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Bennett L. Gershman

Free Speech Battle at Republican National Convention

Bennett L. Gershman | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Last week's celebration by 1.3 million delirious Cleveland Cavaliers fans over their once-in-a-lifetime basketball championship has suddenly morphed into the Black Hole of next month's also unprecedented Republican National Convention, with far less local pride, and far less joy.
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

Bringing Them All Back Home

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | June 28, 2016 | Politics
This week, we will be observing the 240th anniversary of the founding of our republic. The fourth of July has been a time set aside to reflect upon what it means as a nation where people are given the rights of freedom, happiness and self-determination.
Tom Mockaitis

No Shortage of Targets for Terrorists

Tom Mockaitis | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Today's attack on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey confirms what we learned in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. Although they still prefer to hit high-profile targets, terrorists will settle for any venue that nets them a large body count. The perpetrators would have preferred to enter the terminal, but,...
Lincoln Mitchell

After Brexit, No Second Act For Political Theatre

Lincoln Mitchell | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Last week's British voters went to the poll and elected to leave the EU, prompting several explanations to try to explain the shocking outcome.
Rep. Alan Grayson

Benghazi: The Scandal That Never Was

Rep. Alan Grayson | June 28, 2016 | Politics
When Secretary Clinton and her colleagues came to testify before my House Foreign Affairs Committee, I labeled this GOP hatchet-job "the scandal that never was." Because it never was.
Ellin Jimmerson

Why Melissa Hillman's Privilege Argument Was Backwards

Ellin Jimmerson | June 28, 2016 | Politics
A recent article created a stir among loyalists in Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's camp, insisting that "privilege is what allows Sanders supporters to say they'll 'never' vote for Clinton under any circumstance." That is inaccurate.
John A. Powell

A Bridge From Brexit

John A. Powell | June 28, 2016 | Politics
A few days ago, we woke up to a new world. Britain had voted to leave the European Union. Some were pleased, many were deeply concerned. What is likely is that many will be affected. Some wonder if the EU will survive. It will take months if not years to fully understand the ramifications.
Gina McCarthy

A Strong EPA Delivers Protection, Justice, And Pathways To A Cleaner Future

Gina McCarthy | June 28, 2016 | Green
In one of the most creative and ambitious environmental enforcement settlements in U.S. history, we are addressing the immediate pollution issue VW caused and, at the same time, setting a new precedent for long term benefits that can be achieved under the Clean Air Act.
Joseph Amodeo

The Trump Kool-Aid: A Proliferation of Mis - and Missing - Information

Joseph Amodeo | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump's proliferation of misinformation has created a problem in America: People actually believe what he says even though he lacks facts for the vast majority of his statements. Through his misinformation campaign, he has effectively set the blinders on his supporters in a way that has them fixated on immigration and bombastic rhetoric rather than focusing on the growing list of issues facing our country.
Anhvinh Doanvo

Thomas's SCOTUS Texas Abortion Dissent Accepts Discrimination

Anhvinh Doanvo | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Early Monday morning, the US Supreme Court made its first significant ruling on abortion since its 2007 decision on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, supporting clinics' rights to litigate against state regulations that have no medical basis.
Robert J. Elisberg

Trump And Brexit: Not Quite As Sweet As It Seems

Robert J. Elisberg | June 28, 2016 | Politics
In the aftermath of the "Brexit" vote, I was watching a panel discussion of analysts talking about that there should be concern among Democrats in the U.S. for how this protest vote had similarities to support here for Donald Trump.
The Heller School

Marijuana Liberalization Policies: Science Doesn't Have Your Answers Yet

The Heller School | June 28, 2016 | Politics
By Julie K. Johnson "Hello?" I warily answered a call from an unknown number as I left a lecture I had just delivered on youth and marijuana policies. "Have you ever smoked pot?" came the voice of a reporter who had just taken one of my business cards. I sat...
Sarah Anderson

DNC Platform for Wall Street Speculation Tax

Sarah Anderson | June 28, 2016 | Politics
The Democratic Party Platform Committee has taken a position in support of a tax on Wall Street transactions, according to a statement by committee member Rep. Keith Ellison. This is just the latest sign of the mainstreaming of a bold policy that would shrink the size and power...
Robert S. McElvaine

Seeking Examples of Hillary's "Dishonesty"

Robert S. McElvaine | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Surely the most baffling finding in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll is that a plurality of Americans in the survey (41 percent to 25 percent) said they believe that Donald Trump is more honest and straightforward than Hillary Clinton....
Ian Fletcher

Trump Spells Out the Specifics of his Trade Agenda

Ian Fletcher | June 29, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump has just delivered his major speech on trade policy, at an aluminum plant in Monessen, PA. You can watch it on YouTube here. There's a transcript here. Hillary Clinton recently gave a long speech attacking Trump on many things....
Jennifer Saul

Brexit: Resist The Simple 'Racism' Narrative

Jennifer Saul | June 28, 2016 | Politics
As we all try to process what has happened in the United Kingdom, it will be tempting to grasp on to a simple narrative with a simple moral for the rest of the world: it was hatred of brown-skinned people that won it.
Byron Williams

Reasonable Balance would Minimize the Damage

Byron Williams | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Our current gun debate is reminiscent of the old Lite Beer from Miller commercials that were conducted between the narrow contours of "less filling" vs. "tastes great." Needless to say, such debates are never resolved because the only possible outcome is futility. The current debate is fueled more by who...
Rep. Jim Langevin

The Moment Is Now

Rep. Jim Langevin | June 28, 2016 | Politics
No more tweets, no more 'thoughts and prayers,' no more empty statements. Let us debate. Let us have a real conversation. And then let us vote.
Martina Buchal

UK Votes To Leave The EU, Trump Soaring In The Polls, And We Need A Wave Of Change Now

Martina Buchal | June 28, 2016 | Politics
This is the price we pay for not being present to what happens in our world; for often choosing not to know the truths of our reality; or simply for not doing something because we feel the something we can do is not enough.
Melissa Bartick

Reclaim Our Domestic Tranquility: Putting The First Amendment Before the Second Amendment

Melissa Bartick | June 28, 2016 | Politics
Living in a world where everyone is increasingly armed takes away all those rights, and puts us into a domestic war-zone not of our choosing. The Founders put the First Amendment before the Second Amendment. Let's take back our domestic tranquility and our First Amendment right to peaceful assembly.
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