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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:33pm
    Last week I spoke at a seminary and graduate school in New York about the protests following the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.     It was invigorating and inspiring to be among so...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:33pm
    On Wall Street, 2010 was the year of "Obama rage," in which financial tycoons went ballistic over the president's suggestion that some bankers helped cause the financial crisis. They were also, of course, angry about...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:28pm
    Childhood is dead.     Please don't be alarmed – there are still plenty of children around, and some of them will actually thrive. But childhood as we know it – knew it, anyway, for us white middle...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:28pm
    The reaction to the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency's torture program has been almost as depressing as the report itself - which is saying something. There's been impotent outrage from people you'd expect...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:27pm
    'Tis the season. Long before “holiday giving” became a catch phrase, a group sought to slow down America’s No. 1 infectious killer, one penny at a time. So began Christmas Seals – the campaign which in...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:26pm
    Two wise veterans of America's national security wars were of mixed mind after the release last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. The panel blistered the Central Intelligence Agency for subjecting...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm
    The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Alabama, these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced that the school was going to eliminate its football team. You can...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm
    The most painful letter I ever received was from my first client, then incarcerated at a federal prison in the former Olympic village of Lake Placid, New York. I'd represented him on appeal, arguing that his sentence under the...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm
    I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"     "Suppose...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:24pm
    My maternal grandmother lives in my memory as two distinct images. Two distinct people, really.     The first: She's coming off a plane, and she's in a pillbox hat, a tailored suit and white gloves. That was...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:24pm
    It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "The Interview." At this point, I'm guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.  ...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:23pm
    The fossil-fuel divestment movement got the perfect holiday gift in 2014: tumbling stocks.     Founded only two years ago by experts and students fed up with the glacial pace of climate action, this global effort is...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:22pm
    Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite. In filings with the U.S. Department of Education, two...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:20pm
    Does Dick Cheney matter? Are the former vice president's comments on the torture report worth dissecting?     Some friends, as I mused the other day about what topic to tackle, argued no: Cheney is history. Too...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:06pm
    As the weather turns colder in this month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grow warmer and our thoughts turn to kindness and goodwill toward all.     Unless, of course, you’...
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