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  • Op-Ed
    Butker’s misogyny is not unique, it’s the conservative agenda
    June 17, 2024 7:13 pm | By 52560

    Butker’s misogyny is not unique, it’s the conservative agenda

    First published in The Hill. One of the highlights, or maybe lowlights, of this commencement season, happened at Benedictine College in Kansas, where Kansas City Chiefs player Harrison Butker made some unforgettable comments that quickly went viral. Addressing women graduates, he said…

  • Op-Ed
    70 years after Brown, we’re fighting the same battles over again
    June 4, 2024 11:50 am | By 52560

    70 years after Brown, we’re fighting the same battles over again

    First published in The Hill. For a Northerner like me, coming to live in Washington, D.C. has been eye-opening in many ways. One of these has been living right across the river from Virginia, which up until very recently had a staggering…

  • Op-Ed
    The GOP’s blind gun loyalty is about to hit a Gen Z wall
    May 19, 2024 10:39 am | By 52560

    The GOP’s blind gun loyalty is about to hit a Gen Z wall

    First published in The Hill. For many of us, this is the time of year when we start pulling out swimsuits and planning vacations. For the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, however, the arrival of spring this year…

  • Op-Ed
    A Great America Has Great Institutions
    May 9, 2024 2:34 pm | By 52560

    A Great America Has Great Institutions

    First published by the Washington Speakers Bureau. As Americans, we grow up with the idea that rugged individualism and self-reliance are core parts of our national identity. We love rags-to-riches, up-by-your-bootstraps stories about Horatio Alger types; they’re deeply embedded in…

  • Op-Ed
    Conservatives’ savage child labor agenda wants kids working more for less
    May 7, 2024 4:44 pm | By 52560

    Conservatives’ savage child labor agenda wants kids working more for less

    First published in The Hill. We tend to think of child labor under harsh conditions as a problem in developing countries, or in this country a century ago. So it was a shock to see this headline in the last…

  • Op-Ed
    Conspiracies and Cynical Indifference Are the Right’s Latest Climate Strategy
    April 30, 2024 5:35 pm | By 52560

    Conspiracies and Cynical Indifference Are the Right’s Latest Climate Strategy

    First published in The Hill. A great story circulated on several media platforms before this month’s solar eclipse. It describes a famous “Battle of the Eclipse” that took place thousands of years ago in what is now Turkey. Two armies…

  • Op-Ed
    Senators: Don’t Let the Islamophobic Agenda Targeting Adeel Mangi Win
    April 24, 2024 2:57 pm | By 52560

    Senators: Don’t Let the Islamophobic Agenda Targeting Adeel Mangi Win

    First published in The Hill. We’re living in very divisive political times. But even now, Americans say we still share values that include aspiring to become a country where all can succeed regardless of race, gender or religion. Fulfilling this promise…

  • Op-Ed
    Fed-Up Progressive Justices Are Calling Out the Majority’s Agenda
    March 26, 2024 8:20 pm | By 52560

    Fed-Up Progressive Justices Are Calling Out the Majority’s Agenda

    First published in The Hill. For the last several days, there have been reams of analysis of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Trump v. Anderson, in which the justices ruled that Colorado couldn’t invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to bar Donald Trump from the…

  • Op-Ed
    The GOP’s IVF Flip-Flopping Shows It’s Caught in Its Own Trap
    March 19, 2024 3:04 pm | By 52560

    The GOP’s IVF Flip-Flopping Shows It’s Caught in Its Own Trap

    First published in The Hill. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) knows how to turn a phrase. If only he — and countless other Republicans — really meant what they said. “I think one thing I’ve learned is that nobody’s ever been born in…

  • Op-Ed
    The MAGA Enemies List is Growing, and So Are the Odds That You’re On It
    March 12, 2024 3:24 pm | By 52560

    The MAGA Enemies List is Growing, and So Are the Odds That You’re On It

    First published in The Hill. As the Republican primaries slog toward the climax of a likely Trump nomination, I can’t help thinking that we as a country are still dramatically underreacting to the MAGA threat. The fact that Trump has even…

  • Op-Ed
    Exposing Deepfakes Should Top 2024’s Voter Education Agenda
    March 5, 2024 5:09 pm | By 52560

