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Road to 2016: It’s Time to Change Our Pay-to-Play System 0

Just this month, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg named Citizens United — the 2010 decision that gave corporations the same freedom of speech rights as people and rubber-stamped unlimited corporate spending in elections — as the one decision in the last decade she would overturn if she could. And President Barack Obama told Vox […]

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Posted on: 02-12-2015
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Black History Month: Bridge racial divides 0

Last month, we mourned the passing of Edward Brooke. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, he was elected to the U.S. Senate by the people of Massachusetts, making history as the first African-American elected to the chamber since Reconstruction. He was a Republican, which seems unusual now, but in light of the Emancipation and Reconstruction […]

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Posted on: 02-6-2015
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2016: Bumpy Roads Ahead to the Nominations 0

Less than a year from now, voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere will gather in town centers, gymnasiums, local libraries and school cafeterias to kick off the 2016 presidential sweepstakes. Ever since the modern political process made running for president a four-year job, this is the time when potential candidates started making their public […]

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Posted on: 02-5-2015
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Can the Republicans Govern Congress? 0

America is changing. The cultural changes — gay marriage, legalized marijuana, etc. — pervade America from New York City to Redlands, California. What is not pervasive is economic opportunity and a middle ground in politics. By 2050, European-Americans, or whites, will be the largest ethnic minority in a nation without a racial majority. The reality […]

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Posted on: 01-29-2015
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Obama Finds His Voice 0

Back in 1960, then-senator and future President John Kennedy gave a speech about the presidency at the National Press Club. He said: “Nor can we afford a chief executive who is praised primarily for what he did not do, the disasters he prevented, the bills he vetoed — a president wishing his subordinates would produce […]

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Posted on: 01-22-2015
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50 years later, MLK’s work is not done 0

Today, as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I know there are those who will ask, “How long will it take?” How long until the dream is fulfilled? How long until our destination is reached? But, like Dr. King, we must continue to march on. We march on toward the realization […]

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Posted on: 01-19-2015
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Congress Must Act on Terrorism 0

I was deeply moved when the French Parliament, after observing a minute of silence for those slain in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, spontaneously broke into singing France’s national anthem. It was the first time that had happened since 1918. The Parliament immediately got down to work, and despite party differences as sharp as those that […]

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Posted on: 01-15-2015
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The Way It (Still) Is 0

The 114th Congress convened this week with unified Republican control. Republicans broke the record of the 71st Congress (1929-30) by one seat, and will have 247 members in the House of Representatives. They now control 57 percent of the House and 54 percent of the Senate. The 2014 midterms saw the poorest turnout of voters […]

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Posted on: 01-8-2015
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Selma, the movie and the message 0

“Selma,” the new feature film about the civil rights struggle, is igniting a struggle of its own over who deserves credit — or blame — in the events of 50 years ago that are depicted in the movie. Some have taken issue with the portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Former LBJ administration officials are […]

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Posted on: 01-8-2015
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Scalise speech to hate group more than a mistake 0

I grew up near the same tree-moss-draped area of Louisiana where U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise met with followers of David Duke, the Klu Klux Klan leader who in the ’90s ran for governor and senator in my beloved state. All my values were forged in Louisiana. Values like family, faith, community and the desire to […]

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Posted on: 01-3-2015
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