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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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VP Pick Can Make or Break Clinton and Trump

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 3:30 PM

GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz gave irrelevance to the oft-quoted line from Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 Vice President pick John Nance Garner, who famously said the vice presidency "is not worth a warm bucket of spit," or some such variance of that. By picking Carly Fiorina even before he won the...

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Sanders's Call to Back Clinton Doesn't Require a Clothespin Over the Nose

(229) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 6:25 PM

Much has been made about polls that purportedly show that a significant number of Bernie Sanders's backers say they won't vote for Clinton no matter what. Now Sanders has made it clear as recently as an MSNBC Townhall that he will do whatever it takes to "make sure"...

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Remembering the Other Prince

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 11:05 AM

"Does anyone hear us pray?

For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray

Peace is more than the absence of war."

"If there ain't no justice then there ain't no peace."

These lyrics didn't exactly thrill police officials in Baltimore in May, 2015. They were the lyrics in Prince's "Baltimore" a rollicking,...

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Why Clinton Ranks With Trump as the Most Disliked Candidates in History

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 9:58 AM

In any other time and place it would be the most idiotic and unbelievable headline one could imagine. The headline being that Hillary Clinton ranks close to Trump as the two most hated candidates in the history of American presidential elections. That's a lot of years and a lot of...

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Bernie Does and Doesn't Have a Case Against the Super-Delegates

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 6:06 PM

In March 2008, officials in then Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign were absolutely livid at the public quip by then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the party's super-delegates should not have the final say so on who the Democratic presidential nominee should be. The great irony in Pelosi's dismissal of...

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A Shock: Bernie is Actually Bagging Black Votes

(71) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 6:16 PM

There was a little noted footnote to Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders big win in the Wisconsin primary buried deep in the final vote stats. Bernie actually bagged a far bigger percent of Black votes than expected. He got more than one-fourth of the Black vote. Now the reason that...

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The Awful Transformation of Bernie Sanders

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 7:12 PM

The awful transformation of Bernie Sanders has been absolutely breath stopping to see. Sanders has gone from a charming, engaging, provoking, and supremely principled Democratic presidential candidate to a scheming, conniving, devious, supremely unprincipled Democratic presidential contender. In quick succession, Sanders has been accused of being a tax cheat, a...

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Trump's Mouth Just May Have Cost Him the Nomination

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once purportedly said about Hitler that, "He didn't know when to stop." That can be said of Trump. In mid-March, Trump looked unstoppable. Florida, Louisiana, Arizona had all fallen to him, more and more pledged delegates were piling up by the day in his columns, the...

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Bernie Please Disavow Sarandon, And Do It Now

(48) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 2:47 PM

Bernie Sanders is a lot of things and most of them admirable. He's a fearless fighter against wealth and income inequality, Wall Street rip-offs, chasing the money changers out of politics, and for every kind of much needed institutional reform. But there's one thing that Bernie must be faulted for:...

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Hillary Must Win Over Sanders Supporters -- or Else

(16) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 2:39 PM

The general consensus is that Hillary Clinton will beat out Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. The almost general consensus is that Clinton may not make it to the White House without Sanders. The numbers and the states that she has won are the starting point to...

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Trump's Version of an African-American Voter Outreach Campaign

(45) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 6:25 PM

It was one for the books. The sight of an African-American viciously assaulting a Trump protester at his Tucson campaign rally. The sight drew gasps and lots of expressions of puzzlement and disbelief. The assault came a few weeks after Trump's photo-op meeting with some black ministers. He has also...

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The Numbers Could Tell a Troubling Tale for the Democrats

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 12:14 PM

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump loudly boasts that he has turned out "millions" of new voters. He gloats that these are the people the GOP has never seen before. The millions figure is vintage Trump bunkum since there is no way to measure just how many of the big uptick...

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Pres. Obama Should Tell Wasserman Schultz To Go -- And Go Now

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 2:52 PM

Two months before the 2014 midterm elections, President Obama issued this statement that read in part: "The president's foremost political goal is helping Democrats do well in the midterms -- and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is doing a great job in that effort."

Obama was horribly disappointed...

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Here's How 'President Cruz' Will Govern

(91) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 3:35 PM

The conventional wisdom is that the GOP candidate who poses the far greater peril than Trump can't possibly win the GOP presidential nomination, and would have absolutely no chance in a general election. The result is that few have actually taken the time to closely scrutinize Ted Cruz's actual record....

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The Senate Is the Real Name of the Game This Election

(32) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 8:40 PM

Here are two scenarios on January 20, 2017. That's the first day on the job for the 45th president of the U.S.

Scenario one. President Sanders or Clinton, unlike President Obama on his first day on the job, are faced with a GOP controlled House and a GOP controlled Senate....

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Why Should Trump Disavow Racists, if the GOP Can't

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 1:56 PM

The latest fad in GOP circles is that when a GOP candidate, an elected official or some GOP-connected notable makes a racist crack, dig or slur, it's time to issue a pious, indignant statement denouncing the racist quip or act. The new GOP fad was on ample display when Trump...

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'With God As My Witness I Will Not Vote for Donald Trump'

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 10:58 AM

"With God as my witness I will Not Vote for Donald Trump." A liberal, moderate, Democrat or Republican, independent, or me did not say or write this. This was the blaring headline on a conservative website. The flat pronouncement of anti-Trump sentiment by an avowed conservative activist merely...

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Obama Should Battle Harder Than Ever for Scalia Successor

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 6:40 PM

GOP leaders led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predictably wasted no time in swearing that anyone who President Obama named to replace the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia had zero chance of being confirmed. McConnell saw no contradiction in the fact that he had no trouble voting to...

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It's Still a Woman Thing With Hillary

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 4:35 PM

Bill Clinton barely got the words out of his mouth lambasting the Bernie Sanders camp for what he bluntly said were attacks on Hillary that were to sexist and too "profane" to repeat when a Sanders campaign official shot back that the attack was "disappointing." Sanders for his...

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

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 3:43 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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