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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Cynthia Tucker

In America, Just Another Normal Mass Shooting — And The Usual Political Indifference

This, apparently, is “normal” in the United States: Earlier this week, in the small town of Benton, Kentucky, a high school sophomore walked onto his campus and started shooting, wounding several schoolmates and killing two — Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and Preston Ryan Cope, who died after he was transported to […]

January 27, 2018

Creators Of Iran Situation Should Stay Out Of It Now

In a speech on the Iran deal President Obama chastised Dick Cheney and his ilk. He didn’t mention the former vice president by name, but few in the audience would have missed the reference.

August 8, 2015

Police Officers Must Be Held To Higher Standard Of Conduct

It is quite rare for police officers to be convicted and sent to prison for their unjustified violence, no matter the evidence against them.

August 1, 2015

For Aging GOP Voters, The Times They Are A-Changin’

No, Trump’s appeal won’t last. But the prejudices that are animating so many aging GOP primary voters are more enduring

July 25, 2015

The Troubling Legacy Of Atticus Finch

Harper Lee’s newly released novel presents us with a stunningly bigoted Atticus Finch. What are we to make of the character now?

July 18, 2015

GOP Lawmakers Vote To Increase Unplanned Pregnancy Rate

The United States has a higher rate of unintended pregnancies than virtually any other industrialized country.

July 11, 2015

A More Perfect Union Comes From Accounting For The Past

The building of America was a violent, oppressive, and racist undertaking, not simply a virtuous tale of brave men breaking away from the overweening British Empire.

July 4, 2015

Dolezal’s Deceit Demonstrates A Valuable Truth

Rachel Dolezal’s story ought to remind us just how flimsy this business of race really is.

June 20, 2015

Republicans Have Boxed Themselves In A Corner On Obamacare

Having spent the past five years viciously battling the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders are worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may grant them a victory.

June 13, 2015
Concealed Handguns

Obsession With Guns Now Infects College Campuses

College campuses don’t have enough problems with rapes, binge drinking, and cheating. The Texas Legislature had to add concealed weapons to the mix.

June 6, 2015
dog tags, memorial day, troops, armed forces

Honor Our Armed Forces By Avoiding Unnecessary Wars

As brave and capable as they are, U.S. troops cannot calm every conflict. The best way to honor our armed forces is to refrain from sending them recklessly to war.

May 23, 2015

Promising New Partnership Seeks To Reduce Incarceration

The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.

May 16, 2015

Ben Carson Is In Danger Of Losing All Respect

Ben Carson’s foray into Republican presidential politics threatens to become his epitaph, to overshadow his academic and surgical accomplishments.

May 9, 2015

Immigrants Of Color Succeed Through Determination

There is something to be gleaned from the extraordinary success of these young men: Confidence and hard work can overcome the odds, and immigrants bring those traits by the truckload.

April 25, 2015

Obamacare Opponents Still Await The Apocalypse

Five years later, Republican panic over the Affordable Care Act seems sillier than ever.

March 28, 2015
SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2011) Hospitalman Urian D. Thompson, left, Lt. Cmdr. Eric A. Lavery and Registered Nurse Steven Cherry review the monitor while Lavery uses a colonoscope on a patient during a colonoscopy at Naval Medical Center San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chad A. Bascom/Released)

Every Adult Over 50 Should Get A Colonoscopy

It’s time to talk honestly about a procedure that could save your life.

March 21, 2015
The U.S. Capitol under construction in October, 2014 (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

Senators’ Letter To Iran Leader Sets Dangerous Precedent

Congressional Republicans reached yet another new low this week.

March 14, 2015
Then-Senator Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2007 (Barack Obama/Flickr)

Universal Suffrage Is Still Under Assault

50 years after ‘Bloody Sunday,’ the far right is still fighting to limit voting rights.

March 7, 2015
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Polls Show Most Americans Favor Pathway To Citizenship

Despite what the Tea Party-controlled GOP would have you think, Americans broadly agree on immigration reform.

March 2, 2015

Black History Is More Than Just One Month

In the age of Obama, is Black History Month doing more harm than good?

February 21, 2015

Clinton Must Address Income Inequality In 2016

To win the White House, Hillary Clinton will need a campaign about leveling the playing field.

February 14, 2015
Photo: Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California (AFP/Justin Sullivan)

Generational Ignorance On Vaccines Affects Us All

Why young Americans haven’t wrapped their heads around the critical importance of vaccination.

February 7, 2015

Despite Conservative Republicans, Gay Marriage Will Prevail

Republicans have lost this round of the culture war, and there’s no turning back.

January 31, 2015

GOP Thinks The 47 Percent Aren’t Trying Hard Enough

Remember the 47 percent? Republicans do — and they’re still disparaging them.

January 24, 2015

Despite Our Frigid Winter, The Earth Is Getting Hotter

Once again, Republicans are using cold weather to misinform about climate change. Here’s why they’re wrong.

January 10, 2015