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Ebenezer Scrooge — Republican or Democrat — Bah humbug!

By Mary Gaylord Bah humbug to candidates, elections and anyone who didn't vote the way I did! On the heels of the election season there has been and continues to be a whole lot of bah humbugging going on. Admittedly, I've been one of the humbugging voices. "A Christmas Carol is more than just a story. It is a tirade against greed, selfishness and neglect. It uses the story of a rich man - the startlingly nasty Scrooge - to highlight the plight of those affected by the greed and meanness he exemplifies. Ignorance and Want remain the prime movers behind so many of the world's ills. But Dickens was having a go at his complacent readers - he was chastising them about their own ignorance - an ignorance that was in many cases a wilful ignoring of the plight of their fellow Londoners" as Chris Priestley so eloquently notes in Ignorance and Want: why Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is as relevant today as ever. Guilty as charged. I have been complacent and ignorant of the suffering of many of my fellow Americans. I've been complaining about the "others" and the mess we are in. And, like Scrooge, it's time I start listening,...

Big sums from lawmakers sitting pretty to those in need — but victory not a given

Sen.-elect Todd Young (R-Ind.) received more than any other candidate from lawmakers' campaign committees and leadership PACs along with party committees. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) BY: NIV SULTAN With control of the Senate and possibly the House at stake -- or so it seemed until close to Election Day -- the word went out from the Democratic and Republican parties to lawmakers: If you're not running this time, or if you're sitting on a pile of cash, share the love. Priority races were flagged, and those who could were expected to ante up. Still, while being on the receiving end of those funds was far better than the alternative, it didn't guarantee victory. In fact, less than 75 percent of the 15 House and Senate candidates who netted the most money from fellow candidates and party committees in 2016 won their races. In Nevada, GOP Rep. Joe Heck, for instance, who received almost $660,000, lost to incoming Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D), who claimed just over $437,000, in their battle over an open seat. But having that money certainly could be a plus. On his path to victory over former Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, incoming Sen. Todd Young (R) amassed more than $1 million in contributions from lawmakers, their leadership...

Wednesday’s Morning Email: Germany Hunts For New Suspect In Truck Attack

TOP STORIES Good morning everyone! Just wanted to let you know that The Morning Email will return Thursday, Dec. 29 after the holiday season. And on that note, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what a wonderful readership we have here! Thanks so much for making The Morning Email part of your daily routine, and we look forward to the emails to come in 2017. 
MANHUNT UNDERWAY IN GERMANY German authorities are looking for a Tunisian man after finding a document under the front seat of the truck used to kill 12 people and injure dozens more at a Berlin Christmas market. The news comes after authorities released the initial suspect they had taken into custody, and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. World leaders have reached out in solidarity to Germany. And here’s what the attack on Berlin and assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey mean about the state of terrorism today. [Reuters]
THE FINAL TALLY Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost three million more votes. And experts did not like what they saw in the newly released unsealed FBI warrant that rocked the final days of the election. [Nick Wing, HuffPost]
HUFFPOST TO HOST DNC CHAIR DEBATE JAN. 18 Which will be moderated for our Editor-in-Chief...

Jay Z, NYC Firefighters Have Cameos at a Gathering of Pennsylvania Politicos

If you were looking for a Pennsylvania politico December 9 thru 11 in their home state, you were out of luck. Pennsylvania politicos of both parties have decamped to Manhattan in December for the last 118 years for the Pennsylvania Society weekend. In our increasingly partisan society, it may be one of the only bipartisan traditions remaining in American politics. Carol Fitzgerald, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Society, said, "More good is done for Pennsylvania in New York than in Pennsylvania." While some lament that the New York dinner means a loss of business to Pennsylvania companies, Stateside Vodka cleverly found a way around that by having their vodka become the official liquor of the event. The weekend kicked off on Friday with parties given by law firms or politicos running for re-election or higher office. It culminated with a formal dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Saturday night that was attended by MSNBC host Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen. John Bogle, the founder and retired CEO of the Vanguard Group, was the deserved 2016 honoree. New York may be billed as the nation's financial capital, but Bogle created in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania what is now the world's...

