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Armstrong Williams

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The poverty of identity politics

Imagine if the current president were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by Blacks, the Black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the Black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent.

When it comes to Iran and Israel, Obama is way off target

The unelected mullahs in Iran must be having a hearty laugh this week, enjoying the spectacle of the Obama administration falling over itself to drive a wedge between America and Israel, our vital Middle East ally.

Move quickly from thought to action

Reduce the time that elapses between thought and action. More importantly, strive to have the time lapse approach zero. Your mantra will soon become “More Done!”

Finally, leadership has emerged

I have visited the Holy Land nearly a dozen times, and the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress left me with a range of intense emotions.

Raping the system: Bill Cosby, sexual assault, and racial retribution

Bill Cosby has been "America's Dad" for years, but in light of recent sexual assault allegations by more than a dozen women, one wonders whether that imaged belied a private darkness that expressed itself in the drugging and raping of women, primarily young, blond white women

The indomitable Williams sisters

Despite troubles early in their tennis careers, Venus and Serena Williams have gone on to become champions and show the world they are not outsiders to the sport.

The Teflon Don of civil rights

The Rev. Al Sharpton seems to have learned this lesson long ago: When you’re a controversial civil rights leader who’s made a career out of harassing the cops and embarrassing the government, never keep any assets in your own name.

State of delusion

Members of Congress concerned by the ongoing nuclear progress of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism are interested in pursuing a bill that would provide a backstop should the talks between Iran and the P5+1 ultimately break down because of Tehran’s unwillingness to dismantle its nuclear arms program.

A dream interrupted: Black America’s economic decline a betrayal of King’s legacy

While a major thrust of King’s movement was to eradicate legal barriers to full participation in the American enterprise, his push for economic empowerment has been largely ignored, much to the detriment of those in whose name he fought and died.

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Elizabeth Warren, tea party spot on

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.

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The bullet-pointed pen

Satire along the lines of French cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo’s pointed scoffing has always been associated with lethality.

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A gun should never be a cop’s first, second, or third option

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.

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Fact-finding in Middle East

I don’t usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed.

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When the poor cried, Barry wept

By the time Marion Barry died this past Sunday morning, he had already been buried several times by the mainstream media.

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Thy medicine is thy food

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.

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Faster alone, farther together: Individuals, families and economic resilience

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.

The midterm elections: A referendum on the two-party system?

Ahh, those pesky midterm elections are here again.

Barack W. Obama

This must be a difficult time for liberals, Democrats and all other flavors of Obama followers.

A most coveted status: Unreported rape, murder and mayhem on college campuses

In 2003, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., reported a sexual assault to campus authorities.

Stop Ebola at the border

In September, the president gave a somber, yet reassuring-sounding speech concerning the United States’ response to the Ebola virus that is currently ravaging three West African nations.

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The Ebola crisis: A test case for enlightened self-interest

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.

The two party system is killing America

The tale of Ferguson, Mo., is, in many respects, the tale of two cities.

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How the current criminal justice system hurts the ‘least of these’

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.

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Fatherlessness: Cause or symptom of societal decline?

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.

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Obama ain’t a brotha to the youth of Ferguson

By almost any standards, President Barak Obama defies easy classification.

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A belligerent ISIS is not a US crisis

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. 

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Who is speaking out for those the media has forgotten?

In the past few weeks, the mainstream media has been consumed with the tragic events that continue to unfold in Ferguson

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

"Individual self-esteem is now determined by how many people follow you on social media and how many likes you get. But self-esteem should be based on the undisputed truth that we’re created in the image of God."

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

What informs your philosophy of life? That is to say, why do you get out of bed in the morning? What gives your life meaning? What drives you to do what you do?

Placing kids above politics

During the first week of June, the United Negro College Fund received a generous $25 million donation from conservative/libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Chaos at the border

So far this year, more than 50,000 unaccompanied alien children have crossed our southern border. Children from multiple Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, are traveling thousands of miles through deserts and rivers to reach America.

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FCC doublespeak: Saying one thing and doing another

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.

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Fake patriotism

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.

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Voting with their feet

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.

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A disturbing tendency

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.

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Conservatives should embrace Jim Sensenbrenner’s efforts to update the Voting Rights Act

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.

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Paying tribute to Maya Angelou

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.

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States’ rights, slavery and the strange symbolism of Cliven Bundy

America is a land of stories. We love to use stories about individuals to extract general principals about society as a whole.

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New responsibilities come with the age of ownership

Donald Sterling’s publicly disclosed comments depict an anachronistic view of race relations in this country.

Kidnappings in Nigeria

Human trafficking continues to be a major issue not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world as well.

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Redeeming the image of Black men in the media

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.

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A Sterling reputation for racism

With good reason, the sports world is aflame over the recent remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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Young Americans’ blind side

In 2016, the Democratic machine defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney in large part due to the youth vote.

The exploitation of college athletes

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to let college football players at Northwestern University unionize. Usually I am not in favor of unions, but clearly something must be done to change the way college athletes get compensated for their services.

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Bill Maher: Comedian or bigot?

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.

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It’s time for the poor to pull their own weight

All too often, rich individuals in this country are demonized for simply being rich.

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What crime have I committed?

It is fundamentally flawed to penalize someone for free enterprise and free thought.

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School choice: Good for students, good for America

The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable.

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Changing the conversation on parenting 

The amount of influence the family life has on a child is eye-opening.

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The harmful consequences of raising the minimum wage

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.

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