Holding a BB gun’s a crime?

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The August shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III by suburban Ohio police did not incite weeks-long protests, prompt Congressional action or provoke candid national conversations over race, as the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. — which occurred four days later — did. But Crawford’s death may be an even graver injustice. […]

GOP stops bashing Obamacare

In crimson-red Alabama, Parker Griffith, the Democratic candidate for governor, is running ads embracing a critical component of Obamacare. Griffith castigates his opponent, Republican incumbent Robert Bentley, for refusing to expand Medicaid, which the challenger says could benefit more than 300,000 Alabamians. Of course, Griffith, a retired physician and former Congressman, never refers to the […]

Obama’s disappointing new war

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You have to give the bloodthirsty jihadists of Islamic State (also known as ISIL or ISIS) credit: They may be savages, but they know us well. They used well-produced, high-quality videos of their grisly murders of American journalists to provoke the United States into a bi-partisan frenzy of retribution. It worked too well. Not only […]

Gay marriage will eventually prevail

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In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in an aptly named case called Loving v. Virginia. The court struck down laws that banned interracial marriage so that Richard and Mildred Loving could live together as husband and wife without the harassment of Virginia authorities. It’s hard to explain that court case to […]