    Exposing Deepfakes Should Top 2024’s Voter Education Agenda

    First published in The Hill. It seems like the world is suddenly drowning in computer-generated “deepfake” content that creates all kinds of risks and problems, and not just for Taylor Swift. Now, legislatures and regulatory agencies are scrambling to rein in…

  • Op-Ed
    President Biden Deserves a Well-Earned Victory Lap on Judges
    February 26, 2024 5:30 pm | By 52560

    President Biden Deserves a Well-Earned Victory Lap on Judges

    First published in The Hill. President Biden’s annual State of the Union address is now just a little over three weeks away. That might seem like plenty of time for wordsmithing, but behind the scenes, the White House is already working feverishly…

  • Op-Ed
    A Radical and Counterintuitive Proposition To Save Democracy: Forgiveness
    February 20, 2024 6:00 pm | By 52560

    A Radical and Counterintuitive Proposition To Save Democracy: Forgiveness

    First published in The Hill. For a movie nerd who’s known to stay up all night streaming, the Sundance Film Festival is an incredible experience. Some 17,000 films were shown this year. It’s impossible to take them all in. But one movie…

  • Op-Ed
    Five Executive Orders Biden Can Issue To Protect Elections Before It’s Too Late
    February 12, 2024 3:56 pm | By 52560

    Five Executive Orders Biden Can Issue To Protect Elections Before It’s Too Late

    First published in The Hill. With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries in the rearview mirror, Election Day 2024 is closing in fast. That means a few more months of a flawed but functioning democracy, with no clue what comes…

  • Op-Ed
    Norman Lear: A Hollywood Legend’s Lasting DC Legacy
    February 5, 2024 3:51 pm | By 52560

    Norman Lear: A Hollywood Legend’s Lasting DC Legacy

    First Published in The Hill. On the recent Emmy Awards broadcast, actor and director Rob Reiner paid tribute to People for the American Way founder, the late Norman Lear, with a Yiddish word that he said described Norman’s genius: “kochleffel.” Kochleffel is “a ladle…

  • Op-Ed
    Clarence Thomas Cannot Be Allowed To Decide if Trump is Above the Law
    January 30, 2024 3:26 pm | By 52560

    Clarence Thomas Cannot Be Allowed To Decide if Trump is Above the Law

    First published in The Hill. It’s safe to say the D.C. Federal Circuit Court doesn’t often generate plots that could work as movie thrillers. Glance at its docket and you’ll see an alphabet soup of cases involving the IRS, the Federal Energy…

  • Op-Ed
    State governments are ready and waiting to strip citizens’ rights in 2024
    January 11, 2024 6:42 pm | By 52560

    State governments are ready and waiting to strip citizens’ rights in 2024

    The whole country has now witnessed a nightmare worthy of “The Handmaid’s Tale” unfold for a Texas woman, Kate Cox. After a court denied the abortion her doctors said was medically necessary, Cox was forced to flee her home state to…

  • Op-Ed
    Our rights are at risk: There’s no time to waste on judicial confirmations
    December 19, 2023 5:01 pm | By 52560

    Our rights are at risk: There’s no time to waste on judicial confirmations

    First published in The Hill. On Nov. 20, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, caused an earthquake in the civil rights world. The court ruled that despite over 50 years of precedent, private parties (meaning people…

  • Op-Ed
    Giving Thanks for the Selfless Heroes Fighting for the Soul of Democracy
    December 5, 2023 11:41 am | By 52560

    Giving Thanks for the Selfless Heroes Fighting for the Soul of Democracy

    First published in The Hill. Thanksgiving always brings a mix of emotions. The history of the holiday is fraught, and this year the world is plagued by terrible wars. We long for a Thanksgiving without war, oppression or cruelty. Without pain…

  • Op-Ed
    Outreach, not blame, can bring Black voters to the polls
    November 6, 2023 3:57 pm | By

    Outreach, not blame, can bring Black voters to the polls

    Last week, Louisiana voters chose a new governor, Jeff Landry. I say the “voters chose” him but what really happened was that only a small fraction — about 36 percent of registered voters statewide — even turned out at all, in what’s described…