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Ian Bassin
Ian Bassin is General Counsel and Campaign Director at Avaaz, where he is leading Avaaz’s Elections not Auctions campaign.

Entries by Ian Bassin

Twilight of the Hardliners

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 10:47 AM

You knew it had to happen, or at least, you hoped it would. For the good of the world, the hardliners can't win. They just can't. And the good news is, things aren't looking good for them right now. The tide may just be turning.

The biggest sign, obviously, is...

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How Obama Can Get Out of the Syrian Bind He's In

(69) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 9:44 AM

President Obama is in a bind on Syria. On the one hand, his allies, the UN, the American public and likely the Congress have all deserted him on a plan to retaliate against Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons. If he acts alone, he risks undermining international law,...

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New York City's Opportunity to Lead

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Typical of New Yorkers, I'm pretty competitive about my city. I think it's the best.

So I'm a little tired of San Francisco being the city that innovates on public health care programs to provide universal coverage. I'm tired of Seattle being known for groundbreaking new programs that treat substance...

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Fuzzy Gun Math: How 90 Percent Became 51, But Is Really Just 49

(188) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Ninety percent of Americans support expanding background checks on people who want to purchase a gun. This is more people than support the Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem. And yet, when the Senate brings a bill to the floor this week to provide for...

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They Saw the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases Coming

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 10:18 AM

"I can't believe that," said Alice. "Can't you?" the queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes." Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the queen. "When...

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Hillary: A Lesson in Failure

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:19 PM

With all the praise falling around Hillary Clinton as she exits her post, I'd like to offer an ode to her as a failure, and a great one at that. I don't mean that she was a failure as Secretary of State; quite the opposite. She's rightfully being celebrated as...

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In Remembering Aaron Swartz, Let's Not Forget Jamel Dossie

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Often it takes a rare injustice perpetrated against a privileged young person for our society to recognize the common injustices we visit every day upon less-privileged minorities. That should be the case again this week as we mourn the tragic death of the computer prodigy and progressive activist Aaron Swartz....

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How the Man Who Created the Cliff Also Saw It Coming

(53) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:21 AM

There may be a Republican who can help alleviate the dysfunction that has gripped Washington, but he's not in John Boehner's caucus. He's the one who last year predicted the mess we're facing to begin with: President George W. Bush. In his memoir, Decision Points, the former President warned of...

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Elections not Auctions: What Was Really Missing From Last Night's Debate

(10) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 4:03 PM

If your opponent has been practicing all week to hit your fastball out of the park, don't throw him any fastballs. That could explain the Obama strategy in last night's debate on why Bain Capital, "47 percent" and Romney's missing tax returns never made it in: the Obama camp knew...

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