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July 3rd, 2015

The roots of racism still exist

    If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.

    What happened in Charleston is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It's a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619: the brutalizing and killing of black people because of the color of their skin.

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Slavery's Long Shadow

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In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist

    “You don’t have to do this,” Tywanza Sanders said to the young man who suddenly rose and drew a gun, and according to witnesses, said he was there “to shoot black people.”

    He had been sitting in the Bible study session at Charleston, South Carolina’s, historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for an hour, next to the pastor, debating scripture.

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All presidential candidates should be in debates

    In late 2011, during the planning for one of the debates of Republican presidential candidates, questions were raised about whether the eight-person field would be too unwieldy for television. One suggestion was to drop the low man in the polls, former Sen. Rick Santorum.

    Fortunately, the idea was rejected. The debate was a success, Santorum went on to win the Iowa caucuses and was the runner-up to Mitt Romney for the nomination.

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June 25th

Fixing the presidential debates

    The sloping red line offers a sobering prognosis for American democracy. Contained in a new report on improving the presidential debate process, it charts the precipitous decline of viewership: from above 60 percent of the voting age population in 1960, when the first televised debates were held, to under 30 percent in 2012.

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Are we giving up on gun laws?

    Witnesses say that the white gunman who killed nine people at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people.

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A trumped-up candidacy

    There's nothing in the Constitution that says a candidate for president must be a seasoned politician. But Donald Trump? Don't be ridiculous.

    In a year when a dozen or more Republicans are running for the nomination or contemplating it, the braggadocious real estate tycoon and television reality buffoon has made a mockery of the old axiom that every mother's son (and daughter, for that matter) can become president.

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Trade Winds Blow Ill for Hillary

    It's hard being Elizabeth Warren.

    Especially when you're not Elizabeth Warren.

    Hillary Clinton had an awkward collision last week juggling her past role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, her current role as Democratic front-runner and her coveted future role as president.

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Gay Marriage's Moment

    Remember the AIDS crisis? If you lived in a big American city during its spread, you were witness to constant sorrow and countless examples of gay people treated as second-class citizens.

    One was almost certainly this: the steadfast, heartbroken man being shut out of his beloved's final weeks - not allowed in the hospital room, not welcomed at the grave - because some family members disapproved and no law trumped their bigotry.

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A Rain of Bombs in the Nuba Mountains

    The eight children in the Shanta family lived in a village of grass huts and had never turned on an electric light or worn a watch, never ridden a car or even a bicycle, never spoken on the telephone.

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