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To care for those who bore the battle 0

Abraham Lincoln closed his second inaugural address with these words: “With malice toward none, with charity for all … let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” “To care […]

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Posted on: 05-22-2014
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Graduation speakers draw controversy 0

I teach at Georgetown University. Every May, Georgetown, like other colleges and universities across the country, has a commencement ceremony full of pomp and diplomas. And at the commencement, there’s a speaker who has been invited to bring gravitas to the event, offer insight, perhaps inspire and – if the graduates and their families are […]

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Posted on: 05-20-2014
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60 years after Brown, integration is falling apart 0

On Saturday, we will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that outlawed school segregation. Across the country, people are reflecting on the current state of educational opportunities for children of color. In Milwaukee, parents, educators, students and community members are coming together to support educational opportunities […]

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Posted on: 05-16-2014
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Love rules: Remembering my mom on Mother’s Day 0

It’s been 25 years since I last heard my mother’s voice. Jean was home in New Orleans, fretting about the ingredients for her jambalaya, preparing a big tossed green salad. I’ll never forget her. The look she would give me simply to shut up, or how she raised her hand, signaling it was time to […]

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Posted on: 05-9-2014
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‘Don’t Worry — We’re Soldiers’ 0

The terrorist told the schoolgirls, “Don’t worry — we’re soldiers. Nothing is going to happen to you.” The man gathered the girls in the schoolyard. Then he and other “soldiers” began yelling, “God is Great!” That’s when the girls knew they were in trouble. So began The Associated Press’ chilling interview with a 16-year-old Nigerian […]

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Posted on: 05-8-2014
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E Pluribus Unum 0

When the Supreme Court made its historic ruling to end state-sponsored segregation in Brown v. Board of Education in May 1954, the justices were unanimous. It was a consensus not easily reached, yet it came about because the justices were of a single mind that they should be of one mind in ending segregation. This […]

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Posted on: 05-1-2014
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Divert, deny, distract: The Republican way 0

In beating a hasty retreat from Cliven Bundy, their onetime Lonesome Cowboy icon, Republicans have resorted to a familiar tactic: divert, deny, distract. Divert attention by claiming the “media” made a story out of Cliven Bundy. The “media” plucked him out of obscurity, baited him with questions about race, and then blew the story out […]

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Posted on: 04-30-2014
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A new move for sensible gun laws 0

Last week, as the cherry blossoms made their annual debut in Washington, D.C., the Capitol marked another anniversary: A year ago, Congress failed the nation by refusing to fix our broken gun background check system. In the year since, tens of thousands more Americans — our mothers, our fathers, our friends — have been killed […]

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Posted on: 04-30-2014
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Cliven Bundy, the Wild West hero. Or not. 0

Ah, Cliven Bundy — poster boy for the anti-government, rugged-individualist crowd. The Marlboro Man for the conservative fantasy world. Or not. Cliven Bundy is so bizarre he leaves late night comedians spluttering. (Just check out one of Jon Stewart’s riffs.) His comments about race were so embarrassing that Sean Hannity, who had called Bundy “a […]

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Posted on: 04-26-2014
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The Right Side of Donna Brazile 0

By Victoria Oldridge Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victoria-oldridge/the-right-side-of-donna-b_b_5189121.html I nervously paced the lobby of a downtown Washington D.C. high rise, anticipating a meeting that was five months in the making. My hands tingled as I felt the adrenaline coarse through me, and while yesterday’s dilemma hinged on questions I would ask my interviewee, today they became superficial […]

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Posted on: 04-23-2014
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