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Republican control is destined to fail

This week, President Barack Obama used his executive authority to prevent the deportation on millions of undocumented immigrants. It should come as no surprise that Republicans do not support this action and have added it to a growing list of complaints about how the president and congressional Democrats do business. Show More Summary

GMOs Expose Senator Thune's Science Problem

Ever since beating former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004, South Dakota's John Thune has become one of the Senate's more powerful Republicans. He's on VP shortlists. He's so popular in-state, no one challenged him for reelection in 2010. Show More Summary

As a White, Teenage Girl I Experienced a Kind of Privilege Michael Brown Could Never Imagine

When I was 16 I was picked up for shoplifting, among other things, some makeup from my neighborhood grocery store. It was about 8 p.m. at night when the police were called and I was led out of the store to a squad car. I wasn't arrested, exactly, and there were no handcuffs. Show More Summary

Ferguson: No Shortcuts to Justice

Shortcuts almost always end up creating more problems than they solve. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took a shortcut through Ferguson. The results have been catastrophic. McCulloch's shortcut involved using a grand jury to do the job of a trial jury. Show More Summary

President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution

On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later, following...Show More Summary

Why I Talk About My Abortion

Earlier this week, my therapist noted that it has been three years since we first met. Her name was on a small strip of paper given to me by the midwife's office, with a list of about 10 names. The slip of paper was between a third and a quarter of a sheet. Show More Summary

On the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision

This is a sad day. The grand jury's decision is yet another sign that all of America's sons' lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America's fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged and in motion...Show More Summary

Why Is ISIS Our Fight If the Front Line States Are Not Committed To It?

The war on ISIS continues to escalate, yet for many Americans it is no clearer exactly why we are there or what we are doing. ISIS is a frightening phenomenon. As Secretary of State John Kerry commented this week, "ISIL doesn't hide its crimes. Show More Summary

This Land Is Our Land

Our global climate is warming due to the unprecedented amounts of carbon dioxide we are emitting through the combustion of fossil fuels. I have seen the impact of this firsthand in the degradation of coral reefs and the retreat of glaciers around the world. The combustion of coal is one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters of any fossil fuel. Show More Summary

Paying for the Neocon Moment: Sacrificing Lives, Liberty, and Wealth for Nothing

With President Barack Obama further tarnishing his Nobel Peace Prize by starting yet another Middle Eastern war, exuberant Neoconservatives claim their moment has arrived. And that was before Chuck Hagel, long the Neocon bête noire, was tossed underfoot. Show More Summary

How to Fix America's Still-Existing Sexism Dynamic

For how far men and women have come through the years, we are still a culture where many are trapped in old models and ways. The tragic circumstances surrounding cultural icon Bill Cosby and those who have come forward to accuse Cosby...Show More Summary

Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Definitively Debunked. Again.

All of the Benghazi conspiracy theories have now been completely debunked. Again. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence just publicly released its report, which systematically knocks down pretty much every paranoid theory over the tragedy which happened in Benghazi, Libya and what happened immediately afterwards. Show More Summary

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. As a Black American and a proponent of the capitalization, I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long...Show More Summary

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

Among the Americans struggling most in the current economy are recent college grads carrying significant educational debt. As millennials navigate lowered employment prospects with larger student loans than young people of earlier decades, the U.S. Show More Summary

Will Body Cameras Prevent the Next Ferguson?

All eyes are once again on Ferguson after a Missouri grand jury did not come to a decision regarding Darren Wilson this past Friday. The jury, made up of nine white members and three black, is scheduled to reconvene today to make a decision. Show More Summary

President Obama Fires Secretary of Defense Hagel: Barack Obama and the Audacity of Failure

It is often remarked that the Ship of State is the one ship which leaks from the top. Thus even before the blatantly theatrical political funeral dirge conducted at the White House in which President Obama announced that Secretary of...Show More Summary

But What's the War Strategy?

The abrupt change of command at the Pentagon, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigning under pressure Monday, is more than a change of faces. It marks the final disillusionment with the two war-fighting strategies the United States...Show More Summary

Food Assistance Needs Remain High

As many Americans prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, millions in this country still have trouble affording enough to eat. Moreover, poverty and food insecurity, or the share of households with difficulty affording adequate food, remain...Show More Summary

What the Immigration Executive Actions Mean for You and Your Family: 8 Things You Need to Know

Last week President Obama announced he will take series of executive actions designed to strengthen the border, hold undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents accountable by giving them a chance to register, pass criminal background checks and pay taxes. Show More Summary

Why Is Ferguson Like George Pullman's Grave?

George Pullman owned both a company which built railroad sleeping cars and the town in which its workers lived. Pullman the town reflected the beliefs of Pullman the man, with large houses for managers, middle-sized houses for craftsman, and small houses for laborers. Show More Summary

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