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Glen Browder


How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

Glen Browder | April 19, 2014 | Politics
Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?
James Zogby


What Democrats Must Do to Win in November

James Zogby | April 19, 2014 | Politics
This November, Democrats will have chance to reconnect with ethnic voters and win support from them while still courting other key groups. It is not an either-or proposition.
Mark Potok


Bombing Anniversary a Reminder of the Radical Right's Rage

Mark Potok | April 19, 2014 | Politics
The threat from the homegrown white supremacist movement in America is real. We shouldn't need yet another bloodbath to face that sobering reality, much as many on the political right would like to deny it.
Paul Abrams


Tom Cotton Wants to Make Medicare Doubly Dead... Attacks from Two Fronts

Paul Abrams | April 18, 2014 | Politics
If it were up to Tom Cotton, Medicare would be doubly dead. All his sweet words are not going to provide a single medication, a single doctor's visit, a single surgical procedure or a single night in a nursing home for our nation's senior citizens.
Chris Weigant


Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

Chris Weigant | April 18, 2014 | Politics
As we've noted, 2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for marijuana reform. The Colorado and Washington experiments are proceeding apace, and the only real question people are asking is "which state will be next?"
Anthony W. Orlando


The Best Monetary Policy Is Strict Financial Regulation

Anthony W. Orlando | April 18, 2014 | Politics
In recent years, private-sector forecasters have been surprisingly accurate at forecasting changes in the unemployment rate, but they have been equally inaccurate when forecasting changes in the federal funds rate, the baseline interest rate controlled by the Fed.
Somer Meade

The Affordable Care Act Gets Us a Step Closer to Equitable Health Care

Somer Meade | April 18, 2014 | Politics
As a person who has been living with what's commonly known as "a preexisting health condition," and one that can require expensive surgery and even result in emergency-room visits if it gets out of control, I consider the Affordable Care Act a lifesaver.
Richard Javad Heydarian


Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

Richard Javad Heydarian | April 18, 2014 | World
As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all.
Marian Wright Edelman


Making Strides for Preschool

Marian Wright Edelman | April 18, 2014 | Politics
New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn't the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.
Kevin M. Gallagher


Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | April 18, 2014 | Technology
Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.
William Bradley


Does the Sudden Ukraine Deal Clear the Decks for Obama's Asia-Pacific Tour?

William Bradley | April 18, 2014 | Politics
The key to getting Russia to back away from any potential invasion of Ukraine is what it has always been, to ensure that Ukraine, just a few hundred miles from Moscow, does not become a leading outpost of the West and NATO.
David Blumenthal


Drop in Health Care-Acquired Infections Points the Way to Progress

David Blumenthal | April 18, 2014 | Politics
There is a lot more work to do. Some states are doing much better than others in tackling health care-acquired infections. Lagging states need to learn from leading ones. Progress is not uniform across the different types of infections.
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.


The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | April 18, 2014 | Politics
The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.
Lawrence J. Hanley


Riding Public Transit Best Way to Celebrate Earth Day

Lawrence J. Hanley | April 18, 2014 | Green
So, if you're casting about for something to do this Earth Day, why not take the bus, subway or train? And post photos of your Earth Day ride on Facebook and tweet them using hastags #transit and #EarthDay.
Robert L. Cavnar


Four Years After the Blowout... Has Anything Changed?

Robert L. Cavnar | April 18, 2014 | Green
Beyond the obvious effects of this massive oil spill, and the ongoing court battle between the government, plaintiffs, and BP, the question needs to be asked: After the worst offshore blowout in US history, did we learn anything?
Mark Warr

With Crime Rates Falling, There's No Need to Sacrifice Freedom for Safety

Mark Warr | April 18, 2014 | College
The problem is that the world is actually a good deal safer than most Americans realize or appreciate, and the freedoms they sacrifice are often surrendered unnecessarily.
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Ukraine Still Lives in a Man's World, Bans All Single Russian Men From Entry

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | April 18, 2014 | Politics
Unlike the bloodless annexation of Crimea earlier this spring, a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine may lead to a full-blown war between the countries, which neither Kyiv nor Moscow can afford to wage.
Neil McCarthy


A Very Good Friday

Neil McCarthy | April 18, 2014 | Politics
The good news today is that eight million people have now signed up for medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Robin Amos Kahn


Dear President Obama

Robin Amos Kahn | April 18, 2014 | Politics
I'm assuming you are aware of this issue, President Obama -- the fact that doctors are refusing to take your insurance. I'm assuming you get that this is not acceptable.
Alan Singer


The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies *

Alan Singer | April 18, 2014 | New York
For $1,000 each, participants in an upcoming Lake Placid retreat "Embark on three spring days of fun, fellowship and strategy with the nation's thought leaders on education reform." Those who are special, or especially rich, can get VIP treatment for $2,500.
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