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Hillary’s hawkishness could doom her campaign — again

Even without a formal declaration of her intent to run, Hillary Clinton is the presumed Democratic nominee for president in 2016. She has earned that status through two decades of hard work on the national stage — as First Lady, as a senator from New York, and, especially, as a loyal and energetic … Click here to continue --->

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Ferguson, MO and a young man’s death

A Rip Van Winkle who fell asleep in 1968, awakening now, would see TV news footage that was achingly familiar: An American city under siege as mostly white police officers, firing tear gas, face off against mostly black civilian protestors, some violent but most just angry. The two elections of a … Click here to continue --->

Ladies, don’t get drunk: Women, alcohol and rape

No, this is not written in defense of Washington Post/Fox News pundit George Will, whose recent column on rape has drawn outrage and resulted in his ouster from the pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where his syndicated musings had run for many years. Earlier this month, Will wrote, among other … Click here to continue --->

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 --->