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John Wellington Ennis


Our Pay to Play System, Embodied by Beanie Babies

John Wellington Ennis | September 23, 2014 | Politics
It rocked the swing state of Ohio right after a disputed election, toppled the state's one-party rule, and ended the Taft legacy that included a President, a U.S. Senator, a Supreme Court Justice. And it started with Beanie Babies.
Bob Cesca


The New and 'Edgy' Meet the Press Explains the Midterms Using Chicken, Coffee, and a 'Nerd Screen'

Bob Cesca | September 23, 2014 | Media
Note to all hard news outlets: you know what'd be a nice change of pace? Switch the red and blue color-coding every election cycle, and stop finding new ways to divide the country through simplistic metaphors.
Kate Gould


Congress Must Stop Syria Bombing, and You Can Help Make It Happen

Kate Gould | September 23, 2014 | Politics
Congress has not yet signed off on waging a protracted war in Syria or in Iraq. The "People's Branch" can still stop the Obama administration from wreaking more death and destruction in an already explosive part of the world.
Howard Fineman


Political Read: In DC, at Least We Have Diane Rehm

Howard Fineman | September 23, 2014 | Media
The national media is in the midst of another season of self-loathing, and with good reason. The coverage of politics often is as trivial as politics itself. So it was with a sense of relief and gratitude that I joined some 500 others recently to give thanks for and pay tribute to Diane Rehm.
Dennis J. Kucinich


Why Are We Bombing Syria?

Dennis J. Kucinich | September 23, 2014 | Politics
Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."
Rebecca Sive


Big Girl Debbie Wasserman Schultz Doing What She Has to Do: Just Like the Big Boys Do

Rebecca Sive | September 23, 2014 | Politics
You can't win in electoral politics unless you do what Wasserman Schultz is criticized for doing. You just have to look like you're not doing those things. Everyone in politics knows that.
Michael P. Nelson


The Future of Conservation and the Tragedy of Triage

Michael P. Nelson | September 23, 2014 | Green
Because the ESA is a flagship of conservation legislation, one can expect this new meaning to influence the direction of conservation far beyond the formal purview of the ESA.
Adam Stites

Different U.S. Marijuana Laws: Legal vs. Life Sentence

Adam Stites | September 23, 2014 | Politics
Texas and Washington State both have hundreds of miles of coast line and no income tax. However, when it comes to marijuana laws, the two states couldn't be more different.
Sen. Ed Markey


Protecting the Health of People and the Planet

Sen. Ed Markey | September 23, 2014 | Green
The erosion of our personal and public health is exactly the kind of attack that will come from unchecked climate change. As pollution makes our planet sick, so will a sick planet erode the health of its people.
Laphonza Butler


Leading Change or Waiting For It?

Laphonza Butler | September 23, 2014 | Politics
It's time to stop the spin and make one thing perfectly clear: Pundits and politicos make speeches. Working people make change. The power of our vote will be felt at the polls in November.
Seth Masket


How Well Is Coffman Representing His District?

Seth Masket | September 23, 2014 | Politics
Mike Coffman is right on the Republican trend line. That is, he represents his district the same way Republicans do everywhere. Yes, he's somewhat conservative for his district, but no more so than other Republicans tend to be.
Dr. Misee Harris

Civil Rights and Social Media Made Me Resign From My Job

Dr. Misee Harris | September 23, 2014 | Black Voices
I am part of Black America; I was born into it by virtue of the color of my skin. No matter where I am in my life, that part of me will always be my first identifier.
John Llewellyn


Dogs Rescue Presidencies: Twice On This Date

John Llewellyn | September 23, 2014 | Politics
Nixon's remarks are rated by scholars as the sixth most important speech by an American in the 20th century. FDR's speech is not as widely known; even less well-known is the fact that Nixon remembered well the Fala speech and intentionally modeled "Checkers" after it.
Greg Schwanbeck


It's Time for Schools to Ban Redskins Merchandise

Greg Schwanbeck | September 23, 2014 | Education
How should a teacher react if a student arrives to class wearing a t-shirt that shouts a repugnant racial slur in large, all capital letters across the chest? The answer ought to be clear.
Jeanne Zaino


Clinton v. Warren: A Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party in NYC This Week

Jeanne Zaino | September 23, 2014 | Politics
She may want to talk about giving us a 'fighting chance' and the 'fair shot' we deserve. But Truman-esque and Warren-esque don't work for Clinton because, for better or worse, we know her, specifically Democratic party goers know her, far too well.
Aiko Stevenson


'You Can Make History... Or Be Vilified By It'

Aiko Stevenson | September 23, 2014 | Green
Speaking at the opening of the United Nation's climate change summit in New York, actor Leonardo DiCaprio has called on world leaders to "make history, or be vilified by it."
Maya Albanese

Climate Change, Superstorms and The Subway: Is New York City Prepared?

Maya Albanese | September 23, 2014 | Green
There is perhaps no more illustrative example of the vulnerability of low-lying subway stations in the city than the story of South Ferry. Sandy poured 15 million gallons of salt water into the station, destroying its entire power system.
Tony Newman


How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | September 23, 2014 | Politics
The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.
Leonor Varela Pilme

A Better Life. Nothing Less Will Do.

Leonor Varela Pilme | September 23, 2014 | Green
What we owe future generations is the subject of growing debate by economists, philosophers, ethicists, public policymakers, and academics of all stripes. But for me as a mother, the moral implications are very clear. We owe them clean air and fresh water, a healthy planet and a secure future.
Dr. Sten Odenwald


Our Pathetic War Against Cancer - Part II

Dr. Sten Odenwald | September 23, 2014 | Politics
It is one thing to have cancer, but it is quite another thing to realize you will eventually join a million other cancer fatalities knowing that your society could have done more...but willfully chose not to.
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