Time to Ban the Death Penalty

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Anthony Samad: Illinois got it right, recognizing that if even one innocent man was put to death, that was one too many. Georgia got it wrong.

The Politics of Shared Sacrifice

Anthony Samad: The Republicans play “chicken” with the lives of everyday Americans to protect a very small segment of the population who’s benefits outweigh their contribution to the nation.

Will Obama’s Job Speech End Political Gamesmanship?

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Anthony Samad: I’ll be curious to find out how many people were hired from the CBC job fairs around the country. Or was it another “smoke and mirrors” engagement to make politicians look good?

Smiley, West’s Anti-Poverty Theme Isn’t Hiding Anti-Obama Sentiment

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Anthony Asadullah Samad: Poverty’s important, but it must be addressed in the context of lifting the nation. The Poverty Tour, masked as a stealth anti-Obama campaign, is no way to get it addressed. For all of our sakes, let the megalomania stop and the healing begin, my friend.

What Brings Democrats and Republicans Together: A White President?

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Anthony Samad: The rise of the Tea Party wouldn’t have taken place had we had a white president. Blink if you want to…but the fact this has not happened to any other President has raised my “Race-dar,” beyond anything ideological battles could muster. Race(ism) has not disappeared in this country. It’s just been codified.

How Redistricting Might Hurt California’s African Americans

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Anthony Samad: The CCRC now claims that Blacks are OVER represented in the state’s Congressional delegation. Their mindset is being reflected in the maps released so far.

Sheriff’s Department Supervising Parolees?

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Anthony Samad: Los Angeles County’s best option is to overhaul the Probation Department. Put it in receivership like they did the Health Department and Children & Family Services.

Manipulating Obama: Moving Left

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Anthony Samad: At the end of the day, Obama is going to have to look in the faces of his various bases, not those that voted for him because they didn’t have a better choice (they are already gone), but those who really believed in what he was trying to do.

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LA’s Reluctance to “Bet on Black”

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Anthony Samad: Then it hit: this city will always be reluctant to make a significant infrastructure investment in the black community. “Betting on black” is not this city’s strong suit. Trickin’ the community on votes that build for the future is.

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Pseudo-Scientific Attack On Black Beauty

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Anthony Samad: Satoshi Kanazawa, a Japanese psychologist and controversial researcher, wrote an article that was a purported study on anatomical beauty traits, originally entitled, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”

Trump, Arnold and Gingrich: Liars All

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans’ whole mantra is to tell the public what they want to hear, then do whatever the hell they want…for lies, sex, money and power.

Challenging The President’s Credibility

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Anthony Samad: We didn’t know at the time but President was intolerant to Trump’s politics of mass distraction. He had bigger fish on the hook, the REAL politic of mass destruction, Osama Bin Laden in his sights.

Everybody Blinked

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Anthony Samad: We certainly saw Congress’ version of “stupid” last week when they threatened (and are still threatening) to shut down the federal government. The danger of politics is that it is open to disingenuous interjection where it ends up becoming more foolish banter than courageous engagement.

Manning Marable: Provocative Scholarship In Life & Death

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Anthony Samad: Manning Marable, and his provocative scholarship, will be sorely missed. We’ve lost a true radical thinker and articulator of the African American experience in America.

Can Public Education Be Fixed?

Anthony Samad: We either invest in ourselves now, or pay later as a less competitive society. We need to fix ourselves before we nix ourselves.

Attack On Libya: When Islamophobia Collides With Negrophobia

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Anthony Samad: America’s Negrophobia pushed Obama to act out its Islamophobia. It’s an unavoidable collision course that Obama will have to navigate very delicately, lest he crashes and burns.

The Message Is Clear; Half The People Got It

Anthony Samad: Election night in the 8th District served as an opportunity to send a message to a politician who has lost his respect for constituents and of his constituents.

Time to Say Goodbye to Bernard Parks

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Anthony Samad: Time to say, “Forescee can do better than this.” Time to say “Farewell Parks.” Enough is enough.

Free the 8th District from LA’s Biggest Budget Buster

Anthony Samad: Bernard Parks disrespects people, the political office he holds, and the political processes he engages.

L.A.’s 8th District Revolt: It’s More than a “Tantrum”

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Anthony Samad: On March 8th the majority of voters in the 8th District will reject Bernie Parks in a full effect voter revolt.

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Is Parks’ Representation Worth The $2.3 Million Paid Over The Next Four Years?

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Anthony Samad: Ask yourself the question if you’re an 8th District voter, “Am I getting $50,000 a month value out of the leadership (the) Parks provide in this district?”

Why This Is Our Time

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Anthony Samad: On education, immigration, the green environment, and of course, jobs, President Obama helped even Republicans understand that the only way the country was going to move ahead was, together.

Can’t Wait to Hear What He Had in His Hand This Time

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Anthony Samad: The LAPD shot and killed another Black man. Why weren’t two trained law enforcement officers able to subdue an unarmed, naked man? I’d like to know how this happened. I just wanna know what he had in his hand that would justify the use of lethal force.

When Radicalized Political Rhetoric and Anti-Intellectualism Meet

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Anthony Samad: Free speech is one thing. Symbolic speech is covered by the First Amendment, but don’t say your coded messages don’t have anything to do with violent consequences.

The Party of “NO” Is About To Get Their Chance

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Anthony Samad: We know the Republicans will claim to support education, and jobs, and home ownership, and families but will dump them in a heartbeat for business tax credits and budget cuts.

Who (What) Is Forescee?

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Anthony Samad: FORESCEE is the change the 8th district is looking for. Eight years of desperation doesn’t have to continue.

Villaraigosa Finally Speaks Up Against Teacher Union Reform Busting

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Anthony Samad: Villaraigosa said the unions are “one unwavering roadblock to reform.” He is right on that point. They have been and will be. But he is wrong to have waited so long to speak.

WikiLeaks and Freedom of the Press

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Anthony Samad: Government agencies (particularly the FBI and CIA) use leaks to discredit those they don’t like or who they see as threats to the public disclosures of government betrayal. Why should the press not be able to do the same when it becomes obvious that government has not been forthcoming in its dealing and has violated the public trust? That’s what the WikiLeaks debate is really about.

Kamala Harris Won for a Few Reasons: Vision and Disdain Are Just Two

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Anthony Samad: Kamala Harris won the California Attorney General race for many reasons but two stand out – her visionary approach to public safety and the voters’ disdain for her opponent.

Why Obama Must Get Mad

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Anthony Samad: President Obama needs to get mad a little more often, when he’s trying to do something serious, and the conservatives (and their pundits) are playing games with him.

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