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What the Biden presidency means for older Americans

In his run for the presidency, Joe Biden laid out a "Plan for Older Americans" that reflected the Democratic party philosophy that healthcare and living with dignity after retirement are an inalienable right for all. The Biden-Harris plan addresses long-standing inequities based on age and ...

Biden 2021 should look to Biden 1980 for bipartisan inspiration

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to govern as a president for all Americans, not just those who voted for him. Some pundits dismiss Biden's bipartisanship as naïve in today's hyper-partisan climate, but the opposite is true. Seasoned leaders understand that entrenched problems demand ...

Thank animal research for COVID-19 vaccines

The race to vaccinate the country is on. People are beginning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna. It's the second vaccine to receive emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, closely following the one from Pfizer and BioNTech. Creating a ...

Biden administration must commit to a national pandemic preparedness strategy

COVID-19 has killed more than 375,000 Americans. And with case counts and hospitalizations soaring, many more deaths are sadly in store. Defeating this scourge will be President-elect Biden's greatest challenge. But he'd be remiss to stop there. He has a unique opportunity to build up our ...

Trump presidency collapses amid insurrection at Capitol

WASHINGTON – Nearly 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt condemned the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as “the date which will live in infamy.” On Wednesday, another such date informed the American people that lame-duck president Donald Trump had personally incited an ...

Power vs. duty in American politics

To anyone paying attention the last four years, Trump’s refusal to accept that he lost the 2020 presidential election fair and square could not truly come as a surprise. That he would never concede was practically a given. What we could not know (and still do not know) with any certainty is ...

Who will save the Grand Old Party after Donald Trump leaves the White House?

WASHINGTON – As defeated President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House kicking and screaming on January 20, who among the remnants of the shattered Republican Party to which he clings has the stature or the ability to restore it as an integral partner in the traditional two-party ...

The power of Christmas

Of all the great and small events of 1991, the death of CBS News' "60 Minutes" co-host Harry Reasonerprobably rates near the bottom in the amount of attention afforded it by the public. Yet when a keen observer and a person of talent and grace leaves the planet, we are all diminished a ...

Even Trump’s pardons are selfish

The list of President Donald Trump's pardons and clemencies so far looks a lot like a supermarket tabloid: In other words, a lot like Trump's life itself. There's Rod Blagojevich with his saucy smile, and there's smug Joe Arpaio. Every president's pardon list contains some self-serving or ...

Physicians educated abroad can fill COVID-induced doctor shortage

The United States will be short nearly 140,000 doctors by 2033, according to the latest estimates from the Association of American Medical Colleges. COVID-19 may drive the number of doctor shortages up further. Large numbers of physicians are leaving the profession. Consequently, we must ...

It is winter after all, but I’ll pass on the eggplant parmesan

Now that the election is over, kind of, I’m moving. Not to Canada but maybe Maine or Georgia. Grubhub, the food delivery service, recently released top trending foods they delivered this year in each state. Most were comfort foods that pretty much turn the USDA food pyramid upside down. The ...

Hunting for Hunter Biden

It isn't that the alleged exploits, profits and questionable business deals involving Hunter Biden and his father, Joe Biden, were not known for most of this election year. Much of mainstream media either ignored it or put it down as right-wing extremism. Until now. We've recently learned ...

Rebutting the myth of white superiority

By way of introduction: Tommy Tuberville is the new Republican U.S. senator from Alabama. He was previously a successful college football coach at the University of Mississippi, Texas Tech, Cincinnati and Auburn -- where his team six times defeated their powerful in-state rival, the ...

Missing the point on prescription drug costs

Bashing drug companies, long a bipartisan pastime, reached a fever pitch when President Trump recently announced a new federal rule aimed at slashing the prices Medicare pays for some lifesaving medications. Republicans and Democrats alike are stuck on the idea that the best way to reduce our ...

A tale of three governors

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's order of additional restrictions prior to Thanksgiving elicited expected responses from those who virtue signal their belief in science to those clutching their copy of the constitution close to their chest. However, the vehemence directed at Gov. Brown still caught ...

With new drug pricing order, Trump flirts with socialism

President Trump's recent executive order on drug prices gets almost everything right -- except the solution. It's true, as the order says, that "Americans pay more per capita for prescription drugs than residents of any other developed country." And it's unjust that Americans ...

President Trump’s latest executive order will decimate U.S. innovation

With only a few months left in his first term, President Trump is trying to make good on his campaign promise to lower drug prices. He has signed an executive order directing Medicare to tie reimbursements for most medicines to the lowest prices paid in other developed countries. This ...

President Trump’s latest executive order will decimate U.S. innovation

With only a few months left in his first term, President Trump is trying to make good on his campaign promise to lower drug prices. He has signed an executive order directing Medicare to tie reimbursements for most medicines to the lowest prices paid in other developed countries. This ...

This Thanksgiving, choose love – focus on the gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. It’s a holiday with none of the pressures of Christmas. I cook a lot of food and give a lot of hugs. Nothing makes me happier than our house full of the people I love. This preamble is brought to you by a columnist who wants you and those you ...

A 40-year-old law continues to produce new jobs today

This fall, tens of millions of Americans will get vaccinated against influenza -- but they won't all experience a prick in the arm. Instead, many will take FluMist, the painless nasal flu vaccine. FluMist is just one of many breakthrough innovations that originated at the University of ...