Opinion: Great leadership, vision key to future of HBCUs

First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans in 1969, HBCUs remained the primary creators and expanders...
First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war...


Opinion: How Republicans came to see transit as a viable option

A guy from Blue Ridge, a guy from Dawsonville, a guy from East Cobb, a woman from Johns Creek and a woman from Dacula walk into a bar — I mean, a press briefing — to talk about a bill. They’re all Republicans. Care to guess what the bill’s about? If you guessed “expanding mass transit,” you deserve an extra cookie for dessert. And a trip down memory lane to recall...

Editorial: Thoughts and prayers alone won’t stop mass shootings

Save the thoughts and prayers. We need action. Now. There was another mass shooting in the United States Wednesday afternoon. This one was at a school. The 18th shooting at a school this year, a year that is not yet seven weeks old, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Law enforcement authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...

Opinion: Stats show U.S. problem of school shootings is unique

So far this year, there have been at least seven school shootings in the United States. That’s more than one a week, more school shootings than many countries have ever had. Last month, for example, a 15-year-old killed two of his peers (and injured 18 others) at his high school in Kentucky. This is not an anomaly. The United States is suffering from a gun-violence epidemic, one that has been...
The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at ties between the Obama administration and the mess at the FBI and Justice Department.Opinions from the right:Media Ignoring Ties Between Clinton Campaign & RussiansFrom The Washington Post: The Democrats need to get past the Russian collusion story. Scandals Claiming a Lot of Bodies at FBI and JusticeFrom Investor's Business Daily: Why has the media...
What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Programs, immigration and what Democrats should be focusing on. From The Los Angeles Times: We need to stop violations of the Fourth Amendment by ending the use of warrantless detainers. From Politico: Democrats should wait to cut a deal on DACA. From Real Clear Politics: The speaker of the House needs to take...
The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

What happened to Trump’s promises to populists? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Guardian: A populist wave can be turned back. Here’s how you can do it. From The New Republic: Trump is not realigning anything. He’s throwing bones to the middle class and steak to the rich. From The Washington Post: Trump was never a friend of the working class...
The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The Democratic memo should be out, and we should see everything that was used to produce that memo and the Republican one. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The thing we have to do is open up the process to the light of day.  From The National Review: Keep Mueller’s investigation honest by opening another one. From the Journal-Times...

Opinion: State legislators must get tax reform right the first time

A great deal of GOP orthodoxy has been challenged over the past couple of years: on the merits of free trade, on the value of international alliances such as NATO, and on the urgency of taming federal deficits and debt, among other things. But one constant, at least, has remained. The income tax should err on the side of being simple rather than complicated, broad-based rather than riddled with exemptions...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 15

City should act to fix homeless problem In a recent AJC, it was reported that many of the city’s homeless population were riding MARTA to the airport and crashing there (“Homeless fill Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport atrium overnight,” AJC, Feb. 2). The city of Atlanta is responsible for what happens in Atlanta. The homeless community lost an important shelter that served...

Opinion: For Valentine’s Day, Trump’s relationship advice

Back in the early ‘90s, a magazine profile of Donald Trump quoted his advice on handling troublesome women. “You have to treat ‘em like (human excrement),” Trump had allegedly said. In 1994, when asked about the quote by ABC News, Trump vehemently denied it and attacked the person who reported it. “The woman’s a liar, extremely unattractive, lots of problems because...

Opinion: HBCUs, libertarian alliance can help fight poverty

In 2015, as told on the Center for Advancing Opportunity website, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., then-president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, heard libertarian billionaire businessman Charles Koch, in a TV interview, discussing eliminating barriers to opportunity. Taylor reached out to Koch, and the result was a Koch contribution of $25.6 million to the TMCF to establish the Center for Advancing Opportunity...
The left warns Trump dismisses women at his own peril

The left warns Trump dismisses women at his own peril

A roundup of editorials Tuesday warns President Donald Trump that his attitude toward women will be the thing that takes him down. From columnist Juan Williams: Why are the GOP’s top stars providing cover for a president who has no past ties to the party? From The New Yorker: Trump’s bag of tricks will be useless when women decide they have had enough of him and his lack of empathy and...
Some on the right fear the coming midterm elections; others aren’t losing sleep

Some on the right fear the coming midterm elections; others aren’t losing sleep

A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at where the Democrats stand as we edge closer to the midterm elections. From columnist Salena Zito: If the Democrats expect to be the change party then Nancy Pelosi has to go. From USA Today: The GOP is so far afield that some Republicans are hoping for a Democratic win in November. From Fox News: Are the Democrats celebrating a little too early when it...
Opinion: How not to deliver Amazon

