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    After Newtown, beware fear-driven policy making

    December 27, 2012 Leave a Comment

    By Melissa Harris-Perry I was a panelist on an MSNBC show during the noon hour of December 14. When the show began, we had information about a school shooting in Connecticut. We believed there were three people hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and a gunman who had committed suicide. Scary stuff, but probably a story that… [Read More]

    Never enough teddy bears

    December 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    Since the senseless massacre of 26 people at an elementary school in the upscale, small town of Newtown, CT, on Friday, December 14, 2012, newspapers, newscasts, and coffee-break conversations have been dominated by the subject of the easy accessibility in the United States of firearms – especially those weapons designed for use in warfare and… [Read More]

    One week later…

    December 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    Child Watch By Marian Wright Edelman More than a week later, we remain shaken by the horror brought to Sandy Hill Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The 20 children and 6 educators slain there are the latest victims of America’s relentless gun violence plague. Each week, 350 children and teens are killed or injured by… [Read More]

    One week later…

    December 17, 2012 Leave a Comment

    Child Watch By Marian Wright Edelman More than a week later, we remain shaken by the horror brought to Sandy Hill Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The 20 children and 6 educators slain there are the latest victims of America’s relentless gun violence plague. Each week, 350 children and teens are killed or injured by… [Read More]

    Obama is the best man for the job

    September 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    It has to be overwhelming being the first Black president of the United States. Just consider the kinds of conversations that we continue to listen to or participate in at church, in barbershops and beauty parlors or at our own kitchen tables. As the Democrats met recently for their national convention and formally nominated Barack… [Read More]

    Latest poverty numbers a wake-up call: we must continue to support this president

    September 20, 2012 by Leave a Comment

    The major headline in most newspapers and media outlets was the notion that the national poverty rate remained virtually unchanged from the previous year. While millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work and provide for their families, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what has actually transpired under President Obama’s… [Read More]

    Romney dismisses 47 percent of the American population as ‘dependent victims’

    September 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    This week, we learned what Mitt Romney said about Obama supporters to fellow millionaires at a closed-door fundraiser: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent of the people who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that… [Read More]

    Fifteen memorable quotes from the Democratic convention

    September 20, 2012 by Leave a Comment

    #15 – Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO): “Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation. This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time, members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress.” #14… [Read More]

    How not to appear ‘presidential’

    September 20, 2012 by Leave a Comment

    During World War II, a popular phrase was coined: “Loose lips sink ships.” It was a reminder to all Americans to assist the war effort by avoiding careless talk about any issues regarding national security. It’s customary that when the United States’ national security is threatened, there are no liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans…. [Read More]

    President Obama vs. Mitt Romney – tax avoidance or tax planning

    September 20, 2012 by Leave a Comment

    Are you at the table or on the menu? While it is certainly not illegal or even wrong for the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife to use sophisticated estate planning techniques to minimize taxes to retain and amass tremendous wealth, it is an indication of his perspective. It has been broadly reported… [Read More]