I just wanted to address the worst of political punditry's inane and facile election-season statements right here at the beginning of the race: the false dichotomy that "this election will either be a choice or a referendum."
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services issued a memorandum last week that updates the Adjudicator's Field Manual, a guide binding all agency staff overseeing immigration procedures. USCIS will now issue immigration documents that reflect an individual's gender identity.
Some may say it is not a Congressman's responsibility to come up with public-private partnerships in their District. I disagree. If we have the resources to support constituents today, why shouldn't we?
Last week, as tens thousands of Americans voiced our collective outrage at the work of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a lobbying front underwritten by these and other major companies, they delivered a side-splitting response.
By having their wedge-based plan exposed for all to see, and in such stark terms, NOM has stirred a sense of commonality among the very minority groups they sought to divide. Being demonized for crass political expediency, it turns out, is something that many groups can relate to.
Rubio is popular with Republicans because the party recognizes that it needs to do something to attract a bigger share of the Hispanic vote. But Rubio's ultra-conservative views are out of step with the Hispanic mainstream.
Equal Pay Day,
Paycheck Fairness Act,
Paid Sick Days,
Much more important than the rhetorical war around Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney is the urgent need to finally adopt policies that address the needs of employed women and their families, now and in the future.
I happily voted for Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. However, I am also among those who believe that he has been timid on racial issues and can do more than he has on issues that are of unique importance to African Americans.
Same Sex Marriage,
The Constitution must be a living document if it is to represent those living today. The flaw in its inception would be its original intent excluded so many people.
I only hope that the Romneys can recognize that Mrs. Romney's choice is a choice that is not available to a majority of American women.
The only thing worse than a chicken with its head cut off is one with its head in the sand. That was my initial reaction after reading Administrator Alfred Almanza's piece defending Big Poultry's push to dramatically increase line speed in our nation's plants.
The United States needs a strategy to help people who need jobs now, and we need a plan to create good jobs for Americans in the years to come.
For anyone interested in understanding why one of the great institutions of democratic government in the world -- the United States Senate -- has become so dysfunctional and paralyzed by partisanship, Ira Shapiro's recently published book The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis (Public Affairs, New...
Whether the Democrats and Republicans like it or not, they are in bed together and may as well be married. Since the Democrats and Republicans can't divorce, our only hope is that reconciliation is possible.
Why is it that advocacy positions influenced by deeply held religious beliefs about poverty, hunger, disease, human dignity and related issues are seldom, if ever, critiqued from the left?
The folks behind CISPA claim that national security interests make this surveillance necessary, but the bill's language is so vague and overreaching that it opens the door for rampant abuse.
Even the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now says mortgage write-downs may make economic sense for the two housing finance giants. All of which begs the question: What if the industry had made these moves sooner?
Bradley Manning Wikileaks,
Collateral Murder Video,
Julian Assange Wikileaks,
The real problem with the laws of war, however, is not what they fail to restrain but what they authorize. The primary function of International Humanitarian Law is to legalize remarkable levels of "good" military violence that regularly kill and injure non-combatants.
What we should have learned over the last half century is that growth doesn't trickle down from the top. It percolates upward from working people who are adequately educated, healthy, sufficiently rewarded, and who feel they have a fair chance to make it in America.
Are you in? It's the current battle cry of the 2012 version of the Obama Campaign, and though on its surface, it feels like a casual question, it's rife with deeper meaning three-and-a-half years after the historic election of President Barack Obama.
Twar On Civility,
War On Motherhood,
War On Religion,
War On Reproductive Rights,
War On Women,
Nothing will open, change, move or evolve if we walk away from each other. No matter how divisive you may believe someone is, no matter how wrong-headed you find an organization to be, I challenge you to engage them anyway.
Defacing and darkening extremist websites is immensely satisfying. However, the U.S. and others should not keep reminding terrorists and their followers that they are being monitored online.
Naysayers beware -- the fossil fuel free energy future will come. The only thing we don't know is when it will come and what technologies will fuel it.
A bulging bank account does not brand someone as a bad seed. There are plenty of kind, giving millionaires and plenty of cruel, greedy 99% grouches in the world. The real problem with the Romneys isn't their money. It's that they can't relate.
National Rifle Association,
I know there are those who might question the appropriateness of aligning a child with any political lobbying group in that child's toddlerhood and to them I say, "Commie!"
