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Real Americans

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Show More Summary

Three Ways the Labor Movement Can Support the Call for Racial Justice Nationwide

Earlier this month I called on my brothers and sisters in the labor movement to join me in the fight for racial justice in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. Here's a list of three things labor can do to support those...Show More Summary

Asian Americans, a Popular Tool in Anti-Black Propaganda

Last week I spoke on a panel at the Museum of Chinese Americans titled, "MOCACITIZEN: Let's Talk About Ferguson and Asian America." During this time of civil unrest and injustices around the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, it'sShow More Summary

The Post-Ferguson World: Rules for White People

These words have never been more true in America than in the soul twisting days that followed the miscarriage of justice in Ferguson and Staten Island. Young black men in our nation are, and I use this word with purpose and the pain it entails, routinely gunned down by the police with no repercussions. Show More Summary

Race to the Bottom

In announcing his policy shift on Cuba, President Obama called for an honest discussion over the embargo on Cuba. That discussion should include a reflection over what place human rights have in American foreign policy. On human rights worldwide, it feels like the U.S. Show More Summary

What to Make of North Korea's Sony Hack

Aside from exposing the difficulty of securing cyberspace, the Sony hack displays the way that technology breaks down the relationships that so-called super powers have with other nations and leaves its victims without a framework for responding. American military preponderance only exists in the realm of conventional military superiority. Show More Summary

Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair?

Who knew moral reckoning would take place so quietly, yet so profoundly? With the release two weeks ago of the long-awaited torture report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence---499 pages documenting in nauseating detail what...Show More Summary

Cheney the Hun

Former Vice President Dick Cheney vandalized the Constitution, Justice, and earmarks of decency that distinguish civilization from savagery as thoroughly as Alaric the Great vandalized Rome in 410 A.D. He would have been ostracized by...Show More Summary

ALEC Sharpens Attack on Environmental Safeguards

Ohio state Sen. Bill Seitz, an ALEC board member, wants to kill his state's renewable energy standard. He says it reminds him of "Joseph Stalin's five-year plan." After being accused of "literally lying" about climate change by one of...Show More Summary

The CIA's Road to Infamy

Some political events mark their importance less by their content than by their timing, circumstances and presentation. That is the case for the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture. It contains little new to the attentive observer and none of that is of major consequence. Show More Summary

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School (Part 8) -- Why the Jews Didn't Accept Jesus as the Messiah

One of the most vexed questions for my students over the years was why the Jews never accepted Jesus as the Messiah or as God. So I sat down and wrote out the following explanation that tried to shed some light on this question for them. In...Show More Summary

The Forgotten Triumphalist Glories of War, American-Style

Cross-posted from So many years and wars later, it's easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was. Just in case you no longer remember -- and why should you? -- that was the war that was to...Show More Summary

Denali dilemma: Can Ohio native -- and Alaska's newest senator -- Dan Sullivan get Mount McKinley renamed?

I'm excited about sending Dan Sullivan to Washington, D.C., as Alaska's new junior senator. Alaskans of any political persuasion can agree that we should get to name our own state's highest mountain, currently misnamed Mount McKinley. Show More Summary

The War to Start All Wars

The 25th Anniversary of the Forgotten Invasion of Panama Cross-posted with As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the...Show More Summary

The Ghost of Christmas Past

All the hullaballoo over the United States government's' use of torture as an officially-sanctioned intelligence gathering process was bad enough. It brought back memories of a shameful period in American history. But when Dick Cheney reappeared to defend the practice of torture, it was the worst specter of Christmas past. Show More Summary

Bargaining Power to the People

Earlier this month, in the sparsely populated Kentucky county that’s home to Bowling Green, officials voted to convert the place into a right-to-work (for less) sinkhole. The county officials did it at the bidding of big corporations. Show More Summary

Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease - and Everything Else

Rudy Giuliani is blaming President Obama for the murder of two NYPD officers. Says Rudy, "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don't care how you want to describeShow More Summary

Terrorism's Tour de Farce: Sony and Cheney

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum and Lowry discuss North Korea's film fatwa and Cheney's eagerness to become Mr. Torture. Then: If Nixon recognized China 25 years after its Communist Revolution, why shouldn't Obama do so with Cuba 50 years later? And can the third Bush beat the first woman? On Obama and Cuba. Show More Summary

Blue Bleeds Too, All Lives Matter

"Today I had to say bye to my father. He was their [sic] for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It's horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. Show More Summary

My Take on Ferguson

Many protests have taken place and much has been said in the past weeks about Ferguson and race relations in America. Meanwhile, the recent shooting of African-American teenager Akai Gurley in the stairwell of his East New York housing...Show More Summary

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