Drew Mendelson
Drew Mendelson
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Government Shutdown 2013 is Just the First Act, the Debt Ceiling is Next

The upcoming battle over the debt ceiling, rather than the budget battle, presents the bigger danger to the U.S. economy.

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Bradley Manning Trial: Is Our Future an Orwellian Nightmare Or Information Anarchy?

We are rapidly approaching a time when we will be able to instantaneously discover the details of everything occurring in the world. But who will control this dangerous power?
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Immigration Reform 2013: We're So Close, But is It Out Of Reach?

The left and right have come together to propose a well-thought-out and reasonable compromise on comprehensive immigration reform. Is it all falling apart?
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Boston Bombing: Background Checks Would've Caught Tsarnaev Brothers Early

Suspected Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had bombs, handguns, a rifle and more than 250 rounds of ammunition. Maybe background checks are necessary after all.
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Paracel Islands Tourists Could Spark An International Rift

A recent effort by China to bring tourists to the islands has drawn Vietnam’s ire.
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Caroline Kennedy Nomination: Some U.S. Ambassadors Are Cronies, But Who Cares?

Complaints of cronyism have arisen over some of President Obama's recent picks for ambassadorships. But if the receiving countries love their new ambassador, what's the problem?

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The Simple Reason We Need to Reform Social Security

As we become a nation more and more polarized into haves and have-nots, guaranteed retirement benefits like Social Security are critical ... just not the ones we have now.
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Are the Republicans and Democrats Trading Places On Foreign Policy?

Republicans are still very much focused on strong national security policies, despite the recent surge of libertarian politicians. Dems have always been focused on these same policies.
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Budget 2013: Why a Grand Bargain is Totally Out Of the Question

It is unlikely anytime soon that there will be a grand bargain to end America's ongoing political civil war.
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Sequestration 2013 Will Significantly Hurt Millennials, Red States

The sequester will impact young people more so than older generations. The spending cuts will also likely hurt red states more so than blue states.
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Chris Christie's Minimum Wage Increase Veto Will Be His Undoing in 2016

The New Jersey governor would have to defend his opposition against other potential candidates, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who support increasing the minimum wage.

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With Unions On the Decline, Will Workers' Alliances Take Their Place?

Union membership has been steadily declining over the past 40 years, dropping from 26.7% to 13.1%. Other groups have sprung up to advocate for workers' rights, but can they be as powerful?
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Filibuster Reform: A Simple Explanation Of Why It Failed in the Senate (Again)

An effort to change the Senate's filibuster rule has sadly come to nothing. Senators agreed to leave the rule, but change other Senate rules. Here's how that all looks.
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The Debt Ceiling Is a Distraction From a Much More Serious Economic Problem: Spending

The debt ceiling debate fails to deal with a much larger problem: government spending. Congress may find a debt ceiling solution, but could still avoid making critical decisions on spending.
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Jack Lew Nomination: Why Are Women Never Considered for Treasury Secretary?

President Obama's pick for secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, reminds us that in U.S. history, a woman has never held that office. Here's why Obama's pick matters.
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American Spending, Not American Debt, is the Biggest Crisis We Face

We should use the debt ceiling as an alarm bell, warning us that our spending is seriously out of balance.

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Debt Ceiling 2013: Half-Truths Cloud the Debate Over U.S. Debt

China does not "own" the U.S. and other common misconceptions will cloud the debt ceiling debate in 2013.
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Debt Ceiling Deal: What Should We Cut?

Until we get some consensus on our national priorities and whether to cut Medicare, Social Security, or national defense, we will continue doing battle over the budget.
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Unions are Vital to the Welfare of the American Worker

Those who oppose unions claim their day has come and gone. But it is clear that unions must remain a principal and vital voice for working people.
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Fiscal Cliff 2013: Here's What Obama's Next Offer Should Be

As the fiscal cliff, and the end of the year, approach, here's what Obama should do to bring this financial impasse to an end before it's too late.