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Feb 07 2015

Wooing the Latino Vote

The GOP needs to sing a new tune on immigration to win in 2016. By Khalil Bendib When I was growing up, my older Mexican-American relatives had an expression: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” It was my family’s way of making me careful about choosing my friends. …

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Jan 31 2015

An International War of Words

By Raynard Jackson With the recent terrorists attacks in Paris over a largely unknown satirical newspaper that poked fun at Islam and Mohammed, there has been a global debate over whether the world is at war with “radical” Islam. The debate has centered on whether one actually uses the word “act of terror” when describing …

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Jan 24 2015

Obama Strengthens his Backbone

Republican lawmakers are setting the stage for a disastrous two years in Congress marked by manufactured crisis after crisis and ignoring the needs of working families. Fortunately, President Barack Obama is showing some much-needed backbone by refusing to cave to the GOP’s agenda. Obama ended the year by taking a strong stand on Net Neutrality …

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Jan 17 2015

A Muslim Cartoonist Draws Lessons from the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Bullets and bombs can never silence the voices of laughter and friendship. By Khalil Bendib As a political cartoonist who happens to be both American and Muslim, I often find myself at the intersection of media curiosity: Muslim, with all the stereotypical notions attached to that, but also a freedom-loving artist and a humorist. I’m …

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Jan 10 2015

A Corporate Coup in College Football

Instead of sponsors bringing the games to us, bowl games now bring us to the sponsors. By  Jim Hightower Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football — well, football was the real religion. So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a radio hypester in Montgomery, Alabama, who …

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Jan 03 2015

Basketball’s One-and-Done Dilemma

Forcing high school prospects to go to college for a single year doesn’t do them any good.   By Joel Kendrick It’s been nine years since the last high schooler was selected in the NBA draft. That’s because back in 2005, the NBA raised the minimum age for eligibility to 19. With this rule in …

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Dec 27 2014

Warning: Fracking May Harm Public Health

Regulators should apply the same precautions to gas drilling that they use for everything else. Story By Rebecca Rehr What do public health advocates like me tell people all the time? Get tested. Use protection. In practice, that means we’re always explaining how everything from cancer screenings to immunizations to bike helmets can save lives. …

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Dec 13 2014

The Season for Mindless Consumerism

This Christmas, put your money to better use than thoughtless gift-giving.   Story By Jill Richardson ‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism. I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Here’s a story that illustrates …

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