While the lifespan of affluent whites continues to lengthen, the lifespan of poor whites has been shrinking. As a result, in just the last four years, the gap between poor white men and wealthier ones has widened by up to four years.
The choice to fight terrorism is simple: we can alienate the seven million proud Muslim Americans, or we can ardently protect and defend the civil rights and civil liberties of our compatriots, honor their right to practice their religion, and recognize that they can be law enforcement's key partners in preventing terrorism.
Lawyers cannot give up working on a case, or put their own interests above their client's. And yet that is what two Texas lawyers appear to have done to death row clients they were appointed to represent.
I'm not suggesting Trump, Carson, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidate is directly to blame for hate crimes erupting across America. But by virtue of their standing as presidential candidates, their words carry particular weight. They have a responsibility to calm people with the truth rather than stir them up with lies.
That war has resulted in nearly six thousand deaths and massive destruction of Yemen's infrastructure. A land, aerial and naval blockade that prevents the import of food, fuel, and medicines has dramatically amplified the devastation.
Tax-cut proponents predicted an economic boom, not meager growth. When Governor Sam Brownback signed the tax cuts into law, he said they would provide "a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy."
Clinton's infrastructure plan says only that it will be paid for through "business tax reform." It does not detail the nature of the reforms that would pay for this spending. Similarly, Sanders does not yet have a specific individual and corporate tax proposal, but he has proposed a financial transaction tax and says he will close loopholes.
Today, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with 100 leading Black pastors, some who said they may be endorsing him and others who said they just want to hear him out.
The silence from the "pro-life" crowd is appalling and damning, now that their rhetoric of "baby killer" has, once again, been taken seriously by someone who didn't realize they were just putting on political theater.
Secretary Clinton is telling Americans that we should do more of the same in the Middle East, and that is precisely the policy prescription that helped develop al-Qaeda and ISIS in the first place. The U.S. needs to forge pragmatic, functioning relations throughout the region to maximize its flexibility and reduce security threats as they evolve.
"Safe zone" -- what an endearing and attractive phrase! Who could object to something so attractively named? But apparently U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds fighting ISIS object. Who knew?
Too often climate advocates stop at apocalypse. If we don't change everything now, or "yesterday," as one scientist said recently, we're toast. Or drowned. Or something, really, really bad. The problem with this kind of message, research has shown, is that most people basically tune out right about then.
It's well known that the First Amendment prohibits government officials from acting as censors. So it should surprise no one that officials seeking to suppress speech of which they disapprove choose their words carefully.
WCF is a victim to yet another manufactured crisis in Washington. A small partisan minority has put the fund's future in jeopardy, threatening to terminate one of the great bipartisan achievements of the last half century.
The EITC and Child Tax Credit help stop the falling dominoes that add up to poverty by going directly to moms and dads who are working hard and spending their hard earned cash right in their local communities, giving local businesses and the economy a big boost.
The more people learn about Clinton, like the fact her campaign was funded by prison lobbyists and used race as tool against Obama in 2008, the greater the likelihood of Sanders running away with the Democratic nomination.
"Americans will hopefully also speak out if they agree with me the words 'we are better than that' apply to the hateful words and policies Republican candidates for president and other current Republican office holders are spewing.
As Thomas Jefferson put it 200 years ago, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Right now is a good time to pay that price. Don't let the ultimate cynics in DC get their way: When leaders like Senator Warren ring the alarm, we all better answer.
I'm glad I didn't engage, even though I am saddened that I had to make that choice. Escalating the situation with this ignorant fool would not have made things better for anyone, and in some way would have perversely justified his attitude.