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Coming home to Ferguson

Coming home to Ferguson

As a black man who grew up near Ferguson, I dreaded going home for Thanksgiving this week. I watched cable news with dismay while I packed Tuesday. Familiar parts of…

Barack Obama: The reluctant black president

Barack Obama:  The reluctant black president

America, not for the first time, stands at a racial crossroads. The crisis of race and democracy unfolded before a global audience on Monday night as hundreds of demonstrators set…

Michael Brown crossed the line

Michael Brown crossed the line

Over the years I have covered many stories involving encounters between police officers and suspects. When I wrote a newspaper column for The Alton Telegraph in Illinois — just up…

Obama found wrong scapegoat by firing Hagel

Obama found wrong scapegoat by firing Hagel

The timing of Chuck Hagel’s resignation as secretary of defense may have been a surprise, but the fact that he was on his way out has been rumored for weeks.…

Three misconceptions about the Middle East

Three misconceptions about the Middle East

The West’s understanding of the Middle East has often been laden with misconceptions—this has especially been the case in the years following the Arab Spring. Here are three assumptions about…

Can Americans even get pay raises any more?

Can Americans even get pay raises any more?

What will it really take to give America a raise? A lot of well-credentialed policy experts have been writing nonsense about why Americans can’t be paid more. One bogus story…

So, how does a disease like Ebola really spread?

So, how does a disease like Ebola really spread?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday that a nurse at a Dallas hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola last week, was the…

What about the anti-jihadists?

What about the anti-jihadists?

As the UN Security Council tackles the entity claiming to be “Islamic State,” and President Barack Obama invokes global Muslim responsibility, many ask whether people of Muslim heritage do enough…

Is it possible to protect the President or White House?

Is it possible to protect the President or White House?

When an armed intruder jumped the fence and penetrated deep into the White House, it provided a field day for cartoonists and some members of the House of Representatives —…

Obama’s rock and a hard place with airstrikes

Obama’s rock and a hard place with airstrikes

The White House is in a difficult spot when it comes to Syria. Not only is the United States at war with Islamic State, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes,…

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