Do you wish for fewer guns to be accessible to all? More justice when it comes to the lost lives of young African American males? Do you want to see people of all life choices to feel accepted and safe?
This Friday, I'm heading to Orlando to speak at the American Library Association conference about the role of libraries in transforming communities. A...
For those of us who are not obsessed with restriction-free gun ownership, male, wealthy, powerful, and certain that opposing opinions are wrong, America's birthday reminds us to worry anew about health of our republic.
Every day I silently declare that I will not write one more word about Orange Julius Caesar, aka Don Corleone Trump. All the free air and print time...
As General David Rodriguez prepares to retire, he has a reason for avoiding attention. His tenure has not only been marked by an increasing number of terror attacks on the continent, but questions have arisen about his recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
This year, we will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Not coincidentally, 17 states will have new restrictions on voting in effect that were not in place during the last presidential election.
Gun control. The House sit-in. The Senate filibuster. The NRA, GOP, mass shootings. What's it all about? I wanted to find out some more information about the AR-15 since it seems to be the weapon of mass shooters.
Wading through this moment of political uncertainty and transition presents us with an opportunity to reflect on three issues that seem to be at the forefront of American politics: The threat of a single man and his bombastic rhetoric attempting to override the American system, the recognition that Congress is in need of a democratic revitalization, and the fact that hate serves only to undermine democracy.
It has been 42 years since the current ground-rules emerged, and my gut tells me that we may be on the cusp of yet another major change in how the House is ruled. Any new order will certainly emerge only after the November elections. What it will be is a mystery.
You probably think I'm nuts. Just after the Senate has killed two bills that would have modestly restricted gun rights, am I seriously proposing that we tamper with the wording of the Second Amendment?
Amid cries of #NoBillNoBreak there were angry cries and hushed silences from the members of Congress -- and from the gallery. One by one, members stepped forward in the well with testimony -- part eulogy part religious revival. Several recited letters, scripture and songs.
Congress is finally answering the call to address the alarming infectious disease threat of the Zika Virus. However, the level of funding included in their recent votes is not close to enough. The effect will be particularly disastrous for local governments across the country.
It's been said that hope was forged of two powerful ingredients: anger at how things are, and the courage to change them. We will not be driven backwards to live in isolation from one another and in fear of violence.
Democratic frustration with the Republican's inability to keep our country safe is not a political talking point -- it is about real policy that affects real people. The number one job of our country's most representative elected body is to legislate in order to keep the American people safe. And in this regard, on both domestic and foreign policy, House Republicans have failed miserably.
When it comes to reducing gun violence in America, our leaders are playing a deadly game of small ball. And everyday Americans are losing badly.
Soon we will be recruiting our next class of fellows to continue this program to make sure veterans' voices are heard on Capitol Hill. One thing the last nine months has shown us is that we need more, not fewer, veterans on the Hill.