the GOP gets introduced to reality (and facts)

What a spectacular and stunning loss for the GOP. Record numbers of women and minorities (muslims, gays, latinos, asian-pacifics, blacks..) were voted into office on Nov 07, and were for the first time in history a majority of each party's caucus in the House of Representatives. For fast-tracking this inevitable reality, I give my heartfelt thanks to the misinformation campaign of Karl Rove, the Faux News spin machine, and the most vile members of the GOP who hijacked the platform to preach dogma, promote hate and blacklist those with opposing views. These charlatans have failed their party and America by keeping their believer base cocooned in a bubble of lies and fear. Without facts to inform GOP strategy, it's advantage team blue. … [Read more...]

Democrats and Republicans on Foreign Aid

A useful article on the differences between the platforms on US foreign aid. Especially interesting for my field is the debate on where to park Obama's signature Global Health Initiative. This year a decision was made to maintain its diplomacy focus by parking it in the State Department (versus transferring it to USAID, the USG's development agency). The discussion is an interesting one because it explores the nature of US foreign aid, which is managed by multiple USG agencies. … [Read more...]