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Stephanie J. Stiavetti


In This Time of Immigration Debate

Stephanie J. Stiavetti | July 23, 2014 | Politics
There's only one voice that comes to mind, for me, when the immigration argument devolves into a slurry. For those who have not seen them firsthand beneath the Statue of Liberty, these are the words of Emma Lazarus.
John Toussaint, MD

Same Song....

John Toussaint, MD | July 23, 2014 | Politics
In a strange way, the VA and military health system problems might actually help American medicine leaders figure out the way forward.
Claire McCarthy, M.D.


The Children at the Border Are... Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | July 23, 2014 | Parents
These are children. Children who have been traveling alone, or with shady people they don't know. They are coming to find their families -- or they are fleeing violence and poverty we can't even imagine.
Andy Schmookler

The Fraudulence of the Republican Party, and the Adverse Shift in the Balance Between Good and Evil in America

Andy Schmookler | July 23, 2014 | Politics
A patriot is someone who is willing to put aside selfish interests to serve the good of the nation. Today's Republican leaders have shown a willingness to do the very opposite: sacrificing America to gain advantage for themselves.
Jonathan Richards


Obama Tales

Jonathan Richards | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Laura Wellington


How About the President and the Opposing Parties Actually Begin Running This Country Again?

Laura Wellington | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Both sides have valid points with undeniable realities that result from their divergent positions. Equally as real is the future of the foundation of which we built this country - which currently hangs in the loop.
Arianna Huffington


Here's What Happens When You Type 'Why Am' Into Google in New York

Arianna Huffington | July 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
Do you know what happens when you live in New York and you type the words "why am" into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google's Autocomplete function helpfully offers to complete your thought. The first suggestion: "why am I so tired?" The second: "why am I always tired?" The Zeitgeist perfectly captured by Google. As the Belgian philosopher Pascal Chabot has put it, burnout is "civilization's disease." The thought of so many people hunched over their laptops or iPhones, asking Google, "Why am I so tired?" or "Why am I always tired?" is really sad. And the answer is not going to be given to us by an algorithm. But we can start by shutting off our devices and getting some sleep.
Rosemary Gibson


Hospitals a No-Show at Senate Hearing: What's Up With This?

Rosemary Gibson | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders and a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee held hearings to shine a light on the third leading cause of death in the United States: medical mistakes in hospitals. Curious minds should ask: Where were the hospitals?
Stephen Wells


What Our Laws Say About Dogs in Hot Cars

Stephen Wells | July 23, 2014 | Green
Just a few minutes in a hot vehicle can harm or kill your pet. Too often, a neglectful dog owner goes into a store "just for a minute" only to find his dog dead in the car upon his return -- and such neglect carries serious legal consequences
Nina L. Khrushcheva

Putin's Tipping Point? Remembering What Happened When the Soviets Shot Down a Plane

Nina L. Khrushcheva | July 23, 2014 | World
When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences. Back then, the Kremlin first lied to the world by saying that it had nothing to do with the missing KAL plane. Later it claimed that the South Korean jet was on an American spy mission. But, within the Soviet leadership, the incident was a tipping point.
Stephen Pevar


Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Stephen Pevar | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in an effort to stop American-Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children.
Dana Beyer


Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | July 23, 2014 | Gay Voices
While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."
Susan Silver


What Would You Do?

Susan Silver | July 23, 2014 | Politics
There is a TV show called "What Would You Do?" It shows people in circumstances that require others to step in, intervene, do what is right. Some people do. Others walk away. I always wonder what I'd do. Since I am rather feisty, I usually would step up and get...
Robert J. Elisberg


Polls Show That People Care Obamacare Cares

Robert J. Elisberg | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Finally, something other than a love for pizza has brought Americans together. Happiness over their health coverage with the Affordable Care Act. Go figure.
Rep. Hank Johnson


New Caucus to Focus on Expanding Medicaid

Rep. Hank Johnson | July 23, 2014 | Black Voices
As co-chair of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus, I look forward to leading an ongoing dialogue on the how important expanding Medicaid is for my state, Georgia, and the entire country.
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.


Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Hiding sensuality behind health, instead of celebrating it, devalues the erotic lives of women and men. More than that, our political embarrassment about sex has leveraged the power of the wealthy to control the intimate lives of others.
Michael Kay


MH17: An Unintended Consequence

Michael Kay | July 23, 2014 | World
The proliferation of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) amongst rebels and militia has exponentially increased the threat to aircraft and helicopters that operate above lands where governance is scarce and tensions are rife.
Robert B. Blancato


Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | July 23, 2014 | Politics
The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.
Stephen Schlesinger


A Few Words of Praise for the UN

Stephen Schlesinger | July 23, 2014 | World
While Ban's words may not stop any further clashes, he echoes the concerns of an alarmed world -- and that may have some resonance with the combatants. All of these UN activities demonstrate in myriad ways the importance of the organization in ameliorating the dangers of spiraling crises and arriving at solutions that can help tamp down conflicts and stop escalation.
Miles Rapoport


Exposing the Scare Campaign Against the DISCLOSE Act

Miles Rapoport | July 23, 2014 | Politics
The case for DISCLOSE, which would bring into the open hundreds of millions of dollars in now-hidden political giving, is so compelling, so self-evident, that a credible, logical argument against it is nowhere to be found.
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