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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

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

(3) 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

(347) 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

(53) 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?

(1990) 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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Attention Solicitor General: Two More Powerful Arguments Against King v Burwell

(5) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 8:39 AM

Commentary on the pending case to destroy subsidies for citizens who purchase insurance on the federal exchanges have all, amazingly, neglected the economic value of the insurance in their calculations of harm.

The government appears to be mounting a case that these plaintiffs are not harmed by the subsidies. But,...

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Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Defending Pete Carroll's Call

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:23 PM

I am from Seattle, predicted last year's Super Bowl nearly to the exact points for both teams (I had it at 45-0), and had assumed victory this year even before the game began with what would have been another remarkably accurate prediction (I had it at 31-24).

So, I...

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

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:23 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 | 8:34 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 | 11:08 AM

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 | 8:18 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 | 2:58 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 | 7:40 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 | 8:44 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 | 8:42 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 | 7:08 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 | 6:55 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 | 1:09 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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