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GOP Obamacare ‘replacement’ is a 25-year-old straw man

President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have set very high expectations for their Obamacare replacement proposal. Yet almost seven years after McConnell declared his party’s slogan for the 2010 midterm would be “repeal and replace, repeal and replace, repeal and replace,” the GOP hasn’t come close to …

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Harlem Stage in New York Director Simone Eccleston Named Kennedy Center’s 1st Director of Hip-Hop Culture 

Simone Eccleston (photo via nbcwashington.com) article by Jordan Murray via nbcwashington.com The Kennedy Center announced their first director of hip-hop culture and contemporary music Wednesday. Simone Eccleston, currently the director of programming at Harlem Stage in New York, will assume the role March 13. Eccleston’s new role will include leading …

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Wow: Nervous Georgia GOP re-gerrymanders state House to protect vulnerable Republicans

Late on Friday and without warning, Georgia’s Republican-dominated state House rammed through a bill that would re-gerrymander their districts to protect their lopsided majority. Donald Trump won Georgia by just 50-45, but Republicans captured nearly two-thirds of the state House seats in 2016 thanks to their ultra-partisan gerrymander. Apparently even that 118-to-62 majority isn’t …

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Memo to Trump: The buck stops with the president

In Tuesday night’s speech to a joint session of Congress he used Carryn Owens, the widow of Chief Petty Officer Ryan Owens, who was killed in the failed raid on Yemen, as a political prop. She is not the first person used as a political prop, nor will she be the last. …

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Ida B. Wells: Women's History Month shero

Ida B. Wells-Barnett with her children Charles, Herman, Ida, and Alfreda, 1909 Ida B. Wells faced challenges that many women know well: she had to balance her organizing zeal with raising a family.  In 1895, Wells married attorney Ferdinand L. Barnett,  a widower with two sons, Ferdinand and Albert. She …

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