So students are all on the same page, I would start the lesson with a list of headlines, but would avoid video coverage. Based on these headlines from the New York Times and what you know from media coverage, what happened in Paris, France this weekend?
If only young people in this country knew and cared half as much about politics as they do fantasy football, we'd be twice the democracy that we are today. In a true democracy, we'd demand more qualified candidates. We'd demand more substantive debates. We'd demand a political process that works for all of the people
When the Capitol Dome becomes the Cone of Silence...
In the wake of the horrific Paris attacks that claimed the lives of at least 153 innocent people, FOX News and some Republican presidential hopefuls wasted no time to fear monger and stir up some good-ol-fashioned Islamophobia.
This week's talking points are all, essentially, rebuttals to the biggest nonsense espoused on the stage of the fourth Republican debate. It was hard to pick only seven, as there was a bumper crop of nonsense in this particular debate, so forgive us if your favorite didn't make the cut.
These slavery analogies betray a profound indifference to, if not ignorance of, the tragic plight of bondsmen and women. Yet Americans--from Patriots and Loyalists during the Revolution to Ben Carson today--have felt comfortable likening human bondage to high taxes, unjust laws, black enfranchisement, or, in Carson's case, national healthcare and abortion.
In September, I wrote about how the word "education" came up only seven times during the second Republican debate. In this week's debate, education was mentioned only five times, but since the debate was only two hours versus three, I'm willing to call that progress.
In the best of worlds, American presidents would combine the patriotic cosmopolitanism of FDR with the political charm of Ronald Reagan. How far is this flight of fancy from what's now on offer.
We have criminalized loyal and hard-working Americans, putting them behind bars in order to appease xenophobic hysteria rather than uphold the promises of freedom and hope that are meant to characterize the American ethos.
I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.
The immigration issue has roiled the Republican Party as its presidential candidates attempt to appeal to the conservative, anti-immigration wing of their party in order to win the nomination. But, as a consequence, the GOP is likely to pay a heavy price in the 2016 national elections.
Let me establish for the record that I am a passionate, loyal, card-carrying Democrat. As such, you and I differ on virtually every political, economic and social issue imaginable. But ya know what? I desperately want you to win the Republican nomination.
In the most recent Republican presidential primary debate, Senator Mark Rubio said: "For the life of me, I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."
Politicians like Pat McGrory, Rick Scott and alas, Marco Rubio seem to consider the general pursuit of knowledge not only a waste of time but a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was recently asked to speculate about his political future. ''I have no idea,'' he stated. ''But I'm here now. And it's beautiful." But "beautiful" is not the word most people of color would use to describe the climate that Trump has created.
Payday lenders spent more than $15 million during the last election to lobby and elect Members of Congress. If the CFPB comes down hard on the industry with tough new rules as is expected, you can bet they will spend even more during this election.