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Being held captive by our own captives 0

We are witnessing a media firestorm over the trade of five Taliban POWs for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl the likes of which are rarely seen. It scares me a little because it is fed by misinformation, misplaced anger and passion. We have developed such a partisan reflex in this country that we automatically see every national […]

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Posted on: 06-7-2014
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For Drudge, Rove and Putin, it’s silly season again 0

The silly season is upon us: the time during an election year when those trying to muck up the other side throw all sorts of nonsense about a candidate onto the public wall. Hillary Clinton, because she’s the Democrat’s presumptive 2016 front-runner, has become the target du jour. Frankly, I don’t know how public figures […]

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Posted on: 06-6-2014
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New climate rules are a breath of fresh air 0

The debate on climate change is over. Scientists are now as certain that climate change is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill. But cleaning up our air has much more to it than combating shifts in Earth’s temperatures and environment. The administration’s new pollution standards — new Environmental Protection Agency regulations […]

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Posted on: 06-2-2014
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Criticism should be based on facts 0

A president makes a major foreign policy speech – at West Point – and the press and politicians ignore it or attack something it didn’t say. When does this happen? It didn’t happen to Eisenhower or Kennedy or Reagan or Clinton or the “war presidents.” The partisan snark and stunning shallowness of the pundits says […]

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Posted on: 05-29-2014
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Maya Angelou: The definition of a phenomenal woman 0

I lost a friend and mentor today. Maya Angelou was the voice of three generations. Her poetry spanned our journey, chronicled our hearts and documented our struggles as we moved from the orations of Martin Luther King to the presidency of Barack Obama. “Dr.” Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman. A rousing spirit, a joyful […]

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Posted on: 05-28-2014
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GOP to first lady: Let them eat … whatever 0

It’s been a long time. A very long time. But I cannot forget my first school lunch. Call it free or call it charity, but it was a good meal that provided me, and so many others, with sustenance that made our school days more delightful. Our meals honored the traditions of the time — […]

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Posted on: 05-27-2014
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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
Posted in: News, Uncategorized
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