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Feb.13.2013
Mr. Obama is getting high marks on Tuesday's State of the Union as well he should, but the overarching principle, and recurring theme throughout the speech is that of a presidency that has pledged to address the gaping problem of economic disenfranchisement. A pivotal moment came when the...
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Jan.16.2013
A very special thank you goes out today to President Obama for keeping his pledge in the wake of the horror that was Sandy Hook a month ago, and stepping forward with concrete, specific proposals, as well as a plan to make inroads in curtailing gun violence in this country. Apart from calling on...
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Jan.14.2013
When President Obama met with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai on Friday, all eyes were on an endgame for troop withdrawal. The focus was on the president's stated goal, as The New York Times reports, that effective this spring U.S. troops would "play only a supporting role in Afghanistan." http://www...
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Jan.08.2013
This week, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House, joined a chorus of other elected officials calling for legislation prohibiting access to assault weapons. As The New York Times reports, Ms. Pelosi says, "If lawmakers balk, take the issue to the public." http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01...
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Jan.02.2013
Okay, I've gotta admit, I agree with Republicans. It's not enough to raise taxes. We've got to cut spending, too, so let's tell Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Bechtel, GE, and all the other defense contractors who eat up billions annually in taxpayer revenue that we're cutting their funding...
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Dec.22.2012
Okay, so nobody wants to come out and say it, but what NRA leader Wayne LaPierre said today about having an armed police officer in every school along with an armed voluteer force to protect children from future nightmares like the one we all lived through one week ago today at Sandy Hook...
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Dec.15.2012
Like many Americans, I'm devastated by the murder of twenty children, and six adults at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut yesterday. Like others, for years now, I have been calling for stricter gun control legislation. Understood that Connecticut already has tight restrictions on...
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Dec.11.2012
President Obama told Barbara Walters on Tuesday's "20/20" that the U.S. is prepared to formally recognize the Syrian rebels, the New York Times reports, thereby turning up the heat on Syrian leader Assad to step down. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/us/obama-says-us-will-recognize-syrian-rebels....
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Dec.09.2012
Yesterday marked the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon's murder in front of the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, and not much has changed. Congress has failed to enact any gun control legislation since 1994. The revolver that was used to shoot John Lennon was a .38 caliber five shot Charter...
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Nov.14.2012
If some people could get their hands on it, the Book of Genesis would be written in such a way that Adam came across as a sexual predator. That's right. Eve would not have had anything to do with man's fall from grace which would instead be blamed on a man and a snake. But, of course, Sigmund...
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Nov.12.2012
On Veterans Day, I think of my father, the reluctant soldier, and all the soldiers who were to become reluctant veterans of World War II, the wars before it, and the ones to follow. As a teenager, I remember my father telling me about why, unlike most of his peers, he didn't want to join the...
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May.22.2012
Some say shoes make the man. To me, it's about character. Lately, there have been noises from Democrats and Republicans alike opposing the president's recent diatribes on Bain Capital, and that company's business practices when Romney was at the helm. I say, they're overdue. Notably, The New...
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May.21.2012
Like everyone else, I was moved by the sadness of Mary Richardson Kennedy's death. And, like everyone else, I wondered what could possibly have driven a woman with such a purposeful life to commit suicide. As her family said, she was fighting her own demons, but there is something else she may...
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May.05.2012
Team Romney, and Republicans in general, are making a lot of noise about President Obama's record on the economy. Romney harps on what he calls the president's "failed" economic leadership. Since Romney wants to make 2012 a referendum on the Obama record, it might be instructive to take a look...
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Apr.28.2012
  Whenever you hear Mitt Romney say President Obama is a failure when it comes to the economy, remember that in the first six months after the 2010 midterm election alone nearly 2 million jobs were lost due to GOP-backed legislation that passed the House. Yes, 200 days after Senate...
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