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Two Kinds of Pro-Choice Advocates

<![CDATA[I remember once when I was a teenager asking my father “What time is it?” He responded by saying, “There are two kinds of people in this world – those who ask what time it is, and those who wear watches.” I could not resist the temptation to respond by saying, “No, the two kinds of people are those who oversimplify the world by breaking it into dichotomies, and those who don’t.” Of course, he didn’t think that was funny. And now I regret saying it because sometimes things do break down into simple dichotomies.

Mike Didn't Get it Done

The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first appearance with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas Wednesday night was that Mike did not get it done, as his campaign ads promise he will if he becomes president.

How President Trump Is Giving Hope to Forgotten Americans

<![CDATA[In the past several months, we’ve seen a flurry of state-level policy recommendations and actions aimed at making criminal justice reform a legislative priority. This week, President Trump granted clemency to 11 people whose length of incarceration didn’t fit their crimes. Today, President Trump is speaking at Hope for Prisoners, a Las Vegas organization that provides services and support to the formerly incarcerated as they work to reintegrate into society.

Smart Use of Unlicensed Spectrum Key to Closing the Digital Divide

<![CDATA[Thanks to hundreds of billions of dollars in investments by wired and wireless providers, America is poised to lead the world in fast, reliable internet with an increasing array of applications including telemedicine, automated technologies, and yes, cat videos. But America’s continued digital ascendance requires a carefully thought-out spectrum policy that makes the most of licensed – and unlicensed – bandwidth while not interfering with other uses of spectrum.

The Debate's Big Winners? Mike Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders

<![CDATA[Wednesday's debate was historic: for the first time, an entirely self-funded candidate, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, was a participant. Of course, Bloomberg also made history by joining the fray remarkably late. He is skipping the first four primaries and caucuses in favor of an aggressive and very expensive strategy focusing on the delegate-rich contests on Super Tuesday and beyond.]]>

Medicare for Some ... Depending on Their Politics?

<![CDATA[Twenty-three years ago, I was asked to give a talk to the New York City Bar Association as part of a symposium titled “Executioners, Jailers, Slave Trappers and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging?” I was charged with addressing what judges should do when faced with moral quandaries over issues like partial-birth abortion (also called “dilation and evacuation abortions,” or “D&E abortions”) and physician-assisted suicide.