Tag: Barack Obama

In Defense of Liberal Conspirators

Born in 1857, Darrow defended countless workers and organizers from conspiracy charges over his career, inspired, in part, by the famous Haymarket trial, a miscarriage of justice that saw eight anarchists charged with conspiracy and seven sentenced to death for an explosion at a small rally (a pardon would be issued in time to save […]

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Biden Isn’t Holding Trump Accountable. Sheldon Whitehouse Is Very Concerned.

My original concern was they were just going to do what I would call a “mopes and dopes” investigation and just make a whole ton of trespass and assault cases against people who broke into the Capitol that day and not bother to look at this as a systemic matter and go after the higher-ups, […]

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Tucker Carlson Attacks Obama’s COVID-19 PSA; #CreepyTucker Trends on Twitter

Photo: Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images (Getty Images) Fox News, aka Republican BangBus host Tucker Carlson continues to swim near the bottom of the Republican cesspool among the discarded cowboy boots and Trump votes to call Black America’s most beloved president “a creepy old guy.” Carlson attacked former President Barack Obama and other celebrities […]

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“John Kerry Is a Traitor” Is the Republicans’ New Dumb Meme

This fake scandal is so obviously absurd that even the traditionally conservative Jerusalem Post has published two op-eds casting a skeptical light on it. During the interview in question—which was done for archival purposes as part of an oral history project—Zarif, who’s spent decades in the upper tiers of Iranian politics, claims to be improbably […]

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Why Do Blacks Have a ‘Victim Mentality?’ and Other Questions From an Ohio School’s White History Assignment

Screenshot: Prager U/YouTube An Ohio high school district is probably not under fire after a recent history assignment helped students explore the subject “How to be a pro racist.” Advertisement According to the National Center for Education statistics, Waverly High School in Waverly, Ohio is 96 percent white, boasting a grand total of six Black […]

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Of Course, Research Shows That Black Women Wait Longer in Line to Vote Than Anyone Else

An election worker processes absentee ballots at State Farm Arena on November 2, 2020 in Atlanta, Ga.Photo: Megan Varne (Getty Images) Black women have long been the most important voters for Democrats, and their electoral power has been crucial at the presidential level—just ask former President Barack Obama. Advertisement Democratic presidents, governors and other elected […]

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Can Merrick Garland Save the Minneapolis Police Department?

More recently, federal police-reform efforts have fallen victim to partisan whims. In the latter years of the Obama administration, the Justice Department responded to a wave of public interest in police misconduct by announcing investigations into multiple cities after high-profile killings there. But those efforts were soon undermined by the Trump administration, which generally opposed […]

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Walter Mondale Wasn’t Scared of Raising Taxes. Is Biden?

For lower-income people, today’s lighter tax burden—attributable mainly to the Clinton and Obama presidencies—constitutes progress. As Mitt Romney famously pointed out, nearly half of all households pay no income tax at all. What he failed to grasp was that that’s good, not bad, because these households can’t afford to pay the tax. For the rich, […]

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Drone Strike Victims In Yemen Are Desperate For Accountability from the U.S

The sound is so distinctive, so foreign, that Ahmed Saeed Abdallah bin Ali Jaber can hardly even describe it. Not so loud that you can’t hear someone speak, but just loud enough that you know it’s there. A decade ago, Ahmed had never even heard a drone’s low hum; since then, the sound has dominated […]

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Barack Obama Calls for Full and Transparent Investigation Into Daunte Wright Shooting, While Biden Talks Tough to Looters

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Black America’s president for life, Barack Obama, took to Twitter to call for a “a full and transparent investigation” into the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright and for America to “reimagine policing,” which in layman terms means to stop shooting unarmed Black people. Advertisement “Our hearts are heavy over […]

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‘Hey, Democrats, Pay Attention!’ The Root Presents: It’s Lit! Talks The End of White Politics With Zerlina Maxwell

Illustration: Angelica Alzona, Photo: Maro Hagopian/SiriusXM and ©2020 SiriusXM It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root On-screen, on the air, and now, on the page, Zerlina Maxwell is a force. Having held positions on both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, an activist on issues of race, gender and sexual violence, as […]

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Reactions to MLB Moving All-Star Game From Georgia: Some Dems Acknowledge Necessity of Action, Big Mad Republicans Blame Wokeness

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp listens to a question during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league’s objection to a new Georgia voting law.Photo: Brynn Anderson (AP) The fallout from Georgia’s new voter […]

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Barack Obama Explains Why A Song From Jay-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ Means So Much To Him

