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We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

The burning of black church, a long smoldering phenomenon, sparked news stories in the summer of 1996 and then, flames quickly doused by a fire-retardant mixture of guilt and self-interest. The public once again falsely assumed that the fire of racism was controlled if not out. Show More Summary

WATCH: The Best and Worst Parts of the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

It's been less than 50 years since the Stonewall riots and the foundation of the modern LGBT liberation movement. And here we are, with marriage equality newly-recognized from coast to coast. It's amazing. But June isn't just the anniversary of Stonewall. Show More Summary

Sandy Hook, Charleston and How About Some Gun Control?

As the nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina are laid to rest, I've been reflecting on a trip I made to Newtown, Connecticut two years ago. I was there with a friend who was doing some academic work around grief. Show More Summary

Thank You, Donald Trump, for Showing Us What Rock Bottom Looks Like

Shortly after real estate billionaire Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, it was reported his campaign paid actors $50 a piece to cheer him as he made his announcement. I couldn't help thinking: How desperate...Show More Summary

Guns and the Godly

Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? Christianity is a religion that professes love and peace. Admittedly, the Christian Bible's frequent depiction of Christ ("The Prince of Peace") as rejecting violence seems contradicted by his remark that he had come not to bring peace, but a sword. Show More Summary

Immediate Costs of Predatory Financial Practices Are Steep, But they are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks off, the economy is growing and Americans are getting back to work. However, for far too many people plotting a course from the working class to the middle class requires navigating dangerous waters filled with financial icebergs. Show More Summary

Symbols and Cymbals Mark Fourth of July

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Show More Summary

Liberals Versus "Liberty": Left-Leaning Scholars Side with Scalia

It's not every day that progressive legal commentators side with Justice Antonin Scalia. But in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision concerning same-sex marriage, at least two have expressed views on an important legal doctrine that are quite similar to Scalia's. Show More Summary

The Superpower Conundrum

The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything Cross-posted with The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework...Show More Summary

It Ain't Over Until It's Over

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO's) was facing Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KO's) for the interim WBO Welterweight title on Saturday night. The fight was plainly going in Bradley's direction. Vargas's performance seemed lackluster as Bradley stalked him around the ring. Show More Summary

The Worst Reactions to the Marriage Equality Rulings From Republican Presidential Candidates

Okay, so far we've had nationwide marriage equality in the US for about one week and and the country hasn't descended into chaos and anarchy yet. Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended. But it could...Show More Summary

Equality... Of Course

Let it be so marked that on June 26, 2015, 239 years after declaring the right to be free and sovereign to pursue life's ambitions under the law, and not some theocratic monarchy, that we have once again embraced our truest nature as a nation; that we must never deny the rights we enjoy to our fellow citizens. Show More Summary

Donald Trump & the GOP Share the Same Anti-Immigrant Policies

Donald Trump's horrific anti-immigrant remarks during his presidential launch included that Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists." Since then, the response - from immigration groups to major corporations to anyone with any sense of decency - has been strong criticism of Trump's racist remarks. Show More Summary

The Republican 'Religious Liberty' Tactic

Reeling from the Obergefell v Hodges Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states, Republicans pushed back, claiming same-sex couples can be denied service whenever the provider believes this is consistent with their religious beliefs. Show More Summary

June Jobs Report: Continued, Solid Gains, But That 5.3 Percent Unemployment Rate Makes the Job Market Look Better Than It Is

Today's jobs report was a bit weaker than expected, and a bit weaker than it looked at first blush. While payrolls were up 223,000 in June, in line with expectations, and the unemployment rate fell to a record low in this recovery of...Show More Summary

Thank You, Donald Trump!

Dear Donald, You've said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they're worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Show More Summary

President Bernie Sanders Will Save America From Endless Counterinsurgency Wars and Protect Our Nation's Veterans

Americans want soldiers to protect them from ISIS and other threats, but who's protecting our veterans? Who in Congress or in the 2016 presidential race will bring home the hundreds of American soldiers sent back to Iraq by President...Show More Summary

Turn Independence Day July 4 into Inter-Dependence Day

July 4 has traditionally been a day to celebrate the U.S. and there is much to celebrate in the goodness of this wonderful country, even while acknowledging all of the nation's problems. Yet a focus on what is good in the U.S. too often slips into chauvinist nationalism. Show More Summary

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

John Adams predicted that the "second day of July, 1776...will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.... solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations,...Show More Summary

'While the Flotilla Didn't Make it to Gaza, Israel Didn't Win'

Israel Defense Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18 passengers, whose mission was to break theShow More Summary

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