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Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media (photo:PressTV) By Gareth [...]

What’s Up Next for the Obama Administration?

As we await word on whether or not there will be an agreement with Iran about their nuclear weapons program, we’ve seen a burst of activity recently from the Obama administration on things like diplomatic relations with Cuba and a new overtime rule for workers. But what’s next [...]

The GOP’s latest ethnicity and inclusion challenge. His name is Donald Trump.

A few weeks after Republican presidential contenders struggled to find their footing on the Charleston shooting and then seemed to decide almost all at once that the era of public Confederate displays had reached its just end, candidate Donald Trump has become the latest in a series of ch [...]

Temporarily embarrassed millionaires

John Steinbeck “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” That quote reminds me of a guy I knew when I first got out of the Army. We both worked at a lumberyard: I worked the lumber  [...]

Initial Steps in Building a Feminist Foreign Policy

A few months ago I wrote about our need to work towards a more feminist foreign policy. At the time, I quoted this from an article by Jenny Nordberg about Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. Wallstrom also cites a growing body of research showing that women’s security is dire [...]

Hillary Clinton offers some social-media reassurance to gay youth

In a gesture that fused her campaign’s aggressive social-media outreach to younger voters with her solidarity with gay rights movement, Hillary Rodham Clinton has offered reassurance and support to an apprehensive gay youth. “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing, [...]

The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington

President Obama giving the State of the Union in the House chamber. It is very difficult to call the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a “representative body.” After all, LA County is home to roughly 10.4 million residents, and has just five county supervisors to repr [...]

It appears that the Greek referendum is headed toward a landslide No vote. With about half of the votes counted as I write this, the No vot [...]

I have to admit that no one on the right intrigues me more than Peggy Noonan. It might be because she is the most prominent female conserv [...]

On Bridgegate, Chris Christie sticks to old script

Someone, somewhere, perhaps Chris Christie himself, decided that the best way through the tangle of difficult issues that have become known as Bridgegate can’t involve evasion or avoidance. Of course, that’s probably also the most obvious path for the self-described straight-shooter from  [...]

Egypt Bans Reporters’ Use Of ISIS Terminology

Egypt's Foreign Ministry has issued a new style guide for media coverage of terrorism. It bans the use of the words “ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State.” It instructs reporters not to use any religious based terms when referring to terrorist groups,… [[ This is a content s [...]

Greeks vote to reject Eurozone bailouts conditioned on austerity measures

The polls closed in Greece (at noon EST) with various Greek television stations projecting “No” to be the winner. The referendum asks voters to approve (Yes) or to disapprove (No) of tough austerity measures that the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary F [...]

Screen capture of CNN newscast inviting all Americans to be very, very afraid for no good reason at all All throughout the week prior to  [...]

What do we do now that the fight for a living wage is achieving results?

You know where I’m going with this, right? We keep on fighting, that’s what. We’ve won some very important victories in the past few months, in particular on the minimum wage. We’ve won at the ballot box, where voters and/or legislators—including in a number of r [...]

Bernie, Hillary…and Joe

The story in the Democratic primary last week was all about Bernie-mania. Sanders drew a huge crowd in Denver and gained ground on Clinton in a poll in Iowa. On the former, Jonathan Topaz points out that it’s a good strategy for an insurgent. He’s running to win a movement as  [...]

Ted Cruz campaign says it raised more than $14M since launch

This post has been updated. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has raised just over $14.2 million since announcing in mid-March. Its Super PAC claims it has raised $37 million – bringing the Texas Republican’s haul to an eye-popping $51.2 million. Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler [...]

The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore

Last week I wrote about the truth behind the Southern heritage that comes proudly wrapped in a battle flag which, for some reason, is often displayed as a decal on the rear window of a pick-up truck. The reality of that heritage is one of white supremacy and treason. The true Southern he [...]

Ted Cruz campaign says it raised about $10 million in second quarter

Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has raised just over $14.2 million since announcing in mid-March. Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said the campaign has raised about $10 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2015, which ended June 30. The campaign raked in $4.3 million during the f [...]

President Obama and Risk-Taking

One of the critiques of President Obama that has some merit is that he is pretty risk-averse. He doesn’t take a lot of chances on things that might prove to be failures. For example, the President has been very clear about the fact that he would have preferred a single payer health  [...]

Patriotism, scoundrels, and the celebration of our ideals

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