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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Christ the Skier

I love a good bout of righteous indignation as much as the person—and normally nothing makes me more righteous than some bible-thumper trying to impose his deity on me—so I was surprised to find myself on the opposite team as … Continue reading

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The American Elite may not need US anymore

A prominent theme for the Republican presidential candidates is addressing the role of government. Specifically, most communicate the desire to minimize its role. On the flipside, President Obama is perceived as favoring a protagonist government. But this is not a … Continue reading

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Could Gingrich be 2012’s Hillary?

Ironically for anyone who remembers the 90’s, Newt Gingrich seems poised to play the role held in 2008 by his nemesis, Hillary Clinton. After Iowa, the 2008 race was turned on its head, turning the establishment candidate into the scrappy … Continue reading

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Take 17: US Heads to Durban Climate Talks with Empty Hands

On November 28th the United Nations Climate Change Conference will begin their 17th annual negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Representatives from 194 countries will make the trip, however an ever dwindling number of them will be high officials, just one … Continue reading

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Romney: “Us” Versus “Them”

On Monday, November 21st, Mitt Romney released “Believe in America,” a controversial, misleading campaign ad, in New Hampshire.  His first paid commercial delivers a very flawed attack, raises his own character questions, and gives Democrats ample ammunition to respond. The … Continue reading

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The Near Poor, Time for a Policy Response

In her book The Missing Class, Sociologist Katherine Newman documented a startling new discovery – almost 57 million Americans were living in a reality known as the ‘near poor,’ those living 100 to 200 percent above the poverty line, neither … Continue reading

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The Clock is Ticking, But There is Still Time for an Independent Redistricting Commission in New York

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to veto new political lines if not drawn by an independent redistricting commission. With such a stance, he obstructs the process and insults New Yorkers’ intelligence. Dismantling the current bi-partisan redistricting taskforce and … Continue reading

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Occupy Everywhere II: A week into life post-Zucotti

I wrote my last blog post in the immediate wake of the forcible eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zucotti Park that took place early Tuesday morning. For a lot of people, that afternoon was a filled with uncertainty … Continue reading

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Campaigning out of Context

Obama just returned from a ten day trip through Asia, with visits to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. The trip has widely been considered a diplomatic and strategic success. Yet all Perry, Romney, and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Rhetoric can be Dangerous

On the November 12 Republican debate Mitt Romney asserted that if “…we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon.” Since Romney is a top-tier candidate, it … Continue reading

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