BLOGS


  • News Roundup for June 16, 2017 Rejoice! The work week is over. 1. Trump plans to roll back Obama’s reforms on U.S.-Cuba relations. Say goodbye to any progress we made over the last eight years. More here. 2. The U.S. is sending 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, reminding us it’s not only Russia who sticks their nose where it doesn’t belong. This doesn’t sound ...
  • Heroin Addiction: How My Father Saved Me I was a breech birth ― feet first, my head got stuck in the birth canal. My father brought me to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. They told him that the loss of oxygen to my brain had destroyed a portion of the frontal lobe. But my father was a ...
  • Marc Fliedner Makes History As The First Openly Gay Candidate For Brooklyn District Attorney Brooklyn has been in need of true criminal justice reform for decades, and with hate crimes and police misconduct increasing, the phrase “no justice, no peace” rings louder than ever. Increasingly, however, it’s been ringing on dead ears. For the abiding toxic culture of masculinity that has defined Brooklyn’s law enforcement and criminal justice ecosystem has ...
  • Unraveling The African American Health Disparity: Four Ways Men Can Fight Back When it comes to health, your race and gender can be a factor in how long you live. This is especially true for the 21.5 million African American men who live in the U.S. Categorically, African American men are the unhealthiest of all Americans. Threats that disproportionately affect all men like heart disease, stroke and cancer ...
  • Resistance In A Time Of Gunfire The smell of gun smoke had net yet lifted from an Alexandria baseball field when the calls for unity began. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “You’re going to hear me say something you’ve never heard me say before,” House Minority Leader Nancy ...
  • Fatherhood Denied As Father’s Day approaches yet again, your loss sits with me, and it lingers. For whatever reason, the day is harder than others, ripe with expectation and filled with disappointment and sadness over what never was and what never can be. In life, we are frequently hurt by our expectations. I think it’s human nature to ...
  • How The Press Is Helping Republicans Keep Their Health Care Bill Secret Senate Republicans are deliberately crafting legislation in complete secret. And it’s not just any legislation. This is a sprawling social policy bill that would directly impact the welfare of tens of millions of Americans. The bill represents the hallmark legislative promise that the Republican Party has been making for seven years: to repeal and replace Obamacare. ...
  • Can We Predict Political Uprisings? Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, University of Marburg Forecasting political unrest is a challenging task, especially in this era of post-truth and opinion polls. Several studies by economists such as Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler in 1998 and 2002 describe how economic indicators, such as slow income growth and natural resource dependence, can explain political upheaval. More specifically, low ...
  • Skiing In Summer? Only At This California Resort Don’t look now, but there’s a guy next to me at the bottom of the chairlift. He’s snowboarding in a swimsuit. And nothing else. That’s right. Snowboarding. In June. Where? Only in California. Specifically, Squaw Valley, the legendary ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. Blanketed by an almost unimaginable 47 feet of snow this season, ...
  • When Will Trump Lose His Base? After the Trump White House careened through another terrible week, Washington insiders wonder how long Trump can survive.  The answer is: as long as he holds his base.  Trump and his voters are locked in a deadly embrace: his base desperately wants to believe he will address their grievances and Trump is willing to lie ...
  • 8 Ways To Be Kind To Other Parents — And Raise Great Kids In The Process Let’s face it, parenting is hard in the best of circumstances… and really, really tough in the worst. The lives of countless families – particularly those whose kids don’t follow the path the other 85 percent seem to do with ease – run counter to the social and mass media images of fabulous family-dom. So what better ...
  • Boomer Banks On Why We Shouldn’t Say ‘No Blacks, No Asians, No Fats or Fems’ Fashion designer and adult entertainer Boomer Banks posted a photo of a sign at the DC Equality March that caused a bit of a storm on social media. The sign pointed out our community’s tendency of segregating ourselves and I thought it was conversation that deserved more thought. Recently, he took a few moments to ...
  • Congressional NRA ‘Hostages’ Exhibit Full-Fledged Stockholm Syndrome Stockholm Syndrome is the psychological phenomenon of captives beginning to identify with, sympathize with, or fall in love with those who are holding them hostage. Watching the Republican reaction to the shooting of a group of their own on a suburban Virginia baseball field, I couldn’t help but think that it bears a strong whiff of ...
  • California Just Outlawed Immigration Detention Expansion Today, the California legislature passed the first bill in the country to put a moratorium on immigration detention expansion and give a state agency the power to monitor federal immigration detention facilities. California’s budget bill, Assembly Bill 103, gave the Attorney General of California the power to monitor all California immigration detention facilities―both private and public. ...
  • Women’s Caucus Played Pivotal Role In Restoring Sanity To Kansas Statehouse The Kansas Statehouse is one of the most ornate in the country. For a while, wherever my family traveled – New Hampshire, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New Mexico – we made a point of visiting capitol buildings to see how they compared with ours. Kansas is a parsimonious state, where the legislature is not given to investing ...
  • Nevertheless, Persistence Pays Off As a progressive, feminist mom of a 15-year-old girl, I worry about a lot of things that are probably not on the minds of my more conservative counterparts. Will my daughter be able to fulfill her dreams, regardless of living in a world that endeavors to hold her back? As a woman, will she be ...
  • After Paris, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Members’ Reputations Are On The Line The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a heavy hitter in Washington. It was the second largest spender of anonymous outside money—or “dark money”—in the 2016 federal elections, second only to the National Rifle Association. And, in addition to all that spending directed at Congress and the White House, it wields the largest lobbying force on ...
  • Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings — Week 2 When Republic Report published “Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings – Week 1” last week, we weren’t sure we’d ever have time to do it again, let alone five days later.  But there’s been so much disgracefulness this week that the rankings basically wrote themselves. As we explained last week, Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, ...
  • Beyond A Moment Of Silence This week marks the second anniversary of the horrific murders of Rev. Clementa Pinkney and eight of his parishioners, gunned down by a white supremacist at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church during bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. The attack remains a painful reminder that America as a nation has yet to reckon ...
  • ‘Stonewall’ Sessions Leads The Charge Of The Trump Brigade function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions spent Tuesday afternoon up on Capitol Hill trying out his new one-man show based on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. In performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions alternated between the roles of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, at one moment playing the ...