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Joe Biden

Democrats — and the U.S. — won’t have a future if Biden adopts a centrist agenda

By Commentaries/Opinions

It is up to the Democratic president-elect to ensure the future of both his party and the nation. Moving to the right, or even the center, will do neither. By Sonali Kolhatkar, Independent Media Institute — President-elect Joe Biden has called the November 2020 U.S. election a “battle for the soul of the nation.” In offering himself up as a contrast to President Donald Trump, Biden made a clear distinction…

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President Joe Biden

Rough Road Ahead for President Biden

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Many harbor this delightful fantasy. One of President Biden’s first acts is to direct his Justice Department to investigate former President Trump for the array of dubious, borderline illicit business dealings and scams he engaged in while in the White House. Even if Biden ever entertained such a thought it’s an impossibility for two reasons. No incoming President has ever authorized an investigation of an…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Pots and Kettles – Republican Hypocrisy and Double-Talk

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month’s impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump’s tweets echoes his fear and discomfort because he has been called out. Republican histrionics and obsession with “process” suggest that Mr. Trump’s party is not especially interested in facts. Even the…

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President Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson Was Impeached for Being a Racist Demagogue

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America’s first impeachment proved it’s hard to impeach for behavior alone. By Dahlia Lithwick, Slate — On this week’s Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick spoke with Kate Shaw, a professor of law at Cardozo Law School and co-director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. The two discussed impeachment (what else) and assessed what impeachment inquiry is the best comparison for the current investigation—along with what the founders meant when they decided to…

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Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren the Black Vote & Reparations – Election 2020

By Editors' Choice, Video/Audio
 Video Description This video was originally published February 2, 2019 by ToneTalks. Attorney Antonio Moore has guest Economist Sandy Darity and Political Commentator Yvette Carnell to discuss several recent changes in the 2020 Democratic presidential field. They discuss the recent announcement by Cory Booker that he will run for president in 2020. The new information that has come out about Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, and the plans being proposed...
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Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama

The Deep History Behind Barack Obama’s Speech for the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s Birth

By Editors' Choice

By Olivia B. Waxman, TIME — When Barack Obama delivers the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on Tuesday, to mark this week’s centennial of the late anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela’s birth, the moment will be a deeply personal one for the former president. His speechwriter Ben Rhodes has said that Obama considers it to be the most important speech since leaving office, and Obama has written that his political awakening…

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In his first major speech since leaving office, Obama decries inequality and ‘strongman politics’

By Editors' Choice, Video/Audio

Former President Barack Obama delivers his first major speech since leaving office, addressing inequality and other issues at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. Video via Time. A written commentary by Summer Meza and an article by Jelani Cobb (In Celebrating Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama Indicts Trumpism).

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No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists

No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists

By Commentaries/Opinions

One dead after car plows into anti-racist demo in Charlottesville By Bill Fletcher I sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist. He condemned bigotry on what he called all sides. Once again Trump obscures reality. He either ignores the violence and terrorism carried out against traditionally…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Trump’s Dangerous Delusions on Police Brutality

By Rev Jesse Jackson

Donald Trump often seems more shock jock than president. He likes to shock, say or tweet outrageous things, prove that he’s not just another politician. But now he is president; his words have impact, and his posturing can be dangerous. Last week, he essentially endorsed police brutality before a gathering of police officers in Long Island: “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon,…

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In Cuba, Trump’s policy shift casts dark shadow

By News & Current Affairs

By Melanie Zanona HAVANA — All around Havana, local Cuban entrepreneurs refer to the day President Trump unveiled his new policy toward the country simply as “June 16.” It’s easy to see why the date would be seared into their memories: Private businesses ranging from private car companies to bed-and-breakfasts have already seen an alarming number of cancellations from American travelers since the White House announced it would be tightening…

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