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Peter Maurer

Can We Bring a Glimmer of Hope to Syrians?

Peter Maurer | March 29, 2015 | Politics
Every child born in Syria is touched by the conflict. Medical services are crumbling, the economy is on its knees, and the multitudes of jobless have few savings left to live on. The conflict will not stop tomorrow and we are planning ahead. There will be at least five more years of intense humanitarian activity required.
Richard Brodsky

Indiana Takes On America: Discrimination Against Gays, Religious Freedom And Rewriting The Constitution

Richard Brodsky | March 29, 2015 | Politics
The easy part is over. Americans now understand what the Indiana "Religious Freedom" law was intended to do: legalize discrimination by private businesses against homosexuals. It's not a secret, as Eric Miller of Advance America said. Indiana acted "to help protect churches, Christian businesses and individuals from those who want...
Keith Kelleher

On February 24, Chicago's Working Families Said: 'Fool Us Once...'

Keith Kelleher | March 29, 2015 | Politics
This time, voters have a clear choice: Vote for an abrasive, out-of-touch mayor propped up by many millions in commercials, financed by corporate support, or vote for a candidate who represents working Chicagoans in all of the city's neighborhoods -- Chuy Garcia.
Peter Greene

If the Money Belongs to the Student...

Peter Greene | March 29, 2015 | Education
I've resisted this notion for a long time. The money, I liked to say, belongs to the taxpayers, who have used it to create a school system that serves the entire community by filling that community with well-educated adults. But hey-- maybe I've been wrong.
Paula Gordon

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | March 29, 2015 | Politics
For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.
Arianna Huffington

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | March 29, 2015 | Politics
This was a week of both progress and regression. First, Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign and wasted no time showing what kind of candidate he'll be by claiming that, in the wake of 9/11, he stopped listening to rock and switched to country music. Finding a way, 14 years later, to use 9/11 to pander and divide is as impressive as it is cynical. Next, Indiana Governor Mike Pence found an even older way to divide, signing into law a bill that would, essentially, legalize anti-gay discrimination. On the other side of the progress/regression ledger, the five-year anniversary of Obamacare saw the percentage of uninsured adults fall to 12.9 percent. And, in case you missed it (though your daughter might not have), One Direction member Zayn Malik announced his retirement from the mega-group, citing his desire to relax. When even a One Direction member can choose to go in another direction, it's a reminder that we can all break with the past for a happier, healthier future.
Joseph V. Micallef

A Tale of Two Cities: Aden, Tikrit and the Battle for Arabia

Joseph V. Micallef | March 29, 2015 | Politics
Two cities, two air campaigns. In many ways completely different from each other, and yet both underscore the growing power and influence of Iran in the Middle East. From Riyadh's perspective, these two conflicts at opposite ends of the Arabian Peninsula are just the opening round.
Stephen Spaulding

The Reid Rule

Stephen Spaulding | March 28, 2015 | Politics
It's been freezing in Washington for the past few months, but it wasn't the nuclear winter some predicted when Sen. Harry Reid ushered in the most important changes to Senate procedure in a generation.
William Bradley

Jerry Brown Perks Up On Presidential Politics 35 Years After One of His Best and Most Disastrous Speeches

William Bradley | March 28, 2015 | Politics
After winning a landslide re-election as governor of California by a whopping 20 points, the 41-year old Brown set out to take down the president he'd beaten in a string of late presidential primaries in 1976.
Lincoln Mitchell

Much Ado About Nothing: Chuck Schumer's Rise Won't Salve The Senate

Lincoln Mitchell | March 28, 2015 | Politics
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to seek reelection in 2016 will mark the end of his impressive 30-year career in the Senate. Mr. Reid, one of the least charismatic politicians to rise to his post but who mastered the Senate arcane rules to his party's advantage, anointed Chuck Schumer as his successor.
James Zogby

The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way Forward

James Zogby | March 28, 2015 | Politics
That the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel have fought for their rights for 67 years and continue to advance in their struggle gives me hope. As we approach this years' "Land Day," keep your eyes on this remarkable community. They do, indeed, point the way forward.
Rick Horowitz

The Middle East, Unraveling: And Your Solution Is...?

Rick Horowitz | March 28, 2015 | Politics
Tell me again: Whose side are we on this time?
Amelia

A Man in California Wants to Kill My Son

Amelia | March 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
You might be thinking, "Amelia, this isn't going to go anywhere. It's California! It's not like it's going to become law." And you are right. But it doesn't take away from the fact that there are thousands of people in this country just like Mr. McLaughlin, who think a bullet in his head is exactly what my son deserves.
Robert Naiman

Schumer's Choice: To Succeed Reid, He Must Back Iran Deal

Robert Naiman | March 27, 2015 | Politics
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has announced that he will not run for re-election. Reid has endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to succeed him as Democratic leader.
Bob Cesca

Ted Cruz Is Trying and Failing to Weasel Out of His Obamacare Duplicity

Bob Cesca | March 27, 2015 | Politics
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now apparently undecided how he'll buy insurance, backing away from his Obamacare announcement earlier in the week.
Sabrina Bilimoria

Bridging the Gap: Setting an International Precedent for Universal Gender Equality

Sabrina Bilimoria | March 27, 2015 | Politics
For years, the international community has attempted to establish universal gender equality through international laws passed through the United Nations. Yet, global gender equality is still far from a reality.
Greg Weiner

What Pat Moynihan Actually Said

Greg Weiner | March 27, 2015 | Politics
What precisely Moynihan did to defend privilege is utterly unclear. Regardless, it is Spielberg, not Moynihan, doing the narrating and implying. What Moynihan said was that racism and poverty produced family breakdown, not that poor African-Americans caused either.
Jane Horton

Was It Worth It, America?

Jane Horton | March 27, 2015 | Politics
Earlier this week I sat and listened to Afghan President Ashraf Gahni as he spoke at the Pentagon to acknowledge the sacrifices that the U.S. has made to support his country. As the wife of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, I understand that sacrifice all too well.
Katie Lee

U.S. Leadership on Global Food and Nutrition Security: We are Making Serious Progress

Katie Lee | March 27, 2015 | Impact
By sharing U.S. expertise in agriculture development and developing legislation to codify the government's flagship initiative Feed the Future into law, families and farmers worldwide can set the foundation to build more independent, prosperous lives.
Jim Pugh

It's Time to Start Talking Seriously About Basic Income

Jim Pugh | March 27, 2015 | Politics
What if full employment wasn't a necessity in our economy? What if it was okay to not have a full-time position? What if robots stealing our jobs could actually be a good thing, rather than something to fear?
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