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Latest Work

Lessons from Sweden for the Immigration Debate

We need to support countries in reducing the pressures that force immigration, and not the corporations that make conditions worse.

Ronald McDonald’s Identity Crisis

Instead of endeavoring to reinvent Ronald as a proponent of healthy food choices, it’s time McDonald’s did some corporate soul-searching.

Climate Scams Won’t Save the Planet

Cap and trade is a scheme that tries to sell business-as-usual as a solution to global warming.

Bush-Style Military Spending Not Over Yet

Obama’s plans for change in defense spending are still mostly unrealized.

Thanksgiving: Time to Consider Native Americans’ Plight

The nation needs to commit itself to lasting Native American advancement.

Cuban Embargo: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Will Obama follow precedent when it comes to Cuba?

Our Choice: Control Carbon or Be Cooked

Our leaders are willing to control our fossil fuel economy but not to embark on a serious program to disarm it.

General McMoreland in Vietistan

The White House and the Pentagon should heed lessons learned in the past.

Neighbors Banding Together in Tough Times

Wall Street might be bouncing back, but what about the rest of us?

The Drug War has Failed. What’s Next?

The U.S. is paying a heavy price for its current stance on drug policy.

Let’s Get America’s Health Out of the ER

As a nation, we’re in the emergency room in desperate need for someone to stop the bleeding.

What Happened to the Crackdown on Executive Pay?

New Treasury rules have backpedaled on CEO pay reform for bailed-out companies. But we can no longer afford the status quo.

President Obama and the Harsh Racial Reality

Despite electing the first African-American president, the United States still faces deepening racial inequality.

Conservative Hypocrisy on Military Spending

It’s time to apply pay-as-you-go spending to the military budget.

Unleash the Arts: 1 percent of the Stimulus Package

What will be the fate of the arts during this recession? The Institute for Policy Studies recently launched a petition calling for 1 percent of the stimulus package to be spent on the arts.