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Our Nation's Unfinished Business

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Almost fifty years later historians and scholars look at the Kerner Commission Report as another reminder of how much is still unchanged and needs changing to make the promises of American democracy work for all. Division is not inevitable. When will we hear and heed and act?

"Follow The Money"--Trump, Repealing The "Johnson Amendment," And Citizens United

Terry Connelly | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Viewers of Donald Trump's coming out party for his apparent "forced choice" vice presidential running mate, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, might rightly wonder why he spent almost as much time holding forth on the evils of something he called the "Johnson Amendment" than he did on the virtues of Mike Pence.

Integrity and A Bridge Too Far

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I have never supported the "sport" of boxing because I consider it a form of inhuman barbarism, I have always supported and held Muhammad Ali i...

Obama Is More Popular Than Reagan, But Will it Help Clinton?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to believe it, but Barack Obama today is more popular than Ronald Reagan was at this juncture in his last year of office, in 1988. But will it help Hillary Clinton secure another term for the Democrats? A look at the evidence produces a surprising finding.

Anybody But Trump, Anybody But Carter, Anybody But McGovern

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The party establishment is aghast. An insurrectionist candidate is close to securing the party's nomination. Fears arise on the part of the party establishment that this candidate will get clobbered in the General Election

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

Ted Cruz Misinterprets Ronald Reagan's 1980 Election Victory

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Cruz suggests a Republican nominee can win the presidency by waving the conservative banner and galvanizing conservatives rather than by making inroads with centrist persuadable voters. Unlike Cruz, Reagan's record as Governor of California, coupled with some of the rhetoric he used in 1980, would be sacrilegious with contemporary conservative voters.

A Legacy of 'Congressional Truancy': From Harding to Kennedy to Obama to Rubio

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Rubio hopes to be the fourth U.S. Senator to rise directly to the presidency. Rubio will likely continue to weather the Congressional truancy charge in his quest to join Harding, Kennedy and Obama as unspectacular senators who ascended directly from the Senate to the presidency.

Will The Ferguson Commission's Final Report Just Collect Dust On A Shelf?

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- In the summer of 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the "National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders" to investigate and hel...

Bryan Cranston Looks Identical To LBJ In First Photo From HBO's 'All The Way'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment

If you thought Bryan Cranston was finished nabbing all the Emmy awards when "Breaking Bad" finished, were you ever wrong. Cranston is headed back to t...

Donald Trump Is No 'Good Soldier'

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

Trump is proving that he is not a "good soldier" for the Republican Party. Ironically, This may actually help him with grassroots conservatives and Independent voters who themselves are conservatives first and Republicans second.

Should Biden Run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, not Getting Endorsement of President would Not be Unprecedented

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Vice President Joe Biden is believed to be seriously contemplating a bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Should he enter the race, one of his opponents would be former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who served under President Barack Obama.

50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

Some Presidential Candidates Get No Respect

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In every presidential election there are candidates with compelling resumes who the high command of the political parties and the media rarely mention. In almost every election cycle, a formidable candidate fails to make the cut.

To Fulfill Their Rights

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If we are to achieve true equality as President Johnson envisioned half a century ago, then we must ensure that students from low-income communities are given the necessary resources and supports. For the civil rights community, accountability must be at the forefront of our actions.

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.

Sixty Years in Journalism: Covering JFK

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Media
Irv Chapman

Any American who is old enough can remember where he or she was when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. I was in a downtown Washington deli, where I stopped enroute from Capitol Hill to the ABC News bureau to get a carry-out sandwich.

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary One in a Litany of Whisker-Close Elections in U.S. History

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In the recent Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was ahead by just 83 votes out of over 214,000 votes cast.

How Selma Changed My Life

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Runyon

Thanks to television, the entire civil rights era is part of my personal history, even though my middle class white family never participated in a demonstration. But we were part of it all. Every American alive in the 1960s was, no matter what position you took. I am proud of my parents' views, and how they guided me.

Is Mitt Romney the Political Reincarnation of Hubert Humphrey?

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

A 2016 Romney candidacy seemed a bit farfetched in the immediate aftermath of 2012. Should Romney run for president again, he would be on the same trajectory as Democrat Hubert Humphrey. Will Romney suffer the same fate should he declare a third presidential candidacy?

What 'Selma' Can Teach in the Classroom

Mia Toschi | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

On a day terrorists attacked the soul and city of Paris, more than 500 educators came together on a bitterly, cold night in New York City for a private screening of the film Selma. Some traveled for more than 100 miles to watch the film and discuss "hope" and "healing."

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

Seattle Rep Theatre's All the Way: Surprisingly Entertaining and Insightful

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 02.01.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

A friend invited me to a performance of All the Way at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and I expected an intellectually interesting performance examining the first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson's (LBJ) presidency.

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore: Could Any of Them Win the Election Today?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Who do you think Doane Robinson would have chosen for "Mount Rushmore" if it were being sculpted today? Do you think there are other presidents who are Mount Rushmore worthy?

From Walden Pond to Wilderness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.