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He Was Having a Bad Day
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He Was Having a Bad Day
2021-03-18 23:40:00
by Leonard Pitts

He was having a bad day. So said Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker by way of explaining last week’s mass shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. The suspect, a 21-year-old white man whose name won’t be used here, is... Read More

New Research Definitively Links Digital Tools to More Revenue and Hiring for Small Businesses During Pandemic
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New Research Definitively Links Digital Tools to More Revenue and Hiring for Small Businesses During Pandemic

As Congress continues its investigation into large technology companies, the critically important role digital tools and services play for small businesses is once again being overlooked. Before Congress, regulators, or Attorneys General take any action that changes the way the... Read More

How Bidenomics Can Unite America
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How Bidenomics Can Unite America
2021-03-15 23:36:00
by Robert B. Reich

A quarter-century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s Cabinet urged him to reject the Republican proposal to end welfare. It was too punitive, we said, subjecting poor Americans to deep and abiding poverty. But Clinton’s political advisers warned... Read More

Climate Judo: A Path to Turn Crisis Into Jobs
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Climate Judo: A Path to Turn Crisis Into Jobs

At the heart of the Martial Art Judo is the notion that the momentum of your opponent’s aggression can be converted to your advantage in overcoming them. Advances in technology and a global momentum to avert the deepening climate crisis... Read More

When Facts Cease to Matter, Consequences Do, Too
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When Facts Cease to Matter, Consequences Do, Too
2021-03-09 14:14:00
by Leonard Pitts

My brother-in-law died of hogwash. Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from hogwash. My wife spent a week in the hospital with hogwash. I tested positive for hogwash, but had few symptoms.... Read More

Joe Biden, LBJ and the Future of Voting Rights
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Joe Biden, LBJ and the Future of Voting Rights
2021-03-08 14:27:00
by Robert B. Reich

In 1963, when the newly sworn-in Lyndon Baines Johnson was advised against using his limited political capital on the controversial issue of civil and voting rights for Black Americans, he responded: “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?” America is... Read More

Our Ecomodernist Politics
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Our Ecomodernist Politics
2021-03-04 23:44:00
by The Breakthrough Institute

For all their pitched battles, climate activists and climate deniers seem to agree on a fundamental premise: the incompatibility of climate action and economic growth. “Growth now comes with enormous levels of risk. Indeed, it risks ending the game of... Read More

Yes, in Many States, People can Still be Fired for Being Gay
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Yes, in Many States, People can Still be Fired for Being Gay
2021-03-03 14:19:00
by Mary Sanchez

Religious conservatives are clearly confused and agitated. After all, they gave it their best effort, endlessly admonishing about “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” They were insistent that love is only love when it occurs between a man and... Read More

Becerra Confirmation Crucial to Addressing Health Inequities Deepened by the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Becerra Confirmation Crucial to Addressing Health Inequities Deepened by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has become more complicated, despite the breakneck speed of vaccine development. The country is facing the dual challenges of combating the spread of new variants of the virus while coordinating a nationwide vaccination effort.... Read More

How to Spot the Moderate
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How to Spot the Moderate
2021-02-20 04:08:33
by How to Spot the Moderate

Can you spot the moderate? Ok, not Joe Manchin. That’s too easy. Spot the other one. You found her! Rep. Sharice Davids, the first congressional Democrat from Kansas in a decade was recently re-elected to her second term. A former... Read More

Stop Protecting Big Banks: End the War on Cryptocurrencies
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Stop Protecting Big Banks: End the War on Cryptocurrencies

On the day President Joe Biden was sworn into office, he ordered a freeze on the blizzard of last-minute rules that the Trump Administration tried to ram through in its final days. They were a grab bag of favors to... Read More

Macron is Becoming Everything Trump Should Have Been
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Macron is Becoming Everything Trump Should Have Been
2021-02-16 03:57:00
by Rachel Marsden

The gatekeepers of the establishment status quo don’t have Donald Trump to kick around anymore. Except that Trump’s voters — more than 74 million of them — aren’t going anywhere. These are people who chose Trump despite all of the... Read More

Trump is History; it’s Biden who’s Changing America
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Trump is History; it’s Biden who’s Changing America
2021-02-15 03:54:00
by Robert B. Reich

While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with President Joe Biden’s American Rescue... Read More

Vaccine Education is the Key to Saving Our Communities
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Vaccine Education is the Key to Saving Our Communities

All eyes are on the vaccine rollout. We’ve all observed the challenges our government has faced supplying and distributing vaccines, as well as some of the early learnings. It would be easy to point fingers or poke holes in the... Read More

Right-Wing Media Bad for American Business
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Right-Wing Media Bad for American Business
2021-02-09 03:49:00
by Leonard Pitts

‘You think we’re bad for America?’ Sean Hannity of Fox “News” asked that question of Ted Koppel four years ago as the latter was interviewing him on “CBS Sunday Morning.” Yes, answered Koppel, “because you’re very good at what you... Read More

