Should Welfare Recipients Have to Take a Drug Test?

The unemployment rate in Tennessee is nearly back to where it was in the early, unpanicked days of the Great Recession. Currently, 6.3 percent of residents are without work; the rate was just slightly lower, 6 percent, in the spring of 2008. Those numbers don’t speak to the tumult in the job market that occurred […]

House backs bill to sue president over laws

Casting Barack Obama as a president run amok, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws. The vote was 233-181 in the Republican-led House as GOP lawmakers excoriated Obama for multiple changes to his 4-year-old health care law, steps he’s […]

Data center glitch is latest problem in ‘Obamacare’ rollout

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout. The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut […]

Redskins nickname debate begins to overshadow team’s play

That’s it exactly: the size of the issue, whether you hate the name or not, has become too large to tamp down or shrug off anymore. The tipping point of this debate will be measured by sociologists and football historians, but it certainly feels closer than ever. It almost feels like it’s happening right now. […]

Obama, Spiked for His Own Good?

President Obama barely noticed, but there was a horrific mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. In what has become a signature of this administration, a tone-deaf Obama pressed ahead with his plans to attack the tea party Republicans at an event marking five years since the financial crisis erupted. After some perfunctory […]

Top 10 Pro Wrestling Promoters in History

 COMMENTARY | For over 100 years, promoters have worked tirelessly to make professional wrestling one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. Although today’s younger wrestling fans may only know a handful of these giants of the industry, contemporary promoters such as Vince McMahon may have had to work in other fields […]

Opinion: If only all we had to do was ‘Dream’

We shouldn’t forget what Martin Luther King’s America really looked like Jeff Greenfield If we really want to mark the meaning of the March on Washington of 50 years ago, we would do well to put aside the endless invocations of “the dream” and remember the harsher realities of race in 1963. Yes, the speech […]

THE March of history

Few half-century commemorations raise as many complex and uncomfortable questions as does the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: With a black man in the White House, has Martin Luther King’s dream been realized? With American social mobility seeming to be stalled, is the American Dream a dream deferred? With nearly a million black […]

American Politics, Scandals and Human Failures

By Glenn Mollette What do Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Eliot Spitzer, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Bill Clinton all have in common? Think about it. There are several answers to this question. One answer – they all had or have a human failure problem. Thomas Jefferson […]

Essay: Black male humanity shown in ‘Fruitvale’

Oscar Grant did not deserve to die. This is the central message of “Fruitvale Station,” a film dramatizing the real-life case of the young unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in 2009. It’s a common message, often heard in film and life in general. But the way writer/director Ryan […]

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