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Aug 01st

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Attitude decides your altitude

Attitude decides your altitude

By Dwight Hobbes

It's one of those things that are heartwarming even while it's heartbreaking. I'm on the bus, watching this lovely young lady and her baby. The lady, actually, is a teenager. Between 16 and, well, let's just say that if she was much beyond 17-years-old that would be pushing it. And the child, maybe three-years-old, tops. She's clean and well-dressed; and so is her baby. She looks at me and I stop staring, fishing in my shoulder bag to go through my mail.
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Working families need more than a quick-fix economic stimulus package

Working families need more than a quick-fix economic stimulus package

By Jim Koppel, Ann Kaner-Roth, and Kris Jacobs

We've all heard about current efforts by state and national policymakers to quickly jumpstart our sluggish economy. But the economic squeeze being felt in Minnesota and across the country has been building for many years, and it will take more than a one-time "stimulus package" to provide real economic stability for Minnesota's working families.
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Obama in 07 compares to Carl B. Stokes in 67

Obama in 07 compares to Carl B. Stokes in 67

B. Kenneth McGee

Louisburg, NC (BlackNews.com) - Forty years ago in 1967, Carl B. Stokes was elected the first Black Mayor of a major American City. I was the operations manager of that campaign along with my partner, Geraldine Williams. In 1965, Stokes had run and almost won in a city that was 70% white and 30% Black. In 1965 he had come so close to winning that there was a recount. His victory in '67 was hailed as one the greatest moments in the civil rights struggle and also a triumph of the brotherhood of man.
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Becoming an Obamacan

Becoming an Obamacan

By Joseph C. Phillips

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama recently found himself in some hot water when he was heard to compliment former President Ronald Reagan. During an interview, the Illinois senator said, "I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it." He was immediately attacked by his opponents and other new liberals that view as heresy the mention of Reagan's name with anything but disdain.
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The strategy of nuance and divisive politics is back from the future

The strategy of nuance and divisive politics is back from the future

By H. Smith

I noticed this past week that the strategy of nuance and divisive politics has raised its ugly head once again. I'm actually old enough to remember the politics of the 1990's, and it's devastating effects on the Democratic Party.
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Two democracies sailing into uncharted waters

Two democracies sailing into uncharted waters

By Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Even with many away during the festive season, reconnecting with their roots or seeking renewal for the year ahead, there were still enough people left in Johannesburg to get together for one reason or another. And when they did, the conversation invariably turned to politics and, specifically, the historic African National Congress (ANC) changing of the guard through the first contested election in more than 50 years.
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