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President’s claim to be above the law is ‘an affront to the very principle on which our system is built’

“No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” – Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message, December 7, 1903

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Some Christians applaud Trump’s decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel

While there are a fair number of Americans, some Christian and some not, who are unhappy about the president’s unilateral decision to name Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, there are many Christians who support this decision and see it as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

President Trump’s irresponsible political theater to grant recognition of unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a deliberate provocation that puts Palestinian, Israeli and American lives at risk.

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You can lay the groundwork for reforming Congress

The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process – all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.

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The false slogan of ‘right-to-work’: An attack on worker freedom

Today’s economy is rigged against working families and in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. That’s not by accident. CEOs and the politicians who do their bidding have written the rules that way, advancing their own interests at the expense of everyone else.

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Officials: Patients at risk at Timberlawn psychiatric hospital

Federal officials have warned that patients at a Dallas psychiatric hospital are in “immediate jeopardy” two years after Texas regulators threatened to close the facility over severe safety problems, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Rally calls on NFL to stand up for Black lives

“I accept this award not for myself but on behalf of the people, because it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested, and if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today,” said Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, after receiving the Muhammed Ali Legacy Award last week at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

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Mid-Cities to host inaugural MLK parade and celebration

The memory and legacy of arguably the world’s best known civil rights pioneer was the subject of a recent announcement in Arlington.

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Coalition calls for reform of Texas’s youth detention facilities

In the midst of a national campaign to bring awareness and crack down on sexual harassment, allegations of sexual misconduct were made against multiple staff at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in Gainesville last month.

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Former Texas cop indicted in shooting of Black man

A former police officer in a Dallas suburb has been indicted in the shooting of Lyndo Jones, a Black man who was mistaken for a burglar while trying to unlock his own truck. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced that a grand jury on Dec. 6 indicted former Mesquite police officer Derick Wiley, 31, who is also Black, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant in the Nov. 8 shooting of Jones, who survived.

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Black, Latino acts rule Grammy nominations

The Recording Academy sent a clear message when they announced the nominees for the 2018 Grammys: They want to see a Black or Latino act have a better shot at winning in the major categories.

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DPD Chief reorganizes the force

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall has outlined a departmental reorganization plan for the Dallas Police Department that is expected to bolster departmental crime fighting resources citywide, increase command-level presence in the field and improve the quality of police response to citizens. Hall’s plan, announced after a thorough “top to bottom” assessment, includes the appointment of her command staff. Only the police chief can select officers to the highest ranks of assistant and deputy chief and major.

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‘Father of Black Psychology’ dies during holiday travel

Joseph L. White was a psychologist, social activist and teacher who helped pioneer the field of Black psychology to counter what he saw as rampant ignorance and prejudice in the profession.

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Trump says he may pay more under new tax bill … Not likely

President Donald Trump keeps telling voters that he stands to pay more under the Republican tax legislation. But the evidence suggests otherwise. Details of the House and Senate tax bills show that an extremely wealthy elite – including the president, his family, many in his Cabinet and members of his golf resorts – would enjoy a bonanza of lavish tax cuts unavailable to the vast majority of taxpayers.

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Around the State

The ninth annual “Home for the Holidays” toy drive and adopt-a-family campaign kicked off Dec. 5 in the Flag Room at Dallas City Hall. Councilman Tennell Atkins and community partners acknowledged the need for the program District 8 as more families have faced tough economic times. The goal of the campaign is to bring holiday joy to as many families as possible.

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Organizations urge NFL to address police shootings

Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of national racial and social justice organizations, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on Friday sent a letter to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting a meeting to address how the league can meaningfully respond to the police shooting crisis and other racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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The ghost of Willie Sutton

The House and Senate have now passed different tax cut bills, so they’re headed to a conference committee to reconcile the differences. Both benefit the 1 percent of the rich and large corporations at the expense of the poor, workers and the middle class. The less you make, the more you are taxed under the Senate bill.

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Honor World AIDS Day by fighting to preserve access to health care

“Let us also continue to ensure that our Nation responds aggressively and humanely to the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS. Throughout this epidemic, community organizations have taken the lead in the struggle against the disease and in efforts to provide compassionate care to those in need. Across this country and around the globe, generous people perform miracles every day—holding a hand, cooling a fever, listening, and understanding. Let us further support their efforts to build a better world by strengthening the partnership between communities and government in the work to stop AIDS.” – President William J. Clinton, proclaiming the first U.S. recognition of World AIDS Day.

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On using God’s name in vain

It has been spectacular and disturbing to watch Roy Moore, Republican candidate for Senator in the state of Alabama, navigate and manipulate religion for his own purposes.

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Is DeVos delaying or denying student loan protections?

In case you haven’t yet heard, Richard Cordray, the first-ever Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, resigned in late November. President Trump’s unlawful appointment of Mick Mulvaney to serve as the bureau’s acting director signals a distinct shift in the bureau’s future.

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