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Steven Kull

After Assessing the Alternatives, Americans Reluctantly Embrace the Iran Deal

Steven Kull | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Americans don't love the Iran deal. There is a lot they wish were different. But when they look at it closely, review hard-hitting critiques, and--perhaps most importantly--evaluate the alternatives, a clear majority recommends that their Members of Congress approve of the deal. Republicans do not concur, though they don't settle on an alternative.
Justin Frank

Hillary vs. Donald

Justin Frank | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Hillary Clinton blamed Donald Trump's rhetoric as the kind of speech that can "trigger someone who is less than stable." While she made these remarks after the Charleston shootings, they were before two Boston rednecks beat senseless an apparently homeless illegal immigrant.
Norma Cook Everist

What if We Turned Things Around?

Norma Cook Everist | September 2, 2015 | Politics
What if we turned things around? What if Hillary Clinton simply spoke whatever came into her head without thinking? (Or did think how she could shock her way onto the news with slurs about one group or another?) What if we decided to probe into Donald Trump's emails and see what kind of ethical and moral breaches he had made over the years in his business dealings?
D.J. Wilson

Why Vote? What Difference Does It Make?

D.J. Wilson | September 2, 2015 | Politics
My significant other and I launched into a spirited debate, early this morning about the privilege of voting, with me arguing my position that it does make a difference, while she countered that it does not, noting, nothing changes of late, regardless of the multitudes of promises made.
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The 5 Other Brothers

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | September 2, 2015 | Politics
As O'Malley smells the coffee, he needs to make a deal. Not with the DNC, but with Bernie Sanders, and Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb, and Joe Biden; to rent out some space, issue some press credentials.
Jamie Court

Starved for Democracy? California Says Pay $2K

Jamie Court | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Governor Brown's signature on legislation increasing the filing fee for citizens who file ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000 is the modern equivalent of the famous salvo attributed to Marie Antoinette upon hearing of a famine among the French peasants, "Let Them Eat Cake."
Rob Richie

Smart Ranked Choice Polling in the Presidential Race by PPP: New Poll Clarifies Nature of Donald Trump's Support

Rob Richie | September 2, 2015 | Politics
After a fiery first Republican Presidential Debate on August 6th, the GOP primary field has continued to shift and change, leaving many pollsters struggling to catch up. To the surprise of many observers, Donald Trump has continued his surge -- but new polling techniques helps clarify the nature of his support.
Evan Bernick

Federal Judge to HHS: No, You Can't Discriminate for No Good Reason

Evan Bernick | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Can the government treat some people differently than others on the basis of sheer favoritism? It seems like an obvious question, but decades' worth of unwarranted judicial deference in constitutional cases have made the answer uncertain.
Jim Dickson

Labor Day: A Holiday Reminder of Unemployment

Jim Dickson | September 2, 2015 | Politics
While we made immense progress from the days where discriminations against Americans with disabilities was legal, not enough has been done to help these hardworking men and women take care of their families.
Morgan Adams

A Consciousness Revolution

Morgan Adams | September 2, 2015 | Politics
We have always had the power to make our government reach its highest potential; & trust me, it goes a lot further than the hand outs & bail outs they use to keep us quiet. What will you read? Who will you reach out to? What will you learn? What will you do? Share with us!
Alex Tolbert

President Obama's "Health Care W-2"

Alex Tolbert | September 2, 2015 | Politics
In 1943, the government began requiring that employers track and report on employee compensation. The resulting W-2 is now part of an annual ritual. Each January, employers pull together an array of information to generate a W-2 for each employee who worked for them at any point during the year before.
Doug Bandow

Sanctions Without Purpose: U.S. Penalizes Sudanese People to Punish Their Government

Doug Bandow | September 2, 2015 | World
Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.
David Macaray

The Unbearable Lightness of Treaties

David Macaray | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Here's a simple fact: No treaty between "enemies" has ever been or ever will be entirely satisfactory to either party. That diplomatic truth should be taken as Gospel. And if we can't accept that -- if we can't accept the fact that the finished product will be flawed -- then we had no business sitting down at the table in the first place.
Karthick Ramakrishnan

Asian American Voters Will Punish Candidates With Anti-Immigrant Views

Karthick Ramakrishnan | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Last week, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina came under fire for their offensive comments on Asian immigrants. Bush noted in his visit to border city McAllen, Texas, that the phenomenon of so-called "anchor babies" was "frankly, more related to Asian people."
Kevin Martin

Can Sarah Palin be Denied a Hunting License Based on Religious Beliefs?

Kevin Martin | September 2, 2015 | Politics
What if an Inuit clerk in Alaska refuses to issue a hunting license to Sarah Palin because she is a woman? His reason is his religion says only men are allowed to hunt. Using the precedent set by the Kentucky clerk if she were to prevail, would that be acceptable?
Lawrence J. Lau

Enough Apologies. We Need More Truth From Japan About WWII.

Lawrence J. Lau | September 2, 2015 | World
HONG KONG -- The time has come to call a halt to demands for further apologies from Japan. It is not apologies that the world needs, even if they are fully contrite, sincere, voluntary and heartfelt. What the world needs is a truthful account of what happened, a true history that has not been whitewashed, so that hopefully it would help to prevent a repetition of the history in the future.
Byron Williams

Politics Be Damned! Voter Suppression Is Immoral

Byron Williams | September 2, 2015 | Politics
At one time in our history, it was Southern Democrats that led the voter suppression tactics ranging from poll taxes to violence against blacks. Today, it is now Republicans, who may be wary of expanding their base to remain competitive, that champion this unpatriotic maneuver.
Robert David Jaffee

Mass Shootings and 'Crazy People'

Robert David Jaffee | September 2, 2015 | Politics
If you listen to the recent televised discussions on mass shootings, you would think that those of us with serious mental-health diagnoses are responsible for most of the tragic shootings that occur in this country.
Vanessa Baden

Jamycheal Mitchell: Mentally Ill, Criminalized, and Killed by the System

Vanessa Baden | September 2, 2015 | Politics
America is "treating" mental illness through incarceration -- and the price we are paying as a country is enormous.
Paula Gutlove

The Iran Nuclear Agreement: A Test of U.S. Leadership

Paula Gutlove | September 2, 2015 | World
The Iran nuclear agreement demonstrates that the United States can use its power effectively, provide wise leadership, and create important international agreements. Congress should be thinking about ways to promote such leadership, instead of undermining it.
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