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Were Republicans listening? 0

There was a new superstar in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night at the State of the Union. The story of Desiline Victor of South Miami changed the tone of the gathering for a few moments as President Obama focused on her. On Election Day, she was told her wait might be six hours. She waited, […]

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Posted on: 02-18-2013
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Immigrants are a blessing for the U.S. 0

We’ve known for years that our immigration system is broken, and reform has been near the top of the national agenda since at least 2007. But Congress addressed neither conservative anxieties — unsecured borders, people staying with expired visas — nor liberal concerns, such as treatment of immigrants (legal or not), paths to citizenship, etc. […]

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Posted on: 02-2-2013
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Hillary: Secretary of empowerment 0

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton steps down from her job Friday, many are assuming she will run for president. And she may. In fact, five of the first eight presidents first served their predecessors as secretary of state. It hasn’t happened in more than a century, though that may change should Clinton decide […]

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Posted on: 02-1-2013
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Unity now needed for action 0

All the ideas and rhetoric in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address emerge from a central theme: “It’s time to seize the moment.” Now is the time to come together as Americans. Four years ago, in the midst of an economic collapse, two wars and so much uncertainty both here and abroad, Obama reached out […]

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Posted on: 01-30-2013
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Speech defined ‘American faith’ 0

Obama’s second inaugural address was a deeply moving and patriotic speech.

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Posted on: 01-27-2013
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A long time coming 0

The headlines say President Obama has “taken on the gun lobby,” but actually, he has taken on our culture of violence, including the violent rhetoric that accompanies any attempt to alter it. “If Americans of every background stand up and say, enough; we’ve suffered too much pain and care too much about our children to […]

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Posted on: 01-22-2013
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The radicalization of our politics 0

The new year has picked up where 2012 left off, with America being unnecessarily pushed, again, to the edge of a fiscal cliff. As most national politicians squabble over who should head the Defense Department and posture how much money to cut from the budget, two leaders are — as much as possible — overlooking […]

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Posted on: 01-11-2013
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Small changes lead to bigger ones 0

The imagery of Carl Sandburg’s poem “Fog” always surprises me.

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Posted on: 12-4-2012
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GOP, break Grover Norquist’s grip on you 0

Who is Grover Norquist? He’s a private citizen, a conservative lobbyist, the author of the Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge and president of Americans for Tax Reform. His idea of tax reform is no more tax increases ever again. And no closed loopholes unless matched by cuts in government spending. In the 113th Congress, the one just […]

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Posted on: 12-3-2012
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America’s hunger outlasts campaign season 0

More than $6 billion was spent in the 2012 campaign season — making it the most expensive in our nation’s history. If you live in one of the battleground or swing states or had a competitive race for Congress, you had a steady diet of negative advertising, phone calls and mail. Even if you lived […]

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Posted on: 11-27-2012
Posted in: News
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