Opinion: How not to deliver Amazon

Don’t screw this up. Consider that blunt shorthand for saying that pragmatism should trump election-year politics when it comes to Georgia’s run for Amazon’s second headquarters. The under-wraps bid by Georgia and metro Atlanta to win the retailer’s “HQ2” no doubt contains a sizable package of monetary and other economic incentives that, in a spreadsheet sense,...
The left asks what lengths the GOP will go to protect Trump

The left asks what lengths the GOP will go to protect Trump

A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the dossier, the dueling memos and why the Republicans are OK with trashing the FBI. 1. In Trump they trust From columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.: You won’t believe the FBI, but what President Donald Trump says is golden? 2. The Russians, the dossier and the memo From The Ashland Daily Tidings: What do you do when one party acts as an enabler...
The right looks at Hillary Clinton’s role in launching the dossier

The right looks at Hillary Clinton’s role in launching the dossier

A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the role Hillary Clinton’s campaign played in the investigation of Russian interference in U.S. elections. 1. Clinton fingerprints all over FBI's Trump investigation From The Federalist: Three pieces of information the FBI used to surveil Carter Page can be linked to the Democrats. 2. Scandal deepens for Hillary and Obama The Las Vegas...
Torpy at Large: A push to rebrand MARTA as ‘The ATL’ has me SMH

Torpy at Large: A push to rebrand MARTA as ‘The ATL’ has me SMH

Ever since it was envisioned half a century ago, MARTA has always felt hemmed in. Sure, the transit agency has tried to venture out to places such as Cobb and Gwinnett counties. But voters there have summarily smacked the agency back to its Atlanta home, including an ugly racially tinged referendum in 1990. Time has — somewhat — worn down anti-MARTA antipathy. Three years ago, a poll found...
Opinion: In this deadly flu season, we owe it to each other to take precautions

Opinion: In this deadly flu season, we owe it to each other to take precautions

Fever? Check. Cold chills? Check. Chest congestion and cough? Check. And just like that the menace that has been the flu epidemic of 2018 had visited the Chapman household. My 15-year-old daughter, Isley, tested positive for the flu last week. We kept her in bed all last weekend. We went to the doctor Monday morning. A test, a swab of the nose, confirmed what we knew: The flu was in our midst. So...
The left looks at the intel the White House had on Rob Porter and asks why he was still there

The left looks at the intel the White House had on Rob Porter and asks why he was still there

Accounts of abuse at the hands of Rob Porter were known to Chief of Staff John Kelly. Why didn’t he do something about it? A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. The Washington Post: Which man’s integrity are we talking about here – Rob Porter’s or Gen. John Kelly’s? From Vanity Fair: Is Kelly so tone deaf he can’t react to the claims (with photos)...
The right asks how the FBI can justify its faith in the Steele dossier

The right asks how the FBI can justify its faith in the Steele dossier

New allegations about the Steele dossier and its origins should have people asking the FBI to explain its methods in the case. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The Federalist: When did President Barack Obama know about the Steele dossier? Why isn’t the media asking that question? From The Washington Examiner: What caused the FBI to rely on uncorroborated information...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 12

Space X shows contributions of immigrants Last Tuesday, the world watched as Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket carrying his cherry red Tesla Roadster. The launch was an overwhelming success. SpaceX not only successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket, but it landed both booster engines back on earth at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is hard to remember all of the firsts Elon Musk...

Opinion: Money bail insults equal justice in Georgia

According to a new report from the Pretrial Justice Institute, Georgia’s pretrial justice system is failing. At the heart of this failure is a money bail system that traps nearly 20,000 Georgians not convicted of any crime in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. As a former District Attorney of DeKalb County, I devoted my career to locking up dangerous criminals. But money bail unfairly...
The left wonders why immigration reform has become so divisive

The left wonders why immigration reform has become so divisive

What will immigration legislation look like when it gets through Congress if it ever does get through? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: The path forward is clear – pass a bill taking care of the Dreamers, then handle take on comprehensive immigration reform. From Jorge Castaneda: If you want Mexico onboard an American immigration plan you...
The right is waiting for the FISA scandal shoe to drop on Obama

The right is waiting for the FISA scandal shoe to drop on Obama

Will it be former President Barack Obama who sees more fallout from the FISA memos? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From Townhall: What happened to the press and progressives who used to take on Washington corruption? From The American Thinker: Who would have thought that the “what did the president know” moment would refer to President Barack Obama.  From...

