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Dr. Orin Levine

Good Things Come in Different-Sized Packages

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted May 8, 2012

"How many doses should go in a vaccine vial?" seems like a pretty mundane question. But figuring out the best answer has major implications for delivering vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. Recently, the conventional wisdom on this topic has begun to shift -- and this week, health experts from...

Paul Stoller

My Struggles With Anti-Intellectualism

Paul Stoller | Posted May 8, 2012

In a recent blog post, "Waging War on Higher Education," I wrote about the need to encourage students to think critically. The piece triggered a flurry of comments from Huffington Post readers. Most of the comments took on a populist, no-nonsense tone that I found all too familiar....

Noam Chomsky

Plutonomy and the Precariat

Noam Chomsky | Posted May 8, 2012

On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of.  If the bonds and associations it has established...

Paul Krugman

How Bad Things Are

Paul Krugman | Posted May 8, 2012

The following is excerpted from "End This Depression Now!" available now from W.W. Norton & Company.

CHAPTER ONE: HOW BAD THINGS ARE

I think as those green shoots begin to appear in different markets and as some confidence begins to come back that will begin the positive...