An Open Letter to Professor Swain

An Open Letter to Professor Swain

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King Jr. A little over a year ago I took to this very forum to criticize the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions. In particular, I challenged many of the arguments...

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Five Things You Need to Know About the Obamacare Death Spiral

Not wanting to depart from a rich tradition of sensational reporting and hyperbolic claim-making, many media outlets along with television and radio talk show personalities have recently been reporting on a phenomenon which has been dubbed as the “Obamacare death spiral”. With millions of Americans still in the process of...

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China’s Smog Crisis

China’s Smog Crisis

The Airpocalypse No, it’s not a low budget, made-for-television science fiction movie brought to you by the same people who gave us Sharknado. “Airpocalypse” is an actual term which has been used by millions of people in Beijing and throughout the rest of China to describe the cloud of smog...

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The Senate Goes Nuclear

The Senate Goes Nuclear

The Senate has gone nuclear. No, that’s not a pitch for a sci-fi movie in which the Senate is operating in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland (although it should be). Today Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and 51 other senators exercised what has been colloquially dubbed as “the nuclear option”....

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What Happens in Geneva, Stays in Geneva: Negotiating Towards a Non-Nuclear Iran

What Happens in Geneva, Stays in Geneva: Negotiating Towards a Non-Nuclear Iran

Late Sunday night, after a long day of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (a group consisting of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany), Secretary of State John Kerry flew out of Geneva and headed to the United Arab Emirates for the next stop...

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Inequality and The American Dream

“It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” George Carlin’s famous one liner seemed to laugh in the face of one of the most consecrated and quintessentially American ideas – the American Dream. Yet his quote is more relevant than ever as  the United...

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Key Takeaways From Today’s Healthcare Hearing

Key Takeaways From Today’s Healthcare Hearing

Today, lawmakers assembled on Capitol Hill to ask questions of four government contractors who were tasked with setting up and operating the government’s HealthCare.gov website, the website where individuals can purchase healthcare under the newly established insurance exchanges. For over four hours, representatives from CGI Federal, Optum/QSSI, Serco, and Equifax Workforce...

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The News We Missed: Shutdown Edition

The News We Missed: Shutdown Edition

Retired for now are the shutdown and debt ceiling countdown clocks which seemed to be ubiquitous over the past few weeks as the U.S. government’s partial shutdown dominated news stories and political reporting. While these two events deserved the attention which was afforded them, one byproduct of the intense focus...

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Winners and Losers From the Government Shutdown

Winners and Losers From the Government Shutdown

It’s finally over. Shortly after midnight on October 16th, President Obama signed into law the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014. This legislation, which was passed with a majority of Democratic votes in the House, and bipartisan support in the Senate reopened the government and funded it at sequester levels through January...

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And The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To…

And The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To…

On October 11th, 2013, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. In their award citation, the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that “the work of the OPCW has defined the use of chemical weapons as a...

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