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Chris Lamb is a journalism professor at Indiana University-Indianapolis, where he teaches sports journalism. He is the author of eight books, including From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line, which was published in January 2016. His columns and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ESPN.com, New Republic, and Sports Illustrated.

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Why Should Trump Select Sarah Palin as VP? As an Insurance Policy Against Impeachment

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 8:29 PM

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, apparently has conservative commentator and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on his short list of running mates.

Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who unsuccessful ran for the GOP nomination, confirmed to reporters that he was among those being considered by Trump for vice...

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Who Likes Donald Trump? Read This

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 8:51 AM

By winning Tuesday's Republican primary in Indiana, billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump eliminated his remaining two rivals, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and became the presumptive GOP nominee for president.

Trump is poised to become the least popular candidate to represent a political...

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Indiana Governor Bans Boys from Wearing Clothes with 'Gay' Colors

(65) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 10:25 PM

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed an executive order Wednesday that bans what he called "gay colors" to be worn by boys in public elementary and secondary schools in the state.

Pence referred to pink, chartreuse, teal and magenta, in particular, as "gateway colors" for young boys who might have...

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Mississippi Legislature OKs Bill to Ban Leavened Bread, Eating Shellfish, Shaving, and Wearing Polyester

(24) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 3:07 PM

The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that gives the state the power to ban anything that is prohibited by The Bible.

The bill goes further than the one signed into law last week that allows individuals and corporations with religious objections to deny services to gay...

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Everybody Hates Donald

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 4:47 PM

More than 63 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump. Only half of that number - 31 percent - has a favorable opinion of Trump, the Huffington Post reported in a tracking poll released Thursday.

The results were not based on a...

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Let's Reject Racism, Misogyny, Xenophobia of Trumpism for That of Republicanism

(20) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:21 AM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential candidate, said he would vote for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in hopes of stopping billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump from winning the GOP's presidential nomination.

Romney said Republicans must unite against Trump and his extremist politics.

"Trumpism...

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This Is a Story About a Girl Who Saved a Play

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:36 AM

I sat on a folding chair a week ago waiting for the play, "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," to begin at the Indianapolis school where my wife teaches and my son is an eighth grader. Both were involved in the play: My wife was the director and my...

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Obama's Sharp Ad-Libs Are Rare -- or at Least Medium Rare -- in Politics

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 11:25 AM

During a Democratic presidential debate on December 13, 2007, a CNN moderator mentioned then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's promise for a new approach in the country's foreign policy. Obama was asked how he could achieve this when so many of his advisors worked for President Bill Clinton.

Before Obama could answer,...

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GOP Candidates: We Must Censor News Media to Protect Us from a Democracy

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Republican presidential candidates complained about the questions asked during last week's debate on CNBC. They've demanded that rules be changed for future debates.

Ben Carson blamed moderators for asking questions designed for the candidates to explain their positions. He called those "gotcha questions."

"We need a change of format,"

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Ask GOP Presidential Candidates These Questions

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 2:50 PM

During the first GOP presidential debate on August 6, Megyn Kelly of Fox News questioned Donald Trump on his derogatory comments about women.

"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.'" Kelly said.

"Only Rosie O'Donnell," Trump interrupted, resulting in cheers and laughter from...

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If You Don't Want to Be President, Get Out of the Race

(100) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 8:32 PM

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has run such an awful campaign that you wonder if he's trying to lose. This may be the case. He certainly doesn't want to be president.

"If this election is about we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't want anything, I...

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Where Can You Find Out All You Need to Know About the Presidential Candidates? Right Here

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 4:47 PM

I told a political journalist friend of mine that I was compiling the follies and absurdities of the different presidential candidates for an eBook.

"If I see any of those things, I'll let you know," my friend said in a dismissive tone, adding, "I'm interested in the serious things the...

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President Donald Trump's Cabinet

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:56 PM

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wanted reality television star and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he wins the 2016 presidential election.

Palin responded last weekend that she would like to be energy secretary in a Trump administration.

Palin as energy...

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Sick Kid Demands That He Go to School, and Other Stories of Teenagers Gone Wild

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 3:38 PM

Friends told me the day would come when my teenage son would act in ways so bizarre I wouldn't recognize him.

I knew they were probably right. I had seen it happen to other people's teenagers. And yet, when it happened, I wasn't prepared.

A few days ago, my...

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Jackie Robinson Demonstrated Courage in Brooklyn; He Learned Courage Growing Up in California

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 3:05 PM

On August 28, 1945, Jackie Robinson, a rookie shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, met with Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, in his Brooklyn office.

Rickey was interested in signing Robinson and ending baseball's color line.

Rickey knew that the 26-year-old Robinson,...

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South Carolina Team Returns to Little League World Series for First Time Since Racist Boycott in 1955

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The Northwood team of Taylors, South Carolina, was eliminated from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, on Monday by losing to Kentucky, 4-3.

Northwood, however, will return to South Carolina as the first team from the baseball-rich state to qualify for the Little League World Series...

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Marco Rubio is Anti-Abortion, Not Pro-Life

(59) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 4:19 PM

GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio opposes abortion without exception. If elected, he vows to end abortions in all circumstances, including rape, incest and endangerment to the mother.

"I'm pro-life. It's as simple as that," Rubio says.

To Rubio, all lives are sacred -- until the baby...

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First Sarah Palin and Then Carl Icahn; Who Else Would Be in Trump's Cabinet?

(10) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 6:31 PM

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says that billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn accepted his offer to be treasury secretary in a Trump administration.

In addition, Trump also said he would pick former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for a top cabinet position if he was elected...

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Here's All You Need to Know About the Candidates in Thursday's GOP Debate

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:12 PM

Ten of the Republican Party candidates for president will participate in the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Campaign on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fox News, the official network of the GOP, has announced the names of nine of the candidates in the debate. The tenth will either be Ohio...

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Thank You, Donald Trump, for Showing Us What Rock Bottom Looks Like

(163) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:29 PM

Shortly after real estate billionaire Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, it was reported his campaign paid actors $50 a piece to cheer him as he made his announcement.

I couldn't help thinking: How desperate must someone be to do something like this...

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