National Analysis

Sandy Hook Shootings: We Need to Focus on More Than Just Gun Control

Sandy Hook Shootings: We Need to Focus on More Than Just Gun Control

December 21, 2012 at 2:25 am

WASHINGTON POST 12/21/12 By Michael Shank Friday morning, the National Rifle Association will hold a much anticipated press conference, responding to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed 26 lives last week. No matter what the powerful group says, there will likely still be calls for stronger gun control […]

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‘Amish Mafia’ is a Shameful, Unrealistic Portrayal of Plain People

‘Amish Mafia’ is a Shameful, Unrealistic Portrayal of Plain People

November 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/29/12 By Michael Shank If anyone thinks that the Discovery Channel is about actual discovery of, say, science, history, space, or tech, as their Web site claims, think again. Or if you think that its sister company, The Learning Channel (TLC), is about learning new insight or information, […]

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‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

November 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/28/12 By Michael Shank There is much to laud in the recently released film “Lincoln,” and Participant Media, which produced the film, points a principled way forward for fellow filmmakers, and their audiences, who care about social action.  Participant Media is relatively new to Hollywood, but it has […]

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GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

November 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER 11/28/12 By Michael Shank Will Pennsylvania ever produce another Republican leader on par with Thaddeus Stevens (“‘Lincoln’ lays bare messy reality of process,” Sunday)? Stevens’ adamant promotion of equality and opportunity contrasts starkly with the present state GOP. Whether it is the voter-ID law that would disproportionately impact […]

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We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

November 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

FOX NEWS 11/24/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he […]

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The Surprising $1.5 Trillion Fix to the Fiscal Cliff

The Surprising $1.5 Trillion Fix to the Fiscal Cliff

November 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

POLITICO 11/24-25/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he must […]

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Need a Thoughtful, Efficient Legal Immigration Process

Need a Thoughtful, Efficient Legal Immigration Process

November 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

AL JAZEERA 11/21/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013, he […]

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Why We Heart Hurricanes: The Climate Change Connection

Why We Heart Hurricanes: The Climate Change Connection

November 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

POLITICO 11/02-04/12 By Michael Shank Watching television this week, as Hurricane Sandy descended on Washington D.C. and meteorologists scurried to remain atop the latest forecasting, myriad presidential election campaign advertisements were met with one major marketing competitor: the American Petroleum Institute and its various oil, coal and gas bedfellows. It […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Time to Do Something About Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy: Time to Do Something About Climate Change

November 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

AL JAZEERA 11/01/12 By Michael Shank Watching television this week, as Hurricane Sandy descended on Washington, DC, and meteorologists scurried to remain atop the latest forecasting, myriad presidential election campaign advertisements were met with one major marketing competitor: the American Petroleum Institute and its various oil, coal and gas bedfellows. […]

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Folly of Freedom is Plaguing the US Right Now

Folly of Freedom is Plaguing the US Right Now

October 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 10/09/12 By Michael Shank Sir, It is confounding that America’s presidential candidates, in their first debate, failed to address one of the growing epidemics killing our countrymen and women, that of gun violence (“Gun lobby pours millions of dollars into campaign to unseat Obama”, October 4). Sadly, they […]

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