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[OP-ED]: Voter Participation – Dismal Indicator of Democracy

 05/19/2017 - 10:31
Somalis hold demonstration in London on May 18, 2017 across from the Downing Street residence of the British Prime Minister seeking better respect through exercising their democratic right to protest. LBWPhoto
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The same week that America’s federal government plunged deeper into a governance crisis from misconduct by President Trump and members of his professed Law-&-Order administration, many Philadelphians took a big step towards restoring the vitality of democracy with their participation in the primary election.

 

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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:30am
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Somalis hold demonstration in London on May 18, 2017 across from the Downing Street residence of the British Prime Minister seeking better respect through exercising their democratic right to protest. LBWPhoto

[OP-ED]: The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger

 05/18/2017 - 09:37
File photograph of FBI Director James Comey during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9. EFE
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I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump’s presidency fairly. I’ve praised him when he has appointed competent people to high office and expressed support for his policies when they seemed serious and sensible (even though this has drawn criticism from some quarters). But there has always been another aspect to this presidency lurking beneath the surface, sometimes erupting into full view as it did this week. Donald Trump, in much of his rhetoric and many of his actions, poses a danger to American democracy.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:45am
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Fareed Zakaria
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File photograph of FBI Director James Comey during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9. EFE

[OP-ED]: El despido de Comey nos recuerda un peligro mayor

 05/18/2017 - 08:51
Foto de archivo de James Comey, durante una audiencia ante el Comité de Justicia del Senado sobre la 'Revisión del FBI' en el Capitolio, Washington, DC. EFE
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 He intentado evaluar la presidencia de Donald Trump con justicia. Lo he elogiado cuando eligió a personas competentes para cargos altos y expresé mi apoyo por sus políticas cuando parecían serias y sensatas (a pesar de que esto ha suscitado críticas de algunos sectores). Sin embargo, siempre ha existido otro aspecto en esta presidencia que ha estado asechando bajo la superficie y algunas veces ha salido a la vista, como sucedió esta semana. Donald Trump, en la mayor parte de su retórica y varias de sus medidas supone un peligro para la democracia estadounidense.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:45am
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Fareed Zakaria
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Foto de archivo de James Comey, durante una audiencia ante el Comité de Justicia del Senado sobre la 'Revisión del FBI' en el Capitolio, Washington, DC. EFE

[OP-ED]: The perils of assuming anything about the Latino vote

 05/18/2017 - 08:20
You don’t need to be a political scientist to figure out a few simple truths: In raw numbers, more and more Hispanics will cast ballots in upcoming elections -- as has been the case for the past 36 years.
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At the outset of their new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes note that adviser David Plouffe prioritized three goals for Clinton to win: “It was important to have the right culture and mission, to manage Bill Clinton, and to effectively target Latino voters.”

We know how well that turned out.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:30pm
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Esther Cepeda
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You don’t need to be a political scientist to figure out a few simple truths: In raw numbers, more and more Hispanics will cast ballots in upcoming elections -- as has been the case for the past 36 years.

[OP-ED]: Los peligros de hacer suposiciones sobre el voto latino

 05/17/2017 - 12:58
No es necesario ser un politólogo para darse cuenta de algunas verdades simples: En números brutos, más y más hispanos emitirán votos en elecciones futuras—como ha ocurrido en los últimos 36 años. 
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En el inicio de su nuevo libro, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”, Jonathan Allen y Amie Parnes señalan que el asesor David Plouffe priorizó tres objetivos para que Clinton ganara: “Era importante tener la cultura y la misión adecuadas, manejar a Bill Clinton y procurar eficazmente a los electores latinos.”

Sabemos lo bien que resultó eso.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:30pm
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Esther Cepeda
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No es necesario ser un politólogo para darse cuenta de algunas verdades simples: En números brutos, más y más hispanos emitirán votos en elecciones futuras—como ha ocurrido en los últimos 36 años. 

[OP-ED]: Trump’s Dangerous Confusion Can No Longer Be Hidden

 05/17/2017 - 11:19
Trump’s problems are not only with the public, his own party comrades have also increasingly begun to run away from him, fearful that his unpopularity could be as contagious as the Zika virus --and cost them an election. EFE
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C’mon people, give the man some credit. Yes, it’s true that these past few days have been completely chaotic and disastrous for the increasingly confused and erratic Donald Trump. But hey, how many other presidents have squandered their political capital so completely in such a short period of time?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 2:15pm
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Trump’s problems are not only with the public, his own party comrades have also increasingly begun to run away from him, fearful that his unpopularity could be as contagious as the Zika virus --and cost them an election. EFE

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