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Brandon Terry has a fantastic essay up at Boston Review on Martin Luther King, the political thinker. As he explains, the stakes in properly understanding King’s political visions are high: In the year before King’s death, he faced intense isolation owing to his strident criticisms of the Vietnam War and the Democratic Party, his heated debates with […]
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Roy Moore’s Jewish Lawyer

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On January 2, 2018
Sometimes even Fox News declines to bury a good lede: The Jewish attorney that Roy Moore’s wife touted employing in an attempt to fight off claims of anti-semitism is actually a longtime friend and supporter of Senator-elect Doug Jones, who defeated Moore last month. Richard Jaffe is an Alabama defense attorney hired by the Moores […]
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Homeless in America

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On December 28, 2017
While I hope that everyone is having a reasonably pleasant holiday season, it’s worth remembering that this is an awful time of the year for the (at least) hundreds of thousands of people who live without stable shelter in America. This is partly because of the emotional trauma of being without a home on holidays […]

#TakeEmDown901

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On December 20, 2017

Today was obviously a day filled with bad news. But here’s something good: The Memphis City Council unanimously voted today to approve an ordinance for the immediate removal of both Nathan Bedfo

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In keeping with yesterday’s post of my favorite records of 2017, what follows is a list of the dozen favorite novels that I read this year. (And yes, two of the twelve here are short story collections, not novels. But titling the post “Twelve Favorite Novels I Read in 2017” flowed better than “Twelve Favorite […]
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