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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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Time For California Lawmakers To Dump Prop 209 Affirmative Action Ban

(0) 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 And that's dump the outdated, outmoded, and grossly harmful Proposition 209.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

(455) 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

(128) 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

(3) 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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Ali Will Always Be the Greatest--Despite Everything

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 3:00 PM

The Greatest is gone. And when I heard that my mind instantly raced back to 1968. Muhammad Ali by then had become America's official and biggest pariah. His conversion to the Nation of Islam, his one-time friendship with Malcolm X, his outspoken black preachments, all capped by his refusal to...

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Why Millions Would Back a Gorilla's Life Over Black Lives Matter

(12) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 9:19 PM

The instant that a Cincinnati zoo keeper gunned down the silver-backed gorilla, Harambe to save the life of the four-year-old toddler who wandered into his enclosure, the predictable happened. Tens of thousands raged at Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard for defending the killing of the gorilla. And just as predictably,...

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True Danger Signs in Clinton Email Flap

(841) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 7:45 PM

There will be no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the flap over the use of her private server for State Department business. There will be no finding that Clinton broke any federal laws in using her private server. There is no evidence whatsoever that Clinton jeopardized national security by...

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Idaho Rape Case Screams for a Racial Hate Crime Prosecution

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:18 AM

John R.K. Howard, a senior, and one-time student at Dietrich, Idaho High School, will finish high school in Texas. Two other former students at Dietrich High, who are underclass students, will undoubtedly complete their schooling at another high school. The three white students were booted from the school after they...

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Clarence Thomas Continues His Big Payback

(64) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:30 PM

There was an especially telling moment in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's brief Q and A with C-Span in April, 2013. The question was what he thought about President Obama. Thomas first gave a pithy put-down of Obama and then admitted that he had practically no interaction with...

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Saying No to Hillary Is Saying Yes to 3 More Thomas's on the Supreme Court

(235) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:35 PM

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made it almost official. He now has in his hip pocket the names of 11 hardline conservative judges and legal luminaries who he deems fit SCOTUS judges. The names supplied by the equally hardline conservative Heritage Foundation weren't much a surprise.

At a...

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Nader Elected Bush, Now He's Trying to Elect Trump

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Ralph Nader is at it again. He's been conveniently dredged up and trotted in front of a lot of cameras, mics, and reporter's note pads in recent days. He's got fresh media shelf life in order to answer one question and beat up on one candidate. The question is can...

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Trump's Support Isn't Just From Old, Racist White Guys

(34) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 4:19 PM

The prototypical Trump backer is a poorly educated, slob of a blue collar white male worker or farmer in the backwoods of the Deep South or Midwest who alternately fears and loathes Blacks, Hispanics, gays, liberals of all stripes, Obama, and big government. This is a dangerous, and self-serving myth....

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How the Grim Sleeper Got Away with It for So Long

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 2:10 PM

The Grim Sleeper serial murderer's victim scorecard is beyond grim. Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. convicted recently of murdering nearly a dozen women may have murdered at least 25 women in a killing spree that stretched at least from 1985 to 2007. There are lots of theories from police, prosecutors, and...

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Trump Earned His Stratospheric Negatives -- But What About Hillary?

(261) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 10:19 AM

A recent Reuters poll found that nearly half of voters will vote for Trump or Clinton not because they like either one of them, or because of anything that they have to say about the issues that have moved them. They'll simply back one or the other out of naked...

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Thinking the Unthinkable -- A Trump White House Win

(11) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 1:07 PM

Trump's boast that he will "easily" beat Hillary Clinton in November was scoffed at, mocked, and laughed away as being "delusionary."

Let's forget for a moment the part about "easily" beating Clinton, that won't happen. But to think the unthinkable, beating Clinton is another matter. The brutal reality is...

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