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Labor nominee is bad news in a slick package

Labor nominee is bad news in a slick package

By the time you read this, Alexander Acosta, the president’s nominee for secretary of labor, is likely to have been confirmed by the full Senate. He got narrow approval from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions by a 12-11 party line vote. I don’t blame the Democrats for opposing the Acosta nomination. […]

They don’t just disappear

They don’t just disappear

If I had to speculate about a common thread that weaves its way through the lives of most of my friends and acquaintances, I’d have to say that filtering through the blizzard of information that inundates us daily is our greatest challenge. “Trump tweeted this…” or “Congress ignored that…” or “Korea launched that…” or “No […]

Budget favors defense, abandons citizens

Budget favors defense, abandons citizens

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” – Mahatma Gandhi Some people look at a budget proposal and see numbers. At the National Urban League, we look at a budget proposal and see people. The Trump administration’s preliminary federal budget proposal – the so-called “skinny […]

It’s called ‘practical nationalism’

It’s called ‘practical nationalism’

Nationalism: “A desire by a large group of people (such as people who share the same culture, history, language, etc.) to form a separate and independent nation of their own; a sense of national consciousness.” Practical: “Of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action; not theoretical or ideal; disposed to action as opposed to speculation or abstraction,” […]

Will Trump cause his own ‘Trail of Tears?’

Will Trump cause his own ‘Trail of Tears?’

Most who are keenly observant of or listen closely to Donald Trump will recognize that he is a fan of President Andrew Jackson. If “fan” is overzealous, it can be said that Jackson is inspirational to his current successor in the office. After all, Trump is the first president since Ronald Reagan to honor Jackson […]

Gorsuch hasn’t earned our support

Gorsuch hasn’t earned our support

Here’s what the Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights wrote in their “Report on the Nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court”: “Overall, we conclude that there is an inadequate record to determine if Judge Gorsuch has a commitment to protecting and safeguarding civil rights and, therefore, […]

It’s too early to panic over 45’s budget

It’s too early to panic over 45’s budget

If you happened to have voted for the 45th president, you may be feeling a little spat on right about now. The man who said he wanted to take care of the little people, those who were forgotten by the elites, now wants to cut programs that affect these working-class people, ranging from Legal Aid […]

Trump administration’s health care lies beginning to hurt

Trump administration’s health care lies beginning to hurt

For many of his supporters, Donald Trump’s casual relationship with the truth was at first amusing, part of his brash, anti-establishment appeal. He says what he thinks, went the argument, and if it isn’t true, so be it. His voters, we were told, have learned to take him seriously but not literally. Now, however, the […]

What shall we do now?

What shall we do now?

There are few surprises in Washington, D.C., politics. We’ve been reduced to exhausting ourselves determining when this administration is being hyperbolic, using “alternative facts” or attempting to use “facts” – without adding “alternative” to their assertions. Has any other president been so disrespectful to his (co-equal) judiciary when he doesn’t like its decisions? Has there […]

Trump playing ‘dodgeball’ with federal agencies

Trump playing ‘dodgeball’ with federal agencies

There are few Americans over the age of 10 who have not seen or participated in a game of “dodgeball.” For those of my era, it was the quintessential hand-eye-body coordination game in which the “dodger,” if skillful and athletic, could avoid being struck and disqualified by a ball hurled by adversarial throwers. Three players […]