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  • Friday Talking Points — Media Missing A Big Point On Trump’s Muslim Ban Before we launch in to this week’s screed, we’re going to shamelessly begin with a plug. Yesterday, we published a first-person account of what it was like to protest during Donald Trump’s Inauguration weekend. There are some excellent photos of the demonstrations and an inspiring narrative by University of Maryland student Teresa Johnson. We urge ...
  • Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban On January 27, 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to institute a ban on Muslims entering the US. Trump’s executive order (”EO”) is titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The EO bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from the US for at least 90 days. They include Iraq, ...
  • How To Change Iran Government Peacefully? Hoping that the Iranian government would suddenly become a constructive, responsible, and rational member of the international community on its own is unrealistic. Fundamental changes from within the Iranian government, that would alter the revolutionary principles, are inconceivable. This is because the ruling clerics’ theocratic constitution has confined Iran with such unbending legal and social ...
  • James O’Keefe’s Racist Anal Sex Joke About Milo Yiannopoulos A secretive group of conservatives in the entertainment industry, the Friends of Abe, hosted rightwing conman James O’Keefe at Eamonn’s Bar & Grill in New York on Sunday. Past Undercurrent collaborator Ryan Clayton attended and taped his remarks. During the Q&A segment of the talk, Clayton sang a roast of O’Keefe, and was subsequently attacked by ...
  • Bruh! Let’s Talk About Chicago! By now, most of you have probably seen the video that went viral this week of me on Fox News being accused of not actually being from within Chicago’s city limits. While most of the attention on social media and in the press was focused on the question of who can and cannot claim Chicago ...
  • How Betsy DeVos Ignored And Targeted Michigan Republicans To Advance Her Hardline Education Ideology Originally published on www.capitalandmain.com By Danny Feingold With Senate confirmation of Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos now hanging by the thread of a likely tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, one thing has become apparent: DeVos’ views on public education are well outside the mainstream of either party. Perhaps less well known is that DeVos ...
  • The Roundhouse: Date Night Getaway in Beacon, NY For more Northeast travel adventures, visit offMetro.com. Beacon is a favorite day trip with urbanites who like their rural respites with an artsy edge. The engaging downtown presents an eclectic cluster of shops, where humble hardware stores and old-fashioned diners mingle with SoHo-style galleries and gourmet food shops. It garners international attention as the home to ...
  • Eugene Koonin: “The New Evolutionary Biology” Eugene Viktorovich Koonin “They should have invited Eugene Koonin,” Canadian biochemist Larry Moran told me in the hallway during a break at the November Royal Society “new trends” in evolution conference in London — somewhat exasperated by the proceedings. And I agreed. But Eugene Koonin doesn’t quite see it that way, as he revealed during ...
  • Pity The Poor APA: How President Trump Has Crippled Federal Rulemaking In Ten Short Days Nothing is more boring than the Federal notice-and-comment rulemaking process under the Federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA). It is dry, obscure, and complex. Trust me, I teach seminars on it, and even the perkiest student on my most entertaining day needs heroic amounts of coffee to bear up. But being so dense and foreign to most ...
  • Staying competitive takes inclusive trade and immigration Staying competitive in business means economic growth and jobs. In a world where new markets are opening every day and new competitors are changing the game, companies need to be globally connected and deploy new products and breakthrough innovation. In order to do that, we need smart, inclusive policies on trade and immigration. Cargill’s purpose is ...
  • DIY Marbled Mugs As we head into February, a great cup of coffee is my fairly constant companion throughout the day. It warms me, energizes me, and helps me tackle my to-do list. Looking through my collection of cute, but non-coordinating mugs, I decided an easy DIY craft project was needed at the top of my to-do list, so ...
  • Advice For Beyoncé From One Twin Mama To Another By Amanda Sorena Beyoncé and I have a lot in common. Stay with me here. I live in Houston, she’s from Houston. She just announced she is pregnant with twins, I have twins. We had an older daughter before having our twins, and so does she. She likes to visit BB’s Café when she’s in town ...
  • The Role of Community Service in Undergraduate Education Why the Higher Ed Community Service Honor Roll Recognition Matters With higher education increasingly viewed as the runway to the job market, certain disciplines and endeavors seem poised to be downgraded in favor of those fields of study deemed to deliver greater returns. What of student engagement with the world beyond the classroom? How does that kind of activity square with the university’s evolving mission? ...
  • Former Candidates Moise Jean Charles and Jude Celestin Denounce Haiti’s Looming “Electoral Coup” The fact that Voice of America chose to prominently report on the money laundering and drug related charges against Haiti President-elect Jovenel Moise speaks volumes, or maybe not. In an election plagued by low turnout, suspicions about vote buying and vote stealing, Moise is on very shaky ground with the courts, the electorate, and the ...
  • Together, Students Can Have an Impact On November 9th, 2016, on a cold, fog-covered, rainy New York day, I hesitantly walked through Washington Square Park to attend an NYU course called Social Justice and Rights Movements: Let Them Lead the Way. Hillary Clinton had, only hours previously, phoned Donald Trump to concede the 2016 presidential election and I expected a classroom ...
  • Startups: 5 Warning Signs You Are Failing So you want to start a company. You have done your research. And you know it will be hard work. You probably found the oft-cited statistic that 80 percent of startups fail. You may have even read a few post-mortems — the retrospectives company founders and investors write about their startups’ demise. Sure, failure is a possibility. ...
  • Awash in a Sea of Profanity I once asked a retired public school teacher friend what was the biggest change during his thirty years of teaching, from the sixties to the nineties. Without even taking time to reflect he answered: “The language people use – both students and teachers.” He went on to tell me that when he started, one almost ...
  • Trump Administration Should Avoid Anti-Muslim Bias in its Counter-Extremism Program Proposals from the Trump Administration to change the countering violent extremism (CVE) program started under President Obama to a one focused solely on “Islamic Extremism” or “Radical Islamic Extremism” would be counterproductive and discriminatory. First, it would shift attention away from averting terrorism and violence perpetrated by non-Muslim violent extremist groups, a growing threat in the ...
  • Things We’re Talking About… February 2017 Paul M. Rand, President and CEO, Zocalo Group Brands and Politics, The White House Goes Live, and The Dysfunctional State of Online Advertising DO BRANDS AND POLITICS NOW MIX? Speaking out about your brand’s political view used to be unheard of, but today, brands like Starbucks, Dove, Google and Facebook are jumping into the political conversation. As brands ...
  • Neil Gorsuch, Originalism, and the Fall of Icarus Well, here we go again. With Neil Gorsuch as the current Supreme Court nominee, once more we hear praises of “originalism” as a judicial interpretive philosophy. As Gorsuch puts it, judges should “apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader ...