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What's Next? 5 Year-Olds with RPGs?

Like many kids in the late '70s/early '80s, I attended summer camp in the Catskills. One of the activities for our group -- a group of about 20 rambunctious boys of 11-12 years-old-- was Riflery. This was in the days before schools and...Show More Summary

Has the Consumer Finally Defeated the Worker?

PARIS -- The tide of the battle that has been playing out for nearly two centuries between the economy and politics, between market forces and democracy, between capitalism and the state, is now turning decisively in favor of the market. Show More Summary

Air Power

Prior to Operation Desert Storm, it was established naval doctrine that aircraft carriers could never operate in the Persian Gulf. The area was so small it left the great behemoths vulnerable to shore-based rockets or raids by small torpedo boats. Show More Summary

Narrowing the Racial Divide in the War on Drugs

More than four decades have passed since the War on Drugs began, and America has been injured -- but the damage has not been solely the result of drug addiction or abuse. While the War on Drugs has done little to curtail our national drug problem, it has done everything to exacerbate our deep racial inequalities. Show More Summary

The Ferguson Case: A Lesson From Constitutional History

Reporting on the events in Ferguson, Missouri tends to conflate two legal issues. First is the question of whether the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer was justified under police procedure and law. Show More Summary

Thoughts on Ferguson: What I Know and Don't Know

The one thing I know is that I don't know what it it's like to be a young black man who is confronted by a white police officer pointing a gun. I don't know the fear, the humiliation, the rage that a young black man must feel when this...Show More Summary

Ferguson and Cheap Historical Comparisons

If you spend an inordinate time, like I do, on Facebook, you have most likely seen images from Ferguson, Missouri, juxtaposed with iconic photos from the civil rights movement of the 1960s. At first glance, the 21st-century color photos...Show More Summary

Emmett Till, Mike Brown, and a New Movement for an Old Law

Despite progress over the last century, for black people this country has failed to ever make good on its earliest and most basic democratic protection: the 14th Amendment. When the 14th Amendment was enacted, it was meant to provide equal protection to all under the law. Show More Summary

Breaking: GOP has a woman problem! But does it matter?

Politico reports today on a GOP-sponsored research project of women, the results of which will shock no one. Women are not just more unfavorable toward the GOP, they find the Republican Party "intolerant," "lacking in compassion," and...Show More Summary

Afghanistan's Election Becomes a Farce -- And a US Policy Disaster

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Afghanistan's presidential election became a complete absurdity. With a US-brokered audit process of the election already behind schedule, and with outgoing president Hamid Karzai declaring...Show More Summary

The Broader Vicious Circle Behind the Ferguson Crisis

In the wake of events like the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Americans are often called upon to reflect on racial discrimination. But debate over the issue usually focuses narrowly on how racism spurs injustices while overlooking how it is also a major source of division. Show More Summary

Why I Am Only Telling One Side of the Michael Brown Story

As the days have drudged onward since the police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MO, I have been knowingly, overtly, and repeatedly telling a particular narrative as it surrounds the events involved.  So...Show More Summary

Ferguson Shaping Up to Be a Consciousness-Changing Moment For Whites

Is Ferguson a consciousness-changing moment? There is evidence that it could be--for white Americans. African-Americans have long been aware of brutal police behavior. Now the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the police response to...Show More Summary

American Moms Aren't Buying What the NRA Is Selling

The National Rifle Association is in a quandary. The organization's leadership, which is sullied by a long history of sexism and misogyny, must continue to grow its market for guns in order to protect gun manufacturers' profits. Over the past decade, more guns have been sold to fewer people - mainly men. Show More Summary

The Militarization of American Policing

It is sad that it took a police killing and the excessive deployment of a military presence by local law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri to focus national attention upon a problem that has been metastasizing within American law enforcement...Show More Summary

Any Negro Will Do

Any person who does not understand the fury and pain present within the African American community related to injustices enacted by some police need only to look to Forney, Texas, a small town located 20 miles east of Dallas. One late...Show More Summary

Marco Rubio & the GOP's Reckless Shutdown Politics

Last year, Marco Rubio and his allies like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul spent their summer ginning up support for a risky plan to gut Obamacare or cause a government shutdown. As a result of their reckless gamesmanship, Republicans shut down the government for 16 days, costing the economy $24 billion. Show More Summary

Dirty Denier$ Day 19: Congressman Fred Upton

Today's Dirty Denier$ is Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan and Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton has used his leadership position to try to move the nation backward, and his record on clean air and climate change keeps getting worse. Upton has been all over the map on the facts about climate change. Show More Summary

Michelle Nunn's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

A worried mother living in rural North Georgia recently called my office seeking legal advice. She divorced a few years back and got custody of her kids. Now, after learning that she is a lesbian and living with another woman, her ex-husband...Show More Summary

The Impending Showdown

"It's quiet out there... too quiet." This line (now a full-blown cliché) was usually uttered by sentries in the old Hollywood Westerns, right before a blazing battle erupted -- which is why it seemed so appropriate today. All's beenShow More Summary

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