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John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller

John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.
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When Calls to 'Unity' Sow Division in the Civil Union Debate

Last month, legislators in Hawaii introduced House Bill 444 (HB 444), which would provide rights and privileges to same-
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A Fallen Soldier Comes Home

Last week, I had a quick 24 hour trip from Seattle to Chicago. As I was returning on Thursday night to Sea-Tac airport and eager to get back to my wife and kids from a good but exhausting trip, I was getting peeved that the de-planing process was taking such a long time. In fact, we didn't move for a bit.
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The Obama Notre Dame Controversy

The University of Notre Dame recently announced that President Barack Obama will be its spring commencement speaker and that he will also be receiving an honorary doctorate of laws degree.
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Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.

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Diagnosing Our Economic Illness

Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a Mobilization to End Poverty.
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What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something.
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'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Greek t
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Obama and the G-20

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London.
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