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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicated. Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She has also published two books: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths -- a collection of her previously published columns -- and ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

Cheer, Cheer For The Protesters Of Notre Dame

As protester Bryan Ricketts told CNN, after explaining how Pence’s homophobia has affected him as a gay man, many graduates at Notre Dame have been directly targeted by other policies — for example, those students and their families who are undocumented and who risked deportation to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

May 25, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

Strange Fruit, 2017

Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Similar protests have cropped up in New Orleans, where three statues commemorating the Confederacy were removed in recent weeks.

May 18, 2017
#Russia

#Russia

Chances are that no matter when you are reading this column, more has already been discovered about Comey’s firing. Just as surely, it’s bound to make us feel even worse about this Den of Disaster, formerly known as the White House — where, by the way, less than 24 hours after Comey was fired, Trump (presumably still president of the United States) met with #Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

May 11, 2017
Jordan Edwards

His Name Was Jordan Edwards

I wanted to start with these details about Jordan, because how else can we even try to comprehend his loss? I am writing from the city of Cleveland, where less than three years ago, another black boy, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, was shot and killed by police. If I learned anything from the immediate coverage after his death, it’s that we must emphasize early that this boy — this black boy — did not deserve to die. Jordan Edwards spent his last conscious moments in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother in another Dallas suburb.

May 5, 2017

For Hope, Stick With Millennials

These are the students filling my life these days. It’s my privilege to help them learn in whatever way I can. Sometimes I also remind them that there was a time when I was one of them, right down to the multiple jobs to make it through. However, I went to school with the help of low-interest student loans, government grants and the occasional scholarship. I graduated with barely $2,000 of debt.

April 27, 2017
Jorge Ramos Bill O'Reilly The O'Reilly Factor

O’Reilly’s Ouster Is No Victory For Women

I heard the news of O’Reilly’s dismissal just minutes after finishing up a day of teaching journalism at Kent State, where so many young women have shared personal stories about rape or sexual harassment. Their experiences sound so similar to those of my generation of women. So many of us believed back then that it would be different by now. So many of us were wrong. As one young rape survivor said to me the day after the election, “My country just told me that what happened to me doesn’t matter.”

April 20, 2017
Sean Spicer, Press Secretary

Sean Spicer’s Regret Is Not Enough

On the first day of Passover, Spicer attempted to cast Syria’s Bashar Assad, who recently used sarin gas on his own citizens, as more evil than Hitler. He did this by misrepresenting the Holocaust. “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Spicer said during a press briefing. “You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

April 13, 2017
O'Reilly

Why Are Major Advertisers Dumping O’Reilly — But Sticking With Fox?

While many companies claim to be offended by the allegations of sexual harassment against Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly — for which Fox has paid big settlements — they’re still cool with the network that continues to enable him.

April 8, 2017
Trump voters

Dear Trump Voters: Now, Maybe You Try To Understand Us

I don’t want to coddle Trump voters, in the thin hope that this will coax out your regret for electing the most dangerous man to ever inhabit the White House. This would do nothing to mitigate the harm Trump is daily inflicting on this country.

March 23, 2017
Trump, Benghazi, Yemen Raid

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA

House Intelligence Committee chair Nunes said he had seen no proof — not even Republican-style proof, which often starts as a shared quote from a Fox News morning show and escalates into a hearing by noon — that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump’s phones in Trump Tower.

March 16, 2017
Women Trump protests

For Women, What Comes Next?

It’s thrilling to see the throngs of women marching in the streets of America for the women of America. But one of the challenges of showing support for women in America is how to do this without excluding most of the women in America who need it most.

March 9, 2017
Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood: Quality Health Care For All Women

Off I went to Planned Parenthood, which accepted my insurance and treated me as if I were not invisible. They’re dangerous that way, those people, insisting on seeing us for who we are and filling us with ideas of how we still matter. I can see why right-wingers get alarmed.

