August 17, 2017

Who is Betsy DeVos?

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo via video stream)

Confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's billionaire nominee for education, start on Jan. 11. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals. Read More »

America in Transition


Even his detractors would like Trump to succeed, if he succeeds the US succeeds. The Presidential transition notwithstanding, more importantly there is another far-reaching but very troubling transition. Can extremists reverse what was started by President Abraham Lincoln almost 150 years ago? Read More »

Can Pence Solve Trump’s Outsider Problem with Congress?

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Trump won't be the first president who's a Washington outsider. To push his agenda through congress, he'll need his establishment-friendly VP. Will Trump loosen the reins? Read More »

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton is being seen by many as a foreign policy hawk. (Photo via video stream)

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era. Read More »

What Does Trump Have to Do with the Hindu Sacred Syllable, Om?

A poster of Hindus for Trump, which shows Donald Trump in a ‘yogi’ pose.  (Photo courtesy Hindus for Trump)

A recent poster displayed Donald Trump with the Indian spiritual symbol of 'om.' Here is the problem: Read More »

Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

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Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC. Read More »

Pence Wins VP Debate

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Tim Kaine may have defended Hillary Clinton forcefully but his spirited Interruptive debating style cost him favorable opinion from debate watchers. It was Mike Pence who emerged not just a winner but a possible presidential candidate for 2020. Read More »

Ahmad Rahami Charged for Bombings in NY, NJ

FBI agents searching First American Fried Chicken and the apartment above it in Elizabeth, NJ, where Ahmad Rahami lived with his family.

The Afghan American charged with conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey. Charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read More »

Hate and Discrimination in the Wake of September 11

A shot of the Tribute in Light in lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn side. (Photo by marcela, Creative Commons License)

The association of Muslims with terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks continues to affect the nation in myriad ways. Read More »

A Short History of Presidents Lying About Their Health

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Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America. Read More »