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After Ferguson we need a national commission on justice Comments Off on After Ferguson we need a national commission on justice

On the night the Ferguson Grand jury’s decision broke, a friend sent me an email: “Something was clearly broken in the Ferguson community long before Michael Brown died. Time and energy needs to be spent on figuring out what went wrong and how you begin again to build trust — because it will have to […]

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Posted on: 12-1-2014
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No Wasted Opportunity to Fight Hunger Comments Off on No Wasted Opportunity to Fight Hunger

A story from almost everyone’s childhood involves being told they should finish eating all of their dinner. After all, the argument went, a child living in Somalia, Indonesia or even down in Honduras, is going without food as you sit there and waste yours. Today in America, parents don’t have to point to a faraway, […]

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Posted on: 11-27-2014
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We Can Fix Our Broken Immigration System Comments Off on We Can Fix Our Broken Immigration System

After months and months of delay, President Barack Obama has decided to issue an executive order of reforms to fix our broken immigration system. It’s about time. It’s been over 500 days since the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with strong bipartisan support. That bill continues to await consideration in the U.S. […]

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Posted on: 11-20-2014
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‘Affordable’ Is in the Name Comments Off on ‘Affordable’ Is in the Name

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now a year old. And it’s still growing up. Well, for the time being. Four justices of the Supreme Court have decided to hear a case (King v. Burwell) about whether or not Obamacare tax credits, or subsidies, for citizens are legal. The case is based on legislative language […]

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Posted on: 11-13-2014
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The Movement Still Matters Comments Off on The Movement Still Matters

A lot has changed since I grew up in Louisiana. I was born in 1959, on the eve of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. Yes, a lot has changed. But it’s not as different as you might think. We, the children of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, boycotted for civil rights, […]

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Posted on: 11-12-2014
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The sexist attack on Valerie Jarrett Comments Off on The sexist attack on Valerie Jarrett

After the past week’s political upheavals in Washington and around the country, we are reminded that certain things remain constant in politics. Unfortunately, one of those things is the sexism leveled at any woman who rises to power in the White House — under presidents of either party. No sooner was the hunt on for […]

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Posted on: 11-11-2014
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Republicans on Trial Comments Off on Republicans on Trial

There’s no sugarcoating it. Democrats got crushed on Election Day 2014. President Obama, in a press conference on Wednesday, summarized the 2014 election well: “Obviously, Republicans had a good night, and deserve credit for running good campaigns.” He added that the message of the election was that Americans want their elected officials to “work as […]

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Posted on: 11-6-2014
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Donna Brazile’s ‘Willies’ Awards for Best and Worst Political Ads Comments Off on Donna Brazile’s ‘Willies’ Awards for Best and Worst Political Ads

We should give out awards for the best and worst political ads of the 2014 political season. I suggest that we name the prize you get for the worst ad after the Willie Horton ad, call the awards “the Willies.” The Willie Horton ad was a devastating video used against Democratic Gov. Michael Dukakis in […]

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Posted on: 11-3-2014
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Supersize My Gridlock, Please? Comments Off on Supersize My Gridlock, Please?

Bill Moyers, President Lyndon Johnson’s White House press secretary, and host of an interview show on PBS, tweeted from his handle, @BillMoyersHQ: “If the GOP takes the Senate, climate change deniers will control key committees.” Other veteran journalists, like Moyers, are doing their due diligence looking at how a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate would behave. Let […]

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Posted on: 10-30-2014
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We Need Mr. & Ms. Smith to Go to Washington Comments Off on We Need Mr. & Ms. Smith to Go to Washington

It’s been years since I managed a political campaign, but I get outside of Washington, D.C., nearly every week. With early voting commencing in more than half of the country, and millions of ballots being cast absentee or in person, there is only one thing known for certain: This mid-term election remains fluid. But no […]

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Posted on: 10-23-2014
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