BLOGS


  • Changing The Political Climate For months, activists, especially nonprofit and philanthropic leaders have been worrying about how they can best operate in the Trump era, given Republican control of the presidency, Senate, House and most state governments – a dynamic that both reflects and advances a dramatically altered American political climate. But it’s been more than five months since ...
  • America Can’t Afford to Buy a Broken Afghanistan This piece was previously published in The National Interest. Trump should refuse to grant the request of Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, for thousands of additional troops to be sent to Afghanistan. Indeed, Trump should announce that, true to his campaign promise, he will not continue the failed Bush-Obama policy of nation-building in ...
  • The Mystery of Jared Kushner Jared Kushner may be the crown jewel of Donald Trump’s White House. As the husband of Ivanka Trump, Kushner has had an increased role in President Trump’s administration despite having no overt political experience whatsoever. While Steve Bannon might hate the guy, the young real estate investor has a very significant role to play in ...
  • Will A ‘Justice Gorsuch’ Let Us Fix Our Flawed Democracy? Co-authored by Scott Greytak, Represent.Us Senior Counsel Plenty of important news stories have failed to break through the media’s hyperfixation on the Trump presidency. The removal of South Korea’s president. The weakening of net neutrality. Seven Earth-size planets. But as our national attention turns to the most important Senate confirmation of the year—that of Judge ...
  • Rep. Mike Coffman Refuses Interview With Huffpost Journalist, But He Loves Talk Radio! Huffington Post reporter Matt Fuller tweeted this morning that U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman refused to talk to him because, Coffman told him, he’s “not a legit journalist.” This prompted former Coffman deputy Tyler Sandberg to tweet that “Huffpo is a left-wing blog, not a bastion of journalistic legitimacy.” That might be true for some writers on HuffPost’s ...
  • Focus And Fight Back: We Can Protect Our Immigrant Neighbors, And Then We Can Change Our Country With all the crazy that is out there now, it is easy to get distracted and forget what really matters: People are getting hurt. Families are being torn apart. Children are coming home from school to find their parents gone, swept up in a xenophobic-dystopian-fantasy-come-to-life that is the United States, 2017. This is about why politics ...
  • To Be, Or Not To Be, Fatter? Of Science, Sense, And Squirrels Science is, principally, all about methods for generating good and reliable answers. Sense, however, is required to ask good questions. If we had no science at all about weight and health, what would sense tell us? To make this even easier, let’s focus on species other than our own- wolves, for instance, or cheetahs, or for that matter, ...
  • Gorsuch, Like Thomas, Will Get His Big Payback Even worse than the GOP’s ramming Neil Gorsuch on the high court, is what Gorsuch is now poised potentially to do on the SCOTUS. He can comfortably over the coming years do exactly what his Constitutional Originalist Siamese Twin Clarence Thomas vowed that he would do and has been as good as his word. That’s ...
  • SCOTUS Decision A Victory For Students With Disabilities By Ashley Sizemore, Staff Attorney, Special Education Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that a student with disabilities who makes merely “more than de minimis” educational progress has not received an appropriate education under federal law. In the case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the ...
  • Are Republicans Victims Of Self-fulfilling Prophecies? Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about self-loathing progressives. Yeah, I’ve really been letting them have it, to the point that one begins to wonder if I’ve turned on my fellow liberals and become, well, self-loathing about it… Damn, this is not the kind of irony that I appreciate. So please allow me to re-aim my cannons ...
  • Public Pressure On White House Could Help Prevent Mass Starvation In Yemen “Shame on us,” wrote Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times last month. “The Saudis have managed to block coverage of the crimes against humanity they are perpetrating in Yemen, and the US backs the Saudis.” He was referring to a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, which now puts millions of people at risk of death ...
  • How Do We Reconcile A Drop In Violent Crime With An Explosion In Gun Sales? How do we explain that the number of guns owned by Americans keeps increasing at a rather remarkable rate, yet violent gun crimes have been fairly level since 2000 even though gun sales exploded between 2008 and 2016? You would think that, given the ease with which a gun can be used in a violent ...
  • Inhuman Rights In The Age Of Trump Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com   Human whats?  In the Middle East and elsewhere, the Trump administration has begun to signal that human rights aren’t exactly on its agenda.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has taken the lead in this process in a round of personal diplomacy in the Middle East (with Trump’s generals not far behind).  In early ...
  • Inside Uber’s Latest Move To Exploit Its Drivers And Hide Behind The Courts With all the scandals Uber has been engrossed in, you may have missed a small, but extremely important, piece of news that represents a huge win for the company and a huge loss for their workforce. This week, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order on a 2015 Seattle law that would ...
  • News Roundup for April 6, 2017 Is the news uplifting today? You be the judge. 1. Turkey has confirmed that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. More here. Bonus: Trump now thinks Assad is a bad man. More here. 2. Investigations into the landslides which claimed 290 lives with hundreds still missing are underway in Colombia. More here. 3. Germany is ...
  • Torture, Rendition, And Indefinite Detention Under Trump Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars ― under the banner of a “Global War on Terror” ― they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition, and indefinite detention became the order of the day. After a partial suspension of these policies in the ...
  • Unless The Government Acts Soon, Fake News Will Produce Deep Information Inequality Computational propaganda flourished during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but what is most concerning is not so much the amount of fake news on social media but where it might have been directed.  False information didn’t flow evenly across social networks. There were six states where Donald Trump’s margin of victory was less than two percent ― Florida, Michigan, ...
  • What Trump And Xi Can Learn From The Athens Vs. Sparta Rivalry At this week’s Mar-a-Lago summit, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are expected to negotiate a host of urgent issues, from trade terms and currency manipulation to the South China Sea and ― most importantly ― North Korea. But do not be surprised if their discussion takes a turn toward ancient Greece. That is because Xi is ...
  • How The Democrats Lost West Virginia And The Coal Miners To Trump “C’mon, fellas. You know what this is? You know what this says? You’re going back to work.” ― Donald Trump on signing an executive order to reverse the Obama Administration’s rules on coal, March 28, 2017. Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964 buried Barry Goldwater in West Virginia, 67.9 percent to 32.1 percent. By 2016, Trump completely ...
  • The World Is Testing Trump President Donald Trump now faces multiple foreign policy situations which could easily become full-blown crises in a very short time. So far, his response has been rather underwhelming, and even that’s being charitable. Some might describe it as downright incoherent, in fact. While this isn’t too surprising for those who have been paying attention, this ...