The plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer exposes the hate for women in power

This week 13 men were arrested on federal or state charges for plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Fortunately for Gov. Whitmer and the rest of us, these guys weren’t necessarily professional in their approach. They got caught because they shared their crazy ideas on social media. Then they started making plans with people…

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Trump paid no taxes in 10 of the last 15 years? Not surprised.

“That makes me smart.” That’s what then-candidate Donald Trump said during a presidential debate in which Hillary Clinton accused him of not paying taxes. Back then it was almost funny. It was Trump being Trump, because nobody, including Trump, believed he would actually win. But now he’s the president, he’s responsible for running the government…

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Democrats need a stronger message in troubled times

It’s become increasingly apparent that state and local politics are more important than ever when it comes to preventing total chaos, especially in light of the racial conflict playing out on the national stage. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez knows that, and he’s traveling the country trying to deliver a message of unity. It…

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Bannon like another hateful propagandist, Nazi Joseph Goebbels

WHEN I LEARNED of President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to elevate former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon to chief strategist, I recalled the haunting words of a Jewish friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years. Months ago, after Trump had uttered bigoted remarks about seemingly every group except his own, I asked this friend…

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Anti-Trump protests too little, too late

I was at once heartbroken and angry when I saw thousands of protesters take to the streets in the wake of the stunning election of Donald Trump as president. As I watched the spectacle play out, my emotions, already scraped raw by the bigotry and division I’d witnessed during Trump’s campaign, suddenly went numb. It…

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Presidential election showed us bigotry is alive and well in America

The presidential election is over. Now the real work begins. After a hate-filled presidential campaign ripped the scab from the wound of American bigotry, we stand as an injured nation. The losers of this election will spend the next few months pouring salt into that already infected sore. Then they will spend years pretending not…

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‘You can’t take the black vote for granted’

IT WAS DAY ONE of the Democratic National Convention, and liberal icon Rev. Al Sharpton stood with conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on the floor of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. They were discussing the Democratic party’s propensity for taking the black vote for granted. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton can’t afford to do so. Not with the…

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Hillary Clinton Exclusive Interview

I spoke with Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one interview on my radio show on Philadelphia’s 900 AM WURD. Click here for the full audio. Click here to read the Philadelphia Daily News column based on the interview. Click here to read listen to the WHYY story. Read on for a full transcript of…

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hit Philly

I watched Hillary Clinton when she took the stage Wednesday at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City. Her remarks, while pointed, and often poignant, were not delivered with the fervor of a gifted speaker. Rather, Clinton speaks in measured tones that are explanatory rather than rousing. Her speeches are…

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GOP and Trump: You reap what you sow

When Republican front-runner Donald Trump stretched his considerable lead by winning the Louisiana presidential primary, I realized that Mitt Romney had failed yet again. Romney, you may recall, is the presidential two-time loser whom the GOP tapped in an attempt to slow Trump’s momentum. It didn’t work. Even when Romney cited Trump’s flip-flop on former…

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