“The definition of insanity, according to Einstein’s over-used proverb, is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’” These were the words with which the Republican National Committee (RNC) chose to open its Growth and Opportunity Project in the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s 2012 general election defeat. While I wouldn’t go […]

The year President George W. Bush left office Jane Mayer published “The Dark Side,” a scathing, revelatory piece on the Bush administration’s unscrupulous detention and interrogation policies during the administration’s War on Terror.  Mayer’s account reports the dubious legal foundations for the policies and contains detailed descriptions of the numerous human rights abuses the executive […]

Mississippi bears the unfortunate distinction of highest infant mortality rate in the United States. Context is everything, but Mississippi’s current rate of nine deaths per 1,000 newborns doesn’t improve in the national, or international, frame of reference.  The United States records 5.2 deaths per 1,000 infants on average. Just over five infants dying within their […]

How much does it cost to win a gubernatorial election? Or to kick out an incumbent Republican Senator? How much does it cost to save the environment?Answers to these questions may become clearer in coming years. The 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision that licensed unions, businesses, and wealthy individuals to pour unlimited money into […]

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