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Peter D. Rosenstein is a non-profit CEO, political consultant, and former Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia.

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Media Rediscovers Hillary Clinton Is a Woman

(42) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:11 PM

It is fascinating to read the columns about whether Hillary should or shouldn't, will or won't, use gender as an issue in her potential presidential campaign. Clearly this is striking a major chord with the press, but they are way behind the populace.

Meryl Streep's response to Patricia Arquette's...

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The Bowser Administration Correctly Put a Hold on the Franklin School Proposal

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:33 AM

The Franklin School on the corner of 13th and K Street NW is an impressive building and one I often pass on my way to work. Over the years there have been many ideas for its use, from homeless shelter to community concert space to public meeting space to hotel....

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Axelrod Throws Obama Under the Bus on Same-sex Marriage

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 1:16 PM

It appears that, perhaps in an effort to sell more copies of his book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, David Axelrod is throwing Barack Obama under the bus, at least with regard to same-sex marriage. According to David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement:

Political strategist...
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Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Be a President Who Believes in Science

(44) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:58 PM

With the outbreak of measles in the United States, we once again see a divide on how basic science and research are viewed by the leading members of the Republican and Democratic Parties. President Obama spoke out quickly and decisively. "There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren't...

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The Grassroot Project: College Athletes Educating Children to Help End HIV/AIDS

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:42 AM

The Grassroot Project (TGP) was started in 2009 by Tyler Spencer, an amazing young man and currently a Rhodes Scholar, whose vision was to use sports to educate at-risk youth in the community about HIV/AIDS awareness and education. He first saw this being done successfully using soccer on a trip...

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Everyone Should See Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:28 AM

This week Roll Call's Warren Rojas reported:

"Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank," a pull-no-punches peek into Frank's personal and professional lives, began making the festival rounds last year, opening first at Tribeca before migrating West.

Rojas also wrote:

Sheila Canavan...
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Clinton Wins if She Runs Despite Attacks from 'Purist' Liberals, the Media, and Right-wing Conspiracy

(7) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:37 PM

A certain southern political commentator and lead strategist on Bill Clinton's presidential campaign recently suggested the right-wing conspiracy Hillary Rodham Clinton once talked about is alive and well. He said they would be joined by self-described 'purist' liberals and the media all trying to bring down her potential bid for...

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Join the Fight to Outlaw Conversion/Reparative Therapy Today

(14) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:42 AM

Thanks to a chance opportunity to meet a brilliant young man, Samuel Brinton, I have become fully aware of the horrors of "conversion therapy," sometimes called "reparative, therapy," where a therapist tries to change a person from gay to straight.

According to the Human Rights Campaign:

Conversion...
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Barack Obama Unleashed

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:12 AM

It is fascinating that in his seventh year in office, we are finally seeing the Barack Obama many people voted for. The goal of closing Guantanamo is back, as are the goals of taxing the rich to help the middle class and the poor; securing paid sick leave for all...

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CareFirst Excess Reserves Shouldn't Be Seen as a Free Pot of Money for the District

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 12:12 PM

Recently the acting D.C. Insurance Commissioner signed an order instructing CareFirst, the area's largest health insurer, to reinvest $56 million in the community based on finding their reserve fund at the end of 2011 excessive. The problems with this order are many not the least being the decision is based...

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Jeb Bush, Still Not a Full Advocate for Civil Same-Sex Marriage

(7) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:37 AM

It appears Jeb Bush is trying to resurrect his brother's version of compassionate conservatism when it comes to same-sex marriage and the LGBT community. He has now made various comments on the issue trying to please all sides. As a member of the LGBT community, I think it is crucial...

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Americans Will Sleep Better When Hillary Rodham Clinton Is in the White House

(25) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Just think about this report in an AP column by Jill Colvin in The Huffington Post:

"It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call, talking about nuclear weapons and Iran. One voice...
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Hillary Clinton Thinking Wisely 'What's the Rush?'

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:37 PM

As we approach 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton's thought process on declaring a run for president appears to include the words "what's the rush?" It is an approach apparently frustrating many in the Republican Party and the media who both can't wait to attack if and when she does announce. But...

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If She Runs Hillary Rodham Clinton Determines the 2016 Democratic Message

(17) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Lack of an overriding message in 2014 speeded the Democratic Party down the path to their losses. Now Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) Chair of the DNC is asking people what they think went wrong. The question could be taken more seriously if she wasn't asking for more money at the...

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Light Wounds: A Film that Will Change Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Like all independent films getting Light Wounds made is not an easy task and it is only because of the dedication of individuals like director Max Leonida, actors and co-producers Jonathan Looper and Vadim Dardagani, and executive producer Franco Sama that it is being made at all. Leonida,...

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USAID Leads as the United States Strengthens Its Commitment to the LGBT Community

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Last week the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) affirmed in a number of ways that ensuring the rights of LGBT individuals around the world is a part of their mission. At the Global Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights and Inclusive Development held this year in the...

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Democratic National Committee Needs a Shake-up -- Who Does the Shaking?

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 6:37 PM

In a recent IJReview column Larry O'Connor reported that "Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) delivered a post-election video message to her fellow Democrats and donors and it was not very upbeat." She said "Our party has a problem as she laid out the party's plan for a "top...

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Hillary Clinton's Vision for America a Sharp Contrast to Tea Party Congress

(86) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:16 AM

As recriminations continue over whose fault it is that Democrats lost the Senate one potential positive is Hillary Rodham Clinton will be able to run full-out against the ultra-conservative Congress.

When as many believe she will announce her candidacy for President in the beginning of 2015 she will be...

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Global Epidemics Need Global Leadership and Ebola Won't be the Last

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Co-authored with Dr. Michael Bluman Schroeder

The world is facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak. According to the Guardian the pandemic has already claimed nearly 5000 lives and infected over 10,000 people, predominantly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Containing it will require sustained international leadership and cooperation so...

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When Democrats Unite, We Win

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:25 PM

We talk a lot about the Citizens United case, in which the Supreme Court opened up the money spigot for campaigns. Many believed it was going to give an incredible advantage to the Republican Party. It turned out that didn't quite happen. Nevertheless it was an outrageous decision and more...

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