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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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The Oregon Massacre Won't Shake NRA Stranglehold

(41) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 7:21 PM

President Obama, stern and visibly shaken by the Oregon massacre, lambasted the NRA yet again for its suffocating grip on Congress. An equally shaken Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said that she was sickened by the sheep-like willingness of Congress to do the bidding of the NRA. Obama didn't single...

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In Spite of Political Assaults, Hillary Won't Fail

(58) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Here's the partial checklist of the endless ploys to torpedo a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. The vapid and phony Benghazi hearings, the baseless email scandals, the legion of cherry-picked polls, the well-oiled and orchestrated campaign by the RNC, the dizzying array of right-wing bloggers and websites, and shadowy super PACS,...

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Jeb Bush's "Free Stuff" Racial Insult Was a Shrewd Calculation

(602) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 5:36 PM

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knew exactly what he was doing when he insulted African-American voters by alleging that the Democrats buy their votes with "free stuff." In fact, it was no accident that he hurled his slur at Democrats at a campaign stop in South Carolina.

Bush is...

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Democrats Shun Hillary at Their Peril

(212) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:31 PM

California governor Jerry Brown and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley have said publicly what a bevy of Democratic party officials have said privately. And that's that they are worried about, have misgiving about, or are outright hostile to Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. This doesn't even count the legions...

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James Blake Shows Poor Blacks Aren't the Only Ones Racially Profiled

(18) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 7:38 PM

The mugging and arrest of one-time top-ranked tennis pro James Blake, an African-American, by a New York undercover cop is no aberration. In his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope, President Obama ticked off the standard checklist of slights and abuses that he had routinely faced; security guards tailing him...

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It's Not Trump, It's Still Obama

(155) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Front running GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump doesn't utter the words, "Show me your birth certificate," in the same breath with President Obama anymore. But then again, he doesn't have to. He mined that fraudulent birther movement hard and deep enough a few years back to get his mug, name...

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Black Lives AND Police Lives Both Matter

(20) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 9:48 AM

It's not, and never should have been, an either or proposition to say black lives matter or police matters matter. The slaying of a police officer must and should be denounced with the same vigor, passion and outrage as the unwarranted slaying of an unarmed African-American. The sad thing is...

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A Hate Crime is a Hate Crime No Matter the Color of the Perpetrator

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 2:32 PM

There isn't much left in the way of pejoratives that can't and haven't been said about Vester Flanagan. He was disturbed, deranged, a psychopath, maniacal, the epitome of evil, and a flat out nut job. The pejoratives dumped on him are certainly much deserved. The gunning down of TV reporter...

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Katrina's Message on America's Poor Still Unheard

(47) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:09 PM

There was a very fleeting moment in the aftermath of the Katrina debacle, August 29, 2005, that the message that there are a lot of poor in New Orleans and America who are routinely ignored, neglected, and reviled had gotten through. In that very fleeting moment there was a torrent...

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Unfortunately, Ben Carson Is No Laughing Matter

(252) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:19 PM

A year before the first GOP presidential debate, the thought that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson could be anything more than comic relief in the 2016 presidential contest was pure delusionary. But Carson is not only still around in the GOP's crowded presidential field, he, like Donald Trump, is gapping the...

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The Julian Bond I Remember and Honor

(9) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM

I can't tell you how many times I sparred with former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond on TV shows and in print during the years he headed the NAACP over the policy and direction of the NAACP. No matter how fierce our debate, I was always struck by the dignity and...

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What Bernie Does for the Democrats

(116) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:40 PM

The Democratic Party's single biggest worry in the run up to the 2016 presidential campaign should not be which GOP contender its nominee will face. It should be can the Democratic nominee do what President Obama did in 2008 and again in 2012 and turn the campaign into a crusade...

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What I Saw in Watts 50 Years Ago and What I See Today

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:26 PM

I and a couple of friends stood transfixed with hundreds of others on the corner several blocks from my house in South L.A. watching what seemed like a horrid page out of "Dante's Inferno". But this wasn't the classic writer's epic poem. This was real life. Liquor stores, a laundromat,...

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What Makes This GOP Presidential Debate Matter

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The debate has fiercely raged ever since the first modern era glamour presidential debate in 1960 between Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon over whether presidential debates really matter. The short answer from the mountains of research on the question is "no." Most...

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Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Predictably it took almost no time for ex-University of Cincinnati Cop Ray Tensing who is charged with the murder of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose to make his $1 million bail. His father allegedly put up his house and cash as collateral for the 10 percent or $100,000 that...

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The Second Deadly Assault on Sandra Bland

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 2:46 PM

It started within moments after Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell. And it hasn't let up for one moment since her dubious death. The "it" is the non-stop litany of
of veiled and not so veiled hints, innuendoes, digs, and crass, snide, accusing comments,...

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It's Not About Hillary's Emails, But Hillary

(267) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Three, remember that number.

That's the number of times Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will have been dragged before the GOP controlled House Select Committee to testify about Benghazi if she testifies as reports say this October. The date hasn't as yet been officially confirmed. This time the panel...

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GOP Peddles Hard the 'Hillary Can't Be Trusted' Line

(204) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 9:12 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is the runaway pick among voters when asked who among the presidential candidates is the most credible, honest and trustworthy, and even the most compassionate. Her rank on the voter trustworthy meter is far higher than that of Barack Obama and easily tops that of...

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President Obama Took Another Big Step Toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:23 PM

A week before Christmas in 2013, President Obama sent a modest shot across the bow of the harmful, wasteful and grotesquely racially-biased drug sentencing laws when he granted clemency to eight, mostly low-level drug offenders. Obama essentially followed a lead that then Attorney General Eric Holder took when...

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Trump Is the GOP's Trump Card

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Donald Trump is again the GOP's go-to guy to breathe life into a swatch of disconnected and alienated GOP hard-right faithful. Here's why he's so important in that respect. The Republican National Committee and GOP presidential contenders former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talk big about...

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