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21 State Attorneys General Demand Sessions End the “Zero Tolerance Policy”

  Twenty-one State AGs have a demanded that the Trump Administration end the policy that is the root of the disastrous family separation situation unfolding on the South border. STATE OF NEW MEXICO OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HECTOR H. … Continue reading

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Trade, Trump, and Zeldin

Published in  The East Hampton Star 4/12/18 By Perry Gershon   Any trade policy should put American workers and small businesses first. But President Trump’s attempt to launch a trade war with China, backed by Representative Lee Zeldin, hurts American … Continue reading

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Zeldin the Extremist

By Perry Gershon — Published in The Long Island Advance, April 12, 2018 Congressman Lee Zeldin, in Eastern Long Island, continues to be President Trump’s biggest cheerleader and defender.  Zeldin is willing to look the other way as our nation’s democratic … Continue reading

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Does the Constitution Permit a State to Abolish Marriage?

This is what makes constitutional law so interesting… 21 MAR 2018 MICHAEL C. DORF After the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015, county clerks and other state and local officials … Continue reading

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Remembering Julie Hilden

A nice tribute to a First Amendment warrior MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 by Michael Dorf Julie Hilden — lawyer, author, and editor — passed away on Saturday. She was my friend for over 30 years. Julie combined a fierce intelligence … Continue reading

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Secretly Harvesting Facebook Data Helped Decide the 2016 Election

On March 17th, The Guardian and The New York Times published a groundbreaking article about whistleblower Christopher Wylie and his role in harvesting Facebook data used by Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm contracted by the Trump campaign. Wylie asserts … Continue reading

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Medicine and Why Net Neutrality Matters

Published in The Doctor’s Tablet by NANCY R. GLASSMAN, M.L.S., M.P.H, on DECEMBER 8, 2017 Recently, the library at Einstein, where I work as a medical librarian, experienced a momentary internet outage. In that instant everything seemed to stop in … Continue reading

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Annie Proulx Gave One of the Best National Book Award Speeches in Recent Memory

Posted on By Boris Kachka Annie Proulx. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images The least suspenseful part of the National Book Award ceremony can be the most fun: the speech given by each year’s winner of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution … Continue reading

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Trump Spurns Nobel Prize Winners—and the Feeling Is Mutual

Published in Daily Kos November 13 By Mark Sumner In a White House as radically anti-science as this one, it’s no surprise that scientists are being denied the usual honors. President Trump, breaking a tradition that stretches back nearly two decades, … Continue reading

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Dear America: An apology for Roy Moore, and all the rest

By Josh Moon Alabama Political Reporter Dear America, We’re sorry. I’m speaking for all of us here in Alabama, even if some of these people will never apologize and never believe that they’ve done anything wrong. The rest of us … Continue reading

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November 13, 2017 REPORT BY THE PENN WHARTON BUDGET MODEL Key Points This brief reports Penn Wharton Budget Model’s (PWBM) dynamic analysis of The House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), as amended and reported out by the Ways and … Continue reading

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Giardina Comes Clean

Published in The East Hampton Star, October 16, 2017 Dear David: Sixty dollars ($60) a month for thirty years: that adds up to $21,600! That’s what it will cost those of us who have houses with traditional septic systems (such … Continue reading

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No Beach for Montauk!

Published in The East Hampton Star Dear David: No beach for Montauk! That would be the eventual result if Paul Giardina is elected to the Town Board and gets to implement his plan to “save” Montauk and its beaches. Ignoring … Continue reading

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Election Eve

Published in The East Hampton Star, October 23, 2017 Dear David:   So, after months of campaigning, we are at the eve of the election. The important question is: What have we learned? Let’s start with the GOP Town Board … Continue reading

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GOP Health Bill’s Changes Go Far Beyond Preexisting Conditions

KAISER HEALTH NEWS — REPEAL & REPLACE WATCH By Julie Rovner September 22, 2017 Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) speaks as Sen. Dean Heller (R-N.V.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) listen during a news conference on health care September 13, 2017. … Continue reading

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The Orbital Perspective

Leland Melvin (ex-Astronaut & NFL Player) Wrote to Trump And this is what he had to say:   To Donald Trump I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they … Continue reading

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Memo to Trump Fans: Conman-in-Chief Will Betray You All

OPINION PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY THE DAILY BEAST WHAT’D YOU EXPECT?   He’s swindled and lied to everyone he’s dealt with his entire adult life. So why did you, Trump voter, think you’d be any different? Wake up. RICK WILSON 09.18.17 … Continue reading

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Graham-Cassidy — The Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know

Republican efforts in Congress to “repeal and replace” the federal Affordable Care Act are back from the dead. Again. By Julie Rovner September 19, 2017 Sen. Lindsey Graham (right), stands with Sen. Bill Cassidy (left), Sen. Dean Heller and Sen. Ron … Continue reading

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Welcoming refugees brings unexpected economic benefits

The Trump Administration continues to govern with a blind eye toward inconvenient facts and analyses. Stephen Miller, Trump’s top white nationalist advisor in the White House, reportedly rejected a study proving refugees contribute significantly more to U.S. revenue than they cost.   From … Continue reading

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Governors’ Letter Opposing the Graham-Cassidy Bill

September 19, 2017 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510   The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear … Continue reading

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