What do poor people look like?

Can we have an honest conversation about the nation’s poor and near-poor? Can we discuss the subject as if we want to find solutions and not just pass judgment on the less fortunate? If we were to have an honest conversation, one based on verifiable facts, hard data, empirical evidence, we … Click here to continue --->

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Rejecting Adegbile, Senate mocks the US Constitution

Last week, the floor of the U.S. Senate was the scene of a bi-partisan travesty, an affront to the principals of the Constitution, an assault on the notion of American exceptionalism. With the help of several Democrats, Republicans refused to confirm Debo P. Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to … Click here to continue --->

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Bar the poor from emergency rooms?

During a Republican primary debate in the last presidential election cycle, there was a dispiriting moment in which tea party audience members cheered at the idea that a comatose uninsured American — unable to afford health insurance — would be left to die. That infamous outburst, among others, … Click here to continue --->

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Stand your ground laws give bigotry free rein

It’s been a harsh February, and I’m not talking about the weather. As the annual celebration of the accomplishments of black Americans, replete with references to President Obama, was winding down, the month presented a stark reminder of the casual bigotry that still haunts the lives of black … Click here to continue --->

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USA needs those young immigrants

If you think the only reasons to welcome undocumented workers are generosity and compassion toward the “other” — to be welcoming to the stranger — you’re wrong. There is a very selfish reason to offer legal residency to the men, women and children who arrived here without papers: The … Click here to continue --->

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