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Trump’s virtual lily-white court picks are a judicial horror

There was little surprise at the news that Trump is packing the federal judiciary with as many white, conservative males as he can dig up. His anti-diversity federal judgeship count is indeed gruesome. To date, he has deemed only one ...

Denzel Washington is dead wrong about the “bad” black father

The vicious and self-serving stereotype of the bad black father has been around a long time and has been thoroughly debunked.

Meek Mill and America’s parole system

The figures amply show that a broken parole system has put legions of blacks in jail cells. The consolation is that Meek Mill cast the ugly glare on this.

The House tax bill’s a gift to companies that offshore profits and jobs

As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the “Paradise Papers,” it’s important to not lose sight of the fact that the Congressional tax plan is out along with promises that ...

Pacific News Service dba New America Media announces closure of organization

The board of directors and staff of the nonprofit New America Media (NAM), and its parent organization, Pacific News Service (PNS), announced today that the two entities will cease operations by November 30, 2017.

‘Perfect storm’ threatens successful 2020 Census

There are growing concerns about the Census Bureau’s ability to pull off a successful 2020 Census – one that counts all communities equally well.

Shortages plague Puerto Rico after Maria

Nearly a week after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico as a category 4 with winds of 155 miles per hour, many Boston area Puerto Ricans are still struggling to make contact with family members on the island and send ...

How much should Boston want Amazon’s new HQ?

The online retail giant invited municipalities to make their case for becoming the firm’s second headquarters. Amazon expects to invest $5 billion and employ up to 50,000 people with average salaries of $100,000, although it is unlikely that all such ...

With the census in peril, what will it take to right the ship?

The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress.

A new generation of white supremacists emerges in Charlottesville

The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, ...

Tens of thousands pour into Boston streets to decry hate

Boston counter-demonstrators made it clear that they intended to send a message against those who would promote racism, white supremacy, white nationalism, neo-Nazism and similar mentalities.

Ballot measures, gubernatorial, Senate races looming for 2018

Progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren and moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker face off against challengers on the 2018 ballot. A union-backed measure raising income tax on the state’s wealthiest residents also will feature on the ballot, as may proposals providing ...

Advocates rally against housing budget cuts

Hundreds of housing advocates from Boston and across the state gathered near Faneuil Hall last week to protest budget cuts proposed by President Trump especially, and Congress to a lesser degree, that would decimate funding for many key housing-related programs.

Hate-fueled violence: Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them

The specter of hate incidents and crimes — some of them fueled by the nastiness of the 2016 presidential campaign — felt white hot months ago. The issue remained high-profile as several horrific murders — a South Asian immigrant slain ...

George Washington: Slave-breeder

America’s unease with its slave-holding past came into sharp relief during a recent encounter in Federal Hall, a Wall Street landmark with an eight-foot bronze statue of George Washington on the front steps.

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