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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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Sorting Out Fact From Fiction About Hillary's Iraq War Vote

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 4:43 PM

The then Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, in 2008 hammered her for it. 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders repeatedly hammers her for it. Even some have held up Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump opposition to the Iraq war to hammer her for it. The "it" is then New York...

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Trump and Cruz Are the Worst Nightmare for the GOP, Not the Democrats

(19) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 6:58 PM

Vice President Joe Biden was not auditioning for a stint on SNL or appealing to divine providence when he quipped to a packed crowd of Democrats recently that the Republicans may have given the Democrats a "gift from the Lord" in the presidential race. The heavenly gift Biden referred to...

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The Democrats' Worst Nightmare Is That Bernie's Supporters Won't Back Clinton

(184) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 3:59 PM

The constant nightmare among both Democratic Party leaders and Hillary Clinton campaign boosters is that a significant number of Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders' backers will sleep in on Election Day.

A recent CBS/New York Times poll didn't do much to dry the nervous sweat over this prospect....

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Winning Iowa and New Hampshire Won't Do Much if Bernie Can't Win the Black Vote

(187) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 8:15 PM

Here's the big problem for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He will either win outright or make a powerful second place showing in both the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary on February 1. Why is that a problem?

Simple: The wins will mean next to nothing.

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What Iowa Really Means for Bernie

(9) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 5:34 PM

There are two clear and contrasting thoughts about what Iowa mans to Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders. One come from political observers who flatly say that Sanders must win the Iowa Caucuses to show Democrats, big donors, the media and the general public that he's really a viable, even electable...

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It's Past Time to Tune Out the White Oscars

(114) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 10:29 AM

Let's talk about the only thing that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that's the group that picks the Oscar nominees and winners, understands. That's dollars and cents. African-Americans spend more, in fact far more, dollars proportionately on Hollywood films than any other segment of the film going...

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Shunning Hillary Is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House

(283) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 10:52 AM

Here's a horrific "what if" in the months after November 9, 2016. That's the day after the presidential election and the winner is declared. The nomination and confirmation of one, two, maybe even three more Antonin Scalias and Clarence Thomas's to the Supreme Court. The quick repeal of the Affordable...

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Not Another White Oscars

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 1:17 PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that's the group that picks the Oscar nominees and winners, faces its first big test on January 14. That's the day that it will announce who its members nominated for this year's Academy Awards. It's a big test for a good reason....

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What a Cosby Prosecution Means

(102) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 2:47 PM

There really should never have been much doubt that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby eventually would be charged with a sex-related misconduct offense somewhere at some time. In the much discussed unsealed affidavit Cosby swore to in 2005, he confessed to giving drugs to one woman and getting drugs...

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Here's how 'President' Trump will Govern

(154) Comments | Posted December 25, 2015 | 12:57 PM

There's no shortage of chatter about GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump campaigning. But almost nothing has been said about how a "President" Trump would actually govern. While there's no consensus that he can win the GOP nomination let alone the White House, there is a consensus that he has a...

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Why Cruz Is Far More Dangerous Than Trump

(317) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 6:34 PM

The latest poll on the GOP presidential candidate's derby now has Texas Senator Ted Cruz steaming past prior front-runner Donald Trump in the crucial first out the box Iowa primary February 1.

The poll result tells much about why Cruz is far more dangerous than Trump....

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Trump Is the GOP's Frankenstein Creation

(35) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Two things happened within 24 hours of each other that almost certainly caused GOP leaders even more nervous anxiety over GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. One was his very Trump-like pronouncement that all Muslims should be banned from the country. This roused the furor of nearly everyone who had access...

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The San Bernardino Massacre Is Domestic Terrorism and Should Be Called That

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 1:24 PM

FBI official David Bowdich issued this statement immediately after the mass killing in San Bernardino by alleged shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, "It would be irresponsible and premature for me to call this terrorism. The FBI defines terrorism very specifically, and that is the big question...

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Here's Why the Alleged Planned Parenthood Killer Isn't Called a Domestic Terrorist

(137) Comments | Posted November 29, 2015 | 9:26 PM

The two words that were glaringly missing in the reams of news clips, press reports and news features on alleged Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic killer, Robert Lewis Dear, were "domestic" and "terrorist." His target, the clinic and his victims, were deliberately and calculatedly chosen. Attorney General Loretta Lynch promptly...

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The Big Reward in Trump's Perennial Race-Baiting

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:46 AM

First, front running GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump cheers on a crowd at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Alabama that physically and verbally assaults a black protestor. He then follows that up with a tweet on phony and doctored black crime figures that were so racist that even

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Hunt Terrorists in Paris Massacre, Not Witch-hunt Muslims

(17) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 11:28 AM

The instant news broke about the hideous bloodbath in Paris, the predictable happened. The tweets from the conservative echo chamber came fast and furious. They called for a total, all-out war, bashed immigrants, gun control advocates, liberals, the students at the University of Missouri, President Obama, lax security,...

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Missouri a Teaching Moment for Other Colleges That Flunk the Racism Test

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Now former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe -- in a moment of rare candor for someone who just fired himself -- admitted what has been probably one of the worst-kept secrets at American colleges. His words: "Racism does exist at our university, and it is unacceptable."


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Why Carson's Tall Tales About His Past Don't Hurt Him

(26) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:08 AM

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has been roundly skewered for, if you want to be charitable, embellishing his supposed hardscrabble youthful past, or less so, flat out lying about it. But that made absolutely no difference in some national polls that showed him topping long standing front runner Donald Trump...

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Why Hillary Has a Lock on the Black Vote

(158) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wasted no time in a tweet deploring the brutal videotaped assault by fired South Carolina deputy Ben Fields on a black Spring Valley High School student. The tweet had more significance than just a presidential candidate expressing disgust and outrage over the attack.

It was...

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What to Make of Carson's Surge

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 3:01 PM

A clearly perplexed South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham can't seem to fathom just what it is that so many Republican voters see in retired-neurosurgeon-turned-GOP-presidential-candidate Ben Carson. "I don't know what to tell you. I mean I can't understand what he's saying half the time."

Graham's quip to an...

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