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Debbie Hines
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Debbie Hines is a trial lawyer, former prosecutor and TV/radio legal/political commentator based in Washington, DC. She found Legalspeaks.com, a progressive blog, on law, race, gender and politics. She is recognized as one of the most influential and prominent African-American bloggers. She has also authored articles and blogs online for the Women’s Media Center, Op Ed News.com and Politic 365. She speaks on hot legal and political topics and local and national headline legal trials addressing issues on gender and race.

She is frequently featured in the media including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, XM Sirius, Michael Eric Dyson show, ABC,CBS and NBC affiliates, RT and CBC-Canadian TV. Her political comments have been quoted in Black Enterprise, on CNN and in the Washington Post, among others.

During the 2010 midterm election, she was invited by the Democratic National Committee to advise on new media messaging, particularly on African American issues. She also covered the White House press conference following the election.

As a trial lawyer, Debbie Hines has fought for the rights of victims injured by defective products, in courts across the country. As a former felony prosecutor, she tried murders, rapes, burglaries, narcotics and economic crimes, with a high conviction rate.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law and a BA in American history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Baltimore, MD.

Entries by Debbie Hines

Why Women Are Paid Less Money Than Men in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:14 PM

Nearly all women in almost every line of work are paid less than a man including women who have attended universities and colleges, attained advanced degrees and acquired excellent job experience, according to recent research analyzed by the Association of American University Women ("AAUW"). And in some cases,...

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DC Political Scandal Moves to DC Mayor and Beyond the Beltway

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:54 AM

As the District of Columbia's primary mayoral race heats up with 3 weeks to go before the April 1 election, the U.S. Attorney's office is heating up its potential corruption case against incumbent DC Mayor Vincent Gray. And the case is becoming far reaching beyond DC and Mayor Gray to...

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Blurred Lines and the Right to Privacy

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Click here for the NPR TED Radio Hour segment on privacy and the TEDTalks that inspired this post.

We face a growing assault on our right to privacy online with presumed innocent sharing to friends and family but in reality with some government surveillance and intrusion...

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All the Focus on Edward Snowden Is Misplaced

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 3:27 PM

All of the focus on Edward Snowden and clemency, pardon, whistle blower status or jail misses the real point. Namely, the NSA is conducting what amounts to illegal surveillance on collection of telephone data of persons not to mention surveillance on everyone in the world, including everyday people, world leaders...

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From 50th Anniversary March on Washington to Syria

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 2:58 PM

On Saturday, August 31, just three days after President Obama spoke at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's dream speech, President Obama spoke to lay out the case for targeted military strikes on Syria. As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington called for...

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Trayvon Martins Are Everywhere

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:05 PM

African Americans who are perceived to look suspicious and be "up to no good," like George Zimmerman accused Trayvon Martin, come in all forms from Oscar Award winning 51-year-old actor, Forest Whitaker, who was detained, frisked and wrongfully accused of stealing from a New York City gourmet deli...

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The Washington Post Owes Apology to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:03 PM

On May 27, 2013, The Washington Post's The Fix ran an article titled A White House Counsel Known for Her Shoes about Kathryn Ruemmler. The article states, "It may say more about Washington than White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that she's known in the West Wing for...

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Black Women Go to Washington to Assert Political Power

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Midway through Women's History Month, black women from 10 states came to Washington, D.C., and converged on the nation's capitol to meet with Democratic and Republican representatives of Congress and to assert their political power, as part of the Black Women's Roundtable ("BWR") Summit on March 14-16. They came to...

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The Gender Pay Gap Is Bad But Worse for Women of Color

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 5:37 PM

A recent Time article titled "The Pay Gap Is Not as Bad as You (and Sheryl Sandberg) Think" suggests that women are either somehow at fault or to blame for earning less than a male for the same job with the same skills, citing that women make poor...

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Rep. Clyburn on Empowering Voter Rights

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 5:05 PM

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important now more than ever to pass new federal laws to protect the right to vote. We need to establish uniform voting standards for federal elections to...

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Black History Month 2013 Style

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 2:54 PM

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month. It started in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Negro History week. In 1976, it became Black History month. And in 2013, some wonder why we still celebrate it. After all, we have Barack Obama, our first African...

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GOP War on Women and Planned Parenthood Continues in 2013

(14) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Republicans' motto in the war against women must be, if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again to control a woman's birth control choices and defund Planned Parenthood. Last year, the GOP waged an all-out war and assault against women and Planned Parenthood. This year, the GOP...

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Mr. 47 Percent Goes to Washington to Meet With Obama

(15) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:31 PM

For the life of me, I can't see why President Obama met with Mitt Romney on Thursday. Even the Republican Party is distancing itself from Mitt Romney. Romney, even after losing the election, continued to say that he lost because of all the gifts that President Obama gave...

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Has Mitt Romney Become a Desperate Man?

(81) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Desperation causes people to act and do desperate things. A desperate man will do anything. And we're seeing that with Mitt Romney in the final days leading up to the election. Desperation is causing Mitt Romney to act, do and say desperate things. And why is Mr. Romney acting so...

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Mitt Romney's Top 10 Ways to Say "No, I Can't"

(24) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 9:43 AM

President Obama rode into office in 2008 on the slogan of "Yes we can." In 2012, Mitt Romney is campaigning on a slogan of "No we can't." Governor Romney criticizes President Obama for his message of hope, change and moving the country forward. Romney's replacement message is one of negativity....

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GOP Voter Suppression Efforts Are a Crime and a Shame

(12) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 2:44 PM

Everyone hates a cheater. That's what I thought before the 2012 election. In Republican circles, targeting Democrat voters to cheat them out of the right to vote has become the new norm. Instead of being vilified, many Republicans are applauding the efforts -- saying it will give them...

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Mitt Romney Will Kill Big Bird and the Middle Class Too

(39) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Middle class Americans will be an extinct or dying population along with Big Bird under a Mitt Romney presidency. From children, college students, the disabled to senior citizens, middle class America will be at risk under Romney's plan. The presidential debate should be a wake- up call for the 99...

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Voter ID Laws Are the New Poll Tax and Literacy Tests

(96) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 4:26 PM

There are no poll tax laws or literacy tests to take away voting rights in the 21st century. Republicans have a much more sophisticated method this time, called voter ID laws. The result is the same. Many blacks and minorities will be systemically denied the right to vote under the...

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When Will Donald Trump Demand That Romney Show His Papers?

(18) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:14 PM

Donald Trump joined the birthers and demanded that President Obama show his birth certificate to prove his U.S. citizenship. Trump repeatedly called on the president to produce his papers. Where's Donald Trump when you need him to demand that Mitt Romney produce a sufficient number of past tax returns? So...

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Is Politics or Race the Reason for Holder's Contempt Vote?

(55) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 9:13 AM

Democratic lawmakers say party politics, in an election year, is the reason that the Republican controlled Congress found U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. On June 28, Attorney General Holder became the first Attorney General and the first sitting cabinet member, in U.S. history, to be found in contempt....

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