This is Not a Feel-Good Story
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This is Not a Feel-Good Story
2021-02-04 15:27:00
by Leonard Pitts

This is not a feel-good story. Of course, it’s easy to see why it has been positioned as one. Certainly, it contains all the elements: vulnerable people, heart-rending need, someone going above and beyond. But this is not a feel-good... Read More

Erasing Classic Literature for Kids
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Erasing Classic Literature for Kids
2021-02-03 15:05:00
by John Kass

When I was a boy about 11, I committed a crime that changed my life. I stole a book. I was a book thief. I found it in another kid’s desk and began reading, hiding it behind some boring textbook,... Read More

It is Different, Being Us
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It is Different, Being Us
2021-02-02 15:35:00
by Leonard Pitts

An open letter to African-American people: February marks the 95th observation of what started as Negro History Week and later became Black History Month. I wanted to use the occasion to talk about what being Black means, about how it... Read More

Republican Party Needs to Move on From Trump and Decide What it Stands for
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Republican Party Needs to Move on From Trump and Decide What it Stands for
2021-02-02 15:20:00
by Rachel Marsden

Donald Trump destabilized the Republican Party, and it’s still stumbling around like it’s punch-drunk. The GOP needs to get its act together fast or risk handing the Democrats free rein to change the face of America. President Joe Biden wasted... Read More

Josh Hawley Blind to Irony
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Josh Hawley Blind to Irony
2021-01-31 14:51:00
by Leonard Pitts

So last week, Sen. Josh Hawley complained that he was being “silenced.” He lodged this complaint on Fox “News” and in The New York Post. As social media observers promptly pointed out, that’s a level of media exposure that effectively... Read More

What’s it Going to Take to Shock the GOP Back to Itself?
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What’s it Going to Take to Shock the GOP Back to Itself?
2021-01-26 15:16:00
by Leonard Pitts

What is it going to take? For years, that question has weighed upon the rest of us – and even some of its own members – as we watched the Republican Party slide ever deeper into a morass of political... Read More

We Need to Close the Coverage Gap for Independent Workers
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We Need to Close the Coverage Gap for Independent Workers

In her 1980 hit “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton laments that the traditional workplace is “enough to drive you crazy if you let it.” Four decades later, people seem to be taking this to heart, as one-in-five workers today are... Read More

Making Peace With Our Land of Immigrants
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Making Peace With Our Land of Immigrants
2021-01-22 15:45:00
by Mary Sanchez

The biracial daughter of immigrant parents stood before a bilingual Latina Supreme Court justice and swore allegiance to the nation. If that’s not what you saw at the inauguration, then your perspective is likely shaped from experiences different from mine.... Read More

Make America Good Again
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Make America Good Again
2021-01-20 14:34:54
by Make America Good Again

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office today, their charge is simple: return normalcy and stability to Washington. After four years of a Trump-led cult that sapped our country of its dignity at home and respect abroad, it’s time... Read More

America No Longer Lives in an Unpresidented Time
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America No Longer Lives in an Unpresidented Time
2021-01-19 20:40:00
by Leonard Pitts

And so we reach the end of an unpresidented era. The reference is, of course, to one of Donald Trump’s many Twitter misspellings, this one found in his 2016 description of the seizure of a US. navy drone. He meant... Read More

Questions About Foreign Dealings Still Unanswered as Trump Leaves Office
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Questions About Foreign Dealings Still Unanswered as Trump Leaves Office
2021-01-19 15:05:00
by Rachel Marsden

We now know at least three things about the Trump administration that raise unanswered questions as the president leaves office. First, that he had cutouts — associates and loyalists — stumbling around the world, wheeling and dealing and using Trump’s... Read More

When Politics Become too Personal: What We Didn’t Talk About at Sunday Dinner
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When Politics Become too Personal: What We Didn’t Talk About at Sunday Dinner
2021-01-12 15:54:00
by John Kass

In the pre-COVID-19 days, there were those large, intergenerational Sunday dinners when nothing was off the table for discussion in America. Even now, if we were sitting down together, we’d talk of President Donald Trump lying to his supporters about... Read More

Politics and Governing Should Be Boring
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Politics and Governing Should Be Boring

A lot of my friends on both sides of the aisle are eloquently touching on the meaning of Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, so I’m going to try and cover things I’m not seeing in the news but that should... Read More

So What Now?
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So What Now?
2021-01-10 16:53:00
by Leonard Pitts

So what now? A few things, actually. But before we get to them, we must recognize last week’s insurrectionist rampage at the Capitol for what it was. It is being seen, and not wrongly, as the angry response of delusional... Read More

Seditious Members of Congress Must Be Held Accountable
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Seditious Members of Congress Must Be Held Accountable
2021-01-04 16:44:00
by Robert B. Reich

I’ve been in or around politics for over a half-century now, and I never imagined how low and loony the Republican Party would become. Twelve Republican senators say they will object to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday when Congress... Read More

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