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A wise and disciplined application of American power

There’s no magic to President Obama’s ability to see what was possible to achieve in reducing tensions with Iran and in other domestic and foreign policy matters and to get it done.

White anger is the new black

Apparently large numbers of American adults are “angry” about their own circumstances and about where they think the country is headed. For months numerous politicians, pollsters, and pundits have touted this anger as an important factor in the line-up of ...

Roxbury health centers help make history

Today’s healthcare landscape would have been almost unrecognizable 50 years ago. Miracle drugs and medical devices have changed how we approach everything from diagnostics to treatment. But one of the most fundamental differences is an approach that helped spark the ...

Southern justice’ in Cleveland

The crime the Cuyahoga County, Ohio prosecutor committed not only against Tamir Rice and his family but American society as a whole offers an invaluable lesson. It’s that grievous sins of the past can be repeated in the present, and ...

Families advance with recent tax bill, but corporations get a lot more

We have a long way to go towards the day when corporations routinely pay their fair share of taxes and families and communities get the public services they deserve. It may sound like a Christmas miracle today, but we can ...

Can the black middle class be saved?

While the middle class drives the U.S. economy, it is shrinking and the black middle class even more so.

Donald Trump’s American and World History Review

It was the GOP that increasingly over the decades played the right-wing-extremist and white-supremacy “cards” Donald Trump has used to beat the GOP establishment candidates. It was the GOP that used the Citizens United case the Supreme Court decided in ...

The underside of America’s exceptionalism

The horrific killing sprees at the Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs, Colorado and in San Bernardino, California underscore the fact that there’s a poisonous spirit gouging deep trenches in the surface of American society now. It has many causes ...

Trump got more than love from the black preachers

Front running GOP presidential contender Donald Trump got more than the “love” he said he saw in the room at his mid-Manhattan offices where he met with the pack of black ministers. He had banks of TV cameras and reporters ...

‘Safe space’ is for white people

There never has been safe space for any Americans of color in this land. Accept that your responsibility is to follow the strategy most dramatically illustrated by the black freedom struggle: Embrace the reality that what your American heritage involves ...

Hunt terrorists in Paris massacre, don’t witch hunt Muslims

The instant news broke about the hideous bloodbath in Paris, the tweets from the conservative echo chamber came fast and furious. They called for a total, all-out war, bashed immigrants, gun control advocates, liberals, President Obama, lax security and, of ...

Long live the Bay State Banner

Melvin B. Miller left the rostrum at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Tuesday night in much the same manner in which he took it 18 minutes earlier: to a standing ovation. The 81-year-old publisher ...

White Conservatives’ Minstrel Tradition

A looming question now is what more of this political game of truth and consequences regarding Ben Carson is yet to be played. Carson has pushed back hard against the stories in the media — using the standard conservative “victimology” ...

The GOP’s willing suspension of belief

Two recent reports on very different topics in last week’s New York Times tell us a great deal about the terrible state of today’s Republican Party — if we factor in the psychological device that makes watching movies and television ...

The GOP’s ‘Get Clinton’ committee

Add another line to Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for the Presidency: “Faced down the latest Republican Party attempt to wreck the Democratic Party and the two-party system in America.”