The Common Good

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Mother's Day Gifts

Usually when Mother's Day comes, we think of the women in our lives who nurture, teach, rear, and comfort us.
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The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa

I'm in Kenya with a group of about 150 emerging leaders from across East and South Africa.
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Saying Goodbye to Ernie Harwell

Last evening, after his Little League game, my son Luke and I called his Uncle Billy to tell him what happened (a role my brother volunteered for after Luke's grandpa died).
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Palestine's True Leaders

For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions aimed at resisting the Israeli military occupation and its violent and humiliating policies aimed at suppressing the will of the Palestinians in seeking to achieve their legitimate aspirations.
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Gulf Oil Spill: Watching a Disaster Unfold with a Log in My Eye

Watching a disaster unfold on the news is always heartbreaking, but when it occurs in your hometown and you are far away, it can be debilitating.
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Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns are a fun team to root for. They score a lot of points in an open style of basketball. Assists, points, and cheers abound in most of their games. Now it is even better. They are wearing their "Los Suns" jerseys tonight in game two of their series with the San Antonio Spurs to show support for the Latino community in Arizona.
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40 Years After: 'Four Dead in Ohio'

May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietnam became serious.
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Big Oil Isn't Just a Gulf Coast Crisis

An oil rig exploded into fire, and a huge oil spill -- perhaps the biggest in history -- is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico and will soon wreak both ecological and economic devastation on the
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White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate

About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fellow frontman) Stephen and I had quite a conversation. We talked about Leonard Cohen's song "Story of Isaac" and about Kierkegaard's multiple interpretations of Genesis 22, about Malcolm X challenging MLK Jr.
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A Neighborhood View of Consumer Financial Protection

As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as the poorest city in the U.S.
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