Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.
Forgive me for wondering whether the daily dealings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are taking a page from the Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed playbook -- without the Marquees of Queensberry Rules.
A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.
At a time where there seems to be new violence and conflict somewhere in the world each day, a final nuclear deal would be a bright spot. Polls bear this out, and show that the vast majority of Americans want a diplomatic agreement, not war.
Taking a shower, boiling some vegetables or just getting a glass of water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But taking care of life's most basic necessities isn't so straightforward for so many around the world.
The last year and a half of negotiations between Iran and six international powers has created a remarkable and historic shift. Not only have relations between the United States and Iran begun to thaw after 30 years of enmity, but it is increasingly looking like the international community will be able to solve the Iran nuclear crisis together.
For too long, Washington's fiscal hawks and conservative ideologues have monopolized the conversation about our nation's safety net programs. Their misleading messages and PR campaigns are designed to undermine public confidence in the Social Security program.
The Menendez indictment shows that by opening the door for Super PACs, the Roberts Court destroyed candidate contribution limits as a practical matter and has left us with the inherently corrupt system an earlier and far wiser Supreme Court warned the nation about.
Democracy is a relational form of government. True Relational Leadership aspires to navigate this country to its unifying destiny not its leaders' polarizing re-election. Hiring our next leader starts with selecting a WHO that will lead us together to WHAT.
Consumer demand for safer products has led Congress into a heated debate about how to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act. That debate has reached a critical juncture.
I met Barney Frank when he was on book tour for his memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage here are 10 things I learned about him:
The peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a hallmark of American democracy. But behind the pomp and pageantry, the transition between administrations is rushed, chaotic and can be dangerous to our national security.
Depending on who you ask, it will take women anywhere from 25 years to a century to reach parity in Congress. And, sadly, Congress is ahead of the private sector where female representation on corporate boards has stalled at 17 percent for the past decade.
For those who work with the Congress, smelling the occasional crooks among the hard working public servants is not difficult. And, too frequently, we see the innocent attacked.
Pro-life advocates in Congress recently infected an uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill that had strong bipartisan support with a contentious amendment that prohibits taypayer-funded abortions. Women's reproductive health should not be the euphemistic football in a match played mostly by and for men in Congress.
March 31 was U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's last day in office after resigning from Congress following questions about possibly improper spending. But while the resignation and fall from public favor have been a disappointment for Illinoisans and the national Republican Party, Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says Schock could still have better days ahead of him.