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Paul Abrams
Paul Abrams, M.D., J.D., is an entrepreneur who is currently a consultant in biotechnology, and chairs a bioremediation company. He was formerly President, CEO and Director of one publicly- traded, and another privately-held, biotechnology company, inventor on 12 US patents, co-editor of two scientific books and has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles. He has been contributor to several journals on issues facing the biotechnology industry and entrepreneurs, an invited speaker at trade and financial conferences, and has testified before Congress on these matters.

He serves as a Board member of the Washington Progress Alliance, the Women's Bioethics Project, the Apollo Alliance (Washington State) and the Economic Opportunity Institute.

He received doctorate degrees in medicine and in law, and a B.A.summa cum laude in Political Science & Economics, all from Yale University. He is a board-certified oncologist and was editor of the Yale Law Journal. A former intercollegiate swimmer, he enjoys scuba-diving, general exercise, film, theater and plays guitar but, for the benefit of mankind, sings only in the shower.

Entries by Paul Abrams

Clear Sign Trump Wants 'Out': Put Up or Shut Up

(499) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 9:26 AM

Spending nary a dime, Donald Trump has leapfrogged a large field of presidential wannabees to take a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination for president.

Anyone in that position who had unlimited financial resources and who truly wanted to win the nomination would have already unleashed wall-to-wall...

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Planned Parenthood Should File the 'Mother of All Defamation Suits'

(327) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 9:35 AM

In our electronic, social media age, Mark Twain's observation about lies traveling halfway around the globe before the truth puts on its boots should be revised to say that lies circle the earth many times before the truth boots up its smartphone.

The smearing of Planned Parenthood by verbal statements...

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How Boehner Can 'Clean House': One Sentence to Prevent Government Shutdowns Forever

(557) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 5:08 PM

The small band of Tea Party radicals wields its power because most other Republican members of Congress are cowed by the primary threats if they do not adhere strictly to Tea Party dictates. It is not that most would not win primaries from the likely nut jobs that will be...

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The Ted Cruz Problem Is the Reason Trump Ducks -- and Must Duck -- the Obama Birther Question

(1497) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 6:45 PM

Every Republican candidate should be asked if they think that Ted Cruz (R/TP-TX) is eligible to serve as President. There is no dispute that Cruz was born in Canada. Indeed, he took his congressional oath of office while still being a Canadian citizen. One has to wonder if that was...

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Carly Fiorina's Betrayal of Women: A 'Majority' But Who Deserve Neither Equality Nor Autonomy.

(31) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:26 PM

The Donald can easily trump Carly Fiorina's admittedly clever ploy to rally women. And, in so doing, he can cause apoplexy among the struggling undercard.

In the to-ings and fro-ings of the Republicon entertainment spectacle masquerading as a political campaign, Carly Fiorina is receiving plaudits for a clever...

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Democrats Should Stage Their Own Debates; Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Will Cave

(28) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 7:49 PM

While Democrats bristle under the yoke of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz ("DWS"), Republican insanity consumes all the political oxygen.

Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley et al. look weak and childish whining about the absence of debates among the candidates, awaiting mommy's "permission."

Instead, they should contact the media --...

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End to Trump's Campaign Is Already Baked in, But It's Not What You Think

(96) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:24 AM

There are three great things in life: dogs, doughnuts and money. But money's better. Wanna know why? Because money don't make you fat or poop all over the rug. But, there's something even better than money. Wanna know what is? OTHER peoples' money!--Danny DeVito, Other Peoples' Money.

It takes only...

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In Hurling Epithets at Obama, Republican Wannabees Are Also Viciously Attacking U.S. Allies Cameron, Hollande, and Merkel

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Wannabee Jeb Bush (R-FL), to cite just one of the Republican candidates, called the Iran agreement "appeasement", thereby insinuating that President Obama is a modern-day Neville Chamberlain. Just in case one missed the point, wannabee Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made the Chamberlain comparison explicit.

That was...

