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Rev. Cruz’s Sketchy Résumé

by Hannah Harper & Lou Dubose | Oct 15, 2015 | Media, Politics

  He has called President Obama a “socialist” and a “village idiot,” threatened to “unmask” him and suggested he “go back to Kenya.” In a rich and distinctly Cuban accent, he preaches the prosperity Gospel: tithe and accept God’s anointment and wealth will be bestowed upon you. He is a Dominionist, devoted to a movement […]

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The Prophetic President

by Rick Perlstein | Aug 27, 2015 | Media, Politics

  James Earl Carter is nearing the end. In an extraordinary press conference last week, the 39th president discussed his impending death from metastasizing liver cancer, with a grace, humor, and wisdom the rest of us can only hope to emulate when our own time comes. Soon will come the eulogies: then, the assessments. Forgive […]

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A Celebration of Black Heart and Intellect

by Cyrus Cassells | Jun 15, 2015 | Books

  Gregory Pardlo is a poet of joyous variety and wonder. It’s clear from the lively and anthem-like opening poem, “Written By Himself,” in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Digest, that he’s as wide-ranging, humane, irrepressible, and inclusive in his snappy 21st-century fashion as fellow urbanite and trailblazing singer Walt Whitman: I was born in minutes in […]

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Corporate Dollars v. Union Dollars

by Lou Dubose | Jun 1, 2015 | Media

  In Citizens United, the 5-4 conservative minority on the John Roberts Court ruled that free speech is essential to a democracy and political contributions are a form of free speech, including contributions from corporations and unions. Since 2010, corporations and unions are much more free to spend money in primary and general elections. Writing […]

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The Perverse Precedents of Homophobic Bigotry

by Patricia J. Williams | May 1, 2015 | Culture, Legal Affairs, Politics

  As Republican presidential hopefuls race to embrace the “religious freedom” of businesses to refuse to serve the LGBT community, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the ideological history behind the laws that focused the nation’s attention on Indiana and Arkansas, and, of course, the glibly homophobic management of Memories Pizza. Faith-based attempts to […]

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