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For far too many years we’ve tried to address the problem of failing educational achievement in America essentially by ignoring it. And by ignoring it, I mean, throwing money at it and hoping it’ll go away.
As the esteemed essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote in an essay titled “Intellect,” “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please. You can never have both.”
No one has quite been able to put a finger on it, but there is something definitely afoot in America, with an alarming rise in suicides among individuals between the ages of 35 and 64.
Less than one year ago, the Obama administration signed, sealed and delivered a nuclear agreement into the bloody hands of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.
On Sept. 11, 2001, at least 19 men—15 of them Saudi citizens—boarded several commercial flights in Boston and set off on what was to become the largest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil. That event ignited a major war in the Middle East...
As we have seen from recent events in Paris, Brussels and all across the world, terrorism is not an obscure phenomenon that only affects the Middle East.
We are in Paris, France, producing TV/print content and interviewing family members in a country that remains scarred by the devastation.
At this point in my career, I have been blessed with a significant amount of outward success.
It’s time to face reality. Having handily won the last three primary contests heading into Super Tuesday, Donald Trump is the odds on nominee for the Republican Party.
Support from fellow leaders and the public can help with the evolving challenges our military faces.
There are certain moments in time when the weight of history is more noticeably acknowledged than at others.
The images that flashed on television screens all across the world this week were an epic propaganda victory for Iran and the latest in a series of reminders that Obama’s presidency’s biggest foreign policy “achievement” is destined to leave a legacy of even greater bloodshed and conflict. Iran, literally and figuratively, has brought America to its knees.
Scores of dead white men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm.
The famed satirist Aldus Huxley once remarked, “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
By all accounts, the political arena has proven to be full of surprises in 2015.
In the days before Thanksgiving this year, a young mother left her newborn baby boy (umbilical cord intact) swaddled in a manger that was part of the nativity scene at Holy Child Jesus Church, a Catholic congregation located in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, N.Y.
With every passing day, new and increasingly vile reports of evil acts bombard our lives, jolting us out of our day-to day lives.
Acts of terrorism are carried out by organizations with weak military power and a strong political motive.
One of the things we have much to be grateful for in this country is that our wars have not been fought on our own soil.
Little did we know that in the midst of our travels we would be confronted with a major terrorist attack in Paris.
The words of Abbas and his message are so sinister and hateful that the hairs on my neck actually stood up.
The latest CNBC-moderated Republican primary debate showed how disconnected the mainstream media has become in this country.
Here we go again. Israel, America’s truest ally in the Middle East, is under assault by terrorists, and the Obama administration is once again turning its back on the Jewish state.
America is a great nation, but its people are currently living in very dangerous times.
This past Monday evening, a family of six was gunned down as they returned to their home.
In many ways, the job of the speaker of the House is much like that of a craftsman.
One of the striking facets of the economic downturn that started in 2008 and the “recovery” that has continued until today is the unprecedented slack in the American labor force.
As Congress inches closer to voting on the Iranian nuclear deal—an historic mistake that will bless the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism as it becomes a nuclear threshold state—Americans should be terrified.
Public agitation and rhetoric surrounding police relations with the African-American community have reached a fever pitch.
Despite her assertions to the contrary, the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email address is not just an issue for the reporters she wishes would stop peppering her with questions on the topic.
On the recent first anniversary of the controversial death of Michael Brown, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., took to the streets with the urgent message that “Black Lives Matter.”
The mullahs in Iran call the United States “the Great Satan,” but we are the ones who just made a deal with the devil.
One of the things that really stood out over the past few weeks in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Charleston, S.C., is the incredible grace with which the community of Charleston has borne both its own anguish as well as the intense international media circus that has enveloped the town.
As Americans, the threat of terrorism today seems at a comfortable, manageable distance—miles, oceans and armies away.
The most important concept in business is leverage.
With an overwhelming majority of the Greek people having voted “no” in a referendum that would decide whether Greece would continue to borrow its way into a hopeless debt spiral, the bankers who own the country’s debt are recoiling in confusion.
A little over one week ago, pure evil visited the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
Lately I am having a really hard time sleeping at night, and the source of my worry is the Middle East.
Among the nine innocents murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., this past Wednesday was Pastor Clementa Pinckney.
