Opinion

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He is gone from you now … reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Around 1968," Jackson says, "my parents were working at pretty good jobs, in a factory. Now there are no more jobs. What would Dr. King think of that?"

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The ANC at 100

Its centenary is surely a cause for celebration and hope for all who cherish freedom, civil rights and democracy.

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Recess appointments are welcome start to 2012

President Barack Obama sent a clear and welcome message this week when he made the recess appointments.

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Rick Santorum is neither green nor good

"There is no such thing as global warming," says GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

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Sen. Kirk: Quit obstructing job creation, jobless benefit extension

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., has carefully cultivated the image of a political moderate. It was that image that allowed him to get elected in 2010 in the first place.

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Movies you might have missed: "I Am Twenty"

Soviet filmmakers were often criticized in the West for producing stories sneeringly termed "boy gets tractor, meets girl."

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Republicans cover their fiscal irresponsibility with Detroit's money

While banks, auto companies and the state of Michigan itself have all been bailed out with taxpayer money, Detroit has not received bailouts from anybody

"Are you serious?" news awards for 2011

Every year Conn Hallinan's Dispatches From The Edge gives awards to news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of “Are you serious?”

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David Brooks peddles snake oil on race, class, Santorum

"The Republican Party is the party of the white working class," David Brooks, the New York Times' resident conservative "intellectual," declared.

Solyndra and the real risk to American taxpayers

The biggest risks to taxpayers, who underwrite federal loan guarantees, isn't renewable energy. It is nuclear power.

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