Nakiya J. Cohen

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Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed”

<b>(AP)</b><p>Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest<p>William Leuchtenburg<p>December 27, 2015 11:07pm (UTC)<p>No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed. At presidential news conferences, especially in his first year, …

Ronald Reagan

The Brief Life And Tragic Death Of Akai Gurley

In November 2014, Akai Gurley was shot and killed by a rookie police officer in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. As the officer's trial begins, Gurley’s family and friends tell BuzzFeed News the definitive story of the man they lost.<p><b>Akai Gurley had</b> big plans for Thanksgiving. The …

Broken Windows

The police and neighborhood safety<p>In the mid-1970s The State of New Jersey announced a "Safe and Clean Neighborhoods Program," designed to improve the quality of community life in twenty-eight cities. As part of that program, the state provided money to help cities take police officers out of their …

Law Enforcement

The Moynihan Report: An Annotated Edition

A historian unpacks The Negro Family: The Case for National Action on its 50th anniversary.<p><i>On New Year’s Eve, 1964, Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan assembled his staff in his office to announce that they were going to help him write a report on African American families.</i> The …

Moynihan, Mass Incarceration, and Responsibility

Good intentions and deep sympathies cannot counter corrosive doctrines and destructive policy.<p>I want to respond to Greg Weiner’s contention that I’ve offered a distorted picture of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. There’s a lot wrong with Weiner’s note. I specifically object to the idea that the Moynihan …

Society

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

What This Cruel War Was Over

The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it.<p>This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had “a sick and twisted view of the …

War

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

Income Inequality

The Tricks People Use to Avoid Debate

In the art of evading meaningful policy discussions, all political camps have honed their particular styles.<p><b>A</b> proper argument takes intellectual vigor, nimbleness, and sustained attention. If carried on long enough, it can push both parties to a deeper level of understanding. Oxford debaters hack …

Same-sex Marriage

A Motel-Sized Victory for Privacy at the Supreme Court

Innkeepers may now challenge cops who want to spy on guests, but can still be jailed for failing to collect and store detailed information at check-in.<p>In Los Angeles, where Ben Braddock registered as Mr. Gladstone before starting his affair with Mrs. Robinson, hotel and motel operators are required …

50 Core Documents

At Ashbrook, we teach about America by using original historical documents. We believe this list of 50 core documents provides an essential starting …

Kalief Browder, 1993–2015

Last fall, I wrote about a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed. Then he spent more than one thousand days on Rikers …

MacBook Air

Home Health Care Workers Aren’t Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Are the Reason Why

<b>UPDATE (6/29/16):</b> <i>The Supreme Court this week declined to review Home Care Association of America v. Weil, in which the home health care industry</i> …

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake On If She Supports Marilyn Mosby’s Decision, Apologizes For Calling Citizens Thugs

Roland Martin talks to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about her decision to call the DOJ to investigate the Baltimore Police Department in …

Here's what white teachers tend to do with gifted black students; it's appalling

Here’s what white teachers tend to do with gifted black students; it’s appalling<p>By Marvin Dupree<p>According to a new study, black students have an …

The rehab racket: The way we treat addiction is a costly, dangerous mess

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Ryan Rogers was a 28-year-old alcoholic who entered a posh rehab facility to stop …

Rehabilitation

Ben Carson's Challenge

The popular neurosurgeon prepares to formalize his presidential bid, a move that delights his supporters and worries his rivals.<p>Last May, Ben Carson, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon-turned conservative star, was asked if he was going to run for president. "I do not wish that job upon …

'A Deliberate and Illegal Scheme' in New Jersey

David Wildstein, a former senior appointee by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the George Washington Bridge scandal.<p>On Friday, David Wildstein, who served as one of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's appointees to the Port Authority of New York and …

Government

The Corruption of Bipartisanship

New York and New Jersey share a spate of recent corruption allegations and unusual cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. Is that a coincidence?<p>People say they want more bipartisanship. In poll after poll after poll, they decry the polarized atmosphere in Washington and say they want their …

New Jersey

Is It Inequality or Mobility? Neither Economists nor GOP Candidates Can Decide.

During the 2012 presidential election, Republicans didn’t consider income inequality a problem, and no one expressed that opinion better than their …

The War on the War on Poverty

Ten years ago, fresh off his loss to Bush/Cheney as John Kerry's running mate, John Edwards returned home to open a center on poverty at the …

North Carolina

The Alarming Retirement Crisis Facing Minorities in America

In July 2014, the Federal Reserve released a report that outlined the growing retirement crisis in America. Nearly a third of Americans over the age …

A Campaign-Finance Victory That Is Less Than It Seems

Judges can no longer directly solicit donations, but the Supreme Court signaled that further limitations on their fundraising are now unlikely.<p>It is rare for Chief Justice John Roberts to join forces with the Court’s four more liberal members in a 5-4 decision. It is equally rare for the Chief to …

Campaign Finance

The Baltimore Riot Didn't Have to Happen

Could Monday's violence have been avoided if police officials made better decisions?<p>No riot is normal, but after several days of peaceful protests, the violence that broke out on Monday in Baltimore looks more and more like a strange departure.<p>There's a familiar narrative around this outbreak of …

Justice

The Clock Didn't Start With the Riots

Black people in Baltimore are subjected to violence all the time.<p><i>On Thursday, April 30, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Johns Hopkins University in his native city of Baltimore, at the inaugural Forum on Race in America. This article is an edited transcript of his remarks.</i><p>About a year ago, I published …

African-American News

Jay Z’s Streaming Music Service Makes No Economic Sense

Jay Z thinks he has found a solution to a problem that’s vexed artists lately: How to make money off their songs. On Monday, the music tycoon …

Calvin Harris

The 'Depraved-Heart Murder' of Freddie Gray

Six Baltimore police officers are charged in connection with his death, including one for second-degree murder.<p>Freddie Gray was murdered by police after an unlawful arrest, the Baltimore City state's attorney said Friday.<p>In a press conference, prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced 28 charges against …

Justice

"We're Going to Protect Our Community Ourselves"

When Justin Fenton walked into the heart of the riots in West Baltimore on Monday night, a group of men surrounded him. Wearing blue bandanas, a …

Justice

Looking While Black

For the past year, the three Giant Food supermarkets in my Baltimore neighborhood have had a uniformed police officer posted at the entrance and exit …

Justice