I was pleasantly surprised last week to listen to one of the best speeches I've ever heard delivered overlooking the Bosporus by one of the least likely and most unassuming American leaders from Washington.
Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of wilderness to create a new national park in Maine. So why are Republicans in the state's legislature -- and Maine's governor and U.S. senators -- opposed to it?
The oil industry's influence on the political process is holding America hostage. Rather than giving handouts to wealthy companies that endanger our coastal communities, we should be investing in the clean, 21st century technologies.
Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?
Without the work of Reid, Obama, Pelosi, and yes, even Joe Lieberman, DADT would not have been repealed this weekend -- and would be in place for the foreseeable future, with a new Republican House about to take control.
History will judge the actions taken in this lame duck session. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell deserves a chance at a straight up-or-down vote, safely protected from the crossfire over other issues.