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We Need Peaceful Protest to Make Lasting Change in Ferguson

There's a saying about good political leadership that if it were easy anybody could do it. I believe that powerful comment is apt for the continuing outrage expressed in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, over a white policeman's fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Venting is easy and natural in these circumstances; restraint is hard. Show More Summary

Curbing Corporate Inversions Through Public Pressure for Economic Patriotism

Citing a feared negative public reaction, Walgreens announced it would remain a U.S. company with headquarters in Chicago after its $5.29 billion merger with the British pharmacy chain, Alliance Boots. Walgreens' announcement stands out among recent transactions sending U.S. Show More Summary

Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Quite properly, journalistic reaction to events in Ferguson, Missouri, has focused on the militarization of the police, on the role of racism in the killing of unarmed African-American men, and on the political disenfranchisement that...Show More Summary

How These Righteous Religious Leaders in Ferguson Are Giving Us Hope

On the day Michael Brown was shot, Rev. Willis Johnson heard people chanting outside his house and followed a group of upset community members to the Ferguson police station where people were beginning to gather. "There was a group that wanted to go into the police station but I said you don't want to do that. Show More Summary

Airfare Bill Shouldn't Be Cleared for Takeoff

As summer turns to fall, plenty of consumers are shopping around for deals on airline tickets. The good news is technology has made it easier than ever to book a getaway. The bad news is it's getting harder to figure out the bottom-line cost of an airline ticket. Show More Summary

Like Payday Loans, Lawsuit Loans Increasingly Coming Under Fire

Lately, it seems everyone from Comedy Central's John Oliver to state lawmakers are blasting the "payday loan" industry, and surely a bit of that consumer heat will eventually focus on lawsuit lending, which the Wall Street Journal has called "the legal equivalent of the payday loan." Crain's Chicago Business reported last month that "... Show More Summary

I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

I'm saddened but not surprised by the silence of so many of my non-black friends about what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri. I've seen you pour ice water on your heads for a good cause. I've seen you drape yourselves in flags in solidarity of your own. Show More Summary

Second Guessing Syria

Late in 2012, I attended a small briefing with a senior White House security official. Each of the dozen people there had a chance to speak, and most took the opportunity to lobby for something. I asked this question: Who are we rooting...Show More Summary

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It Is Bad for Workers and Retirees

In their 2014 report on the finances of Social Security, the trustees of the system deleted key information on the replacement rates of Social Security. What's the harm in that, right? Isn't this just a technical or administrative issue? According...Show More Summary

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." I think it's very important that our scholars are finally being provided with a platform to reach a far wider audience, and Jenny is one of our most articulate spokeswomen. Show More Summary

Is Racism Just a Form of Stupidity?

I think that a lot of us are shying away from an obvious truth: that the kind of blatant racial prejudice we are witnessing in Ferguson, Missouri, has everything to do with stupidity. I'm talking about low intelligence, lack of mental ability, cognitive rigidity. Show More Summary

The Fire This Time

I remember the stunned reaction of so many Americans back in the summer of 2005 when legions of poor black people in desperate circumstances seemed to have suddenly and inexplicably materialized in New Orleans during the flooding that...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year

During the first few weeks of school, both teachers and students are going into classrooms unsure about what to expect from each other. Teachers are looking to establish norms, create routines, and develop a positive learning environment for the upcoming academic year. Show More Summary

New Stanford Criminal Justice Study Right, But Incomplete and Misleading

Criminal justice experts routinely point out a set of facts to show that the system is in need of serious reform. They frequently cite things like: incarceration rates are at an all-time high and disproportionately higher for Latinos and African Americans; the U.S. Show More Summary

Monetize Our Military: Our Grandchildren Will Need the Money!

When is an administration going to have the chutzpah to start charging foreign entities, governments, for our military protection? Who is going to pay for the latest round of 'advisors' and 'airstrikes' in Iraq? More sunk costs after the trillion already borrowed and spent? And not a single U.S. Show More Summary

The Middle Class Needs Help Now

Despite President Obama's recent attempts to convince Americans he has turned our economy around, the truth is very different for middle-class families. As Peter Wehner notes in YG Network's Room To Grow, polling shows that twice asShow More Summary

After Ferguson, America Still Can't Discuss Race

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have the eerie feeling of something that we have all seen before, but are experiencing through a filter of new media, but also new politics. It is now normal that many of us learn about events...Show More Summary

There They Go Again

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act apparently will say anything to advance what one judge has called their "not-so-veiled attempt to gut" the statute. We've seen that in the substance of their legal challenges to the ACA, the latest...Show More Summary

The Road to Ferguson

They speak of it like the coming race war, not the race war we're already in. And it is not a race war really -- it is a racially divided class war. What is coming is a revolution -- the haves and have-nots, the police state and the state of the union. Show More Summary

Live Free

Scripture tells us that the weeping may last the night but joy comes in the morning. I sure hope so, because my heart is broken. Michael Brown is one of too many men and boys of color targeted and dehumanized by a system that operates...Show More Summary

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