Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild

In poker, a wild card can add to the fun of the game. But it throws off the odds and makes the hands more unpredictable. That’s why poker purists prefer to keep jokers and other wild cards out of the deck. In American politics, the presidential primaries usually...
Film: In Football We Trust (snow date, Jan 31)

Film: In Football We Trust (snow date, Jan 31)

Polynesian Americans are 28 times more likely to enter the NFL than any other ethnic group, which of course makes the weight on one’s shoulders that much heavier to shake off. In Football We Trust, is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring...
A Significant Step Forward on the Road to Reform

A Significant Step Forward on the Road to Reform

Weldon Angelos is a young father who wouldn’t have been able to be in his two children’s lives until he was 80 and his children were old and grey themselves. Angelos made mistakes and sold  some marijuana.  Because he also happened to have a gun in his possession, he...
The Insult Generator

The Insult Generator

It’s apology season on the campaign trail. After months of botched damage control, Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do when her bureaucratic scandal first erupted. The leading Democratic presidential candidate said she was sorry she didn’t use an official...
The Enduring Impact of Andy Shallal’s Mayoral Run

The Enduring Impact of Andy Shallal’s Mayoral Run

It’s not usually realistic for a candidate who came in 5th to credibly claim that he had a major impact on an election. Yet Andy Shallal did. When he launched his late-starting, outsider campaign for Mayor of Washington, D.C., local political conversations were about...
Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits

Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits

When you hear the name Joe Walsh, you may think of the Eagles guitarist. But Joe Walsh is also the name of a tea-partying Republican lawmaker from Illinois. That Joe Walsh has released several of his own hits — really, really offensive hits. Most recently, the...
Ann Romney’s Unedited Convention Speech Leaked

Ann Romney’s Unedited Convention Speech Leaked

A test that determines the grade level of writing found Michelle Obama broke a record by delivering a speech written at the 12th-grade level. Ann Romney broke a record too, with a 5th-grade level speech — the lowest in the history of convention speeches by wives...
My Broken Heart

My Broken Heart

I celebrated the Fourth of July this year by having a heart attack. All things considered, watching fireworks would have been more fun. I woke up at 2 a.m. on July 5th with raging pain in my chest and both arms. I was bathed in a cold, clammy sweat, and my breath was...
Let’s Give Kids Better Mental Health

Let’s Give Kids Better Mental Health

“People are just not reaching us where we are at. We want to be reached.” – Washington, D.C. focus group youth participant. The mental well-being of our youth is crucial to achieving progress and prosperity in our communities. In Washington, DC,...
Running for Magician-in-Chief

Running for Magician-in-Chief

Our long national nightmare is over. Mitt Romney has won the Republican nomination for president. Let the etch-a-sketching begin. Romney was officially put over the top by the Texas primary last month, although in truth his victory had been a foregone conclusion ever...
Declaration of War

Declaration of War

Republican lawmakers have declared war on the presidency. Not so odd, perhaps, given their recent record. But the leader they’re targeting this time is Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is clearly going to be the party’s candidate....
Legislating Under the Influence

Legislating Under the Influence

It’s all the rage in state legislatures and even in Congress. More than a dozen states are debating proposals to require jobless Americans who receive unemployment benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing. The argument for forcing the unemployed to relieve...
Dollar Democracy

Dollar Democracy

Corruption is as American as apple pie. “The quality of government is seriously compromised when decisions made by elected politicians benefit those who funded their ascent to power,” says the anti-corruption watch-dog group Transparency International....