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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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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

(70) 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

(239) 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

(36) 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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VP Pick Can Make or Break Clinton and Trump

(2) 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

(225) 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

(17) 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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