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Restoring Memoriam to Memorial Day

nytimes.com — This Memorial Day, as we head to the lake and the beach, grill and drink, shop and save, lay out in the sun or seek shady places, we must remain cognizant that the holiday didn't begin as a day of celebration or commerce but one of solemnity and, indeed, memoriam.

Of Bikers and Thugs

nytimes.com — On Sunday, there was a deadly biker gang fight and massacre in Waco, Tex. Nine people were killed, and 18 others were injured. "About 170 bikers were charged with engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder," The New York Times reported.

Your 2015 Summer Impact Reading List

netimpact.org — Books about business innovation? Check. Creativity? Check. The meaning of life? Yep. Racism and feminism? Definitely. Literary memoirs and poetry? Yes, that too. We asked our staffers what books have made a positive impact on them, whether the book affected their view of the workplace or the world.

Unaffiliated and Underrepresented

nytimes.com — President Obama is a Christian (despite the fact that most Republicans apparently still believe that his "deep down" beliefs are Muslim, according to one poll conducted last year.) In fact, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, there have only been four "religiously unaffiliated heads of state in American history," the last being Rutherford B.

The President, Fox News and the Poor

nytimes.com — This week, during a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Obama lambasted the media, and in particular Fox News, for creating false, destructive narratives about the poor that paint them broadly as indolent and pathological.

Of Museums and Racial Relics

nytimes.com — Recently, Rush Limbaugh lambasted the first lady, Michelle Obama, for bringing up the idea of diversity among museum visitors at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York. According to Limbaugh, the first lady said: "Museums and concert halls just don't welcome nonwhite visitors - especially children - the way they welcome white people."

Restoring Faith in Justice

nytimes.com — Last week, Baltimore's chief prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, charged six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The charges included second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. (These were only charges. There will be a defense and a trial. The officers remain innocent until and unless proven guilty.)

Violence in Baltimore

nytimes.com — This week, Baltimore was engulfed in violent revolt as citizens took to the street in the wake of the mysterious and disturbing death of Freddie Gray after he'd been taken into police custody. Projectiles were thrown. Stores were looted and some set ablaze. Police officers were injured. It was ugly.

‘Lynch Mob’: Misuse of Language

nytimes.com — Last week, the Baltimore police union president, Gene Ryan, compared those protesting the death of Freddie Gray to a "lynch mob." Freddie Gray was the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died of grave, mysterious injuries after being taken into police custody. Gray's family, citizens of Baltimore and indeed those of the nation have questions.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

post-gazette.com — It is now fair to ask whether the National Rifle Association is winning - or has won - this era of the gun debate. Gun control advocates have tried to use the horror of mass shootings to catalyze the public into pushing for sensible gun restrictions.
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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Scheduled to be on @CNNTonight at abt 10:30 p.m. To discuss #Duggar, scale and scope of childhood sexual abuse and how children survive it.

May 27, 2015

Rick Santorum announcing his candidacy now. He just can't let it go...

May 27, 2015

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Shouted out @JoshLevs' fantastic new book "All In," specifically chap entitled “How Black Dads Are Doing Best of All,” in my Chicago speech.

May 27, 2015

There may end up being more Repub presidential candidates than Repub primary voters...

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