Opinion: What Amazon may be seeking for HQ2

From Amazon’s HQ2 request for proposals: Site/Building – As described herein, finding suitable buildings/sites is of paramount importance. Amazon HQ2 is a transformational Project, and we must ensure we have the best real estate options available whether this be a redevelopment opportunity, a partnership with the state, province, local government, or new buildings. All options are under...

Opinion: Federal tax reform gives Georgia a golden opportunity

“It’s now or never” is a phrase one should be wary of applying to legislation. Even more so than with perennially close-but-no-cigar sports teams — and, sadly, we have plenty of those locally — “there’s always next year” more befits bills that face long odds at the present time. But I may have found an exception. While it’s not quite “now...

Opinion: A parade of Trump’s insecurities

So now he wants a parade. Row after row of tanks rumbling through Washington, followed by howitzers and armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, mortars and anti-aircraft guns. F-35 flyovers, a Stealth bomber — no, a fleet of Stealth bombers — and attack helicopters, not to mention HUGE missiles, so long you wouldn’t believe how long. You know who throws huge military parades...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 9

Some tax cut perks are one-offs Companies large and small will benefit significantly from the reduction in corporate taxes and the easing of federal regulations for their businesses. In anticipation of this windfall, several of the larger corporations have already announced one-off bonuses for their employees. I would be the last person to object to any increase in income for American workers, but...
Torpy at Large: Even arugula can’t offset the ills of gerrymandering

Torpy at Large: Even arugula can’t offset the ills of gerrymandering

I took one of those Facebook personality tests the other day to rank my political leanings: I’m a left-leaning centrist, 55 percent lib/45 percent right. The test, I figure, ranked me a bit left because I said I liked arugula. I bring this up because a couple of hours after taking this quiz, I attended a Georgia legislative committee meeting concerning an effort to remove partisanship from the...

Opinion: The first thing Atlanta needs to do about housing affordability

Atlanta has a problem with housing affordability. The city’s new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, campaigned on spending $1 billion to address the problem. A fat lot of good even that large a sum will do, though, if the biggest threat to affordability isn’t solved in a very real way. Recall last summer, when homeowners across Fulton County felt ill at the sight of their property reassessments...
Will the GOP be thanking the left for the help come November? 

Will the GOP be thanking the left for the help come November? 

What looks like a good chance to pick up a majority of seats in the House could be turning into a wash, thanks to some big blunders by Democrats. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1, Crumbs? 'I'll take it.' And Democrats should too From Roll Call: What have Democrats done for voters? So far, make fun of their paychecks. 2. Democrats need better cents From the New...
Signs point to a ‘blue wave’ in November, but it’s a long time until November

Signs point to a ‘blue wave’ in November, but it’s a long time until November

Even on the news that the Democrats flipped a House seat in a special election Tuesday, pundits are warning that taking control of the House may not be as easy as it would seem. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. Taking back the House will be harder than Dems think  From The Washington Post: While a blue wave of Democratic candidates taking the House looks like...

Opinion: Celebrate black history through black ownership

I have long been in favor of reforming Social Security by changing it to a system of personally owned retirement accounts. Instead of paying a payroll tax, with the U.S. government telling you what you’ll get when you retire, you take ownership of that money — the payroll tax — and invest in your own retirement account. I am for IRAs not the IRS. This is a good time to bring this...

Opinion: Throwing gasoline on a roaring fire

Back in 2009, in the midst of the greatest recession in 80 years, with 800,000 Americans losing their jobs each month, congressional Republicans refused to support a major economic stimulus package needed to pull the country back from the brink. It was, they explained, a matter of principle. Even with the nation teetering on economic depression — “this sucker could go down,” as President...

