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  • Tuberculosis And ‘Failure’: Who Should Bear The Label? Graciella* waited until she left the clinic before dissolving into tears. “I don’t understand how this happened,” she weeps, “I just don’t understand it.” Graciella had gone to the health center early that morning—skipping a day of work that she could ill-afford—with a kernel of hope in her heart.  After all, she had spent the ...
  • Trumpcare: An Indirect Cut To Social Security Over 2.8 million Social Security beneficiaries are under the age of 65. Claiming benefits at the earliest possible age, 62, or not long after means that those beneficiaries will have smaller monthly Social Security benefits for the rest of their lives than people who have the luxury and resources to delay. But most have no ...
  • Natural Resource Reform At Home – Not Walls – Will Stem The Tide Of Migrants The answer to stemming the flow of migrants from troubled countries is not concrete walls and stricter laws – as British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump would have us believe. There’s no silver bullet to this complex challenge, but a more promising solution is to help improve the economy and rule ...
  • Let’s Imagine A TB-Free World For the first time since tuberculosis (TB) surfaced centuries ago, we can see the possibility of living in a TB-free world. Unlike other global health diseases, TB is curable. What TB lacks is the political will to provide resources to prevent and treat TB and support for research to find even more effective diagnostic tools. ...
  • Defund Islamophobia Now While a commitment to standing with the Muslim community against Islamophobia is as important as ever, words are meaningless if not backed up in real ways that reflect this commitment. That means definitively opposing all forms of Islamophobia. Yesterday, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago (JVP-Chicago) and the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of national JVP, released ...
  • Why Trump’s Pick For The US Supreme Court Is Dangerous For America We ought to have no doubt as to President Trump’s intentions for the U.S. Supreme Court. He was clear during the campaign that any nominee of his would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. His choices for the next justice, released by his campaign in September 2016, were vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the ...
  • Debunking the New Atlantis Article On Sexuality And Gender Last year conservative media began been touting a new “study” which purports to prove that sexual orientation and gender identity are not innate and immutable characteristics, but are instead things that can be “cured” with, well, something. Therapy of some sort. They’re deliberately vague on this part. The problem is that this is neither a ...
  • Sanctions Haven’t Worked. It’s Time To Talk To North Korea. A new U.S. administration took office, so a new provocation (or two or three) was staged by Pyongyang. Equally predictably, America and its allies denounced North Korea for defying “the international community.” And Washington was filled with chatter about the need to do something to demonstrate resolve and leadership. It’s a foolish game that the North ...
  • I Died When I Didn’t Have Health Insurance I’m on the mattress on the floor, except I don’t remember lying down. I’m fully clothed. How did I get here? Did I fall asleep? I feel hot and sick and tired; my entire body shakes. A sharp pain goes through the length of my left side. I try to move my arm and can’t. ...
  • No, We Don’t All Need To Get Along Good intentions abound. That’s the only reason people still embrace misguided ideas like “colorblind society,” despite the powerfully negative connotations that such phrases conjure up. The latest nicey-nicey concept I’ve encountered (and no doubt you have as well) is the absurd notion that, for America to succeed, we need to put aside our differences. In ...
  • Sea Ice, Nature, And The Trump Budget Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 7, the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record, according to a new report by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. In other words, both winter and summer sea ice continue to decline. That report followed another piece of recent sea ice news: A new ...
  • The Three Things Best-In-Class Companies Are Doing Today To Advance Women During the past month, I have been fortunate to attend a number of events focused on breakthrough initiatives companies are implementing to it advance women. The first was the 2017 Colloquium on Global Diversity with 50 major multinational companies, the second was the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner where 3M and Rockwell Automation were honored ...
  • Let Us Now Praise A Coal Miner: Chuck Nelson Is An American Hero Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An indefatigable presence at hearings, meetings, media briefings, and in his beloved mountains, Nelson’s powerful voice and witness have never been needed more than ...
  • John McCain Is Right: We Need An Independent Investigation Of Russian Interference As revelations of Russian interference in our democracy continue to emerge, the need for a full and transparent investigation by an independent commission has never been more clear. Though the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have begun related inquiries, neither will fully investigate the activities of the Kremlin or its agents. The inherent politicization of ...
  • Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station. And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. His pants were burning from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other. Nunes seems to ...
  • What Exactly Is State Secularism? 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); Question Time shows us that secularism, plainly, calls for the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. It is the view that public activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be uninfluenced by religious beliefs or practices. So when Donald ...
  • The Revolving Door Always Spins For Goldman Sachs — By Design by Niv Sultan Each time President Donald Trump adds another Goldman Sachs alum to his administration, it’s tempting to bring up his campaign-trail rhetoric about the investment bank. After all, it seems as though Trump is trying to drain the swamp by forcing it to overflow; last week, he nominated Goldman managing director James Donovan to the post ...
  • Gorsuch And Scalia — A Nonpartisan Guide "They are cut from the same cloth.” — Vice President Mike Pence Both supporters and opponents liken Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to Justice Antonin Scalia, so this guide uses Justice Scalia’s votes to explore the kinds of judicial decisions Gorsuch might make. Scalia cast a deciding 5th vote in numerous earlier decisions, and since his ...
  • Gorsuch Would Use ‘Originalism’ To Affirm Right-Wing Agenda Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says he’s an “originalist.” The late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Gorsuch called “a lion of the law,” also championed originalism. Justice Clarence Thomas now stands alone on the high court as a self-proclaimed originalist. Largely discredited by courts and legal scholars, originalism is ultimately a way to reach a right-wing result ...
  • Memo To The Trump Resistance: You’re Doing It All Wrong Every couple of days, I get four emails that closely resemble each other. They are all from Democrats who were elected to Congress for the first time in November. Three defeated Republican incumbents, the fourth (who is the only one I actually know) won an open seat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. Each ...