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  • Under Secretary of State for African Affairs: Who Is Tibor Nagy Jr.?

    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Nagy was a refugee from Hungary as a child, but grew up to be a career U.S. Foreign Service officer who spent his entire career working in Africa or on African issues. In 1987, he began a string of assignments as deputy chief of mission, serving first in Togo, then Cameroon and Nigeria. Nagy was first appointed an ambassador, to Guinea, in 1996, then returned to Ethiopia as ambassador in Addis Ababa. Nagy worked to improve living conditions for Foreign Service officers and their families.   read more
  • The Best and Brightest are Not Always the Wisest: Frank Rich

    Saturday, December 06, 2008
    Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner [Obama’s nominees for Director of the National Economic Council and Secretary of the Treasury] are both protégés of another master of the universe, Robert Rubin. His appearance in the photo op for Obama-transi...   read more
  • National Security Advisor: James “Chevron-Boeing” Jones

    Friday, December 05, 2008
    When George W. Bush took charge of the White House, he chose as his National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, who spent 14 years on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation and even had an oil tanker named after her. When Barack Obama won e...   read more
  • Uncovering the Secrets of the Bush Administration

    Thursday, December 04, 2008
    Washington Monthly editor Charles Homans presents a roadmap for digging out the most important secrets that the Bush administration wants to keep hidden forever. It won’t be easy. As Vice-President Cheney said in a speech in 2007, “I learned early...   read more
  • Guantánamo Prosecutor Tells Why He Resigned

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a devout Catholic, was called up as a military lawyer after 9/11 and served in Iraq, Bosnia and Africa. In 2007, he became a prosecutor for the military commissions trying terrorist suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, a rol...   read more
  • College: Slipping Away From the Poor and Middle Class

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    According to a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in the last 25 years the cost of a college education has gone up at triple the rate of family income. Increasingly, middle-class parents are going into debt to pu...   read more
  • Protecting Corporations Against Their Employees

    Sunday, November 30, 2008
    The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the ...   read more
  • Cyber-Attacks from China and Russia Threaten U.S. War Command

    Saturday, November 29, 2008
    Cyber-attacks aimed at the U.S. military come on two fronts, said Tim McKnight of Northrop Grumman. A number of countries are actively working to develop methods for disabling the computer systems the U.S. military relies on during wartime. And ad...   read more
  • Gay Marriage is Good for the Economy

    Saturday, November 29, 2008
    During a break in a youth soccer tournament a few years ago, one of the other fathers on my son’s team surprised me when he told me that he was a strong supporter of gay marriage. He explained that it was good for his business.   “What do you do...   read more
  • In Praise of George Bush

    Thursday, November 27, 2008
    I don’t think that anyone would accuse me of being soft on George W. Bush. For example, I have argued that Bush should be indicted for violating the U.S. War Crimes Act. However, the man is not all bad. I believe that his lack of racism played a s...   read more
  • Medicaid Pays for Risky, Unapproved Drugs

    Monday, November 24, 2008
    The government is paying millions for risky medications that have never been reviewed for safety and effectiveness but are still covered under Medicaid, an Associated Press analysis of federal data has found. Millions of private patients are takin...   read more
  • 10 Worst Corporations of the Year

    Sunday, November 23, 2008
    Each year for the past 20 years, the Multinational Monitor has chosen the 10 worst corporations of the year. There have been some terrible ones before, but 2008 produced a bumper crop. They are: AIG, Cargill, Chevron, Chinese National Petroleum, C...   read more
  • The Agency That Failed

    Sunday, November 23, 2008
    In the parade of regulators that missed signals or made decisions they came to regret on the road to the current financial crisis, the Office of Thrift Supervision stands out. OTS is responsible for regulating thrifts, also known as savings and lo...   read more
  • Secretary of the Treasury: Who is Timothy Geithner?

    Sunday, November 23, 2008
    Like Barack Obama, Timothy F. Geithner, Obama’s choice for Secretary of the Treasury, was born in August 1961, spent part of his childhood living in Asia, and currently enjoys playing basketball.   Geithner was born in Brooklyn, New York, August...   read more
  • Disputed Ballots in Minnesota: You Be the Judge

    Friday, November 21, 2008
    The recount in the Senatorial election in Minnesota between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may come down to decisions made about several hundred challenged ballots. Minnesota Public Radio has put together 10 examples of disputed ballots. You be the j...   read more
  • The War at Our Fingertips

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008
    What is the war taking place right now that has taken the most lives? Iraq? Israel vs. Palestine? Darfur in Sudan? How about “none of the above”? According to a 2008 report by the International Rescue Committee, the fighting in eastern and souther...   read more
  • Attorney General: Who is Eric Holder?

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008
    Eric H. Holder, Jr. is Barack Obama’s choice to serve as Attorney General. Holder’s father, an immigrant from Barbados, sold real estate, and his mother worked as a secretary. Born in the Bronx in 1951, Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, a neighborh...   read more
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