Barack Obama hasn’t been the president of the United States for over four years now, but he still has plenty of admirers who are eager to hear from him. That especially true of his music preferences, as he often shares well-received playlists. Fans were surely delighted a few weeks ago, then, when the former POTUS […]

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Sarah Obama, Paternal Step-Grandmother of Former President Barack Obama, Has Died at 99

Photo: Paula Bronstein (Getty Images) Barack Obama’s paternal step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, has died at the age of 99. Advertisement She died on Monday at a hospital in Kisumu, Kenya, a close relative confirmed, according to BBC News. The family did not reveal the cause of death, but said she had been ill for a week and […]

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Damian Williams Could Become Manhattan’s First Black U.S. Attorney

Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s Office (AP) Damian Williams, a longtime New York prosecutor who currently heads the Securities and Commodities Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, is now being considered to lead the office. Advertisement If confirmed, Williams would be the first African American to serve […]

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Tucker Carlson Has a Crush on Barack Obama

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Tucker Carlson, former President Trump’s favorite Bass boat shoe, is in love with former President Barack Obama. Advertisement That can be the only explanation for his obvious obsession with a president who hasn’t been in office in years and who spends his time living his best life with his beautiful […]

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Obama Addresses Mass Shootings: A ‘Pandemic Cannot Be The Only Thing That Slows’ Gun Violence

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Barack Obama broke his silence on the recent string of mass shootings across American to address the most recent instance in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people were killed, including a police officer, after a man opened fire in a grocery store. The former president released a statement […]

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn: Why Do We Keep Treating Migrants Like Humans?

Photo: Tom Williams (Getty Images) Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is known for saying insensitive, racist-y, fucked up statements. Advertisement He blamed the insurrection on the Capitol on “lax security,” called then-President Trump’s second impeachment “awfully vindictive,” “completely unnecessary” and “ill-advised,” and doesn’t believe that there is systemic racism. But his comments Monday might take […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Vote to Honor Rush Limbaugh While Blocking Efforts to Honor Black History

Rush Limbaugh speaks before US President Donald Trump takes the stage during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2019. Photo: Nicholas Kamm (Getty Images) It’s often said that Black people suffer from an unreciprocated loyalty to the Democratic Party. […]

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The Root Presents, Role Call: A Black Entertainment Roundup Joint

George C. Wolfe George C. Wolfe attends “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” premiere at SVA Theater on April 18, 2017, in New York City.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images) George C. Wolfe, the director behind Netflix’s acclaimed film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, will be adapting Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon for Playground Entertainment and Freemantle. […]

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Exclusive: Our Forever President Addresses Race Relations, Social Activism on Newest Episode of Skimm This

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) With his political obligations in the rearview, our forever President Barack Obama has settled into a comfy life of content creation. Advertisement The production company he founded, Higher Ground Productions, with the love of his life has blessed us with films like American Factory and Crip Camp, as well as […]

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President Biden Signs COVID Relief Package Ahead of His Primetime Address to the Nation

Photo: Doug Mills-Pool (Getty Images) In an effort to avoid having an entire nation blasting Rihanna’s 2015 banger “Bitch Better Have My Money” during his televised address this evening, President Joe Biden has signed the COVID relief package a day earlier than expected. Advertisement According to the New York Times, the Biden administration upped the […]

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‘There Is Light at the End of the Tunnel’: Michelle Obama Talks Mental Health and Quarantine Coping Mechanisms

Screenshot: People Magazine Michelle Obama’s new show Waffles + Mochi drops next Tuesday on Netflix, and as she promotes her new gig, the mom-in-chief also gave some insight into the Obamas’ quarantine coping mechanisms during an exclusive video interview for the newest issue of People magazine. Advertisement “These have been challenging times. Many people have […]

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Michael Regan Confirmed as 1st Black Man to Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Stanley Regan speaks during his nomination hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington,DC on February 3, 2021. Photo: Brandon Bell (Getty Images) On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s pick for the next Environmental Protection Agency chief administrator, Michael Regan, making […]

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Have Democrats Learned Their Lesson?

And once the Senate did finally train its attention on the bill, “moderates” took aim at some of the bill’s more popular provisions, which also happened to be some of the ones that most directly benefited people. Without clearly explaining why they were so fixated on these provisions, the moderates reduced the number of people […]

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Can Someone Get The Door? The Stimmys Are Here!

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with House Democrats before the upcoming vote on the American Rescue Plan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 2021.Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Getty Images) In what can only be called the most glorious day since Simba flipped Scar off that fiery […]

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Missouri Man in Custody After Post-Insurrection Lynching Threat Against Black Lawmaker

A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP (Getty Images) A 63-year-old man from Missouri is finally in FBI custody after continuing a years-long tradition of threatening legislators with lynching, […]

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