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The Disease Unease Trapeze


Ebola causes suffering in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but America’s response to the crisis is limited, more likely to spend money bombing the Middle East than containing a real threat in Africa. A few cases in America has led to...More


A Gay Old Party vs The Grand Old Party


The Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn rulings has expanded marriage equality to more states. Yet when it comes to approving of equal rights, many GOP leaders still can’t admit, “I do.” While Americans increasingly side with equality, and many couples...More


Pols Are Scary. Polls Are Scarier.


Republicans have spent years in Washington obstructing, opposing, derailing and distracting. Polls now show them winning the Senate. Conservatives want to privatize Social Security, slash education and give corporate tax breaks, while fighting the minimum wage, both control, carbon regulation...More


President O-Bomb-a


The President whose political star rose as a principled voice to end a Mideast war has just started a new bombing campaign there. The leader who dreamed of international efforts on climate change and nuclear non-proliferation has pivoted the UN...More


When You're In A Hole, Stop Digging


It’s a mess in the Middle East but not clear how the US helps by making it messier. As we arm questionable “allies,” remember: getting Syrian is easier than getting Syri-out. The NFL and Roger Goodell are under fire for...More


How Quickly "Never Forget" is Forgotten


On the eve of September 11th, the President outlined an intense military escalation in the Middle East without clear rationale or achievable goals, without full public debate or Congressional approval. The devastating attack 13 years ago led us onto a...More


Time for Politiicans to Head Back to School


As the Obama administration escalates military actions, it would do well to reread a history book on what quagmires did to LBJ's domestic agenda. As the GOP presses a midterm election agenda that's anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-diversity, they might want...More


From Ice Buckets To ISIS Rockets


The US escalates action against ISIS with the threat of plunging into another war, but we are more likely to hear about ice buckets and who has plunged themselves to fight ALS. We are already tuning out the violence in...More


We Are The World


We're wary of sending tanks back into Iraq and alarmed by Russian tanks near Ukraine. Meanwhile we witness police on military tanks rolling through the streets of Ferguson. We're aghast at the beheading of a journalist in Syria and the...More


Unarmed But Not Unharmed


An unarmed black teen is gunned down in Ferguson and now protesters face a militarized police force keeping the peace with instruments of war. Civilians shudder as the Israel/Hamas conflict smolders, the plight of innocents inches America back into Iraq...More


The Long Road From Cease To Peace


After weeks of casualties and clashes, rocket fire and ratcheted-up rhetoric, Israel and Hamas have an uneasy ceasefire, but even without fire, the flames still burn. After months of inaction and obstruction, a do-nothing Congress takes a recess -- but...More


Lofty Pursuits or Petty Lawsuits


The House Republicans could be pursuing solutions to the migrant youth at the border or sensible answers to our energy problems, but instead are focused on suing the President. The GOP could have a vibrant intra-party debate over conservative values...More


The Bombs Bursting in Err


At first, it seemed it must be an accident -- why would rebels shoot down a passenger flight sending hundreds of families into mourning and shocking the international community? We want Israel and Hamas to see it's a mistake to...More


Human Rights. Human Wrongs.

Many residents of Detroit may have their water shut off. No matter how broken the city or broke the residents, can't we keep a little hope, and a little water, running, or will we really deny them this basic right?...More


Border Issues and Broader Issues


The crisis of tens of thousands of childrenfrom Central America crossing the US border isn't isolated, nor only about immigrationbut about how we act compassionately as a nation. The explosion of the Israeli / Palestinian feudis about more than brutal...More


The Justices Could Use a New Hobby

The Supreme Court ruled against women, reproductive health, family planning and science, deciding the rights corporations count more. The Justices set a precedent for companies to seek religious exemptions from a host of laws that protect employees, customers and the...More


From Mississippi to Iraq, Opposites Attract


In a unanimous decision on cell phone privacy, the often-divided Supreme Court pulled together.To address Iraq's insurgency and uncertainty, the US and Iran may actually have to communicate. To save his seat from a Tea Part challenger, a Mississippi conservative...More


Iraq Hacks Are Back


A broken, bleeding Iraq worsens daily, the citizens of Baghdad live in fear and the Bush-Cheney gang reappears declaring this proves their way was right. "Mission Accomplished" made a mess we couldn't fix and if Iraq falls, it's part the...More

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What the Right-Wing Won't, Dems Don't & Cantor Can't


Iraq can't contain the extremist elements that have now taken control of Mosul. America can't control the extremist elements that cause terror, opening fire at our schools. Right-wingers can't stop shouting impeachment over every topic from Benghazi to Bergdahl. Dems...More

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When Can We Start Regulating Hot Air?


The President finally gets serious about the climate and some Democrats retreat, claiming it will cost jobs, really meaning they are scared for their own jobs. Republicans clamor for the return of a POW until the President makes a deal...More