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Scalia's Dissent in Obergefell (Same-Sex Marriage) Case Would Criminalize Justice Thomas's Marriage

(430) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in Obergefell v Hodges -- the case that declared that denying same-sex couples marriage licenses violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment -- is best known for its tantrums and, as usual for the politician Scalia is rather than the jurist...

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Will Republicans Really Relinquish Their Race Card? Let's See Them Pass the Voting Rights Act

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Governor Nikki Haley's (R-SC) decision to seek removal of the confederate flag from government property is good news, but she compromised her moral leadership by qualifying words about "heritage", code word for a society explicitly and deliberately structured on racial superiority.

When Democrats passed the Civil Rights...

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Next Iraq Question for 2016 Wannabees: Would You Have Let the Inspectors Finish Their Work Before Invading?

(71) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Everyone seems to forget that, regardless of intelligence errors or even cherry-picking, what we now know about the absence of WMD in Iraq was indeed knowable prior to the invasion.

Now that Jeb Bush (R-FL), the last Republican holdout, has admitted the Iraq War was a mistake,...

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12 Years of Bush Presidencies = 747,000 Net New Private Sector Jobs

(37) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 2:22 PM

As former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) flails about trying to use his family name to attract financial and elite support while also desperately trying to distance himself from his brother's disastrous record, there is another problem he cannot run away from: The 12 Bush years were the worst on record...

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Removing the Insurance Roadblock: I Propose the Cancer Patient Treatment Coverage Act

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:27 AM

With breakthrough cancer therapies coming to market rapidly, the insurance industry -- not the FDA, not ineffective treatments -- has become the greatest risk to cancer patients' lives.

The Cancer Patient Treatment Coverage Act ("CPTCA") I propose would mandate coverage for all cancer patients for treatments and supportive treatments...

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Congress Using in Iran Same Bush/Cheney Policies that Failed in North Korea

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Remember the incredibly successful foreign policy of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Condolezza Rice?

Remember how they improved stability and the balance of power in the world? Recall how they thwarted major attacks on U.S. soil on 9/11? Remember how we were greeted with dancing and flowers in Iraq...

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Tom Cotton Just Made the Strongest Argument for the Iran Nuclear Deal

(786) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) asserted that the United States could destroy Iran's nuclear infrastructure in a several day bombing campaign.

Well, if that is true, then why should he get lathered over the Iran Nuclear Agreement Framework? With the agreement, we have inspectors on the ground, centrifuge limitations...

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A Word to Justice Kennedy: In Obamacare Lawsuit, "Congress Can Fix It" Can Cut Either Way

(133) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:40 PM

Plaintiffs' weak arguments in King v. Burrell, the latest legal assault on the Affordable Care Act, have led to a default position that, if Congress does not like the "plain words" of the law, they can just pass a corrective amendment to fix it.

Regrettably, the "Congress-can-fix-it"...

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George Will's 'Firing Offense' at Fox

(344) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 8:49 AM

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse -- Adlai Stevenson, 1952.

Nothing, nothing is more sacred to right-wing dogma than opposition to government spending and to raising taxes on the wealthy, flip sides of the same ideological coin...

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Israel's President Should Think Twice Before Asking Netanyahu to Form a Government

(43) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Multi-party parliamentary democracies are not well understood by Americans. (Indeed, our own system of government is poorly understood by our own citizens.) In such systems, e.g., Israel's, where no party receives a majority, it is customary, but not required, that the country's president, ask the leader of the party with...

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Everyone Signing or Supporting the Cotton Letter Is 'Disqualified' From Being President -- Right, Chuck Todd?

(1986) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Remember when Meet the Press's Chuck Todd declared that senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was disqualified from being in the Senate because she refused to declare for whom she voted in 2008 and 2012?

Forty-seven Republican Senators tried to usurp the authority of the presidency and aid...

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Boehner's and Bibi's Blunders 'Liberate' U.S. Foreign Policy from NeoCons

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 3:29 PM

It's all happening because I am completely ignoring every urge towards common sense and good judgment I've ever had--George Costanza, "Seinfeld".

President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the growing power of the military-industrial complex, but even the former 5-star general Supreme Allied Commander in World War II couldn't do it. The...

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