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Educational free market or educational free fall?

The educational crisis in the United States is a well-known but little discussed fact. In international educational rankings developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2014 the U.S. ranked 24th in reading, 28th in science and 36th ...

Presidents change, but our values should not

The president of the United States may have changed, but our values should not.

Broken Windows breaks the bank, can’t be reformed



The debate over Broken Windows policing took a new turn last week with word that the city settled a lawsuit that challenged the NYPD over years of criminal summonsing patterns.

First lessons for the Trump White House

We are barely two weeks into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and a few things are becoming evident while still others are slowly crystalizing around a man and an administration that will truly be unlike any other this institution ...

A Black History Month commentary: Appreciating President Obama

This Black History Month presents a perfect opportunity to not fully let you go, Mr. President.

Ask an elder

I recently attended the home-going service for Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, a longtime friend of the Amsterdam News and a brilliant and groundbreaking psychiatrist.

Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #1

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” the great patriot Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 to bolster the morale and the resistance of the forces arrayed to demolish the tyranny of King George III and the grip of British ...

Mayor Bill de Blasio: We can help you sign up for health insurance

When people have insurance they can see a doctor and deal with small problems before they become big ones. When people have insurance they know that an illness won’t leave them owing lots of money.

An ode to the Liberal Kraken

I can remember vividly the first time I met David. It was in the winter of 2002. My colleague Nancie and I were on the train coming from New York to D.C., and everyone on the train recognized me, and ...

What’s going on?

The Donald Trump inauguration is the unapologetic installation of white supremacy in the White House. This ascendancy of Jim Crow racism is coupled with brazen declarations of the rights of big business and the banks to intensify their exploitation of ...

What does the death penalty solve?

Dylan Roof, the murderer of nine innocent praying churchgoers from Mother Emmanuel AME Church, has been sentenced to death for his heartless crime.

Making the Case for Progressive Policies

Now that Trump has been sworn in as our country’s 45th President, what will this mean for Harlem and other communities around the nation?

The Inauguration is upon us

In just a few days, thousands of Republicans and Trump supporters will gather in Washington, D.C., to witness the swearing -n of the 45th president.

A true statesman: President Obama’s legacy

Au revoir, President Obama. President Barack Hussein Obama, 55, departs the White House with a legacy of sweeping change and political controversy.

Dr. King on Black Power, revolution and Black politicians

White America and the white media, for their comfort, have “frozen Dr. King in history” at his “I Have a Dream” speech and call for integration in 1963.