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Dancing in the Dark: Steps to Avoid a Constitutional Coup in the 2024 Election

by Mark Medish & Joel McCleary | Jan 8, 2024 | Election 2024

Walt Whitman was right when he wrote that our democracy is an athletic one. Defending our democratic republic requires the stamina of a marathon runner and the versatility of a gymnast.  The events of January 6 alerted Americans to the quirkiness and fragility of our electoral process. Had Vice President Mike Pence failed to certify […]

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Seven Pillars of Political Wisdom

by Mark Medish | Dec 26, 2023 | Politics

On the doorstep of the long U.S. political season, it’s worth pondering the significance and shelf life of several familiar political maxims. Each contains at least a grain of truth.   FIRST,  GARBAGE IN / GARBAGE OUT Everybody who understands statistics knows this maxim. There is always much more Noise than Signal in the data […]

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The Wide Angle: Washington Has Lost the Plot

by Dave Troy | Dec 18, 2023 | National Security, The Wide Angle

Official Washington has lost the plot, and I’ve never been more frightened for the future of America. No, I’m not talking about the fear of losing our democracy to authoritarian theocrats, though that remains a constant existential threat. I’m concerned that the pro-democracy “good guys” have settled into a debilitating groupthink. To use the Rumsfeldian […]

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White young man with his back to the viewer is holding a hand made sign that reads, "Cancel student debt."

The Student Debt Debacle: Rising Costs, Decreasing Public Support

by Steven Pressman | Dec 18, 2023 | Economy

College debt is approaching $2 trillion, more than all other types of household debt except mortgages. Fueled by tuition that exceeds $25,000 a year (room and board adds another $11,000), Federal student loan debt averages more than $37,000 among those with any student debt. Following a hiatus of more than 3 years, 45 million Americans […]

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Committed People

by Robert Alvarez | Dec 18, 2023 | Environment

As a citizen activist in the late 1970s and 1980s working at the Environmental Policy Institute, Robert Alvarez was among the first to document the extreme hazards of managing high concentrations of nuclear waste derived from nuclear weapons production, and as a senior appointee at the Department of Energy, he worked to prevent the department’s […]

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