Let’s face it, with the grand debut of Bruce Jenner as a woman named Caitlyn (and the accompanying demand from the liberal media that we take it as anything more serious than attention-seeking narcissism), we have finally arrived at the post-postmodern era.
The tense relation between the Black community and the police in the wake of recent police shootings is undoubtedly the new frontline in America’s ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States.
Former South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s trial started Tuesday.
When African-Americans marched on Washington to hear the historic “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, they were pressing for a society that looked very much like that in which they already lived—a society built on freedom, a society that protected life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness among its citizens.
For a select few in the know, the election and re-election of President Barack Obama and the passage of his signature Affordable Care Act mark not the pinnacle (as is widely assumed) but rather the end of a golden era of racial progress and progressive social policy in America
In our effort to halt the Iranian progress toward nuclear weapons capability, timing is critical.
Let’s face it. Baltimore has been a riot for decades.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren opposes the “CRomnibus” provision that would restore FDIC insurance for high-risk trading in derivatives. Warren Democrats have already jumped out in opposition to the change.
Satire along the lines of French cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo’s pointed scoffing has always been associated with lethality.
There is not much left that can be said about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo. Minds have been made up and battle lines drawn.
I don’t usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed.
In today’s society, everyone seems to be aware that a healthy diet is key to maintaining good health, whether we choose practicing it in our lives or not. But a connection that seems more difficult for people to make is that food is actually medicine.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s recent speech at a conference on income inequality sponsored by Credit Suisse ruffled a lot of feathers, on both the right and the left of the political spectrum.
There is always a lesson in a crisis if you’re humble enough to look for it. As the Ebola crisis spreads throughout West Africa, both the on-the-ground struggles and the international response have been enlightening, to say the least.
Imagine for a moment that you are on your way to work driving down Main Street. You only make $25,000 a year, so you can’t afford to replace your broken tail light that got smashed last week in a fender bender.
There has been a lot of focus on the decline of fatherhood in the Black community, as the proportion of Black children growing up in single-parent (overwhelmingly female-headed) households has exploded since the 1960s.
In the wake of the televised beheading of American journalist Tim Foley, there have been urgent calls in the media for an intensified U.S. military response to the Islamic State group (ISIS or ISIL) responsible for Foley’s gruesome murder and a host of other barbaric atrocities across northern Iraq and Syria.
In the past few weeks, the mainstream media has been consumed with the tragic events that continue to unfold in Ferguson
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifies that the Federal Communications Commission “shall” review its broadcast ownership rules every four years, “determine if” those rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition and “repeal or modify” any regulation determined to no longer be in the public interest.
This weekend, Americans all over the country will step out onto their patios and decks and into their backyards to partake in a delicious barbecue with family, friends and loved ones. A drink or two is sure to be spilled, and chances are kids will fight over who gets to eat the biggest burger.
People in Washington don’t like to admit that they were wrong. No one saw Eric Cantor’s primary loss coming, least of all David Brat, the economics professor who, on a shoestring budget, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in congressional history.
President Barack Obama is doubling down in his defense of his blunder in defying the rule of law, exercising poor judgment and mischaracterizing (I’m trying to be charitable) the service of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his ill-conceived “deal” to free the lone American serviceman held captive in Afghanistan.
First enacted in 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) prohibited discriminatory voting practices that had been used to deny people, especially people of color, their constitutional right to vote. This landmark law had wide bipartisan support and has been seen by historians as one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed by the Congress.
I first met Maya Angelou over 27 years ago when she became a client of B&C Associates International, a public relations firm located in High Point, N.C., in 1986.
America is a land of stories. We love to use stories about individuals to extract general principals about society as a whole.
Donald Sterling’s publicly disclosed comments depict an anachronistic view of race relations in this country.
High school graduation rates are at an historic all-time high. African-American students are helping drive this historic trend with a 69 percent graduation rate—the highest graduation rate seen in years.
With good reason, the sports world is aflame over the recent remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
In 2016, the Democratic machine defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney in large part due to the youth vote.
Comedy has many approaches and subjects—leaders, governments, things we don’t understand. In the vein of the latter, I suppose it is understandable to pick on religion.
All too often, rich individuals in this country are demonized for simply being rich.
It is fundamentally flawed to penalize someone for free enterprise and free thought.
The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable.
The amount of influence the family life has on a child is eye-opening.
