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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

Pay-Check Equity: Demolishing 100 Percent of the Right's 'Arguments'

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Although we all know the real reasons the Right opposes pay-check equity for women -- their corporate paymasters do not want it, just like they opposed the Family Medical Leave Act, the Lily Ledbetter Act, and so forth, and many believe women should only be housewives anyhow -- they have...

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This Is How Republicans Would Oppose the Keystone Pipeline

(10) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:34 AM

"In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions." -- Abraham Lincoln

Democrats remain befuddled by their electoral defeats when their issues poll so...

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Suggested Message for State of the Union: 'Don't Screw It Up... Again'

(21) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 12:08 PM

President Obama begins his seventh year in office in good position. At this point in his eight-year term, the unemployment rate is a) lower than Reagan's at the same time; b) lower than Romney/Republican targets for the end of 2016 and St. Ronnie's for his entire term; c) Medicare is...

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Middle Class Tax Cut: Where Were Democrats When It Was First Proposed?

(149) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 9:18 AM

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is being lauded for proposing a revenue-neutral, middle-class tax cut funded by financial activities tax ("FAT").

Jared Bernstein, TV commentator and former chief economic advisor to Vice-President Biden, has called Van Hollen's plan "new", "bold", "far-reaching".

The Roosevelt Institute's Richard...

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Mais que a internet: a votação da neutralidade da rede vai determinar se os americanos são primeiro cidadãos ou primeiro consumidores

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:58 PM

O meio é a mensagem -- Marshall McLuhan

O debate sobre a próxima votação da neutralidade na internet deveria em primeiro lugar abordar a questão principal que ela cria: nós, americanos, somos primeiro consumidores ou primeiro cidadãos? Quais são nossos verdadeiros valores e prioridades?

A Comissão Federal de Comunicações (FCC...

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More Than the Internet: Net Neutrality Vote Will Determine Whether Americans Are Citizens First or Consumers First

(10) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 8:40 AM

The medium is the massage -- Marshall McLuhan

The debate on the upcoming net neutrality vote should first address the overarching issue it creates: are we, as Americans, consumers first or citizens first? What are our true values and priorities?

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote...

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'VaporCare': Mitch McConnell Plays Chief Justice Roberts for a Fool

(93) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Attempting to play Chief Justice Roberts for a fool, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been suggesting Republicans will craft a health care plan.

In the early days of the software business, the large companies would announce that they were developing a certain software package to dissuade users from purchasing others' already-released...

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When SCOTUS Decides: As Obamacare Goes, So Goes Dark Money

(50) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 9:42 AM

As previously explained, SCOTUS would not have interrupted the logical progression through the lower courts (aka, "courtus interruptus") of the absurd lawsuit (King v Burwell) alleging the illegality of Obamacare subsidies through the federal exchange if it had not already decided to abolish them.

But, when the...

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There Is No Suspense: SCOTUS Has Already Decided to Kill Obamacare

(60) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 8:08 PM

Unless you found the end of Rocky IV to be a surprise, you do not need your popcorn. There is no drama, no suspense.

You also do not need to be a legal scholar, know anything about the U.S. Constitution, nor reference legislative history or precedents. That is not...

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This Election's Biggest Jokes: 'Republicans Are the Saviors of Social Security and Medicare!' and 'Republicans Will End Gridlock.'

(348) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 7:55 PM

The whole point of Republican rhetoric these days is to try to switch labels: that Democrats were responsible for the Great Depression, and that Republicans are responsible for all economic and social progress under the New Deal.

Now, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case...

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An Open Letter to Tom Harkin (D-IA): I Demand My Money Back

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Dear Senator Harkin:

I have learned that you are sitting on $2.4 million in your campaign funds. Some of that is my money.

I also just received an email from Harry Reid (D-NV) indicating how close several Senate races are, including the one in Iowa for your seat where a...

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In the Age of Ebola, Is America Really Going to Elect the 'Government Shutdown Party'?

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 7:08 PM

Oh, sure, it is great to vent one's spleen by casting a "no" ballot. After all, who does not enjoy a good rant?

But, we are, for now, in the age of Ebola.

There is no cause to panic (except if you want to scare people to win elections).

...
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This Message from Hillary Clinton Could Win the Senate

(101) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Former Secretary of State, former Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton has an awesome message she can deliver to voters in Senate races across the country.

It is simple, and it could win the Senate. (Let's stop talking about "holding" the Senate, let's win it).

Let me use Kentucky,...

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How an 'Independent Caucus' Could Form in the Senate and End Gridlock

(46) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:05 AM

If Republicans win control of the Senate, there will be the gridlock -- only much worse. It will be so bad that the American people will look back on this current Congress as "productive". How do we know? They have already told their billionaire owners that they intend...

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Simple Economic Plan That Wins the Midterms: Minimum Wage and Middle Class Tax Cut

(57) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 7:34 PM

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." -- JFK, Inaugural Address

Democrats should keep pounding away at the minimum wage, but with the added message that if Republicans are elected, the minimum wage will never be increased. Why?...

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Why an 'ISIL War Tax' and a 'Russia Containment Tax' Are Necessary -- Now

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:04 AM

It is a given that actions against ISIL and Russia will be undertaken, and each has that ring of "prolonged" to it that indicates it will require both patience and financing.

Although the neoconistas are trying to bait the president to act as imprudently as they did (as

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Obama Can Win a Huge Victory in the Fight on His Immigration Executive Orders... But Only If He Does It Right

(445) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 7:16 PM

President Obama is soon to issue executive orders on immigration. To score a huge victory in the inevitable political battle, however, he has to orchestrate it.

The president cannot rely on the popularity of his actions, or even the feeling that
"something" is being done. He has to...

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By Embracing Psychology and Ignoring Polls, Democrats Could Still Win the '14 Elections

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:01 AM

If Democrats valued reaching peoples' emotional triggers, they could win the '14 elections in a cakewalk. After all, the Republicans are making people as miserable as possible, creating unease and unhappiness, blaming the president and telling people to vote their unease.

Republicans, but not Democrats, understand that if a...

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Ayatollah Alito

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:23 PM

Ayotallah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, say hello to your new comrade, Ayotallah Samuel Alito. Supreme Leader meet Supreme Court Justice.

And, no, regrettably, this is not hyperbole.

With his pronouncement in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court Justice Alito signaled to the world that America has joined the world's...

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Harry Reid Should Call Kevin McCarthy's Bluff: A Vote for a Vote

(49) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 10:50 PM

Newly-minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the gridlock in Congress. Phantasmagorical as such a claim might be, in view of the Republican government shutdown and Republican Senate filibusters, Democrats' knee-jerk response is to argue the point.

They shouldn't....

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