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DR. PAUL KENGOR: The mid-term election: Is Obama still relevant?

November 7, 2014

“Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Tuesday massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.” The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”

GLENN MOLLETTE: Mitch McConnell, Change and Hurting America

November 6, 2014

Average America doesn't feel better off today.
More of us are feeling the pain of the newgovernment healthcare laws.  My personalmedical insurance premium will increasein January. My deductible goes from $3,000to $5,000 and my co-pay also goes up. Beginningin January 2015, my medical insurance will bethe worst I've had in my life. I suspect thatduring this past election millions of Americansstarted waking up about Obamacare. The newSenate and House must edit the healthcare laws. 
Allow the very poor of America to be on Medicaidand those with preexisting conditions to buyinto Medicare.

JOHN R. GRAHAM: America is losing its cushion to absorb high levels of healthcare spending

September 10, 2014

One complaint about American health spending is that we spend too much. It usually looks like this: “We spend 17 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care. The next most expensive country is Switzerland, which spends 12 percent.” Put that way, it does seem like we are spending too much. However, it invites another question: Is the five percent extra that we spend on health care taking away from other goods and services we need?

GLENN MOLLETTE: America's problems, be a part of the solution

September 4, 2014

While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world.

GLENN MOLLETTE: Labor Day, any day, count your blessings

August 28, 2014

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.
It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

ROBERT J. GOULD: The fallacious human shield and collateral damage arguments

August 13, 2014

Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.

ELLEN LINDEEN:An eye for an eye (or 25:1); Is our police, Mr. President?

August 6, 2014

The crisis in Gaza is horrific and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is ongoing. Yet the latest killings seem to be so heinous and out of proportion that the US must consider our part in this. The dominant media narrative is that Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli settlers and for that reason, people in the Gaza Strip must be punished.  The not-so-mainstream narrative is that there was no proof that the kidnappings and/or killings were instigated by Hamas, who has denied involvement, when the bombing began.

MARVIN J. FOLKERTSMA: The Great War at 100: Revisiting the Guns of August

August 1, 2014

On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial “The Guns of August.” The dour Secretary appeared “pale, haggard, and worn,” as he dutifully explained “British interests, British honor, and British obligations,” all of which conspired to produce a commitment to defend Belgium against the militarism of the continent’s mightiest power: Imperial Germany.

GLENN MOLLETE: America's backyard war

July 31, 2014

I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now.

Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational.

ROBERT F. DODGE: Hiroshima — 69 years later

July 31, 2014

Sixty-nine years ago this Tuesday, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a second U.S. nuclear bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, killing an additional 74,000 people. From that week to the present moment the world has been held hostage to the insane threat and potential annihilation by these weapons that now number in excess of 17,000 worldwide.

 

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