Note to Readers: Off to Boston to Hear The Dalai Lama Speak

I’m heading to the Boston area later today for a 3 days so that I can attend the inaugural event at The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT on Thursday, April 30.  I’ve been granted a press pass from The Center, so I will have a substantial piece on … Continue reading

The GOP and Swine Flu

There are now 40 confirmed cases of the Swine Flu in the U.S. and more than 1600 cases in Mexico. Concern over the outbreak has “cast a shadow over the struggling global economy,” as the spread of Swine Flu “could harm trade and tourism and undermine businesses just as they … Continue reading

If Things Had Gone Differently…..

President Barack Obama will reach the first 100 days milestone on Wednesday: But what if, things had gone differently? What if, John McCain had been elected? Imagine… “Just Imagine: The First 100 Days of John McCain.”

Swine Flu: U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency

On Sunday, in the wake of 20 confirmed cases of Swine Flu, U.S. health officials declared a public health emergency and other “nations imposed travel bans or made plans to quarantine air travelers as confirmed cases also appeared in Mexico and Canada and suspect cases emerged elsewhere.” The NY Times reports … Continue reading

WHO Swine Flu Constitutes a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’

On Saturday, Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an emergency in Mexico in the wake of the country’s swine flu outbreak. The emergency declaration gives Calderon the “powers to order quarantines and suspend public events.” Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the W.H.O., said on Saturday that the deadly swine flu virus outbreak … Continue reading

Obama Maintains High Public Opinion

President Obama’s first months in the Oval Office have strengthened his “standing with the American public, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, giving him political capital for battles ahead.” As his 100th day as president approaches next Wednesday, the survey shows Obama has not only maintained robust approval ratings but also bolstered … Continue reading

Schumer and Dodd: Freeze Rate Hikes on Credit Cards

On Thursday, Senators Chuck Schumer and Chris Dodd called on the Federal Reserve to “freeze interest rate hikes on consumer credit card balances,” just hours before a meeting between credit card companies and the White House. Noting that the Fed has used its emergency powers multiple times since 2007 in the context … Continue reading