American Memorial Day 2016

Been here before and always loved it. This year a little different: Thunderstorms rolling through the region. Ceremony moved to high school gym. But still impressive. Congratulations to Mrs. Alison Libersa who manages the cemetery for the American Battle Monuments Commission. It still was a roaring success. 

Read the full blog posting by our attending members here.

Overcoming Our Hillary Bias

It is unfair for us to judge her demeanor and delivery without acknowledging her challenges as a woman. I understand that to some she comes off as calculated and rehearsed, but there are reasons why she’s had to. Speaking authentically while being both respected and likeable as a female leader is like trying to climb Mt. Everest without getting your shoes dirty; possible, maybe, but highly unlikely.

Read the full Emily J. Smith blog posting here.

Webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers”

The U.S. Embassy in France informs U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers" on May 25, 2016 from 19h00–21:00 (13h00–15h00 EDT).

To register and attend this webinar, please use the Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time. The session will be recorded and made available later on

May's Political Wine: SCOTUS, And Its Impact On American Society

As a follow-up to May's Political Wine, here are two videos capturing Obama's perspective on the current situation on a Supreme Court nomination:

At University of Chicago Law, President Obama explains why Senate Republicans must do their job and consider his Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland.

View the full White House's Supreme Court 101 video here.

Senate Republicans are deviating from long-standing precedent to obstruct the President's Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland at the expense of our Judicial Branch.

View the full White House's This Is What Presidents Do video here.

Campaign Finance Reform — It’s Not Just Liberals Anymore

When I first met Richard Painter some months ago, I thought he must be the loneliest man in the Republican Party. He’s a conservative, and, of course, I’m not. But he believes, as I do, that there’s too much money in politics.

Listen to the full Bill Moyers' interview here.

Campaign Mystery: Why Don't Bernie Sanders' Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

Howard Dean says there's a deeper issue than numbers. Eventually the insurgent candidate needs to go from playing the role of agitating outsider to someone voters of all stripes can see as president. A speech with applause lines all your supporters can recite back makes for an amazing rally. "But it's also the thing that isolates you at the end, because you have to build a coalition."

Listen to full NPR report here.

How Every New York City Neighborhood Voted

One could argue that New York City is one of the most diverse places in the American landscape.  So how did the New York primary turn out demographically?

Check out this New York Times' interactive infographic for the Democratic Party.

Check out this New York Times' interactive infographic for the Republican Party.

April's Political Wine: Trumpism - Causes and Impacts

As a follow up to our April's Political Wine, here are links for further information:

How Trump Happened - It’s not just anger over jobs and immigration. White voters hope Trump will restore the racial hierarchy upended by Barack Obama.

Read the full Slate article here.

Feldman developed what has since become widely accepted as the definitive measurement of authoritarianism: four simple questions that appear to ask about parenting but are in fact designed to reveal how highly the respondent values hierarchy, order, and conformity over other values.

Read the full Vox article here.

Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why - When he isn’t spewing insults, the Republican frontrunner is hammering home a powerful message about free trade and its victims.

Read the full Guardian article here.

Death predicts whether people vote for Donald Trump.

Read the full Washington Post article here.

There’s powerful evidence that racial attitudes drive Tea Party support.

Read the full Vox article here.

Tar Heel family explains why they support trump.

Watch the full PBS News Hour report here.

Does Immigration Harm Working Americans? Many economists say no—but they may be too glib.

Read the full Atlantic article here.

Immigration is an intensely painful topic for a liberal like myself, because it places basic principles in conflict.

Read the full Paul Krugman's article from The New York Times here.

Your Taxes Are Being Spent on Making It Harder for Americans to Vote

Documents obtained by AP show Newby's ties to Kobach, the architect of voter ID and other restrictive voter registration laws around the nation that he says are needed to prevent voter fraud. Critics say there is very little voter fraud and Kobach's measures hurt voter registration and deprive eligible voters of the right to vote. Kobach had appointed Newby to be a county elections commissioner in Kansas, and helped him get the federal job that he took in November. "I wanted you in the loop, in part because of other issues in the past with the EAC," Newby emailed Kobach. "I also don't want you thinking that you can't count on me in an upcoming period that will tax our resources."

Read the full Esquire article here.

Global Presidential Primary Results!

The results are in! In an unprecedented turnout, up 50% from 2008, 34,570 voters cast their ballots from over 170 countries all around the world, through in person voting, by fax, email, and post, and the results are as follows:

Bernie Sanders received 69% of the vote in the Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary, Hillary Clinton 31%.

View the full Democrats Abroad page with each country's tallies here.