Autiello: Will True Christianity Please Stand Up?

Nick Autiello, Contributor

The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.

SASSO: The Coming New Year

James Sasso, Associate Editor

As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.

SASSO: Kicking the Can

James Sasso, Associate Editor

For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.

CIOCCI: A Foolish Consistency

Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

AKMAN: Jon Huntsman’s Meaningless Campaign

Josh Akman, Columnist

Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.

SASSO: The 99% Rising

James Sasso

Associate Editor

For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.

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THERRIAULT: Senate Waits till End to Pass START

Patrick Therriault, Columnist

As Congressional Sessions shift from 111th to 112th, there is little time to clear the docket of critical legislation. One important bill, the New START Treaty, had broad international significance–and not just because of its potential to boost U.S.-Russia relations.

MARIN: Ratify New START

Paul Marin, Columnist

The Senate Republicans’ stated opposition to the New START treaty is that it negatively impacts America’s Eastern European allies, its U.S. missile defense capabilities and strategic security. But in fact, it enhances them. The Republican attempt to defeat President Obama by stalling the treaty was a misguided, purely partisan tactic which only weakens America.

MARIN: Change Is Needed

Voting in a Republican Congress on Tuesday is a gamble. With the economy in the tank, the Obama Administration needs both a wake-up call as well as political cover for decisions that would be unpopular with the liberal base on economic issues. The imperative for change makes voting Republican a well-placed bet. And should it not live up to its promise, a Republican Congress may be what President Obama needs for reelection.

NEUMANN: Missile Defense (Technically)

Jonathan Neumann, Columnist

The latest foreign policy fiasco from the Ostrich-in-chief finds us scrutinising the recent meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council. To appreciate why, we must recount, however briefly, a story pervaded by betrayal, pusillanimity, and a cringe-inducing irony worthy of serial drama.

MARIN: Iran Makes a Deal

Paul Marin, Columnist

Why the apparently successful diplomatic achievement of Brazil and Turkey concerning Iran’s nuclear ambitions actually convinced Russia and China to support relatively tough UN sanctions on Iran.

CUEVAS: Agencies of Alleviation?

Jesse-Justin Cuevas
As far as western civilization is concerned, adoption has been around since the beginning of time—the Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses, according to the Old Testament—or at least since Ancient Rome. International adoption, on the other hand, is a more recent practice.

MARIN: Drinking to Russian Gas

Without securing alternative energy routes, Europe will entrench its dependence on Russian natural gas.

McCaffrey: Russia For (Some) Russians

Racism in Russia is reaching a frightening fever-pitch – the old adage “Russia is for Russians” has made a comeback.

SIEG: SIEMENS, IRAN, AND CENSORSHIP

Staff Writer Emily Sieg examines the consequences for free speech and nuclear proliferation with regards to Siemens’ business deals with the Iranian regime. Emily Sieg, Staff Writer Ideology: Liberal | [...]

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