Clay A. Dumas

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Tyranny of the Minority

If Obama maintains any aspirations of passing the significant portions of his agenda, what alternative does he have?


Across the Pond

Considering itslimited interest in the outcome of this war and the political cost of staying involved, there is something heartening about the fact that Europe continues to show such solidarity with us.


House of Cards

As a country, our collective credit-card debt now tops $960 billion. To shame that these costs fall on the shoulders of those who are least well positioned to shoulder them.


Yes We Have?

Speaking to friends back in Ashtabula over the last couple of days I tried to get a sense of attitudes toward Obama and the state of the union.


Operation Enduring Deficits

Why not propose a surtax on the wealthiest Americans to pay for an Afghan surge and, for that matter, to pay for the entire Afghan war from this point forward?


Thanks, But No Thanks

At the end of last month, although I knew the funds in my checking account were running low, I nevertheless chose to pay for lunch with my debit card.

So You Think You Can Shout

On Wednesday night, during the commercial breaks of “So You Think You Can Dance,” I caught a few minutes of

The Melting Pot Beckons

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—I recently returned stateside from a trip to France and Holland where I was visiting family. Over the

Falling Behind

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—This summer I'm interning at the San Francisco offices of a Chinese solar panel company, which by some

The Internet Has Added You as a Friend

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sometime in the next few weeks, Facebook is going to unveil a new privacy policy aimed

The Private Cost of Public Poverty

“Starve the beast” has been the mantra of anti-tax Republicans for decades. But, so far, depriving the “beast”—big government—of revenue

Of Cows and Carbon

Environmentalists, rejoice! Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a report classifying carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants,

Diamond in the Rush

Since the new administration took office, Republicans have been seemingly bereft of ideas for fixing the economy. House Speaker Nancy

Son of Nuclear Option?

How is it that, after winning more votes than any presidential candidate before him and having the largest Democratic congressional

Hillary Goes to China

In the coming months, the Obama administration will give us a better sense of what American foreign policy will look