A child drags a crate at a refugee camp for Syrians and Kurds north of Athens. Children under age 14 make up nearly half of the

Commentary: Trump Travel Ban On Syrians Should Exempt Kids Under 10

January 31, 2017

Here's a test as to whether the Trump administration's travel ban on refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries is truly driven by security concerns or reflects a prejudice.

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Tillerson, Trump and the South China Sea

January 28, 2017

The world should now get used to a president and administration that speak first and (maybe) think later.

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Just Say No to Middle East Bailouts

January 23, 2017

Advocates of a Marshall Plan for the Middle East and other parts of the world often point to the great success the United States had with nation building in Germany and Japan after World War II as

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Why Trump Should Support a Kurdish State

January 18, 2017

The United States should support a Kurdish state. True, such a move will run into opposition from the governments in Baghdad and Ankara.

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Why Regulating AI Is A Mistake

January 09, 2017

In the next four years we will see an explosion of AI technology that further delivers on the promise of driverless cars, intelligent robots, and other societal and job-impacting advancements.

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Adding Census Categories Won't Unite a Divided America

January 08, 2017

Adding a “Middle Eastern and North African” census category will only sow disunity.


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Remember, One Trump Is Worse Than The Other

January 04, 2017

We need to differentiate between Trump the ultra-conservative and Trump the Democracy-Wrecker. 

Long Knives out for Social Security

December 21, 2016

True, Trump during the campaign promised to protect Social Security, saying, for example in March that “it’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is.

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Congress should support bill to grant temporary visas to Syrian refugee children

December 15, 2016

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) added to his long list of credits when, in the dying hours of the 114th Congress, he introduced a bill that should cheered everyone’s holidays—HR 6510: The Save the Children Act of 2016.

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The End of the TPP Will Not Upend America’s Role In Asia

December 07, 2016

There are many reasons to believe that the end of the TPP will have rather few implications for America’s role in the region.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and other Congressmembers

Democrats, Avoid The Deficit Trap

November 28, 2016

The Democrats have responded to Republican criticism that they are burdening future generations with debt by making great effort to reduce deficits; this often entailed capping social expenditures. The following Republican administrations then used the slack created by the lower deficits to pay for huge tax benefits to the rich and to balloon the deficit...We are about to witness another round of this same sequence

Fighting between Kurdish gunmen and Al-Nusra Front.

Syria: The Next U.S. President's First 100 Days

October 29, 2016

America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change.

It is not just Wall Street

October 25, 2016

Democrats like to think about the government as a provider of Social Security and Medicare, the guardian of national parks, and the place you get your passport. However, many see daily examples of a government serving special interests at the cost of the public.

President Barack Obama offers a toast to President Xi Jinping of China. Copyright: Flickr/The White House

How China and America Can Make a Serious North Korea Deal

October 10, 2016

While Trump’s suggestion for how to deal with North Korea is not more likely to be adopted than a few of his other ideas, the challenge of North Korea is real enough. In effect, there is a strong case to be made that the greatest threat to U.S. security that the new president will have to confront is that of North Korea.