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In The Public Interest

Sending citizens summons to members of Congress

With the long Congressional recess in August through Labor Day approaching, “We the People” have the opportunity to do more than complain about the Congress and individual senators and representatives.

Smarter foreign policies or bigger blowbacks?

Are Washington’s relentless bombings and military immersions in sectarian battles within Arab and neighboring regions accelerating the spread of terrorist attacks? Yes. The recent rash of terror attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia, Somalia, France and other countries are tragic examples of the strategic failures of our government and its very heavy reliance on military interventions, including the omnipresent drones that terrorize civilians.

‘King Obama,’ his court and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty — narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status. 

No more coming in second and winning presidency

The perpetual punitive machine backfires

Our nation has a penchant for creating unnecessary complexity and obstacles for its people in areas such as the tax, health insurance and student debt miasmas. The prison industry adds to this with what it euphemistically calls “collateral consequences.” In simple language, this means a series of state-based statutory punishments — rooted in the medieval English practice of “civil death” — that greet ex-felons who have served their time and paid their debt to society.

Will Bernie Sanders take on Hillary?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is off and running after his formal announcement for the presidency a week ago before 5,000 cheering supporters in Burlington, Vt. He is starting from the region that launched the American Revolution and he is promising to “begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally,” with “the support of millions of people throughout this country.”

The other 1 percent: Thoughts on engaged citizens

As a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln, who said, “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Today “public sentiment” would be called “public opinion.”

Can the gyrocopter gang start political reform?

Last month when Florida postal worker Doug Hughes landed his tiny aircraft, known as a gyrocopter, on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol with 535 letters addressed to every member of Congress, the conversation should have been about his desperate message. Instead, his letter to each senator and representative arguing for an end to the corruption of private money in public election campaigns was largely ignored. 

Suddenly, Baltimore — wonder why?

Suddenly, the mass media is writing about or televising the conditions in West Baltimore. Conditions that Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson summarized as decades-long “suffocating poverty, dysfunction and despair.”

Obama: Debate Senator Warren on Global Economic Pact

May 1, 2015

 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Obama: