A New American Dream

A New American Dream

This election season, both Republicans and Democrats are repeatedly reassuring us that our country is the best. In many ways, America surely is. But it’s important to be honest with ourselves. The plain truth is that we’ve let conditions of life in America...
America’s Rocky Road Away from Homophobia

America’s Rocky Road Away from Homophobia

It’s been one year since Congress officially repealed the archaic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. A new wave of LGBT cadets is entering training academies without the burden of silence — well, almost. While the military has made progress...
Promoting Unemployment

Promoting Unemployment

Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama should be fired because he failed to fix the economy. This reminds me of the classic practitioner of “chutzpah” — the man convicted of murdering his mother and father who throws himself on the mercy of the court as...
The Islamophobe Fringe

The Islamophobe Fringe

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is a convicted conman. He knows almost nothing about Islam and even less about filmmaking. And yet, thanks to the power of the Internet and the tense relationship between the West and Islam, Nakoula has generated a major international scandal...
Romney’s Losing Bid to Win the Latino Vote

Romney’s Losing Bid to Win the Latino Vote

When I watched Mitt Romney on a candidates forum on Univision, the country’s largest Spanish-language TV network, something about him looked different. He actually looked browner. At first I figured it was my imagination, but soon everyone from Washington Post...
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