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May 26, 2016
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Today’s Links May 26, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 25, 2016
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Today’s Links May 25, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 23, 2016
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Today’s Links May 23, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 19, 2016
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Today’s Links May 19, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 17, 2016
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Today’s Links May 17, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 11, 2016
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Today’s Links May 11, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 9, 2016
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Today’s Links May 9, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

May 4, 2016
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Seven Things Obama Should Say From Flint

Today, President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan for the first time since state officials revealed that the city’s water was contained with lead. The president was invited to Flint not by Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, but by eight-year-old Mari Copney. One of the 8,000 children exposed to lead contamination by the water from her own tap, Copney had hoped to meet the president while she was in Washington, DC for a hearing about Flint’s water crisis. The meeting was not to be. So, she wrote a letter to him instead, and gained a new pen pal. A week ago, Mari’s mother got a phone call that President Obama would write back to Mari personally letter. One day later, another call announced that the president would visit Michigan, and wanted to meet Mari while he was in town.

President Obama may also meet with Snyder, though the governor wasn’t initially all that excited about the prospect. During a trip to Europe last week, Snyder indicated that he would be too busy to meet with the president. Butt by Monday, Snyder made a formal request for a meeting with the president during his visit to Flint. Besides discussing how best to help Flint, Snyder hopes President Obama will take a sip of Flint’s water and boost his publicity stunt.

The White House is “not aware of any photo-ops that involve the president’s consumption of water.” (As of Tuesday, meeting with Snyder wasn’t even on the President’s schedule.) Instead, the President will receive a briefing on the response and recovery efforts, and take part in a roundtable meeting with Flint community members, before delivering his remarks this afternoon.

The Flint crisis comes at a moment in Obama’s presidency when he, as the first African-American to hold the office, can freely say things he couldn’t back when he still had elections to win, without paying a political price. Now that he can, here are a few things President Obama should say while he’s in Flint. Continue Reading →

May 2, 2016
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Today’s Links May 2, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

April 25, 2016
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Today’s Links April 25, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

April 25, 2016
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Black LIves Matter: “Yelling” Truth To Power

In his poem, “For My Own Protection,” the late black, gay poet Essex Hemphill wrote:

I want to start an organization
to save my life.
If whales, snails, dogs, cats
Chrysler and Nixon can be saved,
the lives of Black men are priceless
and can be saved.
We should be able to save each other.

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April 22, 2016
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Today’s Links April 22, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.