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Amid backlash, some black clergy defend, deny that they will endorse or meet with Trump

An announcement by Donald Trump’s campaign that he would be endorsed Monday by several black evangelicals has set off a holy war of words on social media between some of the clergy members and critics who noted that the billionaire businessman had only days ago defended the beating of [...]

Clinton clinches Boston mayor’s endorsement and fires up labor troops

To unionized workers, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is one of their own. And so his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday at a rally in his city’s historic Faneuil Hall served as a call to action for union members nationwide who are the foot soldiers of [...]

‘At long last, have you no decency, Mr. Trump?’ Rubio, Cruz and Jeb aren’t brave enough to ask that.

Is Donald Trump more destructive than Senator Joseph McCarthy? On the one hand, Trump doesn’t yet wield actual power. From his perch in the Senate, McCarthy destroyed hundreds of lives in the early 1950s through his Red Scare witch hunt, along with his lesser known anti-gay crusade, and t [...]

A Prayer for Paris

This is our moment Here at the crossroads of time We hope our children Carry our dreams down the line They are the vintage What kind of life will they live? Is this a curse or a blessing that we give? Sometimes I wonder Why are we so blind to fate? Without compassion, there can be no [...]

Planned Parenthood singles out Republicans for ‘hateful rhetoric’ that incited Colorado attack

As Republican politicians furiously deny that their own words helped sow the seeds of Friday’s mass shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, Planned Parenthood is having none of it. In a press release, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Fed [...]

A red, white and blue zone for Muslims in America

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 and wounded hundreds more, there is little doubt that the U.S., France, the UK and other American allies will step up their strikes on Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq. Beyond that, the questions about what the coalition should—and [...]

The Fatal Nature of Garbage Dumps

On the outskirts of Phnom Penh once stood a smoldering testament to mankind’s assault on the Earth. Stung Meanchey was the largest waste disposal site in Cambodia, the size of 76 football fields. Scavengers sifted through 900 tons of new waste delivered each day, amid bursts of noxio [...]

White House eyes better pay for top civil servants

The Obama administration is preparing an executive order designed to bolster the government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) with increased compensation, a streamlined hiring process and greater diversity in assignments. Its 7,000-plus members are top level civil servants whose leader [...]

The hidden social costs of violent videos

It goes—almost without saying—that the role of news and analysis outlets is to share vital information as it becomes necessary to the story and the news. This duty, although curtailed by ethics and limited resources, generally supersedes most other duties. However, shifting media landscap [...]

Ben Carson calls for increased aid to Jordan after recent visit to refugee camps there

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson — fresh from a recent visit to two Syrian refugee camps in Jordan — called Sunday for the United States and its international allies to focus on supporting existing facilities that shelter those who have fled the Syrian civil war. “We’ [...]

Over the Rainbow

I’m one of those folks who thought Adele was perhaps the most overrated singer around. I absolutely could not understand why she had such a large fanbase, and I was mystified when she won a slew of Grammys for 21 three years ago. It wasn’t until I heard her recent single ̶ [...]

The women of Daesh

Earlier this month, Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from the Daesh fighters that had held the territory since 2014. They found two mass graves in and near the town that was once home to the Yazidis, an ancient religious minority. In one of the graves there were 78  [...]

Carly Fiorina knocks Donald Trump for mocking reporter with disability

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Sunday lambasted GOP rival Donald Trump for mocking a reporter with a congenital joint condition during a rally in South Carolina last week, saying the real estate mogul “only feels big when he’s trying to make everyone else look smal [...]

Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘uninformed’ and ‘preying on people’s fears’

Donald Trump is “uninformed” — but would be a better president than Hillary Clinton, according to GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Bush, knocked off the top of the Republican pack earlier this year by Trump, made the comments about the business mogul on Sunday on CBS&# [...]

Donald Trump’s dangerously circular logic

There was a remarkable — and telling — exchange Sunday morning between NBC’s Chuck Todd and Donald Trump over the Republican presidential frontrunner’s much-debunked claims about “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating in the immediate afte [...]

The dangerous circular logic of Donald Trump

There was a remarkable — and telling — exchange Sunday morning between NBC’s Chuck Todd and Donald Trump over the Republican presidential frontrunner’s much-debunked claims about “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating in the immediate afte [...]

GOP candidates condemn Planned Parenthood shooting but dismiss link to antiabortion rhetoric

Several Republican presidential candidates on Sunday condemned the attack on a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs but stopped short of agreeing with liberal critics who say that fiery antiabortion rhetoric contributed to the shooting. “It’s obviously a tragedy. Nothing ju [...]

Some millionaires are fighting the good fight

Recently I interviewed Morris Pearl. Who is Morris Pearl? He’s the former managing director of BlackRock Inc. and chairman of the board of The Patriotic Millionaires. Previously, Pearl was a managing director at BlackRock, one of the largest investment firms in the world. He worked on the [...]

How a Jim Webb independent presidential bid could actually matter (hint: Virginia)

Former senator Jim Webb (Va.) never got any traction in the Democratic presidential primary. And by the end, his campaign was more of a punchline than a real factor — better known for Webb recalling a man he apparently killed in Vietnam than anything else. But if Webb proceeds with an [...]

We went to Howard—not Harvard

I graduated from Fordham University in NYC in 1991, close to 30 years behind schedule, (I graduated from high school in 1964) but when discussing my earlier college attendance in the ‘60s with a white friend, I mentioned having gone to Howard. “Harvard?” my friend queried. “No Howard,” I  [...]