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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

Obama Should Federalize the Michigan National Guard to Handle Flint Water Poisoning Crisis.

(37) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 1:59 PM

This is more than obscene.

Weeks after Rachel Maddow's reporting made the poisoning of Flint Michigan's children national news, months after the problem was a matter of local news, Michigan's Governor, Tea Partier Rick Snyder, has still done very little to stop, halt, prevent any further lead from assaulting...

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Note to Donald Trump: Really Smart People Never Claim They Are Smart

(24) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 8:52 PM

I have had the good fortune to have known some very, very smart people in my life, including my youngest brother who was literally a genius.

None of them ever said they were smart. For one thing, really smart people know what they do not know or understand better than...

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Why the Smart Vote for Dems in New Hampshire Is... Cruz

(39) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 9:35 AM

After Iowa, the results of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire no longer matter to Democrats. Bernie (the most likely winner) or Hillary, this race will be decided in the industrial heartland, and the two coasts.

Regardless of the New Hampshire results, neither candidate will drop out. Neither candidate...

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If Republicans Can't Stand Up to Trump, How Can They Stand Up to ISIS or Putin

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 1:29 PM

During the 2008 primary campaign, then-Senator Hillary Clinton challenged then-Senator Barack Obama to "reject" Minister Louis Farrakhan. Obama had previously "denounced" Minister Farrakhan, but when Clinton pressed him, Obama said OK, I reject and denounce him.

She should demand no less from the Republican presidential candidates.

This is not, mind...

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On ISIS, Obama Created an Information Vacuum

(9) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:43 AM

President Obama professes to be a great admirer of President Lincoln. He would do well, then, to listen to his astute political advice:

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.

For reasons known only to himself, President Obama seems to believe that...

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Obama Should Call Ryan's Bluff: Pass Immigration Reform, Delay Start Date to 2017

(251) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Speaker Paul Ryan(R-WI) has favored comprehensive immigration reform. There is a majority in the House to pass it. But, Ryan will not bring it to a vote.

Why? His excuse, itself a lie, is that President Obama has not enforced the border, and hence he cannot take up an immigration...

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He Kept Us Safe? A Primer for '!' (The Politician Formerly Known as Jeb Bush)

(15) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Dear !:

You were supposed to be "the smart one." So, before you get yourself deeper in dog doo-doo (as your daddy would call it), let me try to help by providing some key information.

Bottom line: "he kept us safe" doesn't pass the smell test. I suggest you...

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The Benghazi Scandal Everyone Ignored

(62) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 9:41 AM

It was called "IssaGate." But, because Darrell Issa (R-CA) is so quickly forgettable, it is perhaps better to re-name it "modern McCarthyism."

This is not just because Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed that the purpose of the "select" committee on Benghazi was to take down former Secretary...

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Trump Should Be Speaker -- And Still Run for President. Seriously

(21) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 2:09 PM

The U.S. Constitution does not make it a requirement that the Speaker of the House be a member of Congress. It is a position open to anyone.

Hence, instead of turning over internal rocks to mull over dull, duller and dullest, House Republicans can search the country for a person...

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

(499) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 10:26 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'

(326) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 10:35 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 | 6:08 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

(1495) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 7:45 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 | 7:26 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 | 8:49 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 | 12:24 PM

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 | 6:38 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

(429) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:04 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 | 11:11 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?

(70) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:01 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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