Education Classroom

News: Don’t Give Up the Gains in Education

The New York Times: Don’t Give Up the Gains in Education Excerpt: Congress made the right decision a decade ago when it required states to administer yearly tests to public school students — and improve instruction for poor and minority students — in return for federal education aid. National test data clearly show that since […]

US Capital

News: The Growth of Independents

Washington Times: Independents far outnumber Republicans and Democrats – and it’s recordbreaking Excerpt We already know that Americans are weary of Congress, the White House, gridlock and government. Now that ire has inspired voter defections: The number of self-described ‘independents” is at a record high level says substantive new Gallup research. “An average 43 percent […]

Police Brutality

News: New Law H.R.1447

President Obama signed into law on December 18, 2014, H.R. 1447, the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013. Excerpt: Requires states that receive allocations under specified provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, whether characterized as the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Programs, the Local […]

gay blood ban

News: Gay Blood Ban Will Remain

The Hill: Panel: Too many risks to lift ban on blood donations by gay men Excerpt: Members of an advisory panel on blood safety are arguing it would be risky to lift a 1980s-era ban on blood donations by gay men. The experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration are pushing back, as the […]

The Hill

Press: FDA Gay Blood Ban Meeting

The Hill, the newspaper for and about Congress, breaking stories from Capitol Hill, K Street and the White House, recently interviewed me for the upcoming meeting about the gay blood ban. Excerpt: As he was filling out the form, he was shocked when he read a question asking if he had had sex with men. […]

Islamic State on Vice News

The Islamic State from Vice News

Last night, 60 Minutes ran a piece on ISIS called, “Campaigning for ISIS in the West.” The piece was informative and enlightening coming from a religious leader in the United Kingdom who is an avid supporter of ISIS, or Islamic State. It is important to watch news pieces like that (and the one below) to […]