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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

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

(46) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:05 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 | 6:34 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 | 10:04 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 | 6:16 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 | 9:01 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 | 9:23 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 | 9:50 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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Incredible: Tony Blair Says Iraq's Implosion Would Have Happened Without Our Invasion

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 7:56 PM

I apologize to my British friends, but I consider their former prime minister, Tony Blair, to have been Bush's enabler. Without Blair, i.e, without our closest ally, one doubts whether even the Bush administration could have proceeded with lying us into the Iraq quicksand.

I pointed out

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The Glaring Moral Issue Omitted from the President's Emissions Policy

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Climate change is indeed the moral issue of our time. Global warming will make every problem, including poverty, inequality, disease, racism and famine even worse.

Climate change is real, has a major man-made cause, and needs to be addressed with effective policies. Whether the EPA's 30 percent reduction of greenhouse...

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Right-Wing Politics Is Not Just Pro-Business... It Is, Itself, a Big Business

(61) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 2:33 PM

One cannot understand right-wing politics without realizing it is primarily a profit-making enterprise. And, like other profit-maximizing organizations, it does whatever is necessary to drive its own profits. Two near U.S. government debt defaults and a government shutdown were terrible policy, and bad politics even for the Right, but they...

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'Dr. Rove' Has Inoculated Hillary Clinton Against Right-Wing Attacks

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Senor Urgarti: You despise me, don't you Rick?
Monsieur Rick: If I ever gave you a moment's thought, I suppose I would.
Casablanca, 1943

Just as the disastrous Bush administration that Karl Rove advised achieved the opposite of its intentions when it lied us into the Iraq War,...

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MSNBC's Big Fail: Deafening Silence on Comcast-Time Warner Merger

(125) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 7:59 AM

Rachel, Chris, Ed, Al, Lawrence, Chris....say it ain't so.

Nary a mention of the gigundo merger between Comcast and Time Warner.

You are, all of you, about speaking truth to power.

Rachel, you just did a piece on Oklahoma's new law taxing individuals who install solar panels. Oklahoma is...

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Tom Cotton Wants to Make Medicare Doubly Dead... Attacks from Two Fronts

(55) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:27 PM

It is not on his website; it is not in his campaign platform. But, do not let this stealth candidate fool anyone: Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R-AR) really wants to kill Medicare. So much so, that he attacks it on two different fronts.

First, by repeatedly voting to repeal...

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Lindsey Graham Praised Obama's Syrian Chemical Weapons' Outcome... Until He Achieved It!

(6) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 7:56 AM

In a statement dripping with sarcasm and disdain, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) "advised" President Obama not to go on television and draw red lines because Graham, and world leaders (whose minds and motivations Graham purports to know), just roll their eyes, knowing the president will not follow through,...

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Crimea Must Not Be Ukraine's Sudetenland

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 8:25 PM

The Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia (at the time) borders Germany, and had both German and Czech speakers, although Germans were the majority. A relative of mine who lived there at the time said that schoolmasters would bribe his father to send him to a German school one year, and the headmaster...

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Diagnosis and Cure: Democrats Can Turn 'Obamacare' into Electoral Advantage

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Republicans believe that "Obamacare" will provide them a mid-term victory.

It may.

But, only if the Democrats let them, their candidates run away from it, and do not grasp and execute what is required to turn it into a major electoral advantage. With Republicans banking their hopes on...

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A Tax Cut That 'Pays For' Unemployment Insurance and Infrastructure

(7) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 7:07 PM

It is bad economic policy. But, all economic policy that could pass a Republican-controlled House of Representatives is bad. All they care about, really, is tax cuts for the wealthy. But those tax cuts do not create jobs or "pay for themselves." Nor do regulations...

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GOP Makes Powerful Case for Huge Inheritance Tax Increases

(46) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 7:28 AM

I never thought I would hear Republicans arguing the case so powerfully that inheritances should be very highly taxed. Indeed, with a Congress that pays itself $174,000 per person per year for barely working, and achieving nothing but sticking it to the American people, it is surprising to hear them...

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De-Demagoguing the Pipeline: A Televised White House Summit

(12) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Anyone who has run an organization with multiple stakeholders knows that the process of coming to a decision can be as important as the decision itself. No organization has as many stakeholders as the United States government and government policy. The State Department's impact report on the XL...

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In SOTU, the President Should Address 'Obama Derangement Syndrome': Here's the Why and How

(16) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 5:12 PM

The President cannot provide an accurate report-card to the nation without conveying the central operating principle of Republicans to oppose everything he does (aka, "all-things-Obama"), even if they previously favored it, or even proposed it themselves.

The State of the Union address provides one of the few opportunities for...

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