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Olivia Deng

Politics As (Un)usual: Trump and the GOP Burn Hot and Cold in Cleveland

Olivia Deng | July 28, 2016 | Politics
At the RNC, Trump pushed his family to the forefront of American politics. Watching the RNC unfold is best compared to watching a dark dystopia, except that dystopia is reality.
Jeffrey Laurenti

Locking In Obama's Global Leadership Legacy

Jeffrey Laurenti | July 28, 2016 | World
By all accounts, Barack Obama wants to bequeath to his successor a new secretary-general strong enough to stand up to any rogue national leader.
Ken Schneck, PhD

Cleveland Pride Was Just Canceled. And It Hurts.

Ken Schneck, PhD | July 28, 2016 | Queer Voices
I have never felt like I needed a Pride parade. I’m one of those gents who has led a life of extreme privilege with regard to my sexual orientation. My daily routine post-high-school has always included being out. I have always been out in the work place. I...
Carla Seaquist

Bernie Sanders, Moral Hero

Carla Seaquist | July 28, 2016 | Politics
It takes a special kind of courage to undertake a moral quest -- knowing the overwhelming forces arrayed against you, knowing the sheer inertia of a system long in place.
Michael Golden

In Defense Of Politicians

Michael Golden | July 28, 2016 | Politics
I hope voters will keep in mind that serving the public in office actually is a public service. "Politician" is not a dirty word.
Rob Sawicki

Alabama Should Build a Bridge to Fiscal Responsibility

Rob Sawicki | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Anyone who is following Alabama's ongoing budget crisis knows that the state is slashing funds for basic human services to try and make ends meet. Despite borrowing $437 million in 2012 to close budget shortfalls for the ensuing three years, Gov. Robert Bentley still hasn't managed to solve Alabama's budget problems, which are having an economic ripple effect throughout the state.
Egemen Bagis

New Turkey, Friendly With the West But No Longer a Patsy

Egemen Bagis | July 28, 2016 | Politics
The botched coup attempt in my country on Friday night demonstrates at once the resilience of our democracy to survive attacks on its very core, and the extent to which enemies of our country are prepared to go to diminish the "new Turkey" that does not bow herself to the whims and demands of its allies and neighbors as the "old Turkey" once did at the expense of her own interests.
Alex Tolbert

Will Alaska or Colorado Go Single-Payer?

Alex Tolbert | July 28, 2016 | Politics
With Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination for President, it might seem like Senator Bernie Sanders' universal healthcare plan has bitten the dust. However, the United States may still see single-payer healthcare in the near future. Two states--Alaska and Colorado--could be the first to move away from the third-party payer system.
Alev Dudek

Orlando Shooting -- Are Our Anti-Terror Strategies Working?

Alev Dudek | July 28, 2016 | Politics
We are a country with tremendous resources, knowledge, and intelligence. However, our political discourses have often been pathetic at the very least. Let us see how long it is going to take us to realize this and change the way we interact not only around the world, but also with each other.
Rev. Susan Russell

A Letter to My Sons on the Day the Glass Ceiling Shatters

Rev. Susan Russell | July 28, 2016 | Politics
As this historic moment approaches it is inarguable that the shattering of this particular glass ceiling will have a powerful and particular impact on the American women and girls who will be watching.
Keisha N. Blain

Mothers Of The Movement, Police Violence And Black Women's Activism

Keisha N. Blain | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Mary Bumpurs and Veronica Perry extended a national call for unity and change, maintaining a deep sense of hope and optimism that their actions would one day result in police reform.
OpenSecrets Blog

Pharma Cos. And Celebrities Flood DNC Festivities

OpenSecrets Blog | July 28, 2016 | Politics
The klieg lights were on full-strength Wednesday at a star-studded lunch highlighting obesity treatment and, later, a Fergie concert, both put on by the Creative Coalition -- with help from pharma giants like Novo Nordisk -- on the third day of the Democratic National Convention.
Robert Koehler

Slavery, War and Presidential Politics

Robert Koehler | July 28, 2016 | Politics
As I watched "unity" take hold of the Democratic Party this week, the believer in me wanted to imbibe it -- bottoms up. Michelle Obama ignited the crowd. "That is the story of this country," she said. "The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The...
John A. Tures

Evidence That Tim Kaine Is More Progressive Than Bernie Sanders

John A. Tures | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Kaine may be considered a centrist in the media, which could help him woo moderates, independents and liberal Republicans. But if you look at the ACU's voting record, and that of the ADA, his strongest appeal should be to progressives who backed Sanders.
Duncan Hosie

The Progressive Case Against The Green Party's Jill Stein

Duncan Hosie | July 28, 2016 | Politics
She has a simple message to disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters that seems to be resonating: I represent your progressive values. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not.
Andy Schmookler

The Line From Obama That Floored Me Last Night

Andy Schmookler | July 28, 2016 | Politics
What is truly remarkable about that sentence is that the President here is lumping Donald Trump -- the nominee of one of America's two major political parties -- with the mortal enemies who the United States has fought over the past eighty years!
Bennet Kelley

The Hillary Moment: A Reflection On How We Got Here

Bennet Kelley | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton will accept the nomination of the Democratic Party as the first woman to ever win the nomination from a major political party. It truly will be a historic and evocative moment, one in which many will reflect on the enormity of this day and what it...
Stephanie Weaver

A Tale Of Two Ubers

Stephanie Weaver | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Over the weekend I made a quick trip to Denver. On two separate shared rides, sitting up front for 45 minutes, I had the chance to talk politics with people quite different from me. It reminded me of the value of face-to-face conversation, not making assumptions, and listening without trying to convince.
John Tsilimparis

Presidential Illiteracy: Can We Afford To 'Wing It' In The White House?

John Tsilimparis | July 28, 2016 | Politics
This is the first election that I won't be voting FOR a candidate. I will, by default, vote defensively for the most innocuous one. Frightfully, it isn't about who will be the best choice anymore, it's who will inflict the least amount of damage to our country.
Susan Ochshorn

Hillary's Family Values: It Takes a Village

Susan Ochshorn | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Clinton needs to be nimble, to move among the different elements of the dialectic, her heart open, policy responsive, and ear to the ground on the seismic cultural changes of our time. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and their supporters have pushed her along, and they'll continue to do so.
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