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Should Prisoners Raise Your Food?

Fellow foodies, here's a question for your conscience: Do you wonder whose hands helped bring your meal to the grocery?

As you dollop the farm-fresh goat cheese on top of your micro greens and remove the antibiotic-free tilapia from under the broiler, would you lose your appetite if you found out that workers who helped produce it earn in a ...Read more

Francis Prods Congress' Conscience

Wouldn't it be grand if Pope Francis could be a recurring visitor to the U.S. Congress, a sort of spiritual superintendent who occasionally drops in to chide, cajole and mostly just remind our legislators when their actions don't promote the common good? What kind of country would we become?

Watching as the pontiff stepped away from the podium ...Read more

Black Lives Matter: The Boogie Man That Isn't

Cops in America have gone soft. Or so goes a dubious new theory.

Where once they had been bold in facing criminals, urban police departments are now meek. The result, we're told, is the substantial increase in homicide rates in more than 30 American cities. This tragic misfortune is mostly the fault of Black Lives Matter. The loosely organized ...Read more

The Irony Hidden in Republican Doom and Gloom

Is America is in decline? It certainly is, to hear the Republican presidential candidates tell it. The current frontrunner, Donald Trump, has built his campaign around the proposition, and his pitch to voters is that only he can "make America great again."

Trump's vision of the national emergency is America inundated by unassimilable, criminal ...Read more

Donald Trump: Useful or Dangerous Idiot?

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake," Napoleon is supposed to have said.

That maxim explains why so many Democrats can barely hide their glee every time Donald Trump lets loose a fresh torrent of idiotic bombast or a new poll reinforces his pre-eminence in the Republican field.

Trump is too much for the general electorate ...Read more

What Does BlackLivesMatter Want? A Little Thing Called Justice

One message is loud, brash and crystal clear about the 2016 race for the White House.

No candidate -- Democrat or Republican -- will escape the in-your-face challenge of the BlackLivesMatter activists. Nor should they.

Self-described socialist and ascendant Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was all but shunted off a stage in ...Read more

The Phony, Unprincipled War on Planned Parenthood

With one careless comment, Jeb Bush revealed a fundamentally indifferent attitude toward half the U.S. electorate.

"I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues," he said in a speech at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

It was a throwaway aside in a longer blather about defunding Planned Parenthood, ...Read more

GOP Beware -- Nobody Puts The Donald In a Corner

Pity the Republican candidate who tries to land a "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy" style jab during the televised debate on Thursday.

The temptation to administer a condescending smackdown will be almost irresistible. After all, the stage will be filled with a motley crew of contestants ranging from solidly credentialed public servants to ...Read more

Repairing Bonds Between Police and Communities

After a depressing year in which we've witnessed case after case of unarmed black people dying at the hands of police, now we have the sad death of Sandra Bland.

The Illinois woman's apparent suicide in a Texas jail cell, days after a traffic stop, is in many ways baffling, as she reportedly had been excited to start a new job at Prairie View A...Read more

Upset With Obama, GOP Punishes Young Immigrants

A particularly cruel fate awaits the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. They grow up knowing no other country than the United States, and may even think they are American citizens, but one day they learn they are not -- and that they are vulnerable to deportation. They learn that ...Read more

Conservative Backlash Against 'Sanctuary' Will Harm Policing

One tragedy has already occurred: The murder of a young woman as she shared a quiet moment on an iconic San Francisco pier with her father and a friend.

Kathryn Steinle was strolling along Pier 14 July 1 when a bullet seemingly out of nowhere hit her aorta. It's hard to imagine her father's distress as he tried to save his 32-...Read more

High Court Strikes a Blow Against Congressional Gerrymandering

In case you missed it - and most Americans did - there was a third significant ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June. It received the least media attention, but it may eventually affect more citizens directly than the decisions upholding Obamacare and greenlighting same-sex marriage.

The case in question weighed efforts in Arizona...Read more

Breaking Up With My Landline a Risky (or Overdue) Decision

I dumped my landline the other day.

It was an abrupt decision, though a long time coming, like giving away a sweater you hadn't worn in years but had kept just in case you might.

Goodbye, Panasonic KX-TG5431, with all your weird buttons and your antennas and something called Caller IQ, which I was never smart enough to understand.

For many ...Read more

We Nave a Name for This: Racism

America is in denial -- "post-racial" denial.

You could hear it in the words of lament that followed news of the shooting massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Commenter after commenter, be they elected officials, presidential hopefuls, talking heads or members of the public posting on social media, used a peculiar term to ...Read more

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