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11 lies Netanyahu told Congress on Iran

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This post originally appeared at The Jewish Daily Forward on Mar 3., 2015. The case Netanyahu laid out against an Iran deal in his address to Congress revolves around 11 core arguments. Think they sound convincing? Look at those arguments one by one, and you’ll see why each of them is…

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The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi

The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi January 24, 2015 With the front page of the paper being occupied by so-called Deflate-gate, Congress was quick to reclaim its rightful place with its own mini-tempest over House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu to speak before a Joint Meeting of Congress without prior notice…

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Scientists believe we’re the closest to the end of humanity since the Cold War

Originally posted on Quartz:
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Jan. 22 that it is moving the hand of the “Doomsday Clock” two minutes closer to midnight. Through a combination of nuclear weapons and increasing global warming, the Bulletin’s executive director Kennette Benedict said that there were some “truly terrible prospects” for the fate of humanity on the…

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2014: Year in Review

  JAN-MAR The NHL’s Winter Classic’s Road to the Big House Part 1 The NHL’s Winter Classic’s Road to the Big House Part 2 New Year’s Day, long one of the high holy days of American football with bowl game after bowl game, is fast becoming a holy day for hockey fans thanks to the…

America’s Day of Shame and Redemption

  America’s Day of Shame and Redemption December 13, 2014 Throughout the Obama administration, the President has focused on moving forward and not dwelling on the actions of his predecessor. As Faulkner reminds us, however, the past never dies and has a strange capacity for calling our attention as was the case this week with…

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Editorial Boards Express Outrage Over CIA’s Torture Program

A review of editorials nationwide and overseas reveal a broad sense of outrage over the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary of its 6,700 page Study on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The sense that the CIA had wrongfully stained our national honor and that America does not torture was stated eloquently in every region…

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Torture didn’t help the US get Osama bin Laden

Originally posted on Quartz:
A wide-ranging US Senate investigation into the CIA’s tactics in the so-called War on Terror confirms the use of torture to interrogate captives at black sites around the world—and shows that it was only in spite of this cruelty that the US was able to find and kill the architect of…

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Getting Close Up on Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.…

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Marion Barry RIP

I came to Washington, DC at the end of Marion Barry’s first term as Mayor of DC and left just prior to his regaining his job after his drug conviction, so I feel compelled to make some note about the late Mayor. A Time of Prosperity and Violence.  DC prospered during this time and some longtime…