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Race, Legacies, and the Confederate Flag

Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), was the featured speaker at the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga annual First Amendment dinner. Mr. Dees was introduced by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Mayor Berke,...Show More Summary

A Failure to Listen

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Show More Summary

Playing Politics With Tragedy: Kathryn Steinle's Death and the Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

by Alisa Wellek and Ghita Schwarz Exploiting tragedies has always been smart politics for demagogues seeking to promote their political agenda. From Pearl Harbor to 9/11, cynical politicians have fanned the flames of racism, fear, and...Show More Summary

Is El Salvador Heading to a Second Civil War?

Political posturing and American indifference have put bloody El Salvador on the path toward a second civil war If you make a pact with the devil, the devil will expect much in return. That is exactly what El Salvador's former leftist...Show More Summary

Governing, Part Time Work and Overtime

I've been worried recently about New Jersey and Wisconsin. These states elected governors a few years ago and they probably expected that a big job like running a state would be more than a full time job. But instead, their chief executives...Show More Summary

An Appeal to the Political Wisdom of Warren Beatty

Few Hollywood actors, if any, have made a bigger impact on progressive politics--both cinematically and in real life--than Warren Beatty. Not only did Beatty campaign personally for two of America's most liberal presidential candidates,...Show More Summary

Pseudoscientific Republican Abortion Law Attacks Rape Victims and the Poor

Governor Scott Walker's July 9 ban on abortions for fetuses older than 20-weeks in Wisconsin has followed the uncanny trend of sloppy US Congressional and state legislation on this issue. According to NARAL, a pro-choice advocacy group, 14 states have already banned 20-week abortions. Show More Summary

Angry, Young Violent Men Are Having a Chilling Impact on Our Society

On July 16, 2015, a 24-year-old man, Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez, went on a 30-minute shooting spree at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left six people ? including himself ? dead. Later, that same day, a Colorado jury...Show More Summary

Sandra Bland Marijuana Smear Is Another Cheap Trick of Racist Drug War

Two years ago, when marijuana was brought up to smear the reputation of Trayvon Martin, I wrote "In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War." I said, "From clothing to intoxicants, what is normal and innocuous in another...Show More Summary

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

The Confederate battle flag has received a lot of attention recently as a symbol of slavery that cannot be tolerated. Politicians of both parties are eager to stuff the offending piece of cloth down the memory hole. What we are witnessing...Show More Summary

Happy 50th Medicare!

When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is...Show More Summary

The Equality Act Is a Visionary Piece of Legislation -- and Way Overdue

Something extraordinary happened Thursday to advance fairness and equality in the United States. Members of Congress introduced legislation to amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to embrace a more robust vision of equality. The...Show More Summary

Robert Redford on Horses, Healing and the Book Riding Home

Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer. Photograph: Cine Text /Sportsphoto Ltd. / Allstar Robert Redford has written a compelling Foreword to my new book, Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal. I am honored and profoundly grateful....Show More Summary

How Many More Sandra Blands?

The abusive arrest and subsequent suspicious death of Sandra Bland is far -- tragically far -- from an isolated incident. In fact, on the same day that the facts started to emerge about Sandra Bland, Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old African...Show More Summary

Grading the War on Terrorism

It's sometimes hard to believe that we are already 15 years into the current century, a century that dawned with the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil and the launching of two costly and drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Much...Show More Summary

The Return of the Ugly German

BERLIN -- During the long night of negotiations over Greece on July 12-13, something fundamental to the European Union cracked. Since then, Europeans have been living in a different kind of EU. What changed that night was the Germany that Europeans have known since the end of World War II. Show More Summary

Anti-Vets Bill Backed by Some in Congress

Veterans are over-represented among Americans harmed by exposure to asbestos. Thirty percent of mesothelioma victims are veterans who were likely exposed to the deadly substance during their military service. (Mesothelioma is an extremely...Show More Summary

Reason #1 to Vote Bernie: Sanders Does 'Better Than Clinton' Against GOP in Swing States

According to a July 22, 2015 Quinippiac University Poll, Hillary Clinton's once overwhelming lead in public opinion has been cut substantially, and it's still a long way to the February 1, 2016 Iowa Caucus. In states that will decide the 2016 presidential election, Quinippiac reports that "Sen. Show More Summary

The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Attacks Bob Regarding the Planned Parenthood Gotcha Video, Plus Trump and Jeb Bush

Today's topics include: Alex Jones Attacks Bob for his Planned Parenthood Article; Dan Bidondi Defends Trump's John McCain Remarks; Ben Carson Thinks Planned Parenthood is Eliminating Black People; Trump Might Run as a Third Party Candidate; Jeb Bush's Head Deflates, Says Medicare Should Be Phased Out; and much more. Show More Summary

Q&A with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Nir Barkat, 55, has served as Mayor of Jerusalem since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013 for a second five-year term. Born in Jerusalem, he holds a degree in computer science from the Hebrew University. Barkat launched a successful software...Show More Summary

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