Philip Schawillie
Philip Schawillie
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Debt Ceiling 2013: Democrats and the GOP Can Easily Find Common Ground

Businesses value diversity as essential to problem-solving. Conservatives and liberals prefer "my way or the highway." They need a paradigm shift to move from gridlock to action.

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Voting Rights Act Must Be Amended By Supreme Court

Question plaintiff's motives all you want, but the increased Voter Rights Act litigation may really mean the Act needs updating to fight contemporary voter discrimination.
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Obama Gone, Borders Closed and English Only Proposed by Viral 'Free Stuff' Online Letter

The letter proposes that part of the power elite is manipulating those who benefit from government handouts into hating those who pay for them. The result: a class warfare that will end the U.S.
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GOP Health Care Plan Takes Pages from the Obamacare Playbook

The Republicans are constantly attacking Obamacare, but what they don't tell you is that the GOP's vision for health care includes large parts of Obama's Affordable Care Act.
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Redesigning the 2012 Primary System So Americans Give a Darn Again

Our presidential primary system deprives voters in the later contests a say in nominee selection. Eliminating this burden comes at too high a price, but it can be shared more equitably.
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Hospitals Are Allowed to Not Hire Fat People

Hiring policies related to weight are legal in most of the U.S. If applied with sensitivity, these policies can be gateways to recovery for the chronically obese.

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Voter ID Laws Are Solutions in Search of a Problem

Voter ID laws would not address issues other than voter impersonation, and would add significant new costs to administering elections.
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Deepak Chopra Interview Reveals the Solution to Washington Gridlock

We'll never solve any problems until we stop emphasizing ideologies over solutions. Let's be practical and revive a spirit of compromise that uses the best of what each ideology offers.
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In Wake of Vogue Obesity Article, What Should (or Shouldn't) Parents Do About Child Weight Issues?

Promote sound eating habits and active lifestyles to prevent childhood obesity. Should weight issues occur, resolve them with a sensitive determination that doesn't value form over substance.
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Obamacare and birth control debates pale in comparison to immigration issue: Cesar Chavez birthday an opportunity to remember immigrants

As we observe Cesar Chavez's 85th birthday it is time to consider the reforms to our immigration systems that will benefit the farmworkers to whom he dedicated his life.
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North Korea Rocket Launch May Destabilize Peninsula and Threaten Peace Process

North Korea's satellite launch may be an ICBM test in disguise. Despite recent agreements with the U.S., it's too soon to drop our guard.

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Russia Supports UN Mission, "Last Chance" for Syria

Russia and China support U.N. efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement in Syria, with Medvedev stating that this will be Syria's last chance, but the efforts will be an uphill battle.
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Federal Contractors Donating To Super PACs

William Koch and other federal contractors donated $890,000 to Romney's Super PAC Restore Our Future, calling for a reassessment of campaign finance laws.
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Wider Distribution of Birth Control Needed, But With Better Support System For Oral Contraception

Current over-the-counter contraception should have wider distribution. Oral contraceptives can go over the counter, but with more limited distribution.
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As Taliban Leave Peace Talks, U.S. Risks Soviet-Style Failure in Afghanistan

The U.S. and NATO coalition must dismantle the Taliban before the December 2014 withdrawal deadline, or risk losing everything they fought so hard to attain.
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After Barack Obama Plans Commencement Visit, Why Did Columbia Girls Get So Nasty At Barnard Girls?

Sniping between Columbia and Barnard students is probably as old as the two institutions themselves. But when the combatants on both sides are women, that adds a new twist to the procedings.

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On War With Iran: Why the U.S. Must Speak Softly

President Obama's AIPAC speech defined how he hopes to prevent Iran from going nuclear. History says he should tread softly, despite more hardline voices in the GOP and Israel.
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Should U.S. Continue Annual Military Exercise in South Korea?

North Korea objects as usual to this annual event. South Koreans want peace now. Despite promising developments, it's too soon to stand down.

Should Coffee Shops Offer Free Wi-Fi?

Regardless of your economic leanings, coffee shops should be able to make their own decisions on the question of whether to offer free Wi-Fi to customers.