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‘Change is gonna come’: Poverty from Johnson to Obama Comments Off on ‘Change is gonna come’: Poverty from Johnson to Obama

While many Americans continue to live on the “outskirts of hope,” we still have reason to believe “a change is gonna come.” President Ronald Reagan’s snarky comment in 1987 that “We waged war on poverty, and poverty won” was inaccurate and inhumane. Poverty is different, less widespread, and much less prevalent among older Americans now […]

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Posted on: 01-20-2014
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Donna Brazile inspires audience in Cleveland Clinic’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration Comments Off on Donna Brazile inspires audience in Cleveland Clinic’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Author, professor, national commentator and veteran political strategist Donna Brazile delivered an inspirational message on the importance of public service Friday morning as keynote speaker of the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration at the Cleveland Clinic’s InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center. More than 600 people attended the program, held three days […]

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Posted on: 01-20-2014
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States take on federal work Comments Off on States take on federal work

I read an article in which a parent said, “Even when your kids say they hear you, you know they don’t hear you. And if by chance they do hear you, they don’t do what you tell them.” Sounds like Congress. For years, Congress has not heard what the vast majority of voters were saying […]

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Posted on: 01-15-2014
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Is ‘Philomena’ an anti-Catholic film? Comments Off on Is ‘Philomena’ an anti-Catholic film?

As a practicing Catholic all my life, my faith and the church are never far from my mind. The lessons I learned in the church have structured the way I’ve approached my life and my career. They were lessons of grace, kindness, forgiveness and compassion. Under Pope Francis, we have seen a change at the […]

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Posted on: 01-8-2014
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Starting off on the right foot Comments Off on Starting off on the right foot

Happy new year! We all make our share of mistakes. I’ve learned making mistakes is the best way to learn. Thinking you can get it right all the time is wishful thinking. We’re not perfect … just human. Still, no one likes to repeat mistakes — unless, it seems, you’re the U.S. Congress, which seems […]

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Posted on: 01-5-2014
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Who wins in the GOP civil war? Comments Off on Who wins in the GOP civil war?

2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal political year for Republicans. Voters in a handful of GOP primaries will have to decide if Washington will move toward responsible partisanship, or if the Capitol slides further into polarization, shutdowns, manufactured crises and other forms of dysfunction. The battle has already begun. Karl Rove, the political […]

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Posted on: 01-3-2014
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A tale of one city: Washington, D.C. Comments Off on A tale of one city: Washington, D.C.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So goes the first sentence in “A Tale of Two Cities.” It applies to us now. Except, 2013 was the tale of two old dysfunctional political parties in one city, Washington, D.C. Let’s look at the rest of Charles Dickens’ famous opening. How […]

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Posted on: 12-27-2013
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Losing today for the unknown Comments Off on Losing today for the unknown

I find comfort and inspiration in music — all kinds of music. So when I see how obsessed the media have become with the 2016 U.S. presidential election — barely a year after the last one — I’m reminded of the Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle.” The chorus goes, “Time keeps on slippin’, […]

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Posted on: 12-20-2013
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Deal or no deal? Comments Off on Deal or no deal?

So Congress might pass a budget. Or it may not. Deja vu all over again, Chicken Little. The sky is falling — or it may not. Congress did not pass a budget from April 29, 2009, through March 2013. Why? Because Republicans wanted more cuts (“more, more — I’m still not satisfied”) and Democrats wanted […]

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Posted on: 12-14-2013
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With Mandela speech, Obama shows he can still stir the spirit Comments Off on With Mandela speech, Obama shows he can still stir the spirit

Let us not doubt, even in the age of deep cynicism, the power of words can still stir the spirit. And let us acknowledge, whatever our politics, that President Barack Obama has redefined oratory for our times, and perhaps more, revived it. Not all of his speeches are memorable. His talk on the 50th anniversary […]

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Posted on: 12-11-2013
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