President Obama's environmental legacy is at risk. That became glaringly evident when Obama's new budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently outlined White House policy. "The Administration seeks to maintain a balance between our obligation to protect the health, welfare, and safety of Americans, and our commitment to promoting economic growth,...
A year ago I wrote a HuffPost blog post decrying the apparent stall in LGBT research integration at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Now I'm happy to say NIH is moving forward with good speed on this topic.
The 33-year-old reporter and author died early Tuesday morning in a car wreck -- a brutal, tragic loss that has robbed the world of an exemplary journalist, and singularly talented writer. He wrote detailed, diligent, riveting reportorial prose and he was also kind, generous, charming and earnest.
I recently visited New York City. If there is one city I love as much as San Francisco, it's the Big Apple. I love the culture, its effervescence, and the city's progressive stance on today's issues. But I do have one major qualm with the state of New York: its antiquated laws on surrogacy.
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Any Supreme Court victory for backers of Prop 8 and DOMA will be a Pyrrhic one. One by one, their arguments have been exposed as falsehoods and have no power as American society moves toward full acceptance of LGBT rights. Their arsenal is empty.
The biggest movie of the summer isn't Man of Steel, or The Lone Ranger, or Fast & Furious 6. It's a new documentary called How to Make Money Selling Drugs, and it exposes the hypocrisy, insanity, and destructiveness of America's drug war. Now, when I say "biggest," I'm not talking about budget size or box office receipts -- I'm talking impact and importance. Of course, the problem with saying a movie is "important" is that it can leave the impression that it isn't entertaining. That's certainly not the case with this film. But the reason the film truly feels like a blockbuster is that you can't leave the theater without being shocked and outraged by what you've seen. Even if you go in feeling like you're well-versed in the insanity of the drug war, you'll walk out stunned -- by the cowardice and hypocrisy of our elected leaders, and by the staggering consequences in lives and money.
There's been surprisingly little media discussion about whether Chicago's strict gun laws, routinely ridiculed by the right-wing, might actually be working. While it's difficult to determine why crime rises and falls, to blame a policy when rates rise and ignore it when they drop doesn't make sense.
Anytime our government feels the need to infringe even a little bit on personal privacy, we ought to be concerned. However, what's ironic about an overreaction to the NSA revelations is that Americans are "spied on" every day. The process is called microtargeting.
When Germany and other wealthy nations came together to create the Global Fund a decade ago, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were leading causes of death in developing countries. But world leaders recognized that they could make dramatic gains against these three diseases.
My five-year-old is in training to be a ninja. Part of that training requires hitting me. One of the problems is he misses sometimes and hits something hard. And if I say, "Ha! Serves you right!" I only compound the original offense. It occurs to me that I see this same kind of dynamic in politics
Last week was the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's commencement address to the graduates of American University. I present an abridged version, as Kennedy is speaking in terms that are relevant not only to America today in the global sense, with respect to wars of mass...
Kris Kobach, a national figure in terms of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy, has a choice. He can continue to stoke fear and hate or he can acknowledge that he has gone too far and apologize for his extreme and threatening comments.
The idea that women's rights are not just about women, but about the common good, for men and women is just one example of how Hillary Clinton sees the larger connection among issues and people.
Let's cleanse Washington of all those interventionists who can't wait until we get our hands bitten in Syria in another futile pursuit of nation-building. Enough voices are being heard these days, thank goodness, that are questioning Obama's decision to provide "soft" support for the Syrian rebels.
If VA is finally reducing the mountain of waiting claims, as has been suggested, that would be good news for veterans. But pardon me if I'm not yet prepared to join the celebration.
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The arguments the archdiocese made in its attempt to keep the case out of court are a distressing example of the larger trend in "religious freedom" claims being made to deprive employees of the protections of the law.
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It is true that elections are tight and every vote counts. But does finding a few bad ballots trump the constitutionally protected right of the 30,000 Arizonans who were denied theirs or the millions of others living in the states and counties covered by the Voting Rights Act?
By Michael Beckel June 19, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center...
How should we define Edward Snowden, the 29-year old whistle blower, who revealed the National Security Agency's massive domestic surveillance program? Is he a hero, patriot, or traitor? Such questions, though predictable, reflect the type of query that seeks to place a premature answer ahead of the facts. How...
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Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is determined to link the White House, and President Barack Obama, to the so-called IRS scandal, even though there is no proof one exists.