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The Voices of Poverty in America »

Originally published Dec. 19, 2011 for Open Society Foundations.
Poverty in the United States is of a staggering scale, and becoming more entrenched by the month. Fifty million Americans live at or below the federally defined poverty line; a similar number survive on food stamps. Tens of millions more hover just above the poverty line, their lives […]

Article on hunger in the Daily Beast »

The Daily Beast website has a special section today devoted to hunger and the working poor. I have an article, based on my book reporting, in this section.

Medical marijuana reform »

A link to my article on today’s Guardian website regarding the Obama administration and marijuana reform.

Abramsky podcast on Truthdig »

Truthdig has just put up a long interview with me about my book.

The Muhammad Ali Moment »

My piece in today’s Guardian newspaper:
Last week I convinced my editors to let me write a piece on the fabled “Brokered Convention.” To U.S. political junkies born in the past half century, this is a mythic beast, like the unicorn or snow leopard… It might or might not exist, it might or might not be […]

Beyond Horseracing »

So, two down, forty eight to go. Yes, primary season is a long process, and, yes, I know, many of you are already bored to death of the horserace.
Will it be Obama, will it be Clinton, could Edwards possibly complicate the duel? Will McCain finally get his day in the sun, or will the genial, […]

The madness of George »

A piece I just wrote for the Guardian newspaper’s comments is free section:
Webster’s dictionary defines “inanity” as a combination of vapidness and pointlessness, as something lacking in substance. Add an “s” into the mix, and the dictionary defines “insanity” as either a deranged state of mind, unsoundness of mind, a lack of mental capacity, or […]

four dollar gallon »

In June 2000, then-presidential candidate George W. Bush told reporters, according to CNN, that Al Gore was responsible for spiking oil prices. Gore, said the GOP man, “writes in a book that he thinks we ought to have higher fuel prices, and now that he’s running for president and there’s higher fuel prices, he seems […]

Wild fires »

I’ve spent the past several days stunned by the size of the wildfires consuming much of California. I lived in San Diego during the last bout with disaster, in October 2003. This time, however, while a fewer number of houses have been consumed statewide, the concentration of buildings lost in the San Diego area is […]