Oct
21

A Reality Check for the GOP

GOP Must Do Better....
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GOP Must Do Better….   2014 is shaping up as a good year for the GOP. It is all but certain that John Boehner is going to add seats to his House majority. In addition, most forecasting models suggest, with increasing certainty, that the GOP will pick up the net six seats it needs to …

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Oct
17

The Case for an Ebola Travel Ban

Prudence is More Important Than Symbolism...
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To understand the American reaction to Ebola, consider Mega Millions, the multi-state lottery that regularly offers hundreds of millions as a top prize. The chances of matching all six numbers and winning the big bucks are precisely 1 in 259 million, an inexact but ballpark figure akin to the current risks of  contracting Ebola in the …

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Oct
11

A Modest Proposal for Real Reform

Broken but Fixable...
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Imagine the following hostile takeover fight. Two large and well-financed groups struggle to win majority ownership of a holding company.  Recent changes in finance rules, and rapid advances in technology, have allowed both sides to target and motivate potential shareholders of the company to a degree unprecedented in history. The money to support those efforts is eye-popping …

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Sep
30

The Petulant President

Whose Policy is it Anyway?
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 President Obama was on “60 Minutes” on Sunday. I watched the interview with an almost prurient curiosity. Away from a teleprompter and adoring crowds, how would President Obama answer basic questions about his stewardship of the nation, particularly at a time when it feels as if the world is spinning out of control? Also, in a …

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Sep
22

It’s ISIS That Should Be Worried

Deadly, But Not Undefeatable...
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  Deadly, But Not Unbeatable For weeks now, we have been treated to exposes on the existential crisis that ISIS poses to the Middle East and to the West.  A terror group as good at fighting with tanks and artillery as it is with guerilla tactics. A group that takes and holds territory, declaring a …

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Sep
11

Remembrance on 9-11

I Will Never Forget....
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The freshman class that just entered college were in kindergarten when terrorists struck America thirteen years ago today. But the passage of time does nothing to dull the senses or emotions inexorably linked to that Tuesday. My memory of the day was etched early, before the violence and carnage. I remember the chill in the air as I collected the …

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Sep
08

On Foreign Policy, What Was Obama Thinking?

Hope Isn't a Strategy...
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 Back in 2009, one of President Obama’s first foreign policy initiatives was to “reset” relations with Russia, ostensibly to reverse the “dangerous drift” inherited from the Bush administration.  Utterly ignoring the underlying policy for the Bush freeze in Russian relations – the brazen Russian invasion and continued partial occupation of the nation of Georgia – …

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Aug
19

In Ferguson, Who Speaks for the Rest of Us?

Tragedy in Missouri...
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The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is a colossal human tragedy. Whatever the details of the still-ongoing investigation reveal, the fact that a unarmed, young man was killed by a police officer who shot Brown at least six times in broad daylight, shocks the conscience. That Brown, with no arrest record, had apparently navigated tough streets …

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Jul
04

American Independence Remembered

To Boldly State What No Man Had Said Before....
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As we gather today to enjoy picnics and parades, to wave flags and watch fireworks, take a minute to remember the real history that was made 238 years ago. Popular imagination remembers the delegates of the Continental Congress, all gathered in Philedelphia as bells rang, bravely stepping forward to sign the Declaration of Independence, with the cocky John …

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Jun
22

Tea Party Threat to a Senate Republican Majority

Making Perfect the Enemy of the Good...
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It is looking awfully good for Republicans right now. The proverbial chickens have come home to roost for President Obama and Democrats, less than six months before the midterm elections. POTUS’ approval rating is at 40 percent, and that is about as good as it gets for POTUS;  it’s all down hill from there on …

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