Protecting Free Speech is Worth Fighting For

September 30, 2014 7:00 PM8 comments

For two decades I’ve told people my job is to fight for their rights – and never was this truer than on Saturday. I had come from Chicago to defend free speech and oppose an archaic, unconstitutional blasphemy law that was being enforced by a rogue District Attorney in Bedford, […]

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Dangerous to Avoid Environmental Issues

September 24, 2014 7:50 PM0 comments

Last week, House Republicans scheduled the final votes before Election Day and then sent everyone home. Sadly, under their leadership, Congress never considered badly needed legislation at any point this session that would extend long term unemployment benefits, simplify the tax code, reform our immigration system, or raise the minimum […]

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America’s War With Its Dark Side, Part 4

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It is encouraging that the Obama administration this week concurred with the lines in this series to identify ISIS and related outfits in the region as a “cult,” rather than a religion or a political movement. This will prove to be enormously helpful in devising strategies to defeat it. As […]

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Roger Goodell’s NFL: A Field of Screams

September 23, 2014 3:39 PM0 comments

Last week, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell had a disastrous press conference where he said “nothing.” It was full of pandering and platitudes, with little substance. Given his lack of instinct for crisis management – it is difficult to believe he is worth $44.2 million a year. You could […]

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The Secret of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Success

September 17, 2014 9:53 PM19 comments

Ken Burns’ latest formidable television documentary series, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” premiering this week on PBS is entertaining and educational, at least so far for me. Being only three two-hour episodes in, I am taking the word of friends who’ve seen it all who say it stays good to […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: It‘s All Around Us

8:58 PM33 comments

Ten years ago peak oil was assumed to be a rather straight forward, transparent process. What was then thought of as “oil” production was going to stop growing around the middle of the last decade. Shortages were going to occur; prices were going to rise; demand was going to drop; […]

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Congress Needs to Close the Pay Gap

September 16, 2014 4:59 PM1 comment

Last week marked the 20 year anniversary of a commitment Congress made to keep our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends safe from harm with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Pennsylvania Blasphemy Law Is An Affront to Freedom

3:18 PM1 comment

Sometimes you have to wonder if we are still living in America, or in a bizarre land where fundamentalism has consumed freedom.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is the Winner

September 10, 2014 10:39 PM4 comments

Is the fiery battle over gay marriage coming to an end? It’s looking more likely by the day that the Supreme Court will have to definitively rule on this controversial issue. Well, it’s more accurate to say that it was controversial. Outside of the angry zealots on the Religious Right, […]

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Two Decades of AmeriCorps

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Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, giving rise to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and with it, the AmeriCorps program. After just two decades of action, over 900,000 men and women have provided critical services to nearly […]

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