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Trump's Gift to Hillary: Rest and Extra Prep Time!

(48) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:21 PM

This past weekend the noise over the Clinton State Department emails erupted again as Senate hearing dates were announced. But, ironically thanks to Donald Trump, the average American's response was, "Oh yeah, I forgot about that." And think about it: When had you last heard about Benghazi, or Clinton Foundation...

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Note to Stephen A. Smith, Stick to Sports -- Not Politics!

(167) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Without question, Stephen A. Smith is one of the most popular and indeed almost iconic sports broadcasters on the air today, with not only his radio show and guest TV appearances to tout but also the success of the First Take morning sports show that Smith co-hosts on ESPN 2...

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Republicans Get Wake-Up Call: And This Time They Answer It!

(147) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 12:21 PM

We have now read, reviewed and analyzed the 2014 midterm elections from every perspective, and the most consistent conclusions are that the Republicans scored a smashing victory, the Democrats suffered a humiliating defeat, the president's performance is mostly to blame, and the 2016 presidential election starts now.

Actually, the last...

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Will 'Race' Defeat the Clippers in the First Round

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 9:35 PM

Appearing on the Don Imus morning show earlier this past week, before the Donald Sterling story broke, Imus and I were discussing the Supreme Court ruling against Affirmative Action and other issues of "race" as we have consistently done over the past several years, and I made two points that...

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America's First African-American Non-Black President

(665) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Five years ago, after supporting Hillary Clinton in the primaries because I felt in April and May that she would be the strongest candidate the Democrats could run in November, I enthusiastically supported Barack Obama when he won the primary race for president.

And once we faced the economic...

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Some Poignant Personal Observations on the 2012 Election

(12) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 9:27 AM

As the country and its politicians now settle in having absorbed the results of this year's presidential election, and as we all prepare to finish our respite from the election and move into full readiness mode to prepare for falling off of the "fiscal cliff", we have heard all of...

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Same-Sex Marriage Puts Romney Back in the Race

(165) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 3:30 PM

The landscape for the 2012 presidential campaign may have been fundamentally changed by the president's announcement that he now will openly support same sex marriage.

The most significant impact of the announcement and the most debate over the announcement is of course related to the "political" impact of the announcement...

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Message to TSA: Enough's Enough; Message to President: Here's Your Chance

(93) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 3:30 PM

As the furor grows day by day over the increased security measures at the airports that focus on body scans and enhanced body "pat downs", I feel somewhat vindicated that finally the world now seems to be catching up with me on the issue of TSA and airport security.

I...

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If the Election Were Held Today

(9) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 1:12 PM

Every day we hear political commentators and pundits, mostly conservatives, exhorting their supporters to vote this November because, as they put it, "this is the most defining election in our lifetime." How quickly we forget. Two years ago we had the most defining election in America we have had in...

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Memo to Justice Stevens: Don't Listen to Arlen Specter

(119) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 12:18 PM

In just a couple of days, by his own comments, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has elevated the speculation and conversation centered around whether he will soon announce his retirement from his seat on the Supreme Court.

In response to a question about when he might resign posed to...

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Thoughts on Tiger Woods

(11) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:06 PM

In the week since Tiger held his press event, two other developments have not gone unnoticed. First, Gatorade dropped Tiger as a sponsor (Elin - whether you decide to keep Tiger or leave him, either way, you need him back on the golf course) - an action that demonstrates how...

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All Politics Is Local -- Some of the Time!

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 3:35 PM

As pickup trucks give way to Lincoln town cars and sedans, and while we prepare for the President's State of the Union address this week, this may be a good time to reflect on the meaning and impact of the election of Scott Brown to the Ted Kennedy Senate seat...

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Rush Loses Rams Bid, Rest of Us Just Lose

(132) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 12:29 PM

In the aftermath of the announcement that Rush Limbaugh's name has been dropped from the group bidding to purchase the St. Louis Rams NFL football team, a moment of some rational reflection on this matter might be in order.

Certainly, as both a moderate progressive with a liberal philosophy...

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Is It Time for the President to Reject Health Care Reform?

(23) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 12:02 PM

The health care reform debate has reached a point where maybe it is time for the president to vote "no" on it. In the end, that action might be the most fitting tribute to the commitment to health care made by Senator Ted Kennedy. Actually, the current debate centers around...

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Being Black on a Sunny Day

(188) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 2:17 PM

The best news about the Professor Gates arrest in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its aftermath is the very fact that it is news -- big news. And I believe that is positive. I think that too many White Americans thought that with Barack Obama in the White House, we could just...

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Michael Jackson: A Final Remembrance

(23) Comments | Posted July 8, 2009 | 12:34 PM

More has been written and said about the life and death of Michael Jackson in the past two weeks than about the passing of any famous person in the past 25 years, including Princess Diana and President Ronald Reagan. And those two names represented the ultimate level of fame and...

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The Sanford Affair -- It Matters and It Doesn't

(66) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 2:18 PM

There was a time in America when events like this did matter and, as a result, the day a Governor Sanford publicly revealed the affair would also have been the day he resigned from office. But things have changed, and it's my theory that Americans have become "tone-deaf" to moral...

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As Specter Moves to the Left, So Does the Supreme Court

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 2:41 PM

The announcement by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen Specter that he was changing his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat has stimulated intense energetic debate over how it happened, why it happened, and what will be the consequences.

But perhaps the most significant long-term consequence of this action may well...

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Earmarks -- What's All the Fuss About!

(47) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 9:55 PM

Earlier this week, the US Senate passed the administration's spending budget bill for the next year, the Omnibus spending bill in congressional jargon, but more often referred to as the "ominous" spending bill by many observers. Why that less than flattering label? Because despite the Obama campaign promises to ban...

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The New RNC Chairman -- Providing Full "Race Card" Default Insurance

(27) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 3:33 PM

As we move into the celebration of February as Black history month, there is much to celebrate. But thanks to the fact that this country really has not had the conversation on "race" that many of us have argued should have happened long ago and whose need is not eliminated...

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