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Obama’s last goodbye: Yes, we did, and yes, we still can

So President Obama has given his last speech to the nation. And he’s left a hole in my heart. We were lucky enough to get tickets to attend his farewell address. We were among those standing in line for hours to get into the huge convention center hall at Chicago’s McCormick Place where Obama would […]

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Recalling election night 2008 in Grant Park: Thanks, Obama

As the Obama presidency winds down, we all have memories of times over the last eight years of how Barack Obama showed us what it means to be a successful president. These are my memories, starting at the very beginning. Election night 2008 was really a time of hope. Even Mother Nature cooperated; the temperature that […]

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Why Britain’s possible ‘Brexit’ from the EU matters to the U.S.

Let’s turn away from the national obsession that is the 2016 U.S. presidential election to look at another contest the world is watching. In two months, citizens of the United Kingdom will be asked to vote on a major question regarding their future—should the UK stay in the European Union? Campaigning has officially begun for […]

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Obama’s Supreme Court nomination: Latest round of 3-dimensional chess

President Obama didn’t let Republican intransigence stand in the way of doing his constitutional duty, nominating Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. With this action, once again Obama has shown how he’s two steps ahead of the GOP. Garland is chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of […]

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America’s long, sad history of school shootings

When we think of school killings, we usually think of recent events, like the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children (mostly first- and second-graders) and six adults. Or the 1999 shootings in Littleton, Colo., where students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold terrorized their classmates and teachers at Columbine […]

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Diplomacy wins again in battle vs. guns: Iran edition

Three international examples about Iran show us the power of words over weapons. Two U.S. Navy boats in the Persian Gulf drifted into Iranian waters near Iran’s Farsi Island after sailors made what U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called “navigational errors.” One of the boats was having engine trouble, making it unable to leave when […]

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GOP hits new low with hysteria against Syrian refugees

To score cheap political points after the terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State, Republicans across the country, from governors to those in Congress to several running for president, are trying to gin up fears against refugees trying to get into America to escape oppression elsewhere. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder started the ball rolling […]

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What will it take to penetrate America’s gun culture?

The vast majority of people in the United States who support common-sense regulations about guns once again are forced to throw up our collective hands in disgust and sorrow at the latest school shooting and the epidemic of gun violence in this country. By some counts, there have been 142 school shootings since the tragedy […]

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Donald Trump, GOP have been stoking hate speech for years

Some in the GOP and the media are shocked — shocked — that supporters of the beaver tail-headed man hoping to become narcissist-in-chief are not-so-secret racists, xenophobes, and just plain jerks. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Those supporters are just repeating what Donald Trump and many Republicans have been saying for years about President Obama, […]

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Iran deal a true breakthrough in nuclear weapons race

Seven years after then-presidential candidate Barack Obama proposed talking to Iran about ramping down its nuclear program, that idea has become a reality. The historic agreement between Iran and six world powers freezes Iran’s nuclear program for the next decade in exchange for gradual sanctions relief, President Obama said in describing the deal in an […]

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