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Some thoughts on governing

I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t ...

LETTER: Protect Maryland's Waterways

On the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report from Environment America, “Waterways Restored,” highlights the success the law has meant for the Anacostia River, taking it from a state of horrific pollution to giving some hope ...

Democrats bash Obama yet want black vote

Here are a few election-time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win black votes?

Ebola, stop the flights from West Africa

bola affected Liberians and other West Africans who can obtain plane tickets will be headed to the United States. How many more can we handle coming into our country?

Kidnapped Nigerian girls 'pawns'

The announcement by senior Nigerian military and government officials that an agreement has been reached with Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 kidnapped Chibok girls is welcome, although it has understandably been greeted with considerable caution. And ...

The hidden dangers of Internet gambling

Some people have asked me why I strongly oppose Internet gambling and I can sum it up in one sentence: Gambling on the Internet is for chumps.

Stacy Dash's racist remarks hurt GOP

Fox News contributor and Republican as of 2012, black actress Stacey Dash proves she really wasn't acting in the movie "Clueless." Appearing on Fox News' "Hannity" show, Dash called all black people in Louisiana government freeloaders who don't work.

Let's unite and put ISIS to flight

Having studied and taught history, I tend to look at things with a slightly longer view and in a broader context than most people. Most people tend to view the political world map as always having looked the way it ...

Raven-Symone, we are black Americans

I get it. Raven-Symone doesn't like labels

November’s elections won’t resolve much of anything

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.

Hillary v. Ben Carson in 2016

I know you political junkies are on the edge of your seats now that Dr. Ben Carson has said he will likely run for president. I have been waiting to see what black folks will do when President Obama leaves ...

Eric Holder’s legacy: No coward on race

After being confirmed as the nation’s first African American U.S. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tiptoe around the volatile subject of race.

Breaking the white silence on racism

On September 15, 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka did something quite fascinating. He spoke to a labor audience in St. Louis about race and racism. What was particularly noteworthy is that he was not speaking to a largely black or ...

Silicon Valley must embrace diversity

While the number of African American, Latino and women consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies continue to lag way behind. After years of resisting disclosure, tech giants such ...

NFL keeps fumbling

I am sick and tired of all the hypocrisy swirling around pro athletes and the National Football League (NFL) in particular.

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