The Curious Logic of the Voting Rights Challenge

I was in Jamaica, working for the Industrial development Corporation, when President Johnson signed the US Voting Rights Act, but even so, I remember how big a deal it was. People everywhere recognized it as the cornerstone of electoral justice in the world’s leading democracy. The right to vote was guaranteed under the American Constitution, […]
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Now More than Ever, Let the Buyer Beware

Consumer protection is one of the “big government” nuisances that Tea Party crusaders are trying to get rid of. Naturally, they have the support of Big Business. What corporate executive wouldn’t want to be rid of those pesky restrictions on fleecing customers? That kind of “nanny government” costs money, don’t you see. It adds to […]
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“Billion People” Treated to Sick (and Sickening?) Jokes

I thought I had a sense of humor – until last night. That travesty Seth MacFarlane (above, left) hosted left me wondering whether I’ve lived too long. Browsing the pay channels on Direct TV, I’ve noticed that “humor” has changed since I was young. I used to think “comedy” in a movie title’s description meant […]
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What Would the Lion Say if He Were Alive Today?

If Ted Kennedy had not died of brain cancer in the summer of 2009, he would have turned 81 today. I wonder what he would think of American politics? What would he think of the Senate? What would he think of the House? What would he think of President Obama? I keep hearing a phrase […]
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Money Rules – but Does it Have to? Perhaps Not.

You know the old saying, he who pays the piper calls the tune? Well, that’s the bottom line in politics. And in America, it’s Big Business that pays the piper. Of course, it’s not as blatant among Democrats as among Republicans, but both parties are obliged to keep those “major donors” happy. You may have read […]
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Why Would Wall Street Want Austerity?

One week to go and no cavalry is in sight. The dreaded “sequester” seems inevitable. If Congress wanted to head it off, it could. But Congress does not want to head it off. The Republicans who control the House flatly refuse to compromise. They want deep cuts in social programs and no taxes – not […]
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Tea Party’s New Face is a “Christian Conservative”

You might find this hard to believe, but Tea Party Republicans are heralding Ted Cruz as their newest poster boy. According to a recent profile in Mother Jones magazine: George Will calls Cruz, the Princeton- and Harvard Law School-educated son of a former Cuban revolutionary, “as good as it gets”;National Review dubbed him “the next great conservative hope,” gushing […]
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Common Chemicals Pose a Deadly Threat

As bad as climate change is, man-made pollution is causing an even more urgent problem – a global health epidemic. A U.N.-sponsored research team reported Tuesday that chemicals used in common household products are contributing to birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases around the world. And researchers suspect these chemicals also contribute to breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, asthma, […]
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Even Presidents Deserve Privacy on the Links

I don’t envy President Obama. Not just because of the crushing responsibilities he shoulders as commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful nation. Not just because of the scrutiny and sheer nastiness he must endure as the nation’s first black president. Not just because of the frustration to which he is relentlessly subjected by mean spirited […]
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Expect Another Do-Nothing Year in Congress

President Obama’s state of the union speech was actually the opening salvo in the mid-term elections. His reelection in November was not only the end of his 2012 campaign but also the beginning of a new – and vitally important – sales mission for 2014. The hope and change he promised America back in 2008 […]
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