Politics

Prosecutions and politics shouldn’t mix

Regrettably, in today’s politics of destruction, campaigns are mostly about destroying the opponent’s character and distorting their positions.

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Halt deportation and pass KIDS Act as steps to immigration reform

The prospect of delivering a comprehensive immigration bill to President Obama’s desk this year is coming to a halt. With the political will waning, broad reform will have to wait until 2014 or beyond. The president and Congress, however, must still produce results this year. Executive action to stop deportations and the KIDS Act or DREAM-like bill can still pass as first steps to comprehensive immigration reform.  

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Why Rand Paul's plagiarism matters

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) pathetic excuses for plagiarizing content in his speeches and book show that either he has no shame, or he has no concept of what plagiarism is and why it is wrong. Either way, it’s a serious problem, and Paul needs to take responsibility for it rather than continuing to attack those who simply reported the truth, as when he called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a “hater.”

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Presidents as car salesmen

When you sit across from a car salesman, you come to expect that he or she will try to pull a fast one on you before you drive the car off the lot. I’m guessing that’s how many Americans are feeling today about their health care. But it’s not...

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Gerrymanders and state [s]elections

Ol’ Elbridge Gerry is back in the dock, his namesake “gerrymander” blamed for all that ails our “gridlocked” Congress.   Some claim that the House districts drawn by state legislatures in 2011 have reached new heights (or lows) of partisanship.  Critics deride the shape of the districts and object to their effect on control of the House.  These claims are important, but they ignore the fact that state legislatures have since 1788 sought to influence the selection of members of Congress.

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What Republicans can learn from Nike

In the mid-1990s, Nike suffered a blow to their brand when they were held responsible for using child labor to stitch soccer balls. As a result, their share of the footwear market dropped from 55 percent in 1996 to 39 percent in 2000. Nike could have slid into oblivion; instead, they transformed their reputation, reinvigorated their brand, and won over the next generation.

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Biden and Cheney

During any presidency, the biggest political story in Washington is that there’s distance perceived between the president and vice president.

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