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Child Watch

Congress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and “at-risk” children short. Congress’ annual struggle to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians will continue to give seniors the care ...

Blackonomics

The experiment that featured a Black man in the White house is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But you can’t blame them; that’s ...

The politics of leaving well enough alone

In February, 2012, George Zimmerman got away with murder. That is a generalized public perception, particularly among African Americans. Trayvon Martin is dead from a bullet put into him by Zimmerman, and Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter in Florida court ...

The politics of legal change

Okay, two quick points here. As predicted in previous columns, the Marvin Gaye offspring, Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, won their lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement regarding the monster hit song “Blurred Lines.” The ...

After the chants

Just a week or so after Black History Month concluded, the Civil Rights Movement experienced a special commemoration. Tens of thousands thronged to Selma, Ala. for a historic march across the Edmond Pettus Bridge, marking March 7, 1965, the 50th ...

Metro hires new CEO

Veteran mass transit manager Phillip Washington was approved by the Los Angeles County Metropolitant Transit Authority as the next CEO of the agency which currently has a budget of $5.5 billion.

How about letting members of Congress live like other people?

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) couldn’t bring his French bulldog, Lily, on an Amtrak train. So when Amtrak funding came up for a vote, he inserted a provision that required one car on an Amtrak train to be designated a “pet ...

Turn Comcast off, until Comcast turns us on

Byron Allen is absolutely on point with his lawsuit against Comcast and various other parties. But as we lawyers know, lawsuits are clumsy efforts to get to the real truth, and the real justice that should prevail. But Allen’s accusations ...

Democrats still searching for winning formula

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel just got spanked. Despite a campaign war chest of more than $15 million and the support of President Barack Obama, the former Congressman and White House chief of staff could not avoid a run-off in the ...

The effects of Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson was born in New Canton, Va., and raised in West Virginia, the son of former slaves. Getting education and using it to better the conditions of Black Americans was part of his cultural upbringing. Deprived of opportunities ...

The politics of re-balancing the system

This column covered the Marissa Alexander case previously. What’s the status and significance of it? Alexander, from Jacksonville, Fla., reported that nine days after giving birth to a daughter in 2010, her estranged husband, Rico Gray, choked her, beat her ...

At 100, Olivia Hooker is a living history lesson

Olivia Juliet Hooker celebrated her 100th birthday on February 12. In 1944, she was among the first five African American women allowed to serve in the Coast Guard as a SPAR (the acronym derived from the translations of the Coast ...

Mayor travels to capitol to help resolve labor dispute

Mayor Eric Garcetti was in San Francisco Wednesday to take part in talks to resolve the ongoing labor dispute between port employers and dockworkers that’s affecting 29 West Coast ports, including the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

‘The Detroit Walker’: A study in resilience

For most of the last decade, James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroiter, walked to work every day.

Poverty doesn’t have to be a state of mind

The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent of people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced. Fewer than ...

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