Susan Milligan


July 2013


The Problem With John Boehner and the GOP's Desire to Repeal Everything

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We are, as our leaders as well as activists often remind us, proudly a nation of laws. But do we have too many laws?

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, seems to think so, as do many of his GOP colleagues. Presented with the sad facts of the state of the U.S.  Congress – an institution which has ...

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Congress
financial regulation
Affordable Care Act
health care
health insurance

What Helen Thomas Understood

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When I think of Helen Thomas, the veteran reporter who died on Saturday, I think not just of her glass-ceiling-breaking moves (for example, forcing the admittance of women into the White House Correspondents Association, then becoming the organization's first female president). I think not just of ...

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journalism
Twitter
Thomas, Helen

Trayvon Martin's Hoodie Is Just the Latest Piece of Clothing Used to Explain Away Violence

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Is the hoodie the new miniskirt? Of all the politically – and emotionally – loaded details of the George Zimmerman case, the matter of Trayvon Martin's hoodie may be the most telling.

Martin, after all, was not just a black teenager walking in a gated community where he did not live. He was wearing ...

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Martin, Trayvon
Zimmerman, George
clothing
sexual assault

Prosecution Pockets the Race Card in Zimmerman Martin Trial

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It turns out the Race Case of the Decade might end up not being about race after all.

The trial of George Zimmerman, a Florida man who has admitted shooting and killing an African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, was supposed to be a test of racial justice, and of the so-called "Stand Your Ground"

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Zimmerman, George
Martin, Trayvon
gun control and gun rights
Florida
violence
courts
race

Why Companies Are Right to Drop Paula Deen

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Should the utterance of an offensive word bring down someone's entire career? In the case Paula Deen, peddler of worse-living-through-nutrition, yes.

It's bad enough that Deen used the n-word in a conversation reported by a former employee who is suing her. At 66, she's old enough to know ...

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racism

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