The Pope can’t move GOP on immigration

In a more generous political climate, an adorable little girl who gave a letter and a hug to Pope Francis could make a difference. In an era with a more pragmatic Congress and a less balkanized electorate, five-year-old Sophie Cruz could break through the gridlock around immigration reform. But we … Click here to continue --->

Alison Parker,
Adam Ward

Americans and the cult of guns

We watched, so the Virginia shooter got just what he wanted. We were horrified, sickened, stricken, but still we watched as a deranged gunman fired several shots and murdered two young journalists on live television, wounding their interview subject, as well. Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, … Click here to continue --->


Donald Trump’s not-so-winning strategy

Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color. Following Mitt Romney’s unfortunate language about “self-deportation,” which likely contributed to his defeat, party strategists were especially concerned … Click here to continue --->

Smiling Mother and Toddler

Poor babies and the ‘pro-life’ crowd

Another year, another controversy over Planned Parenthood. Selectively-edited videos filmed by an anti-abortion activist have given partisans another excuse to attack women’s reproductive services, starting with those provided by a well-established non-profit dedicated to women’s healthcare. … Click here to continue --->

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

Harper Lee’s “Mockingbird” and racism

So the beloved Atticus Finch was actually a racist? The saintly small-town attorney of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was really a member of a local White Citizens’ Council, that network of retrograde organizations dedicated to white supremacy? The publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set A … Click here to continue --->