Dahleen Glanton: If Michael Bloomberg is the Democratic nominee, African Americans will take one for the team and vote for him
Nearly every day, something ugly is exposed about Michael Bloomberg’s past. In a normal presidential election year, such a steady drip of racist and misogynistic vitriol would have doomed a candidate from the start.But we are living in a different political environment now, where a candidate’s viability is determined solely by whether he or she can defeat Donald Trump in November. Everything else, including one’s moral fortitude, seems less important.When it comes to Bloomberg, Democrats are demanding a lot from African Americans. Those who are convinced that he is the only one who can go toe-...
University of Michigan officials knew about sexual misconduct allegations, but didn't act in 3 incidents
DETROIT — Faculty members at the University of Michigan raised concerns during the hiring process of a noted opera singer in 2015, going so far as to wonder who was going to tell him to keep his hands off male students, according to depositions included in court filings.The previously unreported depositions, included in a mid-January lawsuit filing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, detail how faculty raised issues as singer David Daniels was being brought to Ann Arbor. Years after his hiring, an internal U-M investigation found in 2018 that Daniels had sexually harassed more than 20 students,...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Reject Trump's justice meddling
The rule of law is essential to the enduring strength of the nation and its economy.Voters should keep that in mind as they consider whether to reelect President Donald Trump, whose efforts to undermine the judicial system’s legitimacy are deeply troubling.This is not a partisan issue. Attacking the courts and hyper-politicizing prosecution is intolerable regardless of who is in office.In recent weeks, Trump smeared the courts, pardoned a rogues’ gallery of notorious lawbreakers and prodded prosecutors to go easy on a thuggish crony caught lying to Congress. Then he declared himself chief law ...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Mick's immigrant song: The White House chief of staff gets right on immigration
President Trump should pay closer attention to his top aide. Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney delivered some words of wisdom about immigration during a recent trip to the United Kingdom.“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney was recorded as saying at a private dinner. “We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we’ve had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants.” Mulvaney added that he was referring to immigrants coming in a “legal fashion.”Still, the plea for more people is right on point for a country with a tight job market, dropping...
New York Daily News
Bill Torpy: How John Lewis treated us not as 'good trouble,' but no trouble
Congressman John Lewis turned 80 on Friday and warm rounds of tribute poured in, as his diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer has underlined the fact that a historic figure is still with us. But for how long?Lewis, first elected during President Ronald Reagan’s second term, has indicated he will run for an 18th term as the Democratic U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. He is the last activist remaining who spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the historic March on Washington in 1963.There are few people who don’t like Lewis personally. While many disagr...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Katherine Johnson, legendary NASA Langley mathematician, dies at age of 101
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Katherine Johnson, the NASA Langley Research Center mathematician who went from “hidden” to hero in her late 90s, died Monday morning at the age of 101.In the early days of the space program, before the advent of modern computers, Johnson’s precise trajectory calculations – done with pencil and paper, or chalk and blackboard – put John Glenn and other astronauts into orbit and brought them safely home. She was part of a team of “human computers” who inspired Margot Lee Shetterly’s best-selling book “Hidden Figures,” which was subsequently adapted into an Oscar-nominated mov...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
John M. Crisp: Is Mayor Pete too young to be president?
Is Mayor Pete Buttigieg too young to be president? Our nation’s founders didn’t think so; among the few limitations they applied to presidential aspirants was a minimum age of 35.Nevertheless, at 38, the mayor stands out among the prominent Democratic candidates, that is, Buttigieg and the five others who participated in the debate last week in Las Vegas. Their ages are 78, 78, 77, 70 and 59. No wonder Buttigieg looks so young.But generally Buttigieg’s competitors for the nomination don’t criticize him for his age as much as for his lack of experience. It’s easy to dismiss his only political e...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president
For Washington state, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the best choice to advance to the general election in the crucial effort to unseat President Donald Trump.She is an effective third-term senator with a strong track record of leading initiatives whether her party was in power or not, working across the aisle when it served her state and the nation. The Minnesotan is no demagogue, titillating voters with political impossibilities like “Medicare for All.”Rather, Klobuchar is a pragmatic and authentic progressive who wants to make actual progress on many issues especially important to Washington, s...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Sanders' lack of medical transparency threatens another troubling precedent
When it comes to his medical records, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seems to have taken a cue from President Donald Trump’s handling of his financial records. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, is reneging on a vow to release his full health records after suffering a heart attack last year. Just as voters shouldn’t have allowed Trump to get away with scuttling the tradition of full financial disclosure by presidential candidates, they shouldn’t let Sanders set this troublesome new precedent of medical secrecy.Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and other past presidents hid ser...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Will Bunch: Can we talk about the Trump-loving, QAnon-type who slaughtered 10 people in Germany?
The virus is spreading worldwide faster than our ability to contain it.No, not that one.I’m thinking about the tragic and shocking events that took place on the night of Feb. 19, nearly 4,000 miles away in the German community of Hanau, not far from the city of Frankfurt. Around 10 p.m., a man walked into a popular hookah lounge called the Midnight Bar in Hanau’s central square and began firing at the bartender and patrons, most of Turkish descent. Then the gunman fled to a second bar in a nearby town and repeated the carnage.In all, nine people were slaughtered. The mass murderer then returne...
The Philadelphia Inquirer