Congress Adjourns While the Nation Burns

August 18, 2021

While the fate of many in Afghanistan hangs in the balance, at least Americans at home can breathe a sigh of relief. Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate are on vacation for weeks to come. Citizens of the nation’s capital can recapture their identity from the out-of-town blowhards...

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

February 22, 2021

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn...

Should Congress Use Income Tax to Discourage Consumer Drug Ads?

January 30, 2019

The Shaheen bill has the same rhetorical power as earlier proposals to eliminate tax deductibility for consumer ads. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and a score of Democratic co-sponsors want to use the tax code to discourage direct-to-consumer advertising by drug companies. Their bill,...

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: What if Kerry Fails?

March 03, 2014

Failure to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement could be catastrophic.  In April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear his opinion on the necessity of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, elucidating his dedication to the current negotiations. He...

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

February 19, 2014

The illusion that AIPAC is invincible has been shattered. The defeat of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Tension on the Horizon

November 28, 2013

With hopeful signs coming from the Gulf, Israel and Congress promise a fight. The early hours of November 24, 2013, witnessed the signing of a new nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran in Geneva. After prolonged negotiations, both sides came to an agreement that would halt and even roll back...

Should We Eliminate the Extraordinary Measures?

October 16, 2013

Congress has been paying its bills since May 19 by using extraordinary measures. You’ve probably heard that Treasury will hit the debt limit on October 17, and soon thereafter it won’t be able to pay all of America’s bills. That second part is true: Congress needs to act soon...

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria’s Gas

September 25, 2013

Syria's appalling civil war must come to an end. The agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently hammered out in Geneva will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war. For the first...

Humanitarian Intervention and US Imperialism

September 09, 2013

Obama's willingness to operate outside of legal frameworks is frightening. With the announcement by the Obama administration that it intends to launch an attack on Syria in response to the chemical attack alleged to have been carried out by the Syrian government, the US government has again...

The Last of the Red Lines

September 05, 2013

With a heightened sense of urgency to act on Syria, Washington is resorting to moral arguments. What appears to have been a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, has made a potential US-led military strike against the Syrian government a very real possibility. Shocking videos...

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