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A line crossed in Wichita

As we have seen from recent events in Paris, Brussels and all across the world, terrorism is not an obscure phenomenon that only impacts the Middle East. No longer can Americans ignore the threat of terrorism as primarily a European ...

On Earth Day, commit to the Great Turning

Viewing the destruction of the planet and our natural systems as a form of violence, Campaign Nonviolence— a long-term movement to build a culture of nonviolence— engages people across the country in working toward sustainability, renewable energy, reducing meat consumption, ...

'Saturday Night Live' heroin sketch sparks outrage

What were you thinking "Saturday Night Live"? That's what a lot of fans -- and mothers of addicts -- are saying after a sketch on this weekend's show featured a fake drug commercial for "Heroin AM," an option for people ...

Beyond transparency, we need accountability

Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want ...

Homosexuality is the new black

In order to have a fully functioning society, we must have some common baseline of beliefs that join us together, whether it’s a fraternity, a church, or a political party. Without this commonality, belonging to a group or a society ...

Energy bill would strengthen U.S. economy, global energy security

Let's be honest: The future of the U.S. economy is bleak. A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that the U.S. economy will grow only two percent this year— a downward revision of the already ...

The Republicans: Cowardice in high places

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz. So do Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney. Chris Christie endorses— in fact, practically fawns all over—Donald Trump.

To find hope, look around you

These are very unhappy times in Washington, D.C. Relations between the executive and legislative branches are not just sour, but corrosive.

The Ben Carson I knew is gone

I'm not angry about Dr. Ben Carson's latest comments about President Barack Obama for one reason only; they've instead pushed me into a state of mourning as I watch the continued diminishment of a man who had long been a ...

Will Trump ad fool black voters?

Jamiel Shaw, Sr. is supporting Donald Trump for president.

Don’t get too excited when Trump attacks George W. Bush over Iraq

Something weird happened on February 13, 2016, at the Republican debate in South Carolina. Donald Trump went after Jeb Bush over the record of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

Why do politicians treat addiction differently in the suburbs?

Nick Cocchi would like to be the sheriff of Hampden County, an Eastern Massachusetts county of half a million people. Springfield, Massachusetts, a city that is about 22 percent African American, is the county seat. Eastern Massachusetts (and indeed, much ...

Opening your heart for Valentine’s Day

In the United States, St. Valentine's Day is celebrated widely with candy, flowers and private expressions of affection. I proposed to my wife on Valentine's Day and my kindergartner daughter, who was born on its eve, observes it with heartfelt ...

Raising money or just raising Cain?

Bernie Sanders raised $20 million with the average donation being just $27.00.

'Sham democracy' is fueling Africa's terrorism

From rural settlements in the hinterlands of the African Savannah, to plush hotels in bustling metropolises, terror groups in sub-Saharan Africa are pursuing their fundamentalist agenda with deadly ambitions.

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