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Monday, March 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Starts With Gratitude

Like millions of other Americans, I am worried about the future of our country under President Donald Trump. I have felt overwhelmed at times, but I am grateful to be tethered to this world. I am loyal to life, still.

November 24, 2016
Commander-in-chief test

The DNC Vs. The RNC: 10 Major Differences

The RNC had Scott Baio. The DNC had Meryl Streep. No contest.

August 1, 2016
Protesters march in the street ahead of Monday's start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Why Philly Will Face More Protests Than Cleveland

While Cleveland saw an aggressive police presence enforce civility between pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators—an LA Times reporter compared the scene to “a heavily militarized debate camp”—Philadelphia is expected to experience a much more active protest scene.

July 25, 2016
Republican National Convention delegates yell and scream as the Republican National Committee Rules Committee announces that it will not hold a recorded vote on the Rules Committee's Report and rejects the efforts of anti-Trump forces to hold a roll-call vote, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump’s Convention Was The Whitest Thing On TV — His Electorate Will Be, Too

This year’s Republican National Convention was the whitest event on TV. While Donald Trump made sure to line up some minority speakers who could attest that he’s not a racist, despite his multiple attacks against minorities, the ethnic composition and themes of the convention attendees undermined that effort in a big way.

July 22, 2016
A worker walks across the stage of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

White Nationalists Love Trump’s Convention: ‘GOP Is Becoming The De Facto White Party’

VDare Celebrated Its Tweets Being Featured At RNC: “This Is Great Fun!” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes as “an anti-immigration hate website” with a white nationalist ideology.

July 22, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz gives a thumbs up after speaking during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

9 Lies From Day 3 Of The Republican National Convention

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, gross domestic product has grown between 1.5 and 2.5 percent every year since 2012. In addition, private sector jobs have grown and the unemployment rate has declined under the Obama administration.

July 21, 2016

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Plays ‘Trump Or False’ With RNC Delegates

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the delegates had a hard time believing some of the quotes Trump did say.

July 21, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republican National Convention Follows Witch-Burning Script

Walking around the streets of Cleveland, it’s hard to miss the gendered nature of the contempt shown for Clinton, what with the tee shirts for sale that read “TRUMP THAT BITCH,” or the frequent references to Trump’s cojones.

July 20, 2016

Meet A Few Of The Bikers Backing Donald Trump

“We feel like it’s open season on law enforcement, there’s an assault on decency, and we’re here to stand with law enforcement, and in the event that we’re needed we’ll step up,” Cox said in a weekend interview.

July 19, 2016

WATCH: Scott Baio Defends Vulgar Tweet About Hillary Clinton

“it’s just a picture somebody sent and we sent it out. You make of it what you want,” Baio told Bash of the tweet.

July 19, 2016
Delegates of the Republican National Convention Committee on Rules pray at the opening of the meeting in Cleveland. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Trump’s Convention Could Revive The GOP — Or Kill It

Will the idea of “President Donald Trump” seem plausible by Thursday night? Or will rioting and big-name no-shows take the spotlight off this week’s Republican convention?

July 17, 2016
A Cleveland mounted police officer talks to his horse during a demonstration of police capabilities near the site of the Republican National Convention July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Cleveland To Process Thousands Of Arrests At The RNC — And Activists Are Nervous

“I don’t want to be a naysayer here and rule out the possibility that everything is going to be hunky-dory … but knowing how the Cleveland Police Department has handled situations in the past, I just don’t have confidence that it’s going to work.”

July 15, 2016

Here Comes Trump

For weeks now, many of us who live in Cleveland have been fielding questions about how safe we feel about the Republican National Convention’s coming to our city next week. What they’re really asking is whether we’re worried about Donald Trump and the trouble his brand of campaigning may bring with him.

July 15, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after addressing The Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Inside Trump’s D-List Convention Extravaganza

It’s going to be good: All the failed vice presidential contenders are speaking back-to-back, Apprentice-style, and D-list celebrities lie in wait around every corner.

July 14, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves the podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

What Could Go Wrong At The RNC? Everything.

Convention organizers plot tightly scripted, carefully choreographed exercises in promoting their candidates. They want party insiders to depart as enthusiastic workers for the would-be president, and they hope to enlist millions of television viewers in the cause. But something will go horribly wrong.

July 11, 2016
Jun 5, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Here In Cleveland, You Gotta Respect The Scars

Right now, we are an entire region of people whose toes haven’t touched the ground since that final buzzer in Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. “Everybody’s friendly, no matter where you go,” the air conditioner repairman told me yesterday as he stood in my kitchen writing out the receipt. “It’s like no one can stop smiling.”

June 23, 2016
Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tadar Muhammad (right) and Jeremy Brustein (left) demonstrate in support of Tamir Rice outside of Quicken Loans Arena prior to game three of the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Police Union Chief’s Rhetoric Is a Growing Danger

If I’ve learned anything about Steve Loomis from our long, meandering interviews, it’s his certainty that there’s nothing wrong with the Cleveland police force that a more appreciative, compliant population wouldn’t fix.

April 28, 2016

Endorse This: Roger Stone Says It’s Not A Threat To Give Out Delegates’ Hotel Room Numbers

“We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal.”

April 8, 2016
Lebron James

Cleveland Will Champion Our Cavaliers

No sports team can fix a city’s problems. We know that. The Cavs’ glorious season was not so much a distraction as it was an affirmation that there’s a lot more to us than what’s broken.

June 18, 2015

Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charge Against Cleveland Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice

No charges have been filed; Cleveland Municipal Judge Ronald Adrine’s ruling is advisory. City and county prosecutors will review the decision.

June 11, 2015
Cleveland Ohio

‘I’m Going To March’

Lois Mickey Nash, 88, sat in church as talk swirled around her about an upcoming march through the streets of Cleveland. “I’m going to march,” she said.

May 28, 2015
Race, LeBron James, Superman, Spiderman, Sports, Top News, Basketball, Athlete, Cleveland, Police Shooting, Celebrity, Riots

LeBron Goes From Playmaker to Peacemaker

Demanding justice but keeping the peace, LeBron James asks the people of Cleveland not to riot.

May 26, 2015

Waiting In Cleveland

Cleveland is waiting for the verdict in the trial of police Officer Michael Brelo, who is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

May 7, 2015

In Her Grief, Tamir Rice’s Mother Stands Alone

Cleveland is still struggling with the aftermath of Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of police.

March 5, 2015

Cleveland Blames Fatal Police Shooting Of Tamir Rice, 12, On Boy

Cleveland’s defense of the officer who shot Tamir Rice has sparked outrage.

March 2, 2015