Benedict Arnold, Quisling & Mudd

March 23, 2017 12:29 AM0 comments

In better-staged productions of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the eye-popping final scene is where the now-terrified cruel rapist at the center of the action observes a gaping black hole opening beneath him and he is dispatched quickly down a worm hole to Hell, as scores of demonic minions fly down with […]

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Who Remembers George Lakoff?

March 15, 2017 6:26 PM0 comments

The bottom line on the GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act, as evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office this week, is almost too simple. In exchange for denying health coverage to 24 million Americans in the next few years, the federal government will enjoy a reduction in the budget […]

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The Great Energy Transition: Progress on the SunCell

March 13, 2017 3:39 PM0 comments

For those of you coming late to this story, up in New Jersey there is a scientist, Randell Mills, and a small company, Brilliant Light Power, that have been working for the last 25 years to develop a new source of energy. This new source is based on a scientific […]

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Presidential Lying & the Press, Part 3

March 8, 2017 7:05 PM0 comments

Jeff Bezos’ The Washington Post, with the New York Times, key individuals at CNN and MSNBC, New Yorker magazine and a handful of other major news outlets, has stood strong in defense of an independent press in the face of Trump administration pressures the last couple months. It reiterated the […]

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Trump The Entertainer

March 1, 2017 7:40 PM0 comments

Trump The Entertainer was on his game imitating a U.S. president before a joint session of the Congress Tuesday night. A remarkably gullible share of the U.S. public, including many in the media, was apparently down for a willful suspension of disbelief to suddenly find in this performance the man […]

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‘Arrival’ Calls Out Today’s Culture

February 22, 2017 8:37 PM0 comments

Humanity and this planet depend on supplanting “zero sum game” relations with “non zero sum game” ones. The extraordinary stress of the past month has led to record attendance at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. of high-powered families bidding farewell to a panda headed to China, with an assist […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Celebrating Black History Month

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We recognize African American history during the month of February as an integral part of American history, and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans to our great nation. It is also a time to remember Virginia’s checkered history. From massive resistance to the integration of public schools, to the […]

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How the Russians Own Trump

February 15, 2017 9:39 PM0 comments

The ongoing Russian intervention into the U.S. presidential election and White House operations goes way beyond just telephone communications, and its journalistic digging that has the best shot at rooting it out. “A district judge cannot make immigration law for the United States, cannot give foreign nationals and foreign countries […]

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Presidential Lying & the Press, Part 2

February 8, 2017 7:08 PM0 comments

The late legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas (1920-2013), whom I was so deeply honored to have in my employ in the last year of her storied professional career, breaking barriers to women and covering the White House since 1961, wrote eloquently in her 2006 book, Watchdogs of Democracy, The […]

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How to Fuel the New Movement

February 1, 2017 7:34 PM0 comments

The extreme events of the last two weeks have established at least two things: First, there is an autocratic regime in the White House now more alienated from the nation’s core democratic values and traditions than perhaps any in memory; and, second, there is a new movement, coalesced veritably overnight, […]

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