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The GOP at Captitol Hill: Chaos, control is their goal

Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for Congress fully deserving its “do-nothing” label.

Taxpayers fund corporate tax avoiders, legislative gridlock

Last quarter’s rate of economic growth is good news, especially after the economy stalled, losing momentum in the first quarter of 2014

China dominated US-Africa summit

Although the continent of Africa has 54 countries, the nation that received the most attention at last week’s US-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C., was China. That’s because the U.S. is trying to catch up with and surpass the Asian superpower. ...

Low Black employment in hi-tech Silicon Valley

The nation’s digital technology and social media companies are helping to transform how people throughout the world communicate and do business. In the process, Silicon Valley has become more than a geographical headquarter for digital and social media companies. It’s ...

Migrant children: Innocent victims of the U.S. war on drugs

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles area resident bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting ...

Hip-hop, East Coast swag: LL hasn’t lost his street cred

I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool J’s private listening session in New York City. He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the G.O.A.T II.

The politics of federal judges

The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. ...

The tilted scale, the high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable?

A Mississippi Freedom Summer pilgrimage

There is a photograph of a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi, that was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy ...

Freedom Summer: Violence and nonviolence

Fifty years ago this Monday, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement’s Mississippi Freedom Summer project and a month after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal search party confirmed the grim belief that had coursed ...

Freedom Summer: Violence and nonviolence

Fifty years ago this Monday, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement’s Mississippi Freedom Summer project and a month after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal search party confirmed the grim belief that had coursed ...

A victory for affirmative action

Almost lost among the news last week about the war in the Middle East and a war of another kind in Washington between Republicans and President Obama was a bit of good news:

U.S. foreign policy led to the border crisis

I have been increasingly concerned by the near hysteria in connection with the Central American immigrant children who have attempted to enter the USA, fleeing from poverty, crime and violence.

Flashes of déjà vu: Have I not seen these people before?

For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu.

Breaking the chains: Learning to turn it up so you can turn it down

Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York is in the news again, this time allegedly for officers brutalizing inmates. I did time at Rikers Island. No, not as an inmate, thank God, but as an employee. It’s another world behind ...