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What Donald Trump doesn’t know about the Mexican farm workers who make his 5-star dinner possible

Donald Trump’s sneers about Latino rapists, criminals, and druggies coming-to-harm-your-property-and-your-kids have real-life consequences. His all-too-familiar ethnic scapegoating intentionally obscures the truth about a community that’s made up for the most part of hard-working, well-intentioned, and law-abiding people just trying to support their families by working jobs that would otherwise go unfilled. For some, Trump is…

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Kiss Cam: The new social barometer

When do you know that a social trend has gained full traction in America? One way is to listen to the pronouncements of pundits, think-tankers, pollsters and professors. They’ll conduct sociological studies; they’ll sample public opinion; and they’ll make the case with statistics. And, in the aggregate, they’ll probably get it right. But if you…

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Instead of BDS, support progressives in Israel and Palestine

When Noam Chomsky thinks the Left has gone too far, it’s probably time for some reassessment. The famed intellectual and linguistic philosopher wrote an article last year in The Nation condemning the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment from Israel movement [BDS]. The article, however, was no endorsement for the policies of the State of Israel: In…

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Some wins for Obama are better than others

June 2015 was a remarkable month for President Obama. In particular. the last week of the month was a real “winner” for the president. Among the topic victories or accomplishments for the president are: U. S. Supreme Court once again upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) U. S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex…