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Big Money vs. Black Lives: Movement connects money in politics to racial justice

Earlier this month, a coalition of more than 50 organizations connected to the Black Lives Matter movement released a highly-anticipated policy agenda document, “A Vision for Black Lives.” Rooted in the cause launched in 2013 to protest the killings of African Americans by police, the document began to take shape at a gathering in Cleveland…

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Big Daddy Kane on music, politics and the secret to a long career

Big Daddy Kane had his first big hit  in 1987 when he did a rap single with Biz Markie, “Just Rhymin’ with Biz“.   He was soon headlining on his own music and the rest is history. Kane sat down with host James Peterson to discuss everything from rappers he admires, to the presidential campaign,…

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DEA Rejects Requests to Relax Marijuana Classification

The federal government will announce Thursday that it will allow more research into marijuana but has rejected requests to relax the classification of the substance as a dangerous, highly addictive drug with no medical use, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The decision is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s response to a 2011 petition…

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Justice Department sues Mississippi over treatment of mentally ill

The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the state of Mississippi over the way it treats the mentally ill. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson says the state spends millions to shut away the mentally ill in hospitals when they could be provided more appropriate and helpful services, at…

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Toby Keith, on everything from politics to Swift-ian economics

Last month, 23 years after Toby Keith landed his first hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” one of the biggest country songs of the 1990s, he released its unofficial sequel, “A Few More Cowboys.” Keith, 55, was wrapping up production on an as-yet-unscheduled new album, and “I just grabbed the first thing that sounded like a…

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Justice Department to Streamline Tracking of Police Killings

The Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to better track killings by police officers, as heightened national scrutiny of such deaths has reinforced criticism of its reliance on self-reporting by state and local law enforcement agencies. In a notice published in the Federal Register this week, the Justice Department said it would ask…

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Streisand returns to Chicago solo, and she sure can deliver a song

Nearly four years ago, when Barbra Streisand last played Chicago’s United Center, she duetted with three teenage tenors, a saxophonist and her son, Jason Gould. This time, she soloed. Turns out, Streisand doesn’t need any help to captivate a crowd, which she did Tuesday as part of “Barbra: The Music … The Mem’ries … The…

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For Progressives Thinking About the Election

As the U.S. election season proceeds, there is controversy, confusion, consternation, and sometimes recrimination. Below, in a question and answer format, we present our views on these matters, hoping to contribute to the discussion. 1. Who are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Trump is a narcissistic, violent, lying, racist, misