SCOTUS Says Lethal Injection Cocktail Is OK With Them
Jun29

SCOTUS Says Lethal Injection Cocktail Is OK With Them

The case is Glossip v. Gross out of Oklahoma. Readers may recall several botched executions recently, one of which was in the Sooner State. This resulted in other executions being stayed and this case coming before the Supreme Court. As background, lethal injection involves a three drug cocktail, given intravenously. The first drug is designed to render the prisoner unconscious. The second drug creates a state of paralysis. The third...

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In Charleston, ‘the power of God’s grace’
Jun28

In Charleston, ‘the power of God’s grace’

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It is impossible to know whether the Charleston tragedy will someday be seen as a turning point in the nation’s long, difficult struggle with race. But we can hope. At Friday’s funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine men and women who were slain June 17 at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, hope was very much in the air. But what was the alternative? The...

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Obama will be remembered for  “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)
Jun27

Obama will be remembered for “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)

Depending on who you talk to and the political lens through which they view the world, Barack Obama will go down as a highly polarizing figure, a transformative President or a combination of both – and these definitions will be said either with admiration or contempt. But here is one certainty: In years to come, one piece of video will be included in any biographies of Barack Obama. It’ll be the moment when he led the...

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It’s Not About the Confederate Flag, It’s About What the Flag Means
Jun26

It’s Not About the Confederate Flag, It’s About What the Flag Means

A hundred fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the Confederacy is on the run. Statues of Jefferson Davis are under fire in Kentucky, so is the flag at Veterans Memorial Park in Wichita. Parents want to replace the Vestavia Hills Rebel Mascot near Birmingham. Tennessee may take down the bust of confederate general… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own...

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Cartoon: Charleston 9
Jun25

Cartoon: Charleston 9

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The right to be free from guns
Jun25

The right to be free from guns

WASHINGTON — Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “Enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying “Enough” after Charleston. But this time, we don’t even expect anything to happen. What’s needed is a...

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Cuba’s Get Rich Quick Scheme: Return American Fugitives For The Reward Money
Jun25

Cuba’s Get Rich Quick Scheme: Return American Fugitives For The Reward Money

The Coming Race War Begins In Cuba, Not South Carolina Optics of USA’s Killers Returning Home Is Not A Good One The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist Charles Manson wanted to start a race war in America by directing his “family” to mass murder people and then try to put the blame on black folks. Last week, confessed mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof was accused of trying to put the country at odds against...

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Cartoon: Too soon to do something about guns?
Jun25

Cartoon: Too soon to do something about guns?

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Reader’s Guest Voice: A view from South Carolina
Jun24

Reader’s Guest Voice: A view from South Carolina

A view from South Carolina by Jordon Cooper It felt like South Carolina hit rock bottom after the Civil War in the 19th century. Still, we bounced back like a yoyo when we took heed that we were not where we needed to be. The execution-style gunfire in downtown Charleston where my late mother was raised, went to high school, and college is a reminder that hate is still festering in some people. Still, we must not falter in our...

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Cartoon: Racism Ice Cream
Jun24

Cartoon: Racism Ice Cream

A very strong editorial from China on the Charleston killings: See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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What Christie didn’t say about Charleston (Guest Editorial)
Jun24

What Christie didn’t say about Charleston (Guest Editorial)

We heard Gov. Chris Christie condemn the church shootings in Charleston, S.C., and speak forthrightly about racism. But what he didn’t say also spoke volumes. There was nothing about the Confederate flag that still waves on the capitol grounds; nothing about taking any action against gun violence. On that first point, at least, other Republicans...

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The roots of racism still exist
Jun23

The roots of racism still exist

[Note: This Eugene Robinson column was released yesterday morning but due to a glitch we just discovered it. It was written before the dam broke on growing opposition to the confederate flag flying in South Carolina. But it deserves to be read in full.] WASHINGTON — If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive. What happened in Charleston is not...

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Cartoon: Confederate Flag
Jun23

Cartoon: Confederate Flag

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Analysis: Haley takes Republicans off the hook with flag decision
Jun23

Analysis: Haley takes Republicans off the hook with flag decision

WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential candidates who refused to take a stand on the Confederate flag are off the hook. Even as the website of accused murderer Dylann Roof, the white gunman charged with killing nine black churchgoers last week, showed him embracing the flag, several Republican candidates insisted over the weekend it was South...

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Death in Charleston: a Moderately Speculative Postmortem
Jun23

Death in Charleston: a Moderately Speculative Postmortem

The pale young man with the bowl haircut had driven to Charleston, South Carolina, alone and armed, with a singleness of purpose. There, in the centuries-old port city with its graceful antebellum townhouses and slender church spires, he would attempt to make his mark, consummate his desires, fulfill his earthly purpose. He stepped inside the sanctuary of historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he joined a weekly...

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Ben Carson criticizes other Republicans for not calling Charleston murders “racist”
Jun22

Ben Carson criticizes other Republicans for not calling Charleston murders “racist”

It’s not often I agree with Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson. But he has bluntly called out the other Republicans running for President who refuse to call the murders of 9 people by a self-admitted racist who wanted to kill African-Americans “racist.” He didn’t mince words: Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on Monday knocked some of the 2016 contenders who have declined to say that...

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Charleston shooting: Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans
Jun22

Charleston shooting: Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans

Why is that conservative Republicans have been twisting themselves into political pretzels trying to avoid saying that the massacre by 9 innocents in a church in Charleston was racist when shooter Dylann Roof is clearly a self-avowed racist? That has been a lingering question. Now the Guardian reports that some key Republicans were getting campaign donations from the leader of the group cited in Roof’s hate-filled (against many...

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Charleston and the politics of evasion
Jun22

Charleston and the politics of evasion

WASHINGTON — We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns. Nonsense, you say. Have we not been talking about race and racism for our entire history? Our conversations have been especially intense in recent years — about the response to President Obama as our first African-American president, about...

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Cartoon: Rebel Flag
Jun22

Cartoon: Rebel Flag

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After Deadly Shooting, Searching For A Silver Lining
Jun21

After Deadly Shooting, Searching For A Silver Lining

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Amid sun, sweat and tears, hundreds gathered Sunday outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, their dresses, shirts and parasols forming a vivid sea of oranges, pinks, greens and blues that occasionally swayed in unison when the sermon, broadcast on speakers outside the church, turned to song. It...

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