Drug Patents

Martin Shkreli isn't just a creep, he's a criminal. His exponential increase in price to life-saving HIV medication is unconscionable. The way to deal with him is to refuse to enforce his patents and allow other companies to reproduce and undercut his product. Access to patent enforcement through the courts is granted by the American people. We giveth, we can taketh away. New rule, if your business practices harm Americans, the U. S. Government will not back you up.

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Arizona Recount

There is a lot of buzz on social media about the AZ primary. We need some clarification. If Independent, No Party Affiliation (NPA) or Libertarian voters were turned away, that is because it is a closed primary. A shame, but not unlawful or irregular. If registered Democrats had their registration CHANGED to Independent without their notice or consent, thus keeping them from voting, THAT is something altogether different and in need of immediate investigation. If that occurred to any significant extent, I say do it over or allow them to vote now and re-tally the final ...

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Cuba Visit

A word to my Cuban American friends. Yesterday, President Obama landed in Havana, further advancing the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. For those who have lasting scars from the horrors perpetrated by Fidel Castro and his cronies, I extend my sympathies. While most will cheer this change, for you this week's visit will be a painful reminder of loss and injustice. But every grieving period must come to an end. The mourning and grief over what was lost in Cuba must now move into a time for rebirth, growth and forward momentum. The opening of ...

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SCOTUS Nomination

To my dear Republican brothers and sisters, could you please point out to me where in the Constitution it says that "the people should get a say" in Supreme Court nominations. I mean, I see where the President gets to nominate, and I see where the Senate gives "advice and consent," but I can't find the part about popular vote, or the caveat, "but not in an election year."

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Sexual Assault

Last night, Lady Gaga gave a show-stopping performance that addressed the issue of sexual assault. She was backed-up by a silent chorus of survivors of sexual assault, who raised their hands in solidarity to show their strength and resilience. I intend no disrespect to victims of any sexual violence, but I would like to shift this conversation from victims to a focus on the perpetrators! Sexual assault is not about sex so much as it is about dominion and control. It is about the rush of taking something from someone that is not freely offered. Let's table the notion ...

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HIGH NOON IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS: Where is Egypt?

The recent break in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran is alarming. It brings a dangerous new level of instability to the region. The two nations represent the nominal heads of Sunni and Shia Islam, and have been tilting for regional influence for many years. The underlying causes for the devolution of relations are not particularly important. There are always reasons for Sunni and Shia to be at each other’s throats. The seeds of hate and distrust were sown in Islam’s early history and do not take much to be coaxed into blooming. The problem is ...

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The Real Threat from ISIS

As could be expected, the reactionary backlash over the Paris attacks has begun. To date, there is no credible evidence that any of the terrorists were Syrian refugees. A Syrian passport found in the rubble simply does not a case make. MANY, if not most, of the Syrian refugees are traveling without passports, and it is altogether possible that the passport did NOT belong to a bomber. Hard to believe that a terrorist would cary ID...you know...to make it easier on investigators. So far, the evidence shows that all of the attackers were from Europe. So let's start there. ...

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HOW TO GET REAL CHANGE OUT OF ANOTHER SENSELESS POLICE KILLING: PART 2

Obviously, there isn’t one single measure or step that will altogether stop the senseless killing of civilians by law enforcement officers.  There can be no doubt that body cameras are critically needed in every police department and precinct.  Here are a few other suggestions that could produce real change: TRAIN DIFFERENTLY:  As one police chief aptly pointed out, police officers spend 90% of training time on what they do 10% of the time.  WAY too much emphasis is placed on shooting in police academies and in recurring police training.  NOT NEARLY ENOUGH time ...

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HOW TO GET REAL CHANGE OUT OF ANOTHER SENSELESS POLICE KILLING: PART 1

As yet another community mourns the loss of a young black man killed by a police officer, we are left once again with more questions than answers.  Corey Jones was a church-going, gentle soul, known for his calm demeanor, and wicked skills on the drums.  He was stopped on the side of the road due to car trouble.  In the early hours of the night he was approached by a plain-clothes police officer in an unmarked white van.  Shortly thereafter Corey was dead, shot three times by the officer.  The community knows little of the details of what happened.  But one thing is ...

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The Lesson of 9/11

In 2001, I was living and working in Washington DC as an Associate at a large law firm.  My routine at the time was to workout in the gym across the street from my office in the morning, and then walk over to the office to start my often-grueling work days.  I had left the Navy the year prior, and was still very close to many of my Navy colleagues.  On that particular September day, I finished my workout and was stretching on some mats when the TV’s in the gym started showing images of a plane flying into one of the Twin Towers in New York.  At first, I assumed it ...

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