March 2, 2017
Immigrants

New Rules, Same Humans

No matter how much undocumented immigrants pay in taxes and Social Security, and regardless of what they contribute to their communities, they are now more vulnerable than ever before. Something as simple as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign can lead to one person’s deportation and the devastation of an entire family.

February 24, 2017
Ruby Bridges, Rockwell, DeVos

This Is ‘The Problem We All Live With’

On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, the marshals drove Ruby and her mother to her new school, just five blocks from her home. Two of the men walked in front her, and two behind. Four years later, this historic moment appeared on the cover of Look magazine, in a painting by Norman Rockwell titled “The Problem We All Live With.”

February 18, 2017
Time Travelers

Dear Time Travelers: Welcome To 2017

I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should be conducting themselves. Lately, I’m wondering whether time travel isn’t contagious. Spreads like a syndrome maybe.

February 10, 2017
Children, Protests, Women's March

What Do We Tell Our Children?

Trump has been behaving, in word and deed, in ways that most of us raise our children to understand are unacceptable. How do we explain this to our children? Well, we tell them what we’ve always told them. We do not lie. We do not bully. We do not hate. Because we are Americans, and this is our country to save.

February 2, 2017
Liar in chief, Trump

There Are No Alternative Facts, It’s Called Lying

Every time I hear another lie come out of Trump’s mouth — about his inauguration crowd (smaller than Barack Obama’s and the Women’s March), voter fraud (it didn’t exist), the media’s accusing him of attacking the intelligence community (he compared them to the Nazis) — I feel as if I’m back in junior high school trying to break up with the boy my mother warned me wasn’t stable.

January 27, 2017
Obama, Malia

Obama Gave His Daughter A Kindle And Filled It With Books

Our president gave his teenage daughter a Kindle, and he filled it with books. That small yet enormous detail brings it home. There is no replacing this president, and what comes next is sinking in. The distance between what was and what will be seems so vast.

January 19, 2017
The press post-mortem, CNN

A Call For Activists For Journalism

Still, journalists get squeamish at the notion of being activists for anything, for obvious reasons. But that’s what we need to be now. We must let our readers and viewers know how we do what we do and why it matters. It’s clear that the angriest of Trump supporters feel emboldened by his election and his behavior ever since.

January 12, 2017
An anti-Trump demonstrator protests outside the venue where Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Anaheim, California U.S. May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

We Are Not The Enemy

Mr. Trump, we are not the enemy. We are patriots, in all our forms. We are committed to championing what already made America great, which includes our First Amendment rights to pursue the truth and say what’s on our minds. We will challenge you as president, as true patriots often do.

January 5, 2017
Cleveland, Obama

Here We Are, On The Brink Of What Comes Next

Too often since Election Day, I’ve been one of the despondent millions openly bemoaning what 2016 has wrought and wanting it over. But for now, for just this moment, let’s celebrate that here we are, you and I, on the brink of another year. May we cherish those who keep us human and acknowledge our incredible luck that we’re still here.

December 29, 2016

Hope Starts With Christmas

Character is revealed not by who we are when things are going our way but in the people we become when everything seems to be going wrong. Never have I been more worried about the future of our country, but I’m no quitter.

December 24, 2016
Abortion

Another Day, Another Abortion Restriction

Right-wing extremists who support laws such as this are driven by an insatiable desire to shame women. Most of these legislators are men whose maleness exempts them from ever knowing what it feels like to have no control over their bodies or their daily lives.

December 15, 2016
News, Newspapers

A Perfect Holiday Gift: Subscribe To The News

Democracy cannot thrive without journalists who hold accountable those elected to protect it. Let’s invest in the future of journalism, while we still can.

December 8, 2016
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

One Amendment, Five Freedoms

What a thing of beauty, our First Amendment. Think about it: In only 45 words, it lays out five constitutional rights. It’s pure poetry.

December 1, 2016