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As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks 
January 18, 2017
The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind. ... read more »
What surely tainted our election? Voter suppression
December 15, 2016
President Barack Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office. Democrats and responsible Republicans are calling for congressional investigations. ... read more »
Trump’s Cabinet nominations are calculated insult 
November 30, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump protests that he isn’t really the racist, sexist, anti-immigrant Islamaphobe that his rhetorical excesses in the presidential campaign suggested he was. ... read more »
The right to vote in America has been fractured   
November 22, 2016
America’s election system is a disgrace, as the 2016 presidential election once more demonstrates. This isn’t sour grapes. ... read more »
If election is ‘rigged’, it isn’t against Trump
October 26, 2016
Donald Trump, falling behind in the polls, with his campaign imploding around him, now says the election is “rigged.” He refuses to say whether he will accept the verdict of the voters. ... read more »
New museum is a stunning achievement
October 5, 2016
It reminds us that slavery ended barely more than 150 years ago, the span of two long lives ... read more »
The shame of Milkwaukee 
August 24, 2016
Now it is Milwaukee. Recently, a car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver, reportedly armed, was shot and killed. ... read more »
Poverty, desperation in world-class city
August 10, 2016
Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities. Yet many of its residents live in terror in what is virtually a war zone. When a demented killer slayed 49 in a gun rampage in Orlando, Fla., there was national attention. Presidential candidates called for escalating the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East, even though the killer seems to be a homegrown terrorist. ... read more »
Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms
May 25, 2016
The president will use the occasion to revive attention on the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons ... read more »
Revive U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
April 13, 2016
Even where there is consensus, there is no authoritative, independent voice able to challenge both Congress and the president when needed ... read more »
Make election about economic justice
April 7, 2016
This year’s presidential primaries have highlighted the importance of people of color to the Democratic Party coalition. Hillary Clinton’s lead in the party’s nomination race comes almost entirely from her strength among African-Americans and Latino voters. When people of color favor one candidate by large margins, they make the difference. ... read more »
Stand with Apple, Stand Up for Civil Rights
March 24, 2016
The Apple case is a matter of deep personal concern to me—given the surveillance of civil rights organizations. The terrorists win when we allow fear to chip away at the U.S. ... read more »
Obama’s foreign policy has moved us toward reason
March 17, 2016
As Barack Obama’s presidency counts down its last months, amid the raucous babble of the Republican presidential debate, people are beginning to realize how much we will miss Obama’s leadership. ... read more »
GOP stopped being ‘party of Lincoln’ long before Trump
March 9, 2016
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced Donald Trump for playing footsie with David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, saying Republicans are “the party of Lincoln.” The speaker is to be applauded for denouncing Trump’s dog whistle racial politics, ... read more »
Celebrate Dr. King by following his example
January 28, 2016
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, memories of his last birthday flood my mind. He rose early and came to work. He was convening leaders from across regions and races — blacks, ... read more »
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