Lyndon Johnson

How Trump Ranks vs. Past Presidents In Popularity At The End Of Year One

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Today’s theme song is “Ordinary Girl” from the television show “Clueless.”<p>Poll of the week<p>The …

Elections

Do high-speed rail plans in the Baltimore-Washington region stand a chance?

Viable or no, see the case for high-speed rail in the region.

Baltimore

Ahead of government shutdown, Congress sets its sights on not-so-comprehensive immigration reform

For a moment, it looked as though 2018 might be the year that ended a three-decade streak of failure to pass so-called “comprehensive immigration …

Immigration

What Trump Can Learn from the Fall of Chris Christie

Do you remember the town halls? Do you remember when he argued with a teacher in 2010? Do you remember how the videos became a sensation, and how …

Elections

Trump's trouble in the polls: Approval rating 'lowest on record'

We cannot really say we have never seen anything like this before.<p>The United States has had its populist presidents – Andrew Jackson in the 1830s and Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century. Both were volatile, bullies, self-styled “tribunes” or “stewards” of the people, and truly racist.<p>We …

Opinion

Trump's first year: The report card

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has been a crazy year in Washington. A new president came to town making big promises about how he would upend everything that was wrong with politics and assured his supporters that nothing could get in his way. So how did he do?<p>Grading presidents is a difficult business. These kinds of …

Opinion

Russia Taking Wheat Crown Recalls Communist-Era Dominance

Russia’s emergence as the world’s leading exporter of wheat, a shift that’s reorienting global trade in the grain around the Black Sea region, …

Business

The Imaginary Black Bogeyman Continues to Be Blamed for Crimes and Mainstream Media Is Complicit

Blame it on a Black man. In a society where Black people, particularly Black men are criminalized and vilified, negative images and stereotypes are …

Racism

CU Historian: After One Year, Donald Trump Already Worst U.S. President Ever

For our previous post, 21 members of the CU Boulder history department took part in a survey resulting in a presidential bottom-ten list. Their picks …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Plan to End ‘Chain Migration’ Is Neither Populist Nor Nationalist

Donald Trump’s immigration agenda has been widely described as populist and nationalist — a set of policies that puts the needs of Americans first, …

Immigration

Cohen: Donald Trump, like a vulgar parrot in a gilded cage

In the Age of Trump, American democracy is under siege. The president’s attack on the judiciary, the media and the electoral process are among the …

Donald Trump

Robinson: Trump rejects American ideals of diversity

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s intent could not be more explicit: He wants immigration policies that admit white people and shut the door to black …

Donald Trump

France and Brexit: lessons from history

Almost 50 years before Brexit, there was a ‘Frexit’: France shocked her allies in March 1966 by giving notice of her withdrawal from an international community of largely European states (plus the USA and Canada), of which she had been a member for 17 years, on the grounds that she wished to regain …

Geopolitics

The Exhausted Racism Charge

The current controversy shows that the Democrats are tired.<p>The first opportunity for a successful end of the Second Civil War, between President …

Conservative View

The Fight for the Suburbs

Due in no small part to his praise for white supremacists, his calls to deport immigrants, and his push to ban Muslims, Donald Trump has spurred …

Liberal View

Good News vs. Private Conversations

<i>Washington</i>Last week the headlines should have abounded with the year’s good news. It was the economy: GDP up some 3 percent and for the last quarter …

Conservative View

From fish bait to a picture bedspread: A history of odd political gift exchanges

If you have ever worried about buying someone a jacket you are not sure will fit them, political leaders have been there.<p>Prime Minister Harold Wilson …

Emmanuel Macron

The Web of Language

When it came time for Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the presidential oath of office to Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009, to use the language …

Calvin Coolidge

Kinship Emerges as Immigration Flashpoint

A foreigner who immigrates to the U.S. doesn’t just get a shot at a better life. That person also in effect gets a voucher with which to share the prospect of a future in the U.S. with relatives.<p>That is the essence of family reunification, the channel by which most immigrants have come to the U.S. …

Immigration

Adrian Miller Celebrates NAACP Image Award Book Nomination

The literature awards were presented on Sunday night in a non-televised ceremony; that was followed by a second, televised event for the high-profile …

Denver

Nonfiction Book Review: Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House by Joshua Zeitz. Viking, $30 (396p) ISBN 978-0-525-42878-7

Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House<p>Joshua Zeitz. Viking, $30 (396p) ISBN 978-0-525-42878-7<p>More By and About This Author<p>In …

Lyndon B. Johnson

When the FBI Tried To Get Martin Luther King, Jr. To Kill Himself After He Won the Nobel Peace Prize

In 2014, historian Beverly Gage published an unredacted version of the notorious November, 1964 letter sent anonymously to Martin Luther King, Jr. …

Black History

James Altucher’s Bitcoin FAQ

By James Altucher. Originally published on JamesAltucher.com<p>First, some credentials.<p>In early 2013 I had my doubts. I started reading everything I …

Bitcoin

An HR Viewpoint of Trump's Bad Language

I've been called horrible things for advocating for clean language in the workplace. Maybe people will listen to me now.<p>By now the whole world has blown up over President Trump's "sh!thole" remark. It even caused a stir as foreign newspapers tried to figure out how to translate the word …

Language

How teachers should talk to students about Trump’s racism

President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: © Ron Sachs/CNP via ZUMA WirePresident Trump’s language may …

Racism

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Getting started on LinkedIn can be intimidating, especially for veterans that are preparing for their transition. Here are some quick tips to get you …

Employment

What Martin Luther King Really Thought About Lyndon Baines Johnson

Caption from LIFE. Dr. King, who knew Johnson before Presidency, visited the White House in the first month after Johnso<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Stan Wayman—The …

Black History

The FBI's Attacks On MLK Jr. Are Helpful Reminders For Today

Writing for the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> in 2005, federal judge and <b>former U.S. deputy attorney general Laurence Silberman recalled how he was "shocked" to</b> …

Surveillance

Irrational Exuberance Turns Rational

Photo Credit: Shutterstock“The consensus view is baked into the price” – Ray Dalio in <i>Principles</i>On macro calls, nobody ever gets it all right for very long. Maybe, a year or 2. Neither does the naïve forecast that nothing changes much ever work. Black swans do paddle into the picture, and economic …

Economy

The Trump Administration Targets the Poor

Despite the impression you might get from social media and cable news, there’s a lot more to the Trump Administration than the daily drama at the White House. In policy terms, the real action is taking place at other federal departments and agencies, where Trump’s Republican appointees are trying …

Affordable Care Act