READERS’ WRITE: FEB. 7

Dems’ amnesty would destroy U.S. After watching President Trump’s State of the Union Address regarding legal and illegal immigration and the Democratic responses, I am perturbed. It is obvious the Democratic Party desires open borders, massive legal and illegal immigration without limits, and a complete amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants, current and future, who have violated...
The right sees more evidence of the ‘deep state’ to come

The right sees more evidence of the ‘deep state’ to come

Do you need any more proof there is a group within the government that wanted to keep Trump from taking office? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. Opinions from the right: 1.  FBI/FISA memo exposes 'deep state' From Ron Paul: Yes there is a ‘deep state’ and both sides play a part in it. 2. The FBI’s scandalous attempt to block the Nunes...
The left wonders why the right didn’t speak up about FBI secrets before 

The left wonders why the right didn’t speak up about FBI secrets before 

The release of the Nunes memo did exactly what the GOP wanted. It muddied the waters. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. Opinions from the left:1. The real shock of the Nunes memo From CNN: What Americans need to know isn’t bits and pieces of a process. They need to know everything the judge knew when he approved the extension of surveillance. 2. Nunes memo...
The left wonders when the right started hating the FBI

The left wonders when the right started hating the FBI

The left believes the Nunes memo muddies the waters of the Robert Mueller investigation, whether you believe it or not. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From columnist E.J. Dionne: Remember, the only purpose the Nunes memo serves is to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation. From Politico: The White House needs to use caution if it is going to take on the agency that...
The right sees the Nunes memo as just the beginning

The right sees the Nunes memo as just the beginning

The fallout from the Nunes memo continues as the right highlights the document’s claims of abuse of power. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From columnist Ben Stein: What Nixon did was nothing compared to the abuse of power by the intelligence community. From USA Today: Intelligence officials would do well to remember they work for us. From The Federalist: You can&rsquo...
Opinion: Why a proud UGA alum nudged her child toward an HBCU 

Opinion: Why a proud UGA alum nudged her child toward an HBCU 

Early in the college application process, I pushed my daughter to apply to at least two HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). Not because I had strong feelings about her attending a black college. I just didn’t want her to rule it out as an option for her college experience. It wasn’t until we visited three of the schools she had received acceptances from — Hampton...

Opinion: Former foster child says DFCS should be last resort

Imagine your earliest memories as a child were your mother and father behaved differently than your friends’ parents. They didn’t care for you like they should. They had a drug or alcohol problem. Perhaps the happiest day of your life was when mom or dad said they wanted to get help for what troubled them. But instead of joy, this event turned to terror. As they went off to treatment,...
Opinion: Here’s a curious thing

Opinion: Here’s a curious thing

The indictment of 13 Russian nationals released Friday tells us that the Kremlin’s effort to interfere with and influence the 2016 U.S. election was launched in Russia by early 2014. The Trump administration has seized upon that timeline as proof that it had no involvement in or knowledge of the Russia intervention. For example, in the first sentence of its response to the indictment, the Trump...

Opinion: Memphis Monday morning ...

I’m glad the week is over, except for the fact that these days, in this business, the week is never really over. The good news is that we have music, and music has long served as my five o’clock whistle, my psychological reset button, no matter what time it finally blows.  This is one of my favorite all-time cuts, and always succeeds in changing my mindset. Take a listen: <iframe...
Opinion: It’s not ‘we can’t.’ It’s ‘we won’t’

Opinion: It’s not ‘we can’t.’ It’s ‘we won’t’

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Those are the Parkland dead, and with some still fighting for life, we may not be done counting yet.  Each of those numbers is -- more accurately, was -- a human being; each was the center of a universe, a world, comprising friends and brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters. Each of those worlds today knows a gaping, bleeding...
Deal’s final stab at criminal justice overhaul takes aim at cash bail in Georgia   

Deal’s final stab at criminal justice overhaul takes aim at cash bail in Georgia   

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled the final phase of his criminal justice overhaul on Wednesday, outlining a plan that would give judges more leeway to forgo cash bail for poor defendants accused of low-level offenses.  The legislation, Senate Bill 407, would require that judges consider a defendant’s ability to pay in setting bail and would give law enforcement officials flexibility to issue...
Opinion: Exile from the land of reason

Opinion: Exile from the land of reason

It would seem reasonable, in a reasonable world. If the FBI and Justice Department have serious concerns about the contents of a classified memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, it would seem reasonable for those agencies to request changes in the memo, and reasonable for the Democrats to address those concerns. The problem is that Washington in the era of Trump is not a reasonable...
Casino companies show some Georgia candidates the money 

Casino companies show some Georgia candidates the money 

Casino giants hoping to bring a Las Vegas-style resort to Atlanta are chipping in to Georgia political campaigns.  MGM Resorts International, which envisions a $1 billion-plus complex in Atlanta, was among the major donors to elected officials and candidates in campaign disclosures filed this week. The casino firm and its executives contributed at least $22,000 to former state Rep. Stacey...
Opinion: A blind eye to a black eye

