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From the Archives: My 9/11 Story

Last year, I recounted my personal experience on September 11, 2001, and I offered some commentary about what that day–and the events of the ensuing year–meant to me and to American politics in general. I’ve reposted my 9/11 story again this year, below. (11 September 2006) When I was a freshman in college, at Texas…

The following is a transcript of the remarks I delivered to the Texas Aggie Democrats at Texas A&M University on September 5, 2007 (and I’ve added some links). I start out talking a little bit about the work I did in the organization when I was a student there, but I eventually get into the…

This one is for my readers at Texas A&M University. I’m currently visiting Texas for a couple of weeks, and I’ll be speaking at the first meeting of the semester of the Texas Aggie Democrats this Wednesday, 5 September, at 8:30 pm in Rudder 502. I’ll be talking a bit about the Democratic Party in…

After the House passed its expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program on Wednesday, the Senate passed its version late Thursday. Although the House version passed along party lines, against strong Republican opposition, the Senate version enjoyed more bipartisan support, passing 68-31 (although all 31 “no” votes came from Republicans, with no Democrats voting against…

House Passes CHIP Expansion

Here’s some good news from Congress, where the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3162, the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. This is the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or SCHIP) that I’ve been blogging about recently. For more information on CHIP check out these previous entries. CHIP…

Over at A Blog Around the Clock, Bora has posted an interview he conducted by email with Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on science and science-related issues. The fact that John Edwards participated is a good indication that the 2008 candidates (at least the Democratic ones) are taking scientists, bloggers, and even science bloggers seriously.…

The results of a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll were released today, and they by and large indicate that young adults today are more progressive (based on stances on individual issues and on personal identification) than their parents’ generation. Although this liberalization has been a general tendency in America (and fits the stereotype of the…

I’ve been openly skeptical of the shift to the right that we’ve seen lately by those vying for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Although my skepticism is targeted more at the inevitable swing to the center that their rhetoric will surely take after the primaries (despite the continued influence that the right wing voters…

One of the primary goals of Congress since the Democrats’ stunning November 2006 election victory has been restoring federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. President Bush first imposed the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research in August 2001. After the House voted in May 2005 to overturn these restrictions, the Republican Senate stalled for…

Mandatory sentencing laws are disliked by many, and for good reason. Judges often criticize these laws for taking away their judicial sovereignty, while others decry the inherent disparity in which they affect minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status. They often lead to inordinately severe punishments for arguably minor, generally drug-related, crimes. The good news…