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Struggle for voting rights isn’t over 0

(CNN)- Thursday August 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As part of this commemoration, President Barack Obama will join Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman to serve in the role, to call on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. […]

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Posted on: 08-6-2015
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Fox and 17 Friends Prepare to Debate 0

At least 17 Republicans are running for president. I believe the last time either major political party had that many candidates was the Democrats in 1976. Their winner was a long shot from Plains, Georgia, named Jimmy Carter. Can the GOP race get any weirder? I’m waiting for Little Richard, Ariana Grande and Tom Brady […]

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Posted on: 07-31-2015
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New Orleans’ strength in the future will be rooted in its resilience 0

(The Times Picayune) – During those long months that turned into years as members of my family and friends resettled back home in New Orleans, I kept myself motivated by listening to Louis Armstrong’s song “Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.” What an incredible song — a soothing melody that reminded […]

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Posted on: 07-31-2015
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Trump Always Sinks to the Occasion 0

Right now, my Republican friends seem to be drawn to candidates who have extreme views and/or made a name in a field other than politics. And the biggest name at the moment is Donald Trump. Trump is leading in several polls, including the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with a double-digit lead over Jeb Bush […]

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Posted on: 07-23-2015
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Why ‘All lives matter’ misses the point 0

(CNN)- They stood up, one by one, shouting “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!” First to former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley after he told the Netroots Conference in Phoenix that “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” The cry went up again as Sen. Bernie Sanders prepared to give his stump speech. The […]

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Posted on: 07-23-2015
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Bipartisan Reform Directly Ahead 0

Earlier this year, I served as a co-convener of the first-ever Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform in Washington, D.C., with former White House adviser Van Jones, the American Conservative Union’s Pat Nolan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Sponsors and partners included the American Civil Liberties Union and Drug Police Alliance on the left […]

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Posted on: 07-13-2015
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How Obama’s legacy got a big boost 0

(CNN) Last week was certainly a high point for President Barack Obama. Let’s use the vantage point of that height to gain a little perspective on his legacy. The President’s opponents like to portray him as a leader who is great at making speeches but lacks substantive achievements. But one doesn’t need flowery rhetoric to […]

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Posted on: 06-30-2015
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My choice for the $10 bill 0

(CNN) – The U.S. Treasury has announced plans to put a woman on the $10 bill. Why not? We put a man on the moon. This should be easier, if somewhat more contentious. The redesign of the $10 bill is taking place in 2020 to help mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which […]

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Posted on: 06-18-2015
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Welcoming Caitlyn Jenner to the Club 0

We women have it tough. I don’t have to tell any of you that. We’ve especially got it tough in the morning. Because of what society dictates, most of the time we’ve got to get up hours earlier than our male colleagues. Do our makeup. Pluck. Push this in and push that out. Pick out […]

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Posted on: 06-5-2015
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Hillary Clinton gets it on voting rights, Republican contenders don’t 0

(CNN)—Hillary Clinton is speaking Thursday in Texas about the importance of protecting and expanding the constitutional right to vote for all citizens of the United States. Clinton will also call for a new national standard of “no fewer than 20 days of early in-person voting, including weekend and evening voting.” It has been 50 years […]

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Posted on: 06-4-2015
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