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Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC and a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK-Radio and the Pacifica Network.

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With Kaine On The Ticket, Democrats Can And Should Put Race Back On The Table

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2016 | 9:30 PM

The hard and fast rule in presidential politics since the 1960s is that you don't talk frankly about race on the campaign trail. Presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine can break that rule. Kaine got his start as a civil rights lawyer, and indeed notes that as a point...

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Trump Is No Stranger To Law And Order Baiting

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 4:17 PM

It's certainly true that when GOP presidential contender Donald Trump shouts repeatedly that he's the "law and order candidate" he is simply pilfering the line and pitch that would-be GOP and even Democratic presidential candidates George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton worked to death during their White...

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More Baton Rouges' Could Elect Trump

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 5:04 PM

Here are some key dates in presidential history, politics and elections that tell much about why the wanton murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge could loom big in 2016. The dates are 1964, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2001, and 2008. In 1964 GOP presidential contender Barry Goldwater ran hard...

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The 2016 GOP Convention: The Whitest Of The Whitest Conventions

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 8:37 PM

Calling the 2016 GOP convention the whitest of the whitest GOP conventions is not redundancy or a play on words. It underscores the fact that this convention, in comparison to the 2012 GOP convention and indeed a string of other GOP conventions going back in recent time, have been virtually...

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Trump Steals Nixon's Law and Order Script as White House Path

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 6:13 PM

In the space of a few days two things happened on the presidential campaign trail that repeat the script of a presidential election nearly a half century back. Trump boasted in a speech that he was the "law and order candidate." Close on the heels of this, new polls showed...

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The Dallas Police Slayings Are Our Worst Nightmare Too

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 6:55 PM

It didn't take long for the predictable. Loose-lipped former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh frothed at President Obama in the aftermath of the slaying of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of several others. Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump couldn't tweet fast enough denouncing the murders. Needless to say...

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Why President Obama Should Go To Baton Rouge And Minnesota

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 2:53 PM

President Obama announced that he would cut short his state visit to Spain to attend an interfaith service for the five slain Dallas police officers and give aid and comfort to their families. This is the right thing to do. The slaying of the officers was just as Obama called...

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From Baltimore to Baton Rouge to Minnesota: Why Cops Get Away With Murder

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 2:56 PM

In the space of a few days Baltimore Police Lieutenant Brian Rice is scheduled for trial in the death of Freddie Gray, the Justice Department announced that it will conduct a probe into the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. and one has been called for in...

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Method To Madness In Trump's One-Percent Black Voter Support

(163) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 12:04 PM

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made dubious poll history recently. In a Quinnipiac Poll, he got exactly 1 percent of black voter support. The high bar of black vote support for most GOP presidential candidates in most elections is a mid to high single digit total. 2008...

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Jordan Kind Of, Sort Of Spoke Out On Bigotry In North Carolina, But Is That Enough?

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 12:05 PM

In late April, NBA all-time great and Charlotte Hornet owner, Michael Jordan, stated that his organization was "opposed to discrimination in any form" and pledged to work hard to provide an "inclusive environment." The statement was brief, and not surprisingly was quickly denounced by many as weak, tepid, and empty....

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Still Much Ado About Nothing With Hillary's Emails and Bill

(81) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 12:28 PM

GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump was so happy he couldn't jump high enough when Bill Clinton met briefly with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. This supposedly was irrefutable proof that Lynch, and by extension President Obama, and Hillary Clinton, were in cahoots to cook the books on the FBI and Justice...

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Time For California Lawmakers To Dump Prop 209 Affirmative Action Ban

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 2:57 PM

The California legislature and Governor Brown now have all the ammunition they need to do what they should have done years ago. And that's dump the outdated, outmoded, and grossly harmful Proposition 209. That's the state amendment passed by voters two decades ago in 1996 that banned the use of...

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Warren Is Hillary's Best Bet For VP

(423) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 4:57 PM

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is Hillary's best bet for VP. Why? Despite the relentless lampooning, ridiculing and name-calling of Trump, and the smug writing of his political obituary, the election will be a close run up. The big GOP donors and handlers, the hate driven passion to beat Hillary, Trump's...

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Orlando Massacre Won't End The NRA's Terror Grip On The Senate

(123) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 9:56 AM

The ritual is by now well-known. There's a hideous massacre, followed by loud calls from much of the public for Congress to do something and do something fast about passing tougher gun control legislation. The calls for action are backed up by polls that show once more that a majority...

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Trump Banks on Nixon's Silent Majority

(10) Comments | Posted June 18, 2016 | 3:32 PM

Most polls at present show that Hillary Clinton will beat Trump in their presumed presidential face-off in the Fall. The problem with this is that polls measure what people tell pollsters and that's what ends up in their numbers and percentage crunching. In some cases, the numbers ultimately prove right...

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Coming To Grips With Made In America Terrorism In Orlando Massacre

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 4:44 PM

Orlando officials didn't hesitate to brand the appalling and heinous massacre at a gay nightclub, domestic terrorism. The key word is domestic and using that word to describe the killing of at least 50 persons in the worst killing spree in American history as a home grown terror act is...

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Why Trump (And Others) Call The Orlando Shooter An ISIS Terrorist When He's As American As Him

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:42 PM

FBI director James Comey flatly said that there is no evidence of any foreign direction behind Omar Marteen's Orlando nightclub massacre. In three probes of Marteen prior to the rampage, one lasting nearly a year, the FBI found no hard evidence that he was an embedded ISIS plant....

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Judge Persky is No Aberration When it Comes to Sentencing

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 3:44 PM

Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky's velvet glove sentence of 6 months, of which he'll serve only three months, to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner after his rape conviction was no aberration. The case of Brian Banks, falsely convicted or rape, and who served five years, before exoneration, was quickly...

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Bernie Must Tell His Supporters Only One Thing: Back Clinton

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 12:34 AM

I voted for Bernie Sanders in the California primary not because I thought he would or could win the California primary, let alone the Democratic presidential nomination, but because he deserved support. He deserved it because he did what few politicians were willing to do

That is thunder against wealth...

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Why Trump Might Have Been Asked to Eulogize Ali

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 12:32 PM

The choice of former President Bill Clinton to give one of the eulogies of Muhammad Ali at his funeral Friday has rankled more than a few. Clinton has been lambasted by many blacks for his push of the omnibus crime bill, the wild expansion of the death penalty at the...

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