Police in Milwaukee shot and killed a black man this weekend, sparking protests although police say 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith was armed when he was shot. In another community, citizens might be more willing to believe the official account. But on the heels of numerous high profile police shootings, African Americans are particularly mistrustful. Still,…

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THE INHERENT conflicts of interest between Philadelphia’s union bosses and political figures were brought sharply into focus by last week’s FBI raids on Electricians Union leader John Dougherty and City Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon. To be clear, neither man has been charged with a crime, and we don’t yet know what the FBI was…

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When I learned that a three-judge panel of the Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had struck down North Carolina’s restrictive voting law, I didn’t think of Rev. William Barber, the firebrand North Carolinian who electrified the Democratic National Convention with his call to revive the heart of our democracy. I thought of Gloria Baker…

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