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Allegra Harpootlian: How the U.S. Presidency Became a Killing Machine

The assassination complex from Bush to Obama to Trump. We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartman: How America Broke Up With The Democratic Party

Many grassroots Democrats separated from their party in the 1990s, and the 2020 election may be the last chance to save the marriage.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: We’re not the good guys

Addicted to war? Not us.

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ruthellen Josselson: Michelle Obama is an example of how women thrive and grow through adulthood

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” can be read in many ways: as a political memoir, as a story of being black and aspiring in America or as a Cinderella story that transports … Continue reading

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Obama delivers stirring speech on Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday

. Arguing that “we have no choice but to move forward” and that “those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights and a common humanity have a better … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Let the Prayer Continue

Let sanity — please, oh Lord — prevail, and the re-empowered voices of war and dominance return to shame and silence. Rev. Patrick Conroy, the chaplain of the House of … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jocelyn Frye and Michele L. Jawando: Leveraging the Power of Black Women

On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, pundits and political watchers opined on whether the Obama coalition—the multiracial, multiethnic, cross-class coalition made up of African Americans, Latinos, women, young people, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Barack Obama: What My Mother Taught Me About Love

She sighed, running her hands through her hair. “We were so young, you know. I was younger than you are now. He was only a few years older than that…” … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1,544 Comments

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