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Tebow could fly as an Eagle

Before college football's national championship game in January, Tim Tebow joined us on the "First Take" set in Dallas to discuss Ohio State vs. …

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Al Sharpton and the 'FBI informant' allegations: keep it under your hat

<b>Name:</b> Al Sharpton.<p><b>Age:</b> 59.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Thinner.<p><b>Occupation:</b> Civil rights activist, Baptist minister, TV and radio host, friend of President Obama …<p><b>Those are some interesting jobs.</b> … and FBI informant.<p><b>OK, that wins. Although wouldn't you normally keep that a secret?</b> You would. And Sharpton did, but …

Why does Al Sharpton still have pull with America's political class?

As usual, Al Sharpton has an answer. How is it possible, I ask him, that he carries so much tainted baggage from the past, yet still enjoys enormous pull with the political class?<p>“It’s because I have access to some of the voters they’re trying to reach,” he tells me matter-of-factly. “Union …

“We are in great danger”: Ex-banker details how mega-banks destroyed America

“The power has only been more consolidated,” warns Goldman Sachs veteran Nomi Prins in an interview with Salon<p>“It no longer matters who sits in the White House,” former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins writes in her new book “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive …

It’s worse than Paul Ryan: The right has a new ugly, racial dog whistle

Conservative assault on food stamps, authored by Reagan, perfected by Ryan, is really an attack on the middle class<p>While attention focuses on Paul Ryan’s remarks about inner city culture, another dog-whistle theme continues its slow roil: food stamp abuse. More even than Ryan’s twisting narrative, …

Carter: Obama may be embarrassed to discuss race issues

Former President Jimmy Carter is suggesting that President Obama may be reluctant to talk about issues affecting African-Americans because he himself is an African-American.<p>In an interview with <i>The Huffington Post</i>, Carter likened the situation to female lawmakers who are loath to discuss women's …

The Journey From 'Colored' To 'Minorities' To 'People Of Color'

Language is and always will be an essential element in the struggle for understanding among peoples. Changes in the words and phrases we use to describe each other reflect whatever progress we make on the path toward a world where everyone feels respected and included.<p>A Google Ngram search …

Racially Segregated Schools in America: The Bloomberg, Gates, Bush and Obama Legacies

The just released UCLA Civil Rights Project report on increasing racial segregation in American schools identified schools in New York City and State as the most racially segregated in the United States. The report highlights the numbers, but unfortunately the Civil Rights Project shies away from …

GOP’s hideous strategy to survive as the “white party”

Trifecta of voter suppression, despair and gerrymandering means a plan with no new ideas. But also: No new voters!<p>Republicans like to think of themselves as the Christian party, so it never entirely made sense that they oppose what’s become known as “Souls to the Polls,” a big push by black …

Black Pathology Crowdsourced

Why we need historians in debates about today's cultures<p>I think it might help this discussion to offer some sense of how I came to my views on culture and white supremacy. I want to go back to the original piece I wrote, "A Culture of Poverty," and highlight an exchange I had in comments. Then I …

Pollution levels fall across England and Wales after days of smog

Pollution levels have fallen across England and Wales after several days of smog caused in part by Saharan dust, but health officials warned people to check local air quality before taking part in outdoor exercise.<p>London remained in the grip of moderate levels of air pollution and about 40 other …

Losing Faith: 21 Percent Say Religion 'Not That Important'

One in five Americans say religion does not play an important role in their lives, a new NBC/WSJ journal poll shows – the highest percentage since the poll began asking participants about their focus on faith in 1997.<p>Twenty one percent of respondents said that religion is “not that important” to …

Photograph: Observer/Observer<p>David Simon, creator of HBO TV drama The Wire, speaks about capitalism, Margaret Thatcher and how anti-drug enforcement has evolved into social control Photograph: …

The award-winning creator of The Wire, David Simon, has emerged as a critic of the 'racial bias' in the US debate on the war on drugs<p>David Simon surged into the American mainstream with a bleak vision of the devastation wrought by drugs on his home town of Baltimore – <i>The Wire</i>, hailed by many as the …

Screenwriter, in Australia for Festival of Dangerous Ideas, says compelling suspects to answer questions ‘stinks of McCarthyism’<p>American author and screenwriter David Simon has described Queensland’s anti-bikie laws as a “recipe for tyranny” in a stinging criticism of the state’s hardline new …

David Simon On George Zimmerman Verdict: I'm 'Ashamed' To Identify As American

David Simon, the man behind "The Wire" and "Treme," has often commented on social and political matters, and his latest offering is as sharply worded as one would expect given the gravity of the situation. In a new blog post, Simon delineates his rage that George Zimmerman was acquitted of the …

David Simon and E.L. Doctorow on 'the Potential for the Orwellian Nightmare'

Balancing privacy and free speech with national-security concerns will be an ongoing problem, and we may only be able to hope for imperfect solutions.<p>Kieran Guckian/flickr<p>"It’s only the free and open Internet that allows … creativity and the free exchange of ideas to be heard." A fairly …

The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract<p>• Lanre Bakare: Go home, David Simon. Without justice …

‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon: ‘My Country Is A Horror Show’

David Simon is nothing if not opinionated and willing share those opinions at great length just about any time and any place, so it probably won’t shock you to learn that he delivered a passionate, impromptu speech about income inequality and what it means for America’s future while at the Festival …

'The Wire' Creator David Simon Goes On EPIC Rant Against Inequality

David Simon doesn't like to mince words.<p>The creative genius behind such acclaimed television shows as "The Wire" and "Treme" has never been one to keep his opinions to himself. But the former Baltimore Sun reporter and screenwriter may have outdone himself, however, when he delivered an epic …

Bill Moyers: “We are this close to losing our democracy”

Legendary journalist Bill Moyers warns about the devastating impact of dark money and voter suppression<p>I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called <i>In Search of the Constitution,</i> celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document. …

Tax refund ID theft is growing 'epidemic': IRS watchdog

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — More Americans' identities were stolen in tax refund crimes in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2012, said an Internal Revenue Service watchdog on Thursday who described the problem as "a growing epidemic."<p>Tax refund fraud has exploded in recent years. Scammers typically use …