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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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The Hobby Lobby Contraception Case and the Rights of LGBT Individuals: Beware the Insidiousness of the Far Right

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:55 PM

While it may not be obvious at first glance, there is a clear intersection between the Hobby Lobby case on contraception now being decided by the Supreme Court and the rights of LGBT individuals. If the Supreme Court accepts that a business owner has the right to pick and choose...

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Democrats: It's Time for a Clearer Message and Better Messengers

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:58 AM

This week, the Democratic Party is the party of the people and the Republican Party is the party of the wealthy 1 percent. Too often the messengers of the Democratic Party forget that and get tongue-tied trying to be everything to everybody and end up getting everyone mad.

I am...

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Possible Prosecutorial Misconduct in Jeffrey Thompson Case

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:42 AM

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen appears to be coming very close to the line, if he hasn't already crossed it, of prosecutorial misconduct in his zeal to 'get' Mayor Vincent Gray. If he has something on the mayor beyond just the words of an indicted criminal trying to save his own...

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The Olympics Are Over, Now What?

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:51 PM

The Olympics are over and maybe those of us who deplore the situation of the LGBT community in Russia can again all sound like we are on the same side. What the games seemed to bring out in the LGBT community, and much of it poured out on FB, was...

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Why Are Republicans So Afraid of Hillary?

(10) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:18 PM

It is intriguing to see how scared Republicans are of Hillary Rodham Clinton. They have formed war-rooms before she has even announced. As reported recently by Dan Merica on CNN "In the halls between Republican National Committee meetings, the former secretary of state's name came up in conversation...

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Obama Gives a Simple and Compelling State of the Union Speech

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:32 PM

President Obama's State of the Union speech was clean and simple but compelling for those like me who are partisan Democrats. It was a speech mainly geared to the base of the party and reinforced the reasons many of us believe it is crucial that we elect more Democrats. But...

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D.C. Council Runs Amok as Members Run for Office

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Four members of the D.C. Council are running in the Democratic primary and one Independent is raising money and announced he is exploring a run for Mayor. They all want to challenge incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray. Other members are running to retain their council seats.

What is...

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Academic Boycotts Are Wrong -- This One May Lead to a Boycott of the ASA

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 7:33 AM

The American Studies Association (ASA), which according to its website is "the nation's oldest and largest association devoted to interdisciplinary study of American culture and history" recently approved a boycott resolution against Israeli Academic institutions. When they announced this action the ASA became the largest group in the...

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D.C.'s Foundry United Methodist Church Again Stands up for Equality

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Once again Senior Pastor Rev. Dean Snyder and the members of Foundry United Methodist Church in the District of Columbia have taken a stand in support of the LGBT community. This time they invited recently defrocked pastor Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon PA. to speak from their pulpit.


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A Loss of Innocence Came with JFK's Assassination

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Like so many of my generation I still look back and see the short time that John F. Kennedy was president as Camelot. It wasn't really that, and Camelot is a myth that Jacqueline Kennedy created, but the haze of time can soften many memories.

While Kennedy didn't live...

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Would an Elizabeth Warren Primary Challenge to Hillary Clinton Be Good for Democrats?

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:38 PM

There is chatter from both the old anti-Hillary wing within the Democratic Party, and even some who support her, about why there shouldn't be a coronation of her as the Democratic candidate if she decides to run. In the United States we don't do coronations. But one has to question...

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President Obama Use Your Pen Today and Sign the Executive Order Banning Discrimination in Federal Contracting

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:21 PM

In an historic vote the LGBT community and our allies, Democrats and Republicans, have succeeded in moving the Senate to pass the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The vote was 64 to 32. This is a giant step forward in the march for equal rights for the LGBT community.

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Mayor Vincent Gray's Imminent Decision: Run or Not Run

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Mayor Vincent Gray must decide in the very near future if he will run for a second term. This early time-frame is because the D.C. Council stuck to their incumbent protection policies and left the primary on April Fool's Day. The result being petitions to get a candidate's name on...

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My Only Son a Moving and Relevant Film Now Released Online

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:41 PM

I urge everyone to see the just released beautiful and moving short film My Only Son. The hope of the filmmaker is that it focuses discussion on issues surrounding someone with mental health problems and how they struggle to find help.

I have written before about how this...

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Rachel Maddow Should Co-anchor NBC's Olympic Broadcast

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 2:29 PM

The excitement of the winter Olympics has given way to continued debates over what to do about the Russian crackdown on their gay and lesbian citizens and how they may treat both athletes and tourists who come to the games which begin in Sochi on February 7, 2014.

The legislation...

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Obama Needs to Be in the Ring

(5) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 12:37 PM

The next few months will be crucial for the nation and for President Obama. The budget discussions could portend what he can accomplish in his second term. Whether or not he will be able to claim any real success may depend on his getting into the ring and fighting for...

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Time for the President and Harry Reid to Agree to Free D.C.

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:41 PM

I support the president and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in their effort to stand up against the outrageousness of the Republican party. I agree that there should be no negotiation before Speaker Boehner (R-OH) drops the gun from the head of the American people and opens the government. It...

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USAID Co-hosts LGBT Global Initiatives Meeting During UN General Assembly

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 7:03 PM

With much of the recent debate on LGBT rights (or the lack thereof) focused on the Russian anti-gay laws and how they will impact the Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, it was encouraging to see the UN General Assembly include a positive focus on LGBT...

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Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Goes Beyond the Security Council

(10) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Co-authored by Dr. Michael Bluman Schroeder

While Congress and its constituents debate whether President Obama could use military strikes to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, it is heartening to see that military strikes are not the only proposal being considered by the international...

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The Red Line Statement Not a Blunder

(6) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Co-authored with Dr. Michael Bluman Schroeder

There are purely American red lines. During the Cold War, red lines were critical to our containment policy toward the Soviet Union. But Bashar al-Assad hasn't crossed a red line set by the United States; he crossed one that the world's governments set decades...

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