(VIDEO) Where Is the Evidence in the New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Case?

Just in time for the slow news cycle before the run-up to the midterm elections, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney's charge that racial bias motivated the DOJ's decision to scale back a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP) has FOX news and conservative bloggers in going for blood, liberal bloggers seeing conspiracies, and major mainstream news outlets and personalities falling over themselves to make up for not having pushed the story....more

Thanks for that amusing column, Karen. Denvir's report is consistent with what I was told by a ...more

Youth Violence is a Public Health Issue. Why Don't We Treat It that Way?

It has been several weeks since the nation recoiled in horror at the videotaped brutal beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, the Chicago honor student who was caught in a melee between two factions of warring youth. Last week, President Obama dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to the city to declare that he understood the urgency of the problem:...more
As an EMT, I can tell you that youth violence is without a doubt a public health issue.  I would ...more

The wisdom of pardons

By Kemba Smith The nomination of Eric Holder as the next U.S. attorney general has renewed concerns about the end-of-term clemencies granted by President Clinton. High-profile names such as Marc Rich grabbed headlines at the time, but many other people with no political influence benefited from the president's mercy. ...more

Is a Bi-Partisan Cabinet Emerging - and Can It Help Us Heal?

Depends on who you ask. I've heard from more Democrats than I can count that Barack Obama's numerous appointments of centrist Clinton remnants have them feeling baited and switched; I've heard from multitudes of conservatives who feel disenfranchised that the only Republican in the promised bi-partisan is hold-ever Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates - who is neither a yardstick for Republicans or guaranteed to keep his job for the first year. (It has been said that Chuck Hagel is in the running for an appointment as well.) ...more