BLOGS


  • Health, Truth, And The Bell Curve I was privileged this past week to deliver commencement addresses for Bastyr University on their campuses in San Diego, and Seattle, to a combined audience of several thousand, celebrating the graduation of hundreds of students receiving various bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in the health professions.  Here, more or less, is what I said. ***** I am honored ...
  • One Year After The Sit-In, You Still Deserve That Seat In The Room It started with a text from one of my staffers. With the cameras that normally show the business of the House of Representatives turned off, why don’t we download Periscope and stream it that way? House Democrats were in the middle of something historic. In the wake of the horrific shooting at an Orlando nightclub, ...
  • 5 Compliments To Give Your Spouse Today Loving words and compliments can go a long way in making a healthy marriage last. Whether you have only been married for six months and it is still easy to find things to tell your partner that you love about them, or you have been married for several decades and your compliment bank is running on ...
  • The Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Moving To Costa Rica “I’m thinking about moving to Costa Rica,” are words I see every day in emails, Facebook messages, and from people who have read my articles about life as an expat in that country. More and more, people in the U.S. and Canada are thinking about making the move down to the Central American tropical paradise ...
  • McConnell’s Big Gamble Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is about to make a big legislative throw of the dice Thursday, when he (finally) unveils the super-secret Senate Republican health care bill not only to the public, but also to the rest of his own caucus. It’s a pretty big gamble for McConnell, since he has no way of ...
  • Let’s Break Our Current Political Intolerance The shooting in Alexandria, Va., that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) could have been a horrifying massacre. That it wasn’t was a miracle, a combination of good fortune and valiant heroism, and frankly, pure luck. We have seen much too much carnage resulting from wanton gun violence in our country. All too often, the shooter ...
  • Don’t Jump To Conclusions After Tuesday’s Special Election There were special elections held on Tuesday in South Carolina and Georgia.  The race in South Carolina went to the Republican as expected, though the margin of victory was a lot slimmer than most anticipated.  But the eyes of the country were on Georgia Tuesday, where Democrat Jon Ossoff faced Republican Karen Handel for the ...
  • How ‘Man Up’ And Other Stereotypical Sayings Hurt Boys Yesterday, my young sons and I were shopping when I heard another young boy begin to cry loudly in the next aisle. Immediately, I heard a man hiss, “Stop that crying right now. Only girls cry. Are you a little girl now? Should I go buy you a little pink dress? Cut it out NOW!” ...
  • President Trump Is Relinquishing The Title Of Commander In Chief As an Afghanistan veteran, I’m concerned by the news that President Donald Trump is removing himself from the process of deciding whether or not we send more American troops to that country, because I believe he is putting political safety ahead of national security. As he’s already shown, he wants to be able to take ...
  • Is It Time To Level The Playing Field For College Athletes? By Ali P. Gordon, UCF Forum columnist I love college sports. I’ve got the Knights, Yellow Jackets, Tar Heels, Hoyas, Maroon Tigers – you name it. If I can catch a game, I will. My brother-in-law, who’s from New England, recently schooled me about lacrosse, so now on top of college football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, I’m ...
  • Does Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein Have A Gary Cohn Problem (And Vice-Versa)? Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement — Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017 Lloyd’s entry level tweet decrying the U.S. withdrawal from the climate accords was an expression of mild displeasure with an administration that’s welcomed, with open arms, a cabal of Goldman executives who’ve ...
  • Why Ossoff Lost: The View From A Georgia 6th District Voter I’ve lived in the Georgia Congressional 6th district for a long time and I’ve never seen anything like the Jon Ossoff campaign. If you went to the gas station, his signs were there. If you went to the grocery store, you’d find his flyers there. If you went to your mail box, you’d find his ...
  • My Biological Clock Is Defective According to Associated Press, last year was the first year that women in their early 30s gave birth to more babies than women in their late 20s. Today, I turn 28 — a milestone that formerly held no particular significance, until I learned that it is now the average age that women in this country have ...
  • Florida: Death To Public Education Florida has long struggled to take the lead in the State Most Hostile To Public Education contest, with North Carolina, Wisconsin and Nevada giving some real competition. But last week, Florida’s legislature and governor took a decisive leap forward. Let there be no doubt ― no state is more hostile to the very idea of public ...
  • Trump’s Apprenticeship Program Should Help Train Coal Miners For Solar Jobs Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that boosts American apprenticeships. It will double the amount of money for apprenticeship grants and move control of the program away from the federal government to the private sector. Often with these internships, workers are paid while being trained for a new job, so it preferentially benefits ...
  • Veto The Cold-Hearted Health Bill Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last week. He correctly called the measure that would strip health insurance from 23 million Americans “a son of a b*tch.” The proposal is not at all what Donald Trump promised Americans. He said that under his administration, no ...
  • There Are No Mistakes In Love This story was brought to you by Thought Catalog and Quote Catalog. By Marisa Donnelly, author of Somewhere on a Highway Maybe you fell into the wrong person, wrong relationship, wrong time, wrong place. Maybe you gave everything to a connection you thought was real and permanent and you ended up alone. Maybe you trusted, shared your ...
  • 3 Ways To Fight FOMO by Elior Moskowitz Social media is a blessing and a curse. It’s great for staying in touch with old friends, finding people with similar interests, and sharing your ideas—but it’s also a breeding ground for self-comparison, like a bully that chips away at your self-esteem. Its weapon of choice? FOMO: The “fear of missing out.” FOMO is ...
  • Trump’s Newest Lawyer Implodes On Live TV Amid the ever-growing Russia scandal, Donald Trump has hired a new lawyer, Jay Sekulow, and things are not going well for him early on. Sekulow was a bizarre pick for the role from the very beginning. He is a former Fox News pundit with a wacky background, including a history of religious extremism as a “Jew ...
  • Chewing, And Choking, On False (Nutritional) Equivalence The lead story of the moment in Medpage Today positions the conclusions of a multidisciplinary panel of prominent nutrition researchers spelled out in exacting detail across 24 pages in Circulation– as the intellectual equivalent of the opinion of one journalist whose entire career and following are based on defending the idea that carbohydrate, and insulin ...