Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading

It’s about freaking time!

President Obama Obama expressed wonder that making sure 30 million people don’t have health care is “the one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment.” Continue reading

Attention Surgery Shoppers

Surgery If you’re an uninsured New Yorker shopping for a hip replacement, the going rate in Manhattan is $18,260. If that sounds steep and you’re willing to try medical tourism, the rate drops to $7,500 in Boston, $7,099 in Baltimore or $6,399 in Washington.

If you’re willing to go further afield, there are seeming bargains available elsewhere including these:

  • Portland, Oregon: $4,366
  • Tampa, Florida: $3,039

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Governor, Heal Thyself

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If an entire state could be crazy as a box of frogs, it would be Arizona. If a whole state could be crazy and brag about it, it would be Texas. Continue reading

From the Frontlines of the War on Women

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2,600 years ago, Sun Tzu said, “All war is deception.” In 2012, Republicans have gone him one better. They’re denying the existence of a war while they’re actively waging it. Continue reading