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Thoughts on a debate on Egypt

The American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka wrote an article for the New York Times where she criticized the Obama administration for having not defined as a coup d’etat the July 3 Egyptian military’s takeover of the Egyptian government and ouster of President Mohammad Morsy and the cabinet constituted of the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading

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Law Abiding Citizen

I am usually not a huge fan of movies. Most of them seem too predictable to me – be they comedy, action, drama, and so on. Continue reading

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Nebraska Legislature – the only unicameral state legislature

As a country, from political aspect, the United States of America is a federation. It has a federal government in Washington, D.C. and state governments in every single state that is part of its territory. Unlike in a unitary system, where the central government has an entire or almost entire control over local governments in terms of internal affairs, in the United States the 50 different states have certain autonomy and sovereignty in decision-making given to them by the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution where it is said that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”1 Therefore, every state government has more flexibility in decision-making than do local governments in countries with unitary system such as Great Britain, France and others. Continue reading

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New York joins five other states in same-sex marriage

The New York Senate passed by 33-29 and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will grant same-sex couples the right to marry starting on July 24, 2011. Thus New York joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont Iowa, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing same-sex marriage. Continue reading

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Bad journalism? You decide (part two)

After I exposed you to a blunder from the Balkan press, here’s another gaffe, this time from the Connecticut press, a state that I have been covering for almost two years at ConnecticutPlus.com. Continue reading

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A government like a corporation and a corporation like a government

“Running government like a corporation/business” is a comparatively frequently encountered expression especially within the American society before elections take place. Some may buy on the idea, others never have and will probably never do so. I sincerely hope that the notion of being able to run government like a business – big or small – never takes roots and here are the reasons why: Continue reading

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How non-partisan is the Congressional Budget Office?

We all read, watch and listen to the news quoting the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) when it comes to the U.S. budget. Oftentimes we detect through our eyes or ears the word “non-partisan” before the name of the institution – a guarantee for transparency and equity both to reporters and other people in what’s going on with the federal government spending. How trustworthy are the team of economic and public policy analysts that comprise the CBO though? Is it a myth that it is non-partisan? Who appoints these experts? Continue reading

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