Tag: PresidentObama


Are Republicans Self- Immolating Over Obama’s SCOTUS Pick?
17 Feb 2016

Are Republicans Self- Immolating Over Obama’s SCOTUS Pick?

Almost at the moment of the unexpected death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last weekend, Republicans exploded in full spin mode, flailing their arms wildly, not unlike the Alien famously jettisoned by Ripley into hyperspace.  Their cause: selling the American people on the hype that President Obama, with nearly a year left in office, has no business appointing a new Justice to fill...

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Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence
12 Feb 2015

Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence

While the Grammys only dipped a toe in the water of stopping domestic violence, activist Brooke Axtell made clear at Sunday night’s event that she was able to survive an abusive situation and later thrive because of one supportive voice. Apart from the frustrating juxtaposition of President Obama’s PSA on stopping violence while abuser and Grammy nominee Chris Brown sat in the audience, the important...

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The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence
09 Feb 2015

The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence

Sunday’s Grammy Awards featured a PSA of President Obama calling attention to the shocking number of women in America who are raped or suffer domestic violence.  “It’s on us,” he said, urging the artistic community to raise awareness to bring a stop to it.  Activist Brooke Axtell then shared her own experiences with abuse and human trafficking, capped by a powerful performance from Katy Perry who...

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U.S. Absence in Paris – Is There Shame to Go Around?
14 Jan 2015

U.S. Absence in Paris – Is There Shame to Go Around?

CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper penned a blistering editorial chastising President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Attorney General Holder and other senior White House officials for their absence from last Sunday’s Unity rally in Paris.  The White House has admitted that their lack of attendance was a mistake and apologized repeatedly, which did nothing to assuage Jake Tapper’s disappointment at our lack of participation....

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The Terror in the Torture Report
11 Dec 2014

The Terror in the Torture Report

It was several years after 9/11 before I had occasion to once again board a plane. Arriving at airport security, the sight of everyone in line, by rote, yanking off their belts and shoes shocked me enough that tears rolled down my face. That horrible day in September forever changed us. Suddenly we were no different than any other country vulnerable to terrorism. Remembering 9/11...

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