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Daniel Allott
by | Oct 26, 2012

People first. That’s the simplest way I can describe how best to talk about disability and people with disabilities. Speak of the person first, then, if it’s relevant, of his or her disability. It’s the difference between explaining what a…

by | Oct 24, 2012

In a key scene in the film Gattaca, a genetic counselor speaks with a young couple about the child they’d like to have. The couple’s first child, Vincent, was diagnosed immediately after birth with several disabilities including a heart defect…

by | Oct 23, 2012

There are many criteria that can be used to determine which presidential debate moderator performed best, including the number of questions asked, the quality of the questions, as well as any perceived biases toward the candidates. And of course some…

by | Sep 11, 2012

We can learn a lot about the presidential campaign by comparing what the candidates are selling — not in terms of policies but in terms of memorabilia. What stands out most at the Obama online store is the volume of…

by | Aug 29, 2012

“I think politicians who divorce themselves from their faith are being hypocrites. I can’t see how one can do that. …We’re taught that in business, that in raising our children, in how we conduct ourselves with our family, in everything…

by | Aug 22, 2012

In the aftermath of Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about abortion and “legitimate rape,” as well as the attention given to Rep. Paul Ryan’s “almost no exceptions” opposition to abortion, the idea has resurfaced that opposition to abortion hurts pro-life candidates…

by | Aug 15, 2012

Shortly after winning reelection in 2004, George W. Bush was asked whether he thought more or less highly of his predecessors, now that he’d been in office awhile. “Of my predecessors? Very interesting,” he said, before immediately adding, “More highly…

by | Jul 25, 2012

The president has again invoked his daughters to justify his support for abortion. According to a Politico story, Obama, campaigning in Portland, OR, Tuesday, said, “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a…

by | Jul 25, 2012

One was the divorced son of an alcoholic shoe salesman; another, the stepson of an alcoholic car salesman; still another, the self-proclaimed “black sheep” of his family. The history of the American presidency is a history of men who have…

by | Jul 3, 2012

The most recent edition of Georgetown Magazine, Georgetown University’s alumni magazine, reports that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his wife, Chandler, have made a $5 million donation to the $1.5 billion For Generations to Come campaign. One million dollars…

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