Opinion: A blind eye to a black eye

This ain’t right. In a statement released Wednesday night, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told the country that he had been shocked by “new allegations” released against Rob Porter, a top White House staffer who had just been forced to resign.  “There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” Kelly said, adding that “I stand by my previous...
Georgia lawmakers make NFL a peace offering  

Georgia lawmakers make NFL a peace offering  

The Georgia Senate has offered an olive branch to the National Football League.   A week after the chamber voted unanimously to condemn the NFL, the chamber passed a separate resolution on Wednesday thanking the league “for bringing its showcase event to the greatest football stadium in the nation.” Atlanta is gearing up to host next year’s Super Bowl for the...
Torpy at Large: Carving a city like a turkey to get Eagles Landing

Torpy at Large: Carving a city like a turkey to get Eagles Landing

Imagine if Buckhead residents decided they’d had enough of the city of Atlanta and wanted out. They were tired of the political clout residing elsewhere in the city. Or they wanted to leave behind the city’s poorer, less desirable portions to form their own government. Well, a bill now in the state Legislature would create an avenue for that kind of thing to happen. The bill would carve...
Opinion: ‘ ... summer soldiers and sunshine patriots’

Opinion: ‘ ... summer soldiers and sunshine patriots’

Christopher Wray is a Republican attorney and former federal prosecutor from Georgia. Under President George W. Bush, he served as head of the criminal division in the U.S. Department of Justice, and over the years he has contributed more than $50,000 to Republican political candidates. Last year, Wray resigned as a partner at King & Spalding to take on a new job as director of the Federal Bureau...
Torpy at Large: Is a Hawks arena in College Park nothing but net loss?

Torpy at Large: Is a Hawks arena in College Park nothing but net loss?

In late 2016, College Park officials announced a deal to bring the Atlanta Hawks’ minor league basketball team to an arena they planned to build near the airport. The 3,500-seat facility, which would be part of the Georgia International Convention Center, would cost somewhere between $10 million and $40 million, a city official ventured. That was a pretty wide range, even as guesstimates go...
Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon

Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that metro Atlanta has the “talent, transit and logistics” to land Amazon’s second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it could bring. His statement Thursday came shortly after Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada...
AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction

AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction

Georgians have a dim view on the broader direction of the nation and President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. But when it comes to state politics, voters have a much rosier outlook.  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows a majority of registered voters – 53 percent – give Republican Gov. Nathan Deal favorable reviews in his final year in office...
Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Nathan Deal has embarked on his final year as governor, so he is undertaking some rituals of the office for the final time. Such was the case this past week when he delivered one last State of the State address to legislators. For Deal, who warns he’s no lame duck but has a modest legislative agenda for this eighth and final year, it was largely a trip down memory lane. Or to adopt his metaphor...
Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Donald Trump tweeted this week. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!” His message to his fellow Republicans is pretty clear: Make...
The right reminds Democrats that ‘deferred’ doesn’t mean it lasts forever

The right reminds Democrats that ‘deferred’ doesn’t mean it lasts forever

A judge in California has ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in place while legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program are litigated. The right says it’s time for anyone who came into the country illegally to leave. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the right:1. Time's Up for 'Temporary'...
The left thinks a government shutdown is coming and it is on the Republicans to stop it

The left thinks a government shutdown is coming and it is on the Republicans to stop it

No one wins in a government shutdown, so why is it always on the table? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. Commentary: A government shutdown would be a loser for Democrats From CBS: If the government shuts down, it will be the Democrats who lose. 2. It's on Republicans to stop a shutdown From Sen. Bernie Sanders: Can Republicans really think a government shutdown...
The right likes the wall, but not at the expense of everything else

The right likes the wall, but not at the expense of everything else

A conversation about immigration, DACA and government funding will take place at the White House today. Is President Donald Trump’s wall going to be an impediment to compromise? From MassLive.com: Mr. President, don’t waste time and effort on the border wall, it's useless. From The San Diego Union-Tribune: A physical wall will stop no one, don’t waste the money we need for other...
The left likes Oprah Winfrey, but is she the one to be the next president?

The left likes Oprah Winfrey, but is she the one to be the next president?

