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Articles by: Alan Grayson

Trump is trying to end MY healthcare

Trump is trying to end MY healthcare

  This is really getting personal. The Orange Orangutan made two moves this month that, if successful, will mean that I can’t see a doctor when I’m sick. Act One is Trump’s response to a frivolous lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General, and a few others who can’t stand the idea that sick people might get the care they[Read More…]

Walking the Tightrope over Niagara Falls

Walking the Tightrope over Niagara Falls

  Today is the end of our FEC reporting period.  Also, it’s the anniversary of the first tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, by Charles Blondin in 1859. Blondin began performing as an acrobat in 1829 in France, at the age of five.  He moved to the United States in 1855, continuing to work in circuses. It is not known when[Read More…]

When my daughter was separated from me, at the border

When my daughter was separated from me, at the border

Let me tell you about the time that my daughter Skye was separated from me, and what it did to her. In November 2001, I took my family on a trip to West Africa.  We had a six-year-old (my daughter Skye), a three-year-old and a one-year-old with us.  We landed in Nigeria, and crossed overland to Benin, Togo and Ghana.[Read More…]

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Spying On Us: “As I pointed out, four years ago . . . .”

Spying On Us: “As I pointed out, four years ago . . . .”

  Joke: Four years ago, I wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pointing out that widely availably technology called “IMSI catchers” were being used to intercept cell phone signals, locate people, spy on their calls and insert malicious software in their phones.  I asked the FCC to put an end to that.  And as the Washington Post then reported, the[Read More…]

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Wisconsin, Washington, and Earth

Wisconsin, Washington, and Earth

 Sen. Gaylord Nelson passed away 13 years ago.  There are no second acts in American life, and little that is more “former” than “former Senator.”  For most ex-Senators, even their memory is forgotten.  But Sen. Gaylord Nelson is worth remembering.  He was a friend of the Earth. Gaylord Nelson grew up enamored by Wisconsin’s crisp, clean air, pristine forests, and[Read More…]

13 Killed, 19 Years Later

13 Killed, 19 Years Later

The quaint, unassuming, elevated area south of Denver known as Columbine rarely, if ever, caught the attention of the average American residing outside the State of Colorado for just over 99% of the twentieth century. When it etched its way into the hearts and minds of shocked onlookers around the world 19 years before Friday, nobody predicted that it would[Read More…]

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 Syrian Déjà vu

 Syrian Déjà vu

How many times has the United States bombed Syria to stop the use of chemical weapons?  And how many times has that worked?  A few years ago, when the war drums were beating loudly, I gave 40 interviews in three days, patiently laying out the case for peace.   (Well, someone has to.) For nearly a decade, I have said what[Read More…]

Lula — Champion Of The People

Lula — Champion Of The People

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a/k/a Lula, never went to school, and started working at the age of 12. As a union leader, he led the movement that freed Brazil from military dictatorship, and instituted democracy. Lula then served as President of Brazil from 2003 to 2011, when he lifted 40 million Brazilians out of poverty. Running for President again,[Read More…]

Blessed Be The Peacemakers: “They Can’t Kill Us All.”

Blessed Be The Peacemakers: “They Can’t Kill Us All.”

Yesterday, in solidarity with the 17 students killed in Parkland, FL., students all across the country left their classes for 17 minutes.  These students echoed the moral determination of their grandparents, almost fifty years ago, in nationwide student strikes following the murder of four student antiwar protesters at Kent State.  Check the Congressional Record, and you’ll find one speech  commemorating[Read More…]

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What Being Effective Looks Like

Occasionally, there are things that can be done in Congress that actually accomplish something. Let me tell you about my successful effort to audit the Federal Reserve. Wall Street didn’t like losing to me on that one. Isn’t that exactly what we all say we want in a Congressman? Someone keeping an eye on our money, and swinging into action[Read More…]

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Gag Order: Congressmen Aren’t Allowed To Speak About Impeachment

Gag Order: Congressmen Aren’t Allowed To Speak About Impeachment

 The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is prohibiting Members of Congress from discussing impeachment of President Trump, when they give speeches on the Floor of the House.   When I first heard about this, back in May of 2017, my jaw dropped.  Under the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives is the body responsible for impeaching the President of the United[Read More…]

Aaron Swartz: A Man Who “Rocked The Boat”

Aaron Swartz: A Man Who “Rocked The Boat”

 I knew Aaron Swartz. Aaron was an internet leader and free-speech advocate who helped organize the worldwide movement to keep the internet free from censorship and corporate control. Now more than ever, we should listen to his story and what he fought for. Aaron committed suicide at the young age of 26 after downloading JSTOR articles without JSTOR’s permission. He[Read More…]

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Common Decency: The Voight-Kampff Test

Common Decency: The Voight-Kampff Test

I once stayed up all night reading a book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip Dick.  The book was made into the movie Blade Runner.  The main character in the book, Rick Deckard, has to figure out something that seems like quite a challenge: is he a human being, or is he a “replicant”? Replicants are artificial beings[Read More…]