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on May 26, 2015 - 15:52 PM ET
Michael Sam

When it was announced that free agent linebacker Michael Sam was signing with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, many people’s thoughts turned to Jackie Robinson. Robinson famously spent a year playing for the minor league Montreal Royals before making his way to the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was believed by Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, quite simply, that Montreal was less bigoted than the United States. Jackie Robinson would have the...

Sports, Society
on May 26, 2015 - 12:30 PM ET
Kameren Guy Hodnett

Journalist Robert D. Kaplan thinks that what is wrong with the Middle East is a lack of imperialism, and he urges that it be brought back. It is how, he says, most of the world has been ruled by “default.” This argument is so ahistorical and wrong-headed that it takes the breath away.

First of all, “imperialism...

on May 26, 2015 - 12:19 PM ET
Gutted Kentex factory in the Philippines

The deaths of 72 workers at a sandals factory in the Philippines earlier this month is sadly not shocking news; risk of mass death is practically considered a regular cost of doing business in the regional factories. But the blaze coincides with two grim anniversaries for Global South labor: the death of more than 1,100 workers in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in...

on May 26, 2015 - 11:21 AM ET
Loretta Lynch

Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

Last week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that five major banks were pleading guilty to criminal charges for what she...

Crime, The Courts, Economy
on May 26, 2015 - 10:25 AM ET
Sen. Bernie Sanders (AP/ John Locher)

Burlington, VermontFor the first century after the founding of the Grand Old Party in 1854, Republicans dominated the politics of the state of Vermont like no other. For more than 100 years, Vermont Republicans won every major race for every statewide office. Republican presidential candidates...

on May 26, 2015 - 09:00 AM ET
Andrew Johnson impeachment

Johnson had been impeached ostensibly for removing Lincoln-appointed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton from office without Congressional approval, as required by a bill Congress had passed to prevent just such an action. The real fight, however, was about the course of Reconstruction in the South: the white supremacist Johnson wanted to allow the Southern states back into the Union with scarcely a slap on the wrist, while the Radical Republicans who controlled Congress...