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on Aug 22, 2014 - 11:02 AM ET
LeBron James

In my sports/politics circles, the question has come in fast and furious: Where are the athletes—always code for “black male athletes”—speaking out on behalf of Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson? It’s a very understandable question. It’s also the wrong question. It’s understandable, of course, because there is a history of black athletes being the faces and symbols of the struggle in the United States against racism. It is...

Sports, Society
on Aug 21, 2014 - 16:26 PM ET
Angela Merkel

“The most important political figure in Europe—I think it’s fair to say she is—is coming to Kiev, ” said Stephen Cohen on The John Batchelor Show this Tuesday. Cohen, contributing editor for The Nation and author of Soviet Fates and Lost...

on Aug 21, 2014 - 15:27 PM ET
Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan has had his eyes on Social Security for a long time.

That becomes clear in The Way Forward: Renewing The American Idea (Twelve), the 2012 Republican nominee for vice president’s...

on Aug 21, 2014 - 13:05 PM ET
Immigration Protest

Sometime in the next month President Obama is expected to announce changes to immigration enforcement policies, potentially relieving the fear of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Specifics aren’t clear, but press reports and immigrant rights...

on Aug 21, 2014 - 10:08 AM ET

Nightmarish stories about about the criminalizing of motherhood have been making headlines of late. There was Shanesha Taylor, arrested on child abuse charges for leaving her kids in a car to go to a job interview; Debra Harrell, locked up for child abuse for letting her 9-year-old play at a nearby park while she worked her shift at McDonald’s; Mallory Loyola, the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that makes it a crime to take drugs while pregnant...

Feminism, Labor, Reproductive Rights
on Aug 20, 2014 - 15:10 PM ET
Hillary Clinton

Representative Paul Ryan’s response to the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police was fairly straightforward: say nothing, do nothing. “We should take a deep breath, let’s have some sympathy for the family and the community, and let’s not prejudge anything, and let’s let the investigation take its course and hope that justice is served appropriately,” he...