BLOGS


  • Five Ways Donald Trump Has Broken His Promise To Protect Social Security, Medicare And Medicaid In His First 100 Days Co-authored by Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works Donald Trump ran for President as a different kind of Republican. During the primary, he stood out from the crowd by promising to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He went on to make that promise a centerpiece of his general election campaign. Even before the election, there ...
  • Put ESPN In Charge Of America’s Wars The NFL draft is back on ESPN with blanket (read: suffocating) coverage, which always makes me think: What if Americans cared about their wars as much as they cared about the NFL? What if decisions were fact-based and results-oriented? What if everyone was well-informed, highly motivated, and committed to excellence? What if the media provided ...
  • In Rejecting Gay Bishop, Methodist Court Shows The Folly Of Relying On Scripture For Moral Guidance The United Methodist’s Judicial Council, its highest court, has declared that the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto violated church law. Why? Not for lack of personal virtue or dedication to her calling. Bishop Oliveto is a married woman, and by all accounts, a passionate member of the clergy. Trouble is, she married a woman. To ...
  • Why I Issued A Dissent To USCIRF’s 2017 Annual Report This week, nearing the end of four years of service as an Obama Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), I felt compelled to issue a public dissent to USCIRF’s 2017 Annual Report. While the larger part of my dissent dealt with the way the Commission does its work (which I will ...
  • 9 Spring Salads You’ll Want to Dive Into (Really) Now that spring is in full swing, eating salad is so much more fun thanks to the plethora of fresh, bright produce. From Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing to French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese, these crazy-good recipes will satisfy all your spring salad cravings. 1. Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing This recipe was ...
  • Christina Aguilera Fans Berate Her On Twitter For Promoting Other Artists’ Music Instead of Her Own What a Christina Aguilera fan apparently wants is a new album. The “What A Girl Wants” singer’s fans took to Twitter on Saturday crucifying her for promoting Voice winner Alisan Porter’s new single, but not communicating any details about her own upcoming project. Check out @AlisanPorter's new song Deep Water…Voice of an angel! Not only ...
  • Gay Concentration Camps: Silence = Death I drove to work crying the other morning. It wasn’t the stress of being a solo mom of three kids under ten, or dealing with chronic health issues and economic challenges. It wasn’t the video of the passenger being dragged off the United flight, or the military posturing in the waters near North Korea, or ...
  • The Heineken Ad Is Worse Than The Pepsi Ad — You’re Just Too Stupid To Know It If you asked me to describe the worst blind date ever, it would go something like this: We arrive at an abandoned warehouse for drinks. My date looks like a cross between John Malkovich and Britney Spears when she was struggling. I can tell I’m gonna need to get drunk to get through this. But first, ...
  • Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Before I start my anecdote, let me start off by saying, you’re awesome. Yes, I’m talking to you, all you working parents, single mothers and fathers and college students. You’re rock stars. You’re taking care of business, and despite the small moments of doubt you may have, you’re doing an incredible job! For sure, I can ...
  • Expanding Vaccination Coverage Safeguards Families From The Cycle Of Poverty Today I want to tell you #WhyVaccinesWork. I have seen progress made and lives saved. Vaccines protect against 26 diseases. Where accessible, this means more children are living past their fifth birthday, an important milestone for child survival. It also means adults, communities, and nations are healthier. During World Immunization Week, we must celebrate our ...
  • When Autism Fidget Toys Become The Latest Craze “Mum, it’s like everyone wants to be autistic like me now!” my 8-year-old daughter announced as she came out of school on Monday. She was referring to the latest “craze” for the fidget spinner in her school (and it seems every other school in the country). Suddenly it was “cool” to want to fidget, and if you ...
  • Weekend Roundup: In France, Reality Has Escaped Its Institutions The first round of France’s presidential elections last weekend demonstrated that the clear-cut division of loyalties to the old mainstream parties ― the left and right political divide born during the French Revolution ― has collapsed in France. In the industrial era, the left always stood for social protection from the insecurities spawned by the market, ...
  • After Years Of War, U.S. Policy In Afghanistan Is A Mystery At 15 years and counting, the war in Afghanistan is by far America’s longest war and among its most costly. We’re draining our resources, sustaining military casualties and spending huge amounts of money as the conflict grinds to a stalemate. No U.S. official seems to want to talk about our policy in Afghanistan and where ...
  • Why Latinos March For Climate The Latino community is deeply concerned about a number of President Trump’s recent environmental actions. This includes his cavalier dismissal of longstanding and successful efforts to improve the nation’s air quality. Given the fact that over half of Latinos live in areas where the air quality frequently does not meet national health minimum standards, this is ...
  • No, You’re Not Imagining Things: Every Celebrity Has Been Wearing This Brand When Selena Gomez posted the first selfie that more or less confirmed her relationship with The Weeknd at Weekend 1 of Coachella, we didn’t immediately think, “Are they or aren’t they?” (Although, that question this pop up very shortly after.) Instead, we thought to ourselves: “Hm, where have we seen Selena’s dress before?” It took ...
  • Venezuela And The OAS: The Logic Of Withdrawal Venezuela’s announcement that it would withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) has been greeted with the usual derision in the U.S. media, most of which long ago abandoned any pretense of journalistic neutrality on that country. But if we step back a bit from the major media narrative, there is a logic to Venezuela’s ...
  • 3 Reasons Why Being Dedicated To Your Personal Growth Is So Important Carrying around emotional baggage is a heavy burden to bear and must be healed as an integral part of our journeys. Unfortunately, we all have to face at one point or another that our lives aren’t going to get better until we’ve dealt with our issues. An emotional “clean up” of one’s life can be difficult ...
  • How Donald Trump Became A Buffoon The definition of “buffoon” from Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1: a ludicrous figure: clown 2: a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person acting like a ridiculous buffoon The ultimate dividing line of our generation was the Vietnam War. We grew up inspired by the greatest generation. John F. Kennedy’s famous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for ...
  • Little Outside Spending But Lots Of Self-Funding In South Carolina Special Republican Sheri Few, a candidate for an open South Carolina House seat, chastises politicians for removing Confederate memorials in her ad. (Sheri Few for Congress YouTube Channel) By: Ashley Balcerzak While you’re not seeing much in terms of cheesy outside group ads in South Carolina’s special election, there’s no shortage of unique messaging going on in the race. Turn ...
  • Family Core Values – Do Your Kids Know Your Expectations? At some point a few years ago, we went through an extensive exercise at work identifying and defining our core values. It made sense to me that our family should discuss and establish our core values as well. These are the basic things we can all agree on that will make our family culture not ...