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Chris Lamb is a journalism professor at Indiana University-Indianapolis, where he teaches sports journalism and is on the staff of the National Sports Journalism Center. He is the creator of a forthcoming app on the 2016 presidential campaign. His columns and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today,, and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of six books. His most recent book is Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball. His next book is From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line, which will be published in January 2016.

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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

(0) 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

(56) 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?

(11) 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

(168) 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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GOP Presidential Candidates Take Money From White Supremacist in Hopes of Winning the Confederacy

(52) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:03 PM

In November 2003, Earl Holt III read a blog post calling him a white supremacist. This shouldn't have angered Holt. But it did - even though he was, and still is, a white supremacist.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Holt sent an email to the blogger...

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jeb Bush

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:37 PM

When Jeb Bush throws his hat into the presidential ring today, he'll use the same pointy, pinwheel hat his brother George used when he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 1999.

As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush reportedly invested $1 million in state pension money to fund

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Enough With the Mohammed Cartoons

(17) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:51 PM

The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized an event on Sunday night in Garland, Texas, inviting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The event's organizers received more than 350 submissions and the cartoonist who drew the best, or most offensive cartoon -- depending on your point of view -- received $10,000.

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Ben Carson and the Politics of Rudeness

(14) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 2:17 PM

On February 7, 2013, Baltimore neurosurgeon Ben Carson criticized President Barack Obama's policies on healthcare, taxation, and the national debt in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

President Obama was sitting a few feet away.

Conservative commentator Cal Thomas criticized Carson's comments for being rude and...

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Parents Need to Be Aware of the Epidemic of Sports Injuries Among Young Athletes

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 7:50 AM

No journalist writes better about sports injuries than Will Carroll, author of Saving the Pitcher, which examines why so many pitchers -- from major leaguers to teenagers -- hurt their arms. A year ago, Carroll's work was recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Carroll says so...

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CPAC Ends With Feast of Red Meat, White Rice, Sour Grapes, and Half-Baked Ideas

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:44 PM

After the Conservative Political Action Conference ended Saturday night, several of the candidates vying to become the Republican Party's presidential candidate in 2016 met at Café Belshazzar in Washington, D.C.

Billionaires David and Charles Koch picked up the tab for the dinner of red meat, white rice, Caesar salad,...

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The Remedy for Right-Wing Nonsense Is More Right-Wing Nonsense

(31) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 7:27 PM

In the aftermath of the 2012 Presidential Election, many on the far right -- including Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Brent Bozell and Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots -- said that...

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Drawing Blood

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Two gunmen killed one man and injured three police officers in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, after storming a building where Swedish editorial cartoonist Lars Vilks and others were discussing free expression in response to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy a month ago.

The gunmen fled the scene, Copenhagen police said.

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Obama's Wit Has Been a Potent Political Weapon

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:11 AM

During President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on January 20, he said, "I have no more campaigns to run."

His remark brought a round of applause from Republicans in the audience.

"I know," Obama said, smiling, "because I won both of them."

This brought an ovation...

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Good Riddance, Bud Selig

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:21 PM

On January 25, A.H. "Bud" Selig will retire after serving 22 years as commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Selig's legacy is as follows:

When baseball needed a strong commissioner, he was the game's nowhere man. When he did act, it was in the best interests of owners --...

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'I'll Be Sober in the Morning': Remembering Winston Churchill's Wit on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:30 PM

January 24th is the 50th anniversary of the death of British prime minister and statesman Winston Churchill, who had the most ferocious wit of any politician in history.

To wit: Churchill had been drinking heavily at a party when he bumped into a political rival, Bessie Braddock. "Mr. Churchill, you...

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Run Sarah, Run!

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and Republican Party vice presidential candidate, will be attending the conservative Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on January 24.

This raises speculation -- by Palin anyway -- that she may be a GOP candidate for president in 2016.

Run, Sarah,...

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Don't Blame Obama If Race Relations Are Worse During His Presidency

(11) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 9:28 PM

President Barack Obama said Friday that conditions for black Americans have improved since he became president nearly six years ago. But as he said, blacks still lag behind whites.

"The gap in income between black and white America persists," he said during a press conference. "This is a...

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Why Don't Conservatives See Racism?

(246) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 5:01 PM

You can build an extensive library on the books detailing the long and sordid history of racial discrimination in the United States. You can find volumes of books on the attempts by activist liberals to convince the country to live up to its promise of equality for all.


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