Tag Archives: assassination

If there’s one thing I learned from the assassination of JFK…

It doesn’t do me a bit of good, as he’s long dead, and I can’t imagine any scenario in which he would have ever worked for me, but, after 30 years of reading about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this is the one thing I’m sure of… Allen Dulles isn’t someone you want to […]

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Celebrating the National Day of Service, and the legacy of Martin Luther King, by brandishing assault rifles at the Capitol

While thousands of good Americans turned out yesterday, at the President’s request, to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King by volunteering their time as part of our National Day of Service, devout gun lovers across the country decided to express their patriotic love for this country a bit differently. Instead of volunteering to help […]

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How should we talk with our young daughters about Malala Yousafzai?

Tonight I have a question for those of you out there with young daughters… I’m wondering how, if at all, you’re talking with your daughters about Malala Yousafzai, the incredibly brave Pakistani 14 year old, who, several weeks ago, in response to her vocal activism on behalf of girls in her country, was shot in […]

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The subject of poverty finally makes its way into the presidential campaign

As I’ve mentioned before, I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the day before Robert Kennedy arrived there to begin his tour of Appalachia. I don’t know that it explains why, over the course of my life, I’ve been so drawn to Kennedy, but it’s an odd coincidence, I think, and I find it hard to […]

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Now that five more U.S. soldiers have been charged in the Georgia murders surrounding a plot to kill President Obama, can we finally concede that we have a domestic terrorism problem?

In 2009, Daryl Johnson, a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, authored a report on the threat of right-wing extremists in the United States. Johnson, who had spent 15 years studying white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups within the United States, seemed to think that the circumstances were right, given the economic downturn, […]

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