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Unlike Earth, Goldilocks planet might have intelligent life

NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life.This revelation could be bigger than Columbus "discovering" America, or Lewis and Clark finding the Northwest Passage.It offers the possibility of starting ...

Time to speak out against Trump

Earlier this week, a friend of many years signed on to Facebook and surprised me - and surely many others who know her - by writing a short but powerful post about politics.Specifically, she addressed that small and vocal percentage of Bernie Sanders supporters who insist they will never vote ...

Trump’s Supreme Court candidates helps his credibility

In releasing his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has begun to solidify his support among conservatives as perhaps no other announcement could do.The record of any of the 11 judges currently serving on federal or state ...

‘Oven’ remark taken out of context

It's been a hard time for politicians not named "Trump" to get any attention, but Mike Huckabee managed it. He did it by comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.At least that's what I gathered from headlines like this one from Gawker:"Mike Huckabee Compares Obama to Hitler"I don't put huge ...

Will Jewish Democrats sink Iran nuclear deal?

"Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal," headlines The Times of Israel. The members - Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Steven Israel, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nita Lowey, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Ted Deutch - are all Democrats. They must choose between loyalty to ...

Medicare is solution, not problem

Medicare turned 50 next week. It was signed into law July 30, 1965 - the crowning achievement of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. It's more popular than ever.Yet Medicare continues to be blamed for America's present and future budget problems. That's baloney.A few days ago Jeb Bush even ...

Presidential campaign has asymmetry between parties

As the presidential campaign heats up, and we head into the first debate among the 16 declared Republican candidates, there is an asymmetry between the two political parties.Republican voters have been seething with discontent toward their party's officeholders and have not become enchanted ...

Elderhostel living: Going back to school to retire

In 1971 Marty Knowlton filled a backpack full of clothes and began a 4-year walking tour through Europe. Using the youth hostel system of staying in low cost housing, a cheap railroad pass, and his feet, he experienced the informal education experience of a lifetime. When he returned to the ...

USEPA colludes with environmental zealots at NRDC

The government's environmental rules defeat even environmentalists.Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls "the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed ...

Alzheimer’s crisis coming to America

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare - as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out - will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never mind projections that the program will be ...

‘Like’ factor plays role in presidential politics

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democrat President Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: "I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them. ...

America’s injustice system needs reform

The United States does not have a justice system.If we define a justice system as a system designed for the production of justice, then it seems obvious that term cannot reasonably be applied to a system that countenances the mass incarceration by race and class of hundreds of thousands of ...

Many GOP messengers, same message (except Trump’s)

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's comment on the Donald Trump train wreck went to the heart of its damage to the Republican Party. "It's shameful," she said of Trump's assault on John McCain as a war hero, "and so is the fact that it took so long for the other Republican candidates to start ...

Diaper dilemma that shouldn’t be

A worrisome trend in this country illustrates in the starkest terms how a mother's income affects not only her baby's health but hers, too.Child Trends - a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center - reported in 2013 that low-income parents, especially single mothers, have higher rates of ...

Why selling baby parts should shock no one

"...if we come to see ourselves as meat, then meat we shall become." -- Leon Kass, M.D., "Toward a More Natural Science"What is most shocking about an undercover video of a conversation between Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive, and two antiabortion activists from the Center for ...

Trump lesson Bush, Clinton should heed

For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right.Of course Trump wouldn't ...

Odds in his favor: Trump gets bump at Anger Games

The Trump bump tells us something about the state of American politics. Progressives are panting to interpret his surge as evidence of Republicans' black hearts. Some Donald Trump supporters have suggested that his success, such as it is/was (this is being written after the McCain flap and ...

Why progressives must stay united

A new report finds more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. According to the report, released Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty (as of 2013, the latest data available) compared with 18 percent in ...

Why progressives must stay united

A new report finds more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. According to the report, released Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty (as of 2013, the latest data available) compared with 18 percent in ...

Increasingly divided Dems causing problems for party

America's two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been - not just now, but from the beginning - regionally, religiously, racially and ethnically diverse.George W. Bush's Republicans in 2006 and 2008 were not able to hold ...