Corporate taxes today are at a 40-year-low -- even as the executive suites at big corporations have become throne rooms where the crown jewels wind up in the personal vault of the CEO.
The serious wage gap, combined with pay secrecy policies, means that many women are not only being paid less than their male co-workers, but they have no way of knowing it. And if they don't know it, they can't fight it. Thankfully, this Equal Pay Day, we can do something to change that.
Most politicians insist that they will never lie to the American people. Most Americans, on the other hand, expect politicians to lie. That's the sad condition of our current political scene. Consider the following ways to not lie without telling the truth.
Our undercover investigator worked at Kreider's nine-barn facility for six weeks and documented appalling and extreme overcrowding of hens, dead birds in cages and barn floors covered with flies.
President Obama may not have provided the exact change you wanted, but where would our country be without his accomplishments? Millions of Americans would be without health care, the unemployment rate would likely still be in double digits and we'd likely still be fighting in Iraq.
There is a new study out by a pair of political scientists saying that the current Republican caucuses in Congress are the most conservative in a hundred years. I think they are underestimating.
It is time for the nonprofit sector to change the rules that change the world. It must become the sustainability it seeks from others. Until there's a shift from scarcity to sustainability, we will never drain the swamp.
Volunteers working largely outside the realm of government -- neighborhood organizations, fire brigades, blood banks and other civic initiatives -- are obvious examples of commons-based sharing and caring.
I love the image of conservatives hiding behind the flag of motherhood to protect themselves against charges of gender insensitivity. It's like kids who move the couch to cover up a stain and hope no one will notice.
If you've been on the Metro in recent days, you might have seen an ad designed to make you feel sorry for our poor health insurance companies. So sorry that you'll call your congressman and demand he support a bill that would gut an important part of the health care reform law.
Mitt Romney Campaign,
Mitt Romney Harvard,
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attributed President Barack Obama's alleged ineptitude to his having "spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps." Romney has not one, but two advanced degrees from this institution.
New York City,
State And Local Government,
Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?
Since the Fed wants to turn over a new leaf, why not ask for the transcripts of the meetings from 2007-2010? Let's just accelerate the timetable, and let everyone know what really went down at those meetings during the crisis of 2007 and 2008. And we got them. And we'll show you just what we got.
Curtis Johnson, a 55-year-old business man and educator who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis otherwise known as ALS, finds that even though he lives in Washington he cannot get the assistance he needs to end his suffering when the time comes.
We must insist on more transparency and a return to markets that are fair to all investors. The tremors keep happening. We can't afford to wait until after the next catastrophic eruption.
What business is it of ours to question why women work for pay and why they might cease to do? We all contribute in different ways. Far more important is what we do as a society to help families.
The Buffett Rule is a tiny tax, of little consequence to the people who would pay it or to the country as a whole. The idea that $30 billion of additional revenue would tip the balance in any way is simply ludicrous. But this is precisely what gives the Buffett Rule its powerful symbolism.
It is difficult to say how the term "amnesty" became anathema in the U.S. immigration debate. Consider the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Operation Game Over,
The Department of Homeland Security had awarded a contract worth more than $177,000 to the California-based Obscure Technologies to create a tool that will allow the government to extract information from gaming consoles.
Professor of philosophy and a career diplomat, Alarcon spent nearly 12 years in the United States as the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations. Over time, he has become a spokesperson for the Havana government.
Bush Tax Cuts,
Paying a Fair Share Act,
U.S. Rep Paul Ryan,
Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich,
Paying a Fair Share,
The 99 percent must insist Congress pass the Buffet Rule. They must render tax shirking by those in first class as unacceptable as driving with a pet dog strapped to the car roof. The survival-of-the-richest attitude is bad for the country and antithetical to democracy.
By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsSome of America's best known brands are dropping their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council at least partly in...
If the nuclear industry believes so fervently in its technology, then it and Wall Street investors can put their money where their mouth is. Let's let them finance it, insure it, and pay for it themselves.
Mitt Romney Tax Returns,
Mitt Romney Taxes,
Mitt Romney 2012,
Mitt Romney Tax Extension,
To get on board with Mitt Romney, you have to hold two ideas in your head. 1) You should vote for him, because he's made a lot of money and 2) You must never, ever ask about his money.