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Why Obama Didn’t Cure White Supremacy, Explained

For all their faults, there is one thing both ultra-conservatives and super-progressive black radicals can both agree on: Obama made America worse. Right-wingers will attest that Obama did not do as much for Black America as their great purveyor of equality and tolerance, Donald Trump. Aside from the fact that Obama didn’t put on a […]

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The Profound Emptiness of Beto O’Rourke

After months spent teasing his supporters and the political media, Beto O’Rourke surprised absolutely no one Thursday when he officially announced his candidacy for president. “We are truly now more than ever the last great hope of Earth,” he said in a video posted on social media, channeling The Lord of the Rings. “At this […]

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The Amnesia of the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment

“Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order.” The Economist’s headline last summer summarized a common refrain within America’s foreign policy establishment. Trump “wants to undo the liberal international order the United States built,” Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution warned on Inauguration Day in 2017. Trump could “bring to an end the United States’ […]

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The Republicans Are Deficit Hypocrites. The Democrats Should Be, Too.

Barack Obama is dumbfounded. The Republicans harangued him for eight straight years over the federal budget deficit. Now, under President Trump, the deficit is skyrocketing—with nary a peep from the GOP. “This is supposed to be the party, supposedly, of fiscal conservatism,” he said in a speech in September. “Suddenly deficits do not matter, even […]

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The Trudeau Scandal Happens All the Time in America

The most acute political scandal in North America—the one with the greatest chance of toppling a head of state anytime soon—is occurring not in the United States, but Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is barely hanging on to power after being accused last month of pressuring his attorney general to abandon the criminal prosecution of […]

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Trump Chided Obama About His Grades While Working to Get His High School Transcript Hidden, Thus #SummaCumLiar Was Born

Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images) In 2011, when Donald J. Trump was just a really obnoxious civilian Twitter troll, he wasn’t just pushing for then-President Barack Obama to prove that he wasn’t a Kenyan operative he also wanted proof that the best president to ever grace the White House wasn’t a terrible student. Also in […]

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The Overdue Death of Democratic “Pragmatism”

It’s an unwritten rule in political journalism today that Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator and Democratic candidate for president, must be described as “pragmatic.” There isn’t much mystery as to what the press means by this. Politico reported last week that Klobuchar “is pitching herself as [a] pragmatic Midwesterner who won’t over-promise liberal policies to […]

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Obama’s Wealthy Donors Are Losing Their Grip on Democrats

Wealthy donors were a big part of how Barack Obama became president. Employees of Goldman Sachs were rivaled only by those of the University of California in powering his record-breaking fundraising totals in 2008. As the insurgent candidate wrestled control of the Democratic Party from the establishment—including frontrunner Hillary Clinton—that year, his inspiring speeches and […]

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Does President Obama Know How Twerking Works?

Screenshot: Obama Foundation (YouTube) While at the “MBK! Rising” conference in Oakland, Calif., last week, a student asked Barack Obama how to change the narrative on how men of color are generally perceived. He answered in the Obama-branded way he usually does when he speaks to large groups of young black men—thoughtful, measured, sincere, witty, […]

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“Socialism” Has Lost All Meaning in American Politics

On Monday, during a visit to New Hampshire, California Senator Kamala Harris was asked by a reporter if she considered herself a democratic socialist—just as Bernie Sanders, an independent who won the Granite State’s last Democratic primary, does. “The people of New Hampshire will tell me what’s required to compete in New Hampshire, but I […]

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Those Stupid American Flag Pins May Finally Be Dying Out

A man at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Twitter’s favorite large adult son, Donald Trump Jr., produced one of his most thought-provoking self-owns earlier this month, when he attempted to impugn the patriotism of the Democratic women of Congress. On February 6, Trump tweeted a post–State of the Union photo of […]

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Barack Obama Couldn’t Believe Zion Williamson Broke His Shoe

ESPN It’s one of the biggest nights of the year at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, with No. 1 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina facing off as one of the best rivalries in all of sports. It’s an even bigger event this season, with top NBA prospect Zion Williamson suiting up for the Blue […]

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Barack Obama Headlined A Star-Studded Crowd Attending North Carolina-Duke

Getty Image The Duke-North Carolina rivalry is always a hot ticket no matter who is on the floor for the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. It’s one of the best rivalries in all of sports, and in years when both teams are ranked in the top 10 and the rosters are filled with NBA caliber […]

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LOOK: Barack Obama Attends UNC-Duke & Becomes Latest Celebrity to See Zion

Getty Former president Barack Obama is expected to attend the North Carolina-Duke game. From LeBron James to Jay-Z, there have been plenty of celebrities in attendance at Duke games, but none of them are former presidents. Barack Obama is the latest notable figure to want to see what Zion mania is all about. ESPN’s Rece […]

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Barack Obama Calls Out Rappers For Their Toxic Masculinity: ‘You Seem Stressed’

[embedded content] Share This Video It’s no secret that former President Barack Obama is a big fan of hip-hop and vice versa, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some critiques for rappers and the examples they set for their audience of young, Black men. During a My Brother’s Keeper town hall in My Brother’s […]

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There Will Be No Malia Obama Slander from This Day On

Can a fly twenty-year-old live? On Sunday, The Daily Mail published photos of Malia Obama drinking an $80 bottle of rosé poolside with her friends in Miami. The following day, the tabloid published another article claiming they’ve found Obama’s secret Facebook account where she’s been vocal about her gripes with President Trump. The whole saga […]

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Leave Malia Obama the Hell Alone and Let Her Enjoy Life (and Facebook)

Photo: POOL (GETTY IMAGES) Malia Obama continues to be photographed minding her black-ass business—this time, the 20-year-old college student was seen drinking out of a bottle of rosé during a weekend spent in Miami with friends. Shudder at the thought of a bottle of rosé being in Miami, which is obviously the epicenter for wholesome […]

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The NBA Will Launch An African Basketball League With Help From Barack Obama

Getty Image The NBA is teaming up with FIBA to expand basketball in Africa with an intercontinental basketball league. Adam Silver and the NBA announced on Saturday during All-Star Weekend festivities in Charlotte that the Basketball Africa League, or BAL, will start play in 2020. The NBA and FIBA will set up qualification tournaments later […]

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NBA, FIBA, and Our Forever President Barack Obama Are Joining Forces to Launch Basketball Africa League

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Considering the NBA’s global popularity and penchant for staying ahead of the curve, Saturday’s announcement that the league is officially expanding outside of North America comes as no surprise. Here’s the scoop, courtesy of ESPN: The NBA and FIBA jointly announced their plan Saturday afternoon to launch a basketball league […]

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Chicago Was Founded by Blackness—and We’re Still Its Foundation

Ahhh…#SummertimeChi. Nothing better—or blacker.Photo: Maiysha Kai America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.   On the northeast corner of the bridge […]

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