A Future With Trump: Truth Vs Comfort

Caption: Image of potential future with Trump (David Horsey, The Morning Call) This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns. By Hunter Glenn ______________________________________________________________ As a country, we'd like to believe that things are looking up for us after this election. We have a new president with a new message and a new plan. Things have been bad for so long, and every time we tried something different, it just stayed the same or got worse. Now, finally, surely we've done something different enough by electing Donald Trump. So, what kind of future should we expect with President Trump? The stakes are high. We carry a lot of baggage from our past disappointments. A lot of hope is riding on Trump to meet or exceed our expectations. All that hope and high stakes are a warning sign, though. Does our emotional self want to believe comforting things about Donald Trump, regardless of whether they are accurate? Well, maybe so, but optimism is a virtue. Why dwell on the negative We should be glad the campaigning is over, the work is about...

Student Loan Debt: Punitive And Parasitic

Co-authored by Martin I. Hassner, founding member of Reform Student Debt, Inc. President Johnson signs the Higher Education Act of 1965 Several years ago I ran for Mayor of New York with Martin Hassner's help. We were committed to making significant changes in public education, already aware that the system was only preparing 25% of its students for a college education. Neither effort was successful, but during the past 18 months we became aware of what has been happening to those students who do get to college. For the past three decades they have been graduating deeply in debt and have been doing so under the radar of public attention. The reasons for this are deeply troubling. Student Loan Debt is like a chronic, parasitic, disabling disease silently infiltrating the American community with life altering results. Today 43 million Americans owe the government and private banks over 1.4 trillion dollars and these numbers are growing every year. We know exactly what has caused this: laws regulating student loans taken to pay for a college education. These laws have made a student loan the most restrictive, prohibitive, punitive and one-sided financial arrangement ever to exist in this country. Though they seem to be the result of scam artists...

Theresa May’s Effort To Eradicate Anti-Semitism Needs Our Help

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to take a "ground-breaking step towards eradicating anti-Semitism." Credit: Chatham House There is a good reason why anti-Semite Henry Ford said that today we would do well to look into our past society. In a bold and gallant statement issued a few days ago, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May declared, "The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is wrong; it is unacceptable, and this party and this government will have no truck with those who subscribe to it." In reference to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, in which Great Britain pledged to help build in the Land of Israel "a national home for the Jewish people," Prime Minister May concluded, "It is one of the most important letters in history. It demonstrates Britain's vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people. And it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride." But perhaps the icing on the cake was her assertion that the UK was now adopting an internationally backed formal definition of anti-Semitism in a "ground-breaking step towards eradicating anti-Semitism." I am very much in favor of defining anti-Semitism in a manner that allows everyone to see where he or she stands on the issue. That...

Don’t Deport Our Moms: Immigration Meets Alzheimer’s Disease

My mom died from Alzheimer's disease a couple of years ago. Before that, while we were saying the "long goodbye," I used to visit as often as possible. Sometimes I'd make a two-day drive from my home in San Francisco to her house in northern Washington. Occasionally, I'd stop halfway at my friend Renee's house on California's North Coast. We'd let our kids play while we caught up on news and gossip. I told Renee how hard it was to watch my Mom's fade out in time-lapsed visits. Renee shared concerns about her own mom, Betty, then in her late 70s, who was living alone in Mexico City. My mom holds my son during a visit in 2009. Last summer I visited Renee again while on vacation with my kids. She and her husband had found a beautiful little cottage in Eureka and had refurbished the second floor so that Betty, now clearly suffering from dementia, could live with as much dignity and independence as possible with her daughter's loving care, home cooked meals, and the company of a young grandchild. Though sad, it was a beautiful arrangement. So it came as a shock when, just after Thanksgiving, Renee emailed that...