Obamacare is No Prescription for Income Inequality

When President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without a single Republican vote, it seemed to many as though the Democratic Party was embarking on a tyranny-of-the-majority of sorts. With procedural maneuvers in place to annul Republican efforts at blocking its passage, the bill—termed ‘Obamacare’ by many on the right—became law, finally fulfilling the decades-old liberal dream of healthcare reform. Immediately after the bill was signed, David Leonhardt wrote in the New York Times as one of the first to declare that the new law was “the federal…

FPR Interviews – CNN Anchor Don Lemon

In a systemically polarized country plagued by an agenda-motivated media, Don Lemon sets the standard for what could be – and what may be – the closest example of objective journalism in America. The 47-year old news anchor began working for CNN in 2006 and he currently hosts the weekend prime-time edition of “Newsroom.” Before becoming an anchor for CNN, Mr. Lemon was a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News, as well as an anchor on both Weekend Today and MSNBC. Some of his achievements include winning an Emmy…

The Return of Scott Brown

Perhaps future textbooks in electoral politics will label 2014 the year of red state anxiety. Given the vulnerability of Democratic incumbents in the Senate, this might not be too outlandish a prediction. Seven states in particular—Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and West Virginia—feature vulnerable Democrats up for re-election, feeling the heat of growing disenchantment with the Affordable Care Act, and putting the prospect of a Democratically-controlled Senate in question. That Obamacare is spurring this apprehension in Democratic circles in undeniable—North Carolina’s Kay Hagan is distancing herself from…

Unrest in Ukraine: Summarizing the Euromaidan

For over two months now a massive, ongoing protest has been staged in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The protests have been referred to as the Euromaidan. The name originates from the location of the protests, Independence Square, combining Euro for European and Maidan, the Ukrainian word for Square. The protests started on November 21, 2013 when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly postponed signing an agreement with the European Union (EU) taking the nation and the EU by surprise. The EU-Ukraine agreement was supposed to include an Association Agreement with…