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The Pathology of The Magical Negro Narrative in Mike Brown Ruling

In a recent research study titled A Superhumanization Bias in Whites' Perceptions of Blacks by Adam Waytz, Kelly Marie Hoffman and Sophie Trawalter, researchers have found that Whites attribute supernatural, extrasensory, and magical mental and physical qualities to Black people. Show More Summary

Search for Common Ground in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri, as feared, erupted with violence, rage and frustration yesterday when the grand jury, which began hearing testimony on August 20, decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, the black unarmed teenager. Show More Summary

Whose State of Emergency?

On the evening of the announcement that a grand jury decided Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, would not face charges, two storms were capturing the attention of the American people. Show More Summary

Beyond Drinking From Water Fountains and Riding Buses, Black People Have a Right to Survive

The grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in theAug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown was not a failure of the U.S. justice system. To the contrary, the system is working just fine. In fact, it has worked exactly how it is...Show More Summary

Torture Report: Mark Udall's World-Historical Moment to Rescue CIA Oversight

"Time Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Report," the National Journal reports: Backroom negotiations over the release of a long-delayed Senate report on the George W. Bush administration's use of so-called "enhanced interrogation" practices are again hitting a wall. [...]Show More Summary

An Emotional, Poorly Argued Attack on Elizabeth Warren From Times' Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times has attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Her offense? Criticizing the appointment of yet another Wall Street banker to a top economic post. Sorkin's periodic defenses of the powerful are no longer unexpected. Show More Summary

Of Immigration, Brooklyn, A Bridge, 'Royalists' and Rockefeller

I wish that President Obama were not using an executive order in seeking to protect millions of illegal aliens from prosecution. While presidents have considerable legal discretion in individual deportation cases, giving amnesty to whole classes of people who broke the law in entering the U.S. Show More Summary

When Considering a Presidential Bid, When Does 'No' Mean 'Yes'?

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) insists that she "is not running for President" and maintains: "I pledge to serve out my term." Yet few political observers take her comments seriously. In fact, a grassroots movement "Ready for Warren"...Show More Summary

Religious Accommodation -- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Fireworks at the Hearing- Representative Forbes(R-VA) vs. Mikey Weinstein Executive Director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation Anyone who has ever watched a Congressional hearing knows it is a set up. The majority runs the show. Show More Summary

Scrooge Politics: Why Low-Income Workers Must Work and Shop On Thanksgiving

For salaried workers and for most two-income households, working on Thanksgiving or Christmas is the exception, not the rule. However, for minimum wage workers and those without job security, staying home is simply not an option. Working on a legally-recognized holiday, can increase a worker's daily pay by nearly 50 percent. Show More Summary

Helping Children Avoid Homelessness

Many American children won't have a safe, stable home this holiday season. Homelessness among families with children isn't an intractable problem; federal rental assistance -- like the Housing Choice Voucher program -- is an effective solution. Show More Summary

Lebanon Needs a President

Lebanon is a dissected country. Religious and ideological divides long ago metastasized into politics and territory. The country has been trudging forward now for six months without a president because the Parliament cannot agree on a candidate. Show More Summary

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

If the disappointing midterm elections this month can be described as the first step in President Obama's journey as a lame-duck for the next two years of his presidency, then January 6, 2015 will be Step 2 on the long and lonely road of a two-term Commander-in-Chief. Show More Summary

Ferguson and the Sin of Racism

America's original sin of racism is playing out in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators are on the streets again as the grand jury refused to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown. How did we get here? What happened in Ferguson? InShow More Summary

Why 68 Million of Us Will Soon Be Uninsured if Supreme Court Agrees With D.C. Think Tank

At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured--and consequently lose access to affordable health care--if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law. Show More Summary

Why Demolish Their Homes?

Imagine if the American criminal justice system issued verdicts to level the homes of violent criminals. Further picture that these decisions were made outside of normal judicial channels. The practice is unthinkable in a liberal, democratic society. Show More Summary

An Intervention for the Democratic Party

If I read one more opinion piece saying the Democratic Party needs to embrace big ideas, to tackle stagnant middle class wages, or that the reason the party lost in 2014 is because it didn't have a message that connected with working class voters, I'm afraid my head will explode. Show More Summary

'Roll Tide' and Obama's Executive Action

Like many in this country, Priscilla Hancock Cooper is among those breathing a sigh of relief with President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. She is the executive director of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. OneShow More Summary

Innovation is not an "Extender"

The end-of-year legislative rush is on, with Congress juggling Keystone XL, funding the government, internet access taxes, authorizing defense activities, terrorism risk insurance, and tax extenders - the roughly 50 tax provisions that expire and are extended annually for one year at a time. Show More Summary

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