Oprah Winfrey as president? Some are excited at the prospect of someone who could deny Trump a second term, but Democrats should take stock of who they back to lead the party. From The New York Times: Let’s take a step back here. The reality is, we don’t need another celeb.  From ABC: An Oprah presidency would not be good for Democrats who must find a seasoned leader. From NOLA: Oprah...
Opinion:The early litmus test for this year’s session

Opinion:The early litmus test for this year’s session

Legislative sessions have a particular rhythm. They start slowly, then pick up the pace as more bills are filed and vetted by committees. There’s a rush to the first deadline, Crossover Day. Then a short breather, and an even more furious sprint to the Day 40 finish. At the end there may be suspense. There are sometimes surprises, and often disappointments. But there are no cliffhangers. When...
The right is happy to see two senators leave; wishes some in the FBI would

The right is happy to see two senators leave; wishes some in the FBI would

Not many conservatives are morning the news of the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah). On the other hand, the passing of Al Frankin, (D-Minn.), couldn’t be better news. A roundup of editorials looks at the two  departures and hints that more would be welcome. From columnist Ann Coulter: Franken was not given the chance to fully defend himself, but he should be used to that. It&rsquo...
Georgia governor wants clean adoption bill ‘as early as possible’

Georgia governor wants clean adoption bill ‘as early as possible’

Gov. Nathan Deal called on lawmakers to swiftly pass a measure to update Georgia’s adoption laws without a controversial “religious liberty” provision when they reconvene Monday to start another legislative session. “I do think it will have a high priority within the General Assembly, and I certainly support the clean bill,” he said. “Hopefully, they&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: New mayor, new council prez, new independence? Hope so

Torpy at Large: New mayor, new council prez, new independence? Hope so

Inauguration day is kind of like opening day in baseball — no matter how good, or bad, a team is, they all sit there at 0-0 with hope springing eternal. On a brisk Tuesday afternoon, Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, a woman who evokes the power of Black Girl Magic as a victory theme, a force that uplifted an underdog candidate to heroic heights. That is an...
The right is wondering why liberals are staying quiet when it comes to the protesters in Iran

The right is wondering why liberals are staying quiet when it comes to the protesters in Iran

This past weekend saw groups of protesters take to the streets of Iran, calling for political, social and economic reform. Where are the voices from outside of Iran offering support? From Fox News: Iranian women area risking their lives to fight for equality. Where are voices from the left to support them? From the New York Post: Some on the left say we should do nothing in light of the protest. That...
The left warns that we would do well not to inflame passions in Iran

The left warns that we would do well not to inflame passions in Iran

As Iranians once again fight for social and economic reform, perhaps the best thing the U.S. can do is watch and wait. That includes the president staying away from Twitter. From The Guardian: The protests are a test for President Hassan Rouhani. Is there a chance the country could see reform? From The New York Times: Mr. President, your comments are less than helpful to the Iranian protesters. Quit...
America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

After terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans swiftly responded with fellowship and patriotism.  People of different races and religions consoled one another at candlelight vigils. Others tattooed stars and stripes on their bodies. American flags rose up in neighborhoods across the nation. On the evening of the attacks, roughly 150 members of Congress ...
Opinion: For Trump it’s all subtraction

Opinion: For Trump it’s all subtraction

“I, alone ….” That’s how this all began, with Donald Trump bragging about all the things that “I, alone” could fix. Looking down an increasingly clear road, it is also how it will end, with Donald Trump alone. From his inaugural speech onward, the man elected by a minority of American voters has done nothing to build on that fragile base. Instead he has watched...
How to talk to your child about Donald Trump

How to talk to your child about Donald Trump

Word to the wise, parents. Your kids are watching you more closely than they are watching Donald Trump. New York Times writer Sarah Lyall’s piece this week about how parents are dealing with the Trump factor with kids had made the rounds in political and parenting circles. Name calling, mentions of body parts during debates and generally discussions about bullying are popping up left...

Donald Trump's KKK and Communist China problem

Let’s review the weekend Donald Trump had: 1. He danced around his receiving support from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, later blaming a “bad earpiece” for the reason he was able to repeat Duke’s name to host Jake Tapper but unable to say he didn’t want their support. (Click here if you're on mobile) Yes, on Friday Trump had disavowed Duke’s support. Which...
Banks vs. Credit Unions: Which one is right for you?

Banks vs. Credit Unions: Which one is right for you?

Once you start making money, one of the most important questions to ask is how - and where - you can save it. Choosing between a bank or a credit union is one of the first decisions you should make, but it's not always an easy one. We've got a breakdown of some of the most frequently asked questions. A credit union is a non-profit institution - the members of the credit union are the owners of the...
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