Just a few short weeks ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) decidedly set forth a verdict on the effects of a minimum wage increase.
We need, as a society, to get back to celebrating mothers who sacrifice their careers to care for our most vulnerable: our children.
How can we accomplish anything of major national importance if those who stand on one side of the divide are assumed to be acting and thinking out of a deep hatred for people of color?
While Americans celebrated the New Year on Jan. 1, the date was also a major milestone in the history of Nigeria. It marked 100 years to the day since the separate protectorates of Southern and Northern Nigeria were united.
Russia has been the victim of five differentiated yet consecutive suicide bombings in highly populated major cities...because of the recent news of the ever-growing and threatening dangers associated with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the American news and media community has now shed light that these fatal attacks have evidently been occurring quite frequently throughout the past 15 years.
On Nov. 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes.
Communism is an economic construct that died because it had no incentives for anyone other than the politicians who, of course, lived outside the economic rules of their society
What explosive emotions erupted when Megan Kelly of Fox News declared that Jesus and Santa were white men.
By refining this year’s Christmas celebrations to appeal less toward material things and more toward reawakening the virtues faith and family, we will once again find ourselves remembering the true joy and meaning of Christmas.
The debate about comprehensive immigration reform keeps coming up, and while several efforts to pass this sweeping legislation have failed, it is likely to be an issue for the next session of Congress.
Remembering when Robert J. Brown arranged for me to be one of the first to interview Mandela and to act as his personal secretary after his early release from prison
This column is dedicated in remembrance of a holiday that encourages us to take a step back in order to gain clarity
Every day, people across this country decide that they are going to give up their 9 to 5 and start a business.
The Social Security Act was passed in 1935 guaranteeing retirement pensions to all Americans over the age of 65.
Self-esteem has a phenomenal impact on one’s ability to become an entrepreneur
I’m talking about racism
Watching the current debate swirl around the Washington Redskins, I can’t help but shake my head. The issue of a name change is a tired issue that we have heard about before, yet something seems different this time, and much of that has to do with the liberal-leaning mainstream media jumping on the bandwagon to help fuel the fire.
Usually when two sides cannot come to an agreement, they can let an arbiter weigh their arguments and settle the dispute. Some arbiters try to find the optimum compromise, while others simple rule in favor of one side over the other.
There are three basic arguments against the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Whenever something, anything bad happens in the world, Facebook and Twitter become ground zero for false compassion. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has to let everyone else know how sorry he feels for (insert tragedy here).
I can tell you several things that did not cause the Navy Yard shootings last week: AR-15s, video games and partisanship. On the flip side, I can tell you what contributed to the massacre: mental instability, poor security and a failure of the vaunted clearance system and NSA.
Not long ago, I attended a high school basketball game between local D.C. rivals. I was absolutely amazed at the level of intensity in which these young men played. Both teams, made up of all young Black males, possessed a strong desire to win, and the level at which they competed demonstrated that it was this desire to be victorious that pushed them all to respect and learn the game.
President Barack Obama learned nothing from the war failures of President George W. Bush. In fact, he continues to make the same mistakes and worse under the cover of a sympathetic media and myrmidonic democrat electorate.
Last week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter, Dr. Bernice King, led an impressive 50-year anniversary march honoring her father’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
The only thing good about Detroit are the Tigers. Cabrera, Verlander, Fielder, Scherzer and a shortstop on steroids. Other than that, it is a dump.
Earlier this month, America commemorated its 237th birthday. Independence Day is a time when we not only mark the passage of another year as a nation, but also celebrate the many aspects that make this country great.
A contract worth $40 million, a newborn child and a fiancée, on top of being the star receiver for one of the NFL’s best teams and historically successful franchises apparently didn’t matter to Aaron Hernandez. The general question seems to be, how could anyone in their right mind do something so sinister after becoming “set” for the rest of their life?
Anything just given away means nothing. America’s public education system has become the quintessence of that idea—a “free” system that produces unprepared and overly entitled youths worth little to nothing to the future of America. The high-minded progressives see public education as something to be protected from private competition and the ravages of better, more innovative systems from not only domestic systems independent of the decayed U.S. institution, but also those abroad.
We the people should learn from the O.J. Simpson murder trial nearly 18 years ago and behave as civil Americans now that George Zimmerman has been set free in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.