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The GOP war against the presidency

Having been out-maneuvered by Obama on such controversial issues as Obamacare and the Iran Nuclear Deal, and having seen him “shellack” their presidential ticket in 2012, Republicans know they’re no match for him in a fair fight. So, in hopes ...

The Supreme Court battle

That fact and the vicious civil war raging among the party’s various factions means that for the GOP presidential candidates, and every Republican officeholder up for re-election this November and for the GOP as a party, the Supreme Court battle ...

The Republican primary’s poisonous legacy

Looming behind all the critical issues of policy and process that are — and are not — going to be discussed is an ominous, multi-part question: What are the American people going to do about Donald Trump’s poisonous political legacy.

Trump and Cruz are the GOP’s, not the Democrat’s, worst nightmare

Trump and Cruz, then, are the GOP's textbook Catch-22. One of them figures as a real possibility for the presidential nomination. For GOP leaders to not support them almost guarantees a flaming Election Day defeat. But to support them could ...

Flint’s great future ... If

The danger facing the residents of Flint, Michigan is heartbreaking and extraordinary — a tale seemingly out of 18th-century Europe, or scattered parts of today’s less-developed nations rather than the 21st-century United States of America.

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 ...