Jesse Jackson: Ali was not controversial, segregation was

After his death was announced late Friday night, I watched on a television in the San Francisco airport as the screen filled with images and sounds of the young Muhammad Ali. He was beautiful to watch. Then one of the pundits opened his mouth. He said Ali was “controversial.” I shook my head and said […]

Robert Griffin III is done with Washington Redskins, says team president

If there had been any doubt about the future of Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins, team president Bruce Allen made the future perfectly clear on Tuesday. During an interview with a San Diego radio station, Allen was asked if Griffin would be back. “Well, no. I see Robert getting an opportunity with another […]

The Latest: Daughter: Arizona rancher killed in standoff

The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The Oregonian reports that an Arizona rancher was killed when authorities arrested leaders of an armed group that has been occupying a national wildlife refuge. Authorities did not identify the person killed, saying […]

No, Bacon Won’t Kill You

The hysteria surrounding the headlines last week declaring bacon a carcinogen — comparing its consumption to the risks of smoking cigarettes — has calmed down a bit. And that’s good because the media hype with headlines like, “Processed Meats Rank Alongside Smoking as Cancer Causes — WHO” is largely just that, hype. While the World […]

Trial to start for Michigan police officer accused in videotaped beating

The trial of a white former suburban Detroit police officer accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Floyd Dent in January is scheduled to begin this week. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday, and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans said opening statements in the case could begin on Wednesday in […]

Black men shot by white patrolman in Washington state face assault charges

Two unarmed black men shot by a white police officer pursuing them over a reported theft attempt in Washington state in May, leaving one paralyzed, are to be arraigned on Tuesday on felony assault charges, a local prosecutor said. Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, brothers aged 24 and 21, will enter pleas at a hearing […]

How to cut America’s crazy high health care costs

Commentary By creating more competitive markets for health insurance exchanges, Medicare Part C and other health services, the nation can save big, says Ezekiel J. Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. After decades of false starts and frustration, free market champions should be cheering— competitive […]

George Zimmerman arrested on suspected domestic violence

George Zimmerman — acquitted by a Florida jury over the death of Trayvon Martin — was arrested in Florida on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon, local authorities said. The 31-year-old Florida resident was arrested Friday by police in Lake Mary at about 10 p.m. and booked into the John E. […]

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 […]

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