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Arianna Huffington | December 28, 2014 | Politics
This week, a world facing crises on many fronts rang in Christmas. Though this is traditionally a season of good cheer, in his holiday address at the Vatican, Pope Francis showed it could also be a time of sober reflection. The often good-humored pontiff delivered a somber message of concern for abused children, refugees, and victims of violence and war. The speech was similar in tone to his annual message to the cardinals, bishops, and priests who run the Vatican, delivered earlier in the week, in which the Pope decried 15 "ailments of the Curia." These included "careerism and opportunism," "social exhibitionism," and "spiritual Alzheimer's," seen in those who "become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands." His words stand as a worthy challenge to us all to combat indifference and tap into the better angels of our nature -- no matter what religious tradition you may follow (including none at all).
Bennet Kelley


Liberal Giant Henry Waxman Retires After 40-Years in Congress

Bennet Kelley | December 27, 2014 | Politics
My introduction to Henry Waxman came in 1980 watching the film "HR 6161: An Act of Congress" in my political science class at American University. The story was about the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977 where a second-term Rep. Waxman and others took on the true...
David Macaray


The Most Evil American in History Wasn't Even a Politician

David Macaray | December 27, 2014 | Politics
Not only did Hoover have the political power to smear as "subversive" anyone who expressed a remotely leftist or European Socialist point of view, he compiled secret dossiers on hundreds of influential Americans. Hoover was a true "Untouchable."
Sanjeev K. Sriram


Dr. America's Top 10 Health Justice Accomplishments of 2014

Sanjeev K. Sriram | December 27, 2014 | Politics
As 2014 closes, I want to take a moment to look back at what We the People accomplished in health policy and health justice this year. By celebrating these accomplishments, I hope our community of activists can find inspiration to keep up the hard work that waits for us in 2015.  
John A. Tures

Obama Has Tied Reagan In Public Opinion Polls

John A. Tures | December 27, 2014 | Politics
Don't look now, but President Barack Obama has been inching up in the polls, tying Reagan for this juncture in his presidency. Several polls have him inching up to nearly 50 percent approval rating after a rough 2014.
David Wood

Uh-oh in Afghanistan

David Wood | December 27, 2014 | Politics
Apparently it wasn't Napoleon who said an army travels on its stomach. But surely the necessity of providing appropriate gear, food, water and other basics to troops was clear after his troops, freezing and dropping from starvation, staggered in retreat after the disastrous 1812 invasion of Russia. Of the 680,000 men Bonaparte took with him, fewer than 100,000 returned. Perhaps nothing that dramatic is about to happen in Afghanistan. But the warning signs of impending trouble are clear: the $57 billion U.S. investment in Afghanistan's security forces is at risk because the Afghans cannot supply, or resupply their troops, can't prevent their weapons and vehicles from breaking down and can't fix them when they do.
Doug Bandow


U.S. Should Close Bases on Okinawa: Bring Troops Home and Let Japanese Defend Japan

Doug Bandow | December 27, 2014 | World
The U.S. is over-burdened militarily and effectively bankrupt financially, but Washington is determined to preserve every base and deployment, no matter how archaic -- such as the many military facilities in Okinawa.
Chris Weigant


My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | December 26, 2014 | Politics
The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.
Stan Sorscher


Why We're Still Fighting the Last War on Trade Policy

Stan Sorscher | December 26, 2014 | Business
Is it true that companies trying to manufacture in America, workers, communities and environmentalists need the President to explain their interests to them, as if 25 years of lived experience with NAFTA-style trade deals haven't been sufficiently clear?
Anthony W. Orlando


Speak Up and Give Back if You Want the Economy to Improve

Anthony W. Orlando | December 26, 2014 | Politics
No one is arguing for complete equality of income. Not even close. We celebrate the success of the One Percent, and rightly so. All we ask, especially in this time of giving, is for the compassion, the humility, the shared experience that existed only a few decades ago.
Christopher Brauchli


The Kim Comedy

Christopher Brauchli | December 26, 2014 | Politics
The possibilities for a comedy about the life of Kim without including a fictitious assassination are endless. The imaginations of Messrs. Rogen and Goldberg were not. A pity that.
Dan Kowalski


Stand and Deliver

Dan Kowalski | December 26, 2014 | Politics
In a political stunt of a lawsuit, Texas and other states claim the White House's immigration initiatives announced on Nov. 20, 2014 are illegal. The problem is that the suit has no legs, because the plaintiffs lack "standing" to sue.
Raghida Dergham


Change Marches on in Tunisia and Egypt Despite Obstacles

Raghida Dergham | December 26, 2014 | World
One of the most important results was a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost an important political and propaganda outlet following the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasted out of Qatar. These two developments have multiple implications for the form of the regional map in the coming year.
Coleen Rowley


Selling 'Peace Groups' on US-Led Wars

Coleen Rowley | December 26, 2014 | Politics
"War is peace" double-speak has become commonplace these days. And, the more astute foreign policy journalists and commentators are beginning to realize the extent of how "liberal interventionists" work in sync with neocon warhawks to produce and sustain a perpetual state of U.S. war.
Rep. Alan Grayson


Your Grayson Christmas Gifts Are on Their Way

Rep. Alan Grayson | December 25, 2014 | Politics
You may wonder how a second-term Congressman, in the minority party, who does not sit on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, managed to get nine different tax breaks passed in a single year. Good question. I'll answer that next time.
Lauren Windsor


Wall Street's Bad Santas

Lauren Windsor | December 25, 2014 | Politics
In honor of Christmas Eve, and the recent CRomnibus spending bill, a parody of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ...
Terry Newell


Tribal America: How Do We Bridge the Gap Between 'Us' and 'Them'?

Terry Newell | December 24, 2014 | Politics
"You" and "me" became "we" in service to our shared needs. But when other groups showed up, "we" became "us," a tribe opposed to "them." Violence and destruction too often followed, and we still search for a shared morality that works across tribes.
Mike Lux


Pulling the Princes From Their Thrones

Mike Lux | December 24, 2014 | Politics
It is the time of year to think about the Christmas story, even if the main characters are a bit on the radical side. It is good to remember as we fight the battles of today that common-sense and basic justice have always sounded a little radical, especially to those in power.
Michael Winship


It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade

Michael Winship | December 24, 2014 | Politics
The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message. A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.
Dr. Alan Kadish

The 2014 Best and Worst in Higher Education

Dr. Alan Kadish | December 24, 2014 | College
It was an up and down year for higher education, as each of these matters took a turn atop the 24-hour news cycle. While I am not particularly nostalgic, I'd like to review some of the highlights -- and lowlights -- of 2014...
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