Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Blog Page 846

Outing Ms. Kagan

Continuing the conversation on Elena Kagan, all sides benefit politically from the tabloid melee over her perceived sexuality. There's quite a bit of chatter about this. On the face, it's unfortunate - not so much in terms of the sexuality angle ...
By Lawrence Watkins Historians are fighting to get countries to recognize the benefits to large nations from the slave trade. They are asking that the trade be recognized as a crime against humanity, which would open the door to reparations. Activists...
Who maintains or grabs power in November will be greatly dependent on where these numbers sway and how they sway by region. In the long term, it will also give us a clearer picture of where the country is red or blue - pipe dreams of purple states is so 2008.
Cory Booker won a second term as mayor of Newark, N.J. last night. It appeared to be an easy win with Booker receiving over 21,000 votes while his opponent, former county prosecutor Clifford Minor received about 12,500 votes. The victory...
Del Walters on a Missed Opportunity By Del Walters Perhaps it shouldn’t matter to anyone --but it does.  While it may be years before we see the first African American woman president, we could have and should have had a shot...
Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, signed HB 2281 into law yesterday, making it illegal for school districts in the state to teach classes expressly for students of ethnic backgrounds. HB 2281 states that students "should be taught to treat and...
In a time where studies show record numbers of children don't have access to nutritious food, a federal program has been expanded to provide more meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture program that offers reimbursements for meals provided to at-risk youth...

Supreme Okie Doke

It will play itself out like a cerebral, chatty crime drama, replete with the all-White male cast, save the skirted, frantic female staffer scurrying behind them. In this case, the President sought to mix it up – his way – with another female pick. That’s about the only aspect of this episode that is truly “different.” If, as metaphorical benchmark, you liken it to MSNBC picking Rachel Maddow to shake up its out-of-touch and White-male dominated program lineup, then it’s not all that “different.”
In Albany, the Legislature passed an emergency budget bill enabling Governor David Paterson to furlough about 100,000 workers - almost half of those employed by the state - without pay. Claiming the plan to be illegal, public employee unions intend...
Is more of the Obama effect underway? It may seem that way as recent polls show that two groups that traditionally mistrust the government -- African-Americans and younger Americans -- now seem to believe more in Uncle Sam. The NPR notes...