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

(134) 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

(160) 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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Benghazi Hearings to Sink Clinton Have Been a Stupendous Failure

(29) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 5:28 PM

GOP drop-out House speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy infuriated many of his GOP compatriots when he spoke the truth some weeks ago. His heretical truth is that the endless and relentless GOP contrived and manufactured Benghazi hearings were a blatant partisan political effort to torpedo Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. His exact...

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Biden Presidential Run Won't Stop Hillary

(7) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:44 PM

The on again/off again media tease of a Joe Biden presidential run has been a long-running political soap opera. Now that there's actually tangible hints courtesy of some purported Democratic Party insiders that Biden will jump in the race, the tongues are wagging even more furiously about what actual effect...

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Why So Many Americans Still Say No to Sanders' Socialism

(164) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 5:52 PM

In January 2010, two years into his White House tenure, President Obama journeyed to a GOP confab in Baltimore. There was an issue that he wanted to confront head on. At times, it was an open attack, and at other times snide innuendos that he was a socialist in disguise....

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Did a Mass Killer Get it Right in Pointing to the Media?

(5) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 8:46 PM

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight." This is a quote from the Oregon community college shooter, whom I will not name. His quote is the reason that Oregon police investigators absolutely refused to name him in statements and interviews. A group of friends, relatives,...

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Here's How the Man Murdoch Calls a 'Real Black President' Would Govern

(31) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 4:41 PM

News mogul Rupert Murdoch stirred mild fury when he claimed GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson would be a "real black president."

Forget the racial insult, the stock rightwing putdown of Obama, and the fact that this preposterous dig came from Murdoch. What is more interesting...

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The Oregon Massacre Won't Shake NRA Stranglehold

(41) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 8:21 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

(69) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:29 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

(600) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 6:36 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 | 2:31 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 | 8:38 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 | 4:42 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 | 10:48 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 | 3:32 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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