Loretta E. Lynch’s long wait to become U.S. attorney general ended Thursday, with the Senate voting to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor five months after President Obama submitted her nomination to Congress.
The vote was highly anticipated for numerous reasons: Lynch’s status as the first African American woman to be nominated for the post, the high-profile role the Justice Department has played in national concerns over race and policing, the political implications for senators facing...Read more
Police in riot gear hold a line as they watch demonstrators Oct. 12 2014, in St. Louis protest the shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Vonderrit Myers Jr. When good cops don’t speak up about the bad actors in their ranks, they betray the public trust.
At the center of the discussion of the #blacklivesmatter movement is the issue of law enforcement’s relationship with communities of color. While there are myriad issues related to improving conditions for...Read more
An unusual and revealing political fight over health care has been unfolding in Florida. It's unusual because it pits Rick Scott, the Republican governor, against some members of his own party. It's revealing because it lays bare the motives of the Affordable Care Act's most determined detractors. Conservatives have plenty of genuine, intellectually honest reservations about the changes that came with Obamacare. They don't like the new government spending and regulation, for example. In some...Read more
Michael Eric Dyson; Cornel West
It was personal.
In Michael Eric Dyson’s takedown for the New Republic of his friend and mentor Cornel West, he has a come-to-Jesus moment that is neither pretty nor kind, but painfully blunt. The realization comes to Dyson that West is a parody of the intellectual he once was, that his vicious and often personal attacks on President Barack Obama have come at a cost: the loss of his credibility.
And the loss...Read more
The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis.
A tree planted in memory of Michael Brown, the unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen who was shot and killed by then-Police Officer Darren Wilson, was chopped down at the trunk and the concrete plaque was stolen.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two trees were planted in Wabash Park in Ferguson on Saturday. One...Read more
Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating hoa man suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened.
A week after Freddie Gray was pulled off the street and into a police van, authorities don't have any videos or other evidence explaining what happened to cause the "medical emergency" an arresting officer...Read more
Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at age 64. Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the Auclair Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Details were not released.
Powers played football player Keith Anderson, the husband of Thelma Evans, played by Bern Nadette Stanis, in "Good Times." The show was a Norman Lear hit about a black family in inner-city Chicago.