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The Death or Birth of the News?

Almost a decade ago, I spent more than a year freelancing for a major metropolitan newspaper -- one of the biggest in the country. I would, on an intermittent basis, work out of a newsroom that appeared to be in a state of constant churn. Show More Summary

On Women's Equality Day, Looking Back. And Ahead

A century ago, as Americans debated whether women should be allowed to vote, one prominent observer scoffed at the notion of voter equality. Allowing women the right to vote, the critic wrote, "would tend to disorganize society" andShow More Summary

Give us New Eyes

It's been said that our politics are often shaped by what we see out the window. Twenty years ago if you'd asked me if I think police treat people fairly regardless of race, I would have said confidently "Yes" - just like 70% of white folks in the recent Pew survey. Show More Summary

Dirty Denier$ Day 17: Congressman Rodney Davis

On climate change, Rep. Rodney Davis' actions certainly speak louder than words. We'll give small bit of credit to the first-term congressman from Illinois' 13th District for publicly acknowledging that "climate change is real." He even added in a candidate questionnaire: Many factors contribute to changes in climate, both man-made and natural. Show More Summary

Fear of the Case for Reparations

Last week, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged from the self-imposed reclusiveness that followed his landmark essay "The Case for Reparations" with a public speech about that essay in Cleveland, Ohio. His speech at The City...Show More Summary

Ferguson, Philadelphia and the Changing Geography of Race

Michael Brown was killed and his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri erupted in the grief and anger almost 50 years to the day when racial tension exploded on Columbia Avenue in Philadelphia. The riots in North Philly, a neighborhood turning...Show More Summary

If You're Upset About Obama's Golf Game, Here's Reagan Goofing Off During Major Events

A particularly intolerable meme continues to play out in the news media and online: Apparently U.S. history began on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated. In case you were unaware, President Obama is evidently the first...Show More Summary

Twenty-Five Years Ago -- The "Big One" Of '89

I wrote and published the column below almost five years ago, so I really should have included "From The Archives" in that title (but didn't because it would have made it too choppy, I felt). I had been planning on running it again this...Show More Summary

When Wisdom is the Source of Our Power

I heard ISIL described earlier today as "an international association of sadists." Whether one chooses to go that far or not, we clearly have a problem on our hands. America is endangered, however, not just because there is a powerful, armed enemy arrayed against us; we are endangered also because our spiritual defenses are weak. Show More Summary

Ferguson, Missouri: Opening Up Old Wounds

It's difficult to write about the racial and political implications of the killing in Ferguson, Missouri, of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, at the hands of a white police officer without rehashing what has been said a million times. Show More Summary

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

Urban Institute's Zach McDade coauthored this post. In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown, Kajieme Powell, and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often andShow More Summary

Ferguson, Missouri

To understand what happened in Ferguson, nothing is more important than appreciating the extent of the political alienation that exists in that suburban community. With a population of 21,205, Ferguson is 65 percent African-American....Show More Summary

The Crisis in Medical Research Portends a Tsunami of Disease

The Bermuda Triangle is where aircraft, ships and people disappear. That is as may be. Another less-mysterious triangle swallows good ideas and great science, and leaves people vulnerable. It is the triangle that is formed by the way...Show More Summary

Dear Hillary: Don't Worry About 'Obama's Third Term' Nonsense. Run on Progressive Values and Record.

Some people just wanna party like it's 2008. There's apparently some "concern" out there among advisers to Hillary Clinton--all of whom, of course, told CNN they had to remain anonymous--about Republicans attacking her candidacy (and...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Accepts Iran's Friend Request

When I receive friend requests on my personal social media pages, before responding I take the time to check if the person is Iranian or not. If she or he is of Arab origin and we have at least one friend in common, I will usually accept the request. Show More Summary

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

In Ferguson, an unarmed black teenager was killed by police. In reaction, thousands took to the streets in protest. However, rather than attempting to listen, the heavily militarized police immediately made a show of force with armored vehicles, assault rifles, riot gear, and tear gas. Show More Summary

FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

The eagerly awaited FTC study on patent trolls moved closer to implementation this month. The FTC got budget approval from the White House's OMB for an economic study on the tactics and business models of patent assertion entities (PAEs)...Show More Summary

Yellen + Jackson Hole = More Growth

New Fed Chairman Janet Yellen and other major central bankers at their annual Jackson Hole conference seem to have committed a heresy by advocating full employment as the goal of central bank policies, above and beyond fighting inflation. Show More Summary

The News Summer From Hell and the End of Optimism

By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts. Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse -- that kind of feeling. "What fresh hell is this?" -- the question Dorothy Parker asked when her doorbell rang -- now applies to the news. Show More Summary

#Ferguson. Missouri. America. Where Do We Go From Here?

I did not want to come Ferguson. I avoided it for two weeks, from the moment I heard the news of Michael Brown's horrific death. I had been down this road many times before. Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Yusuf Hawkins, Michael Griffith and other Black males killed either by a police department or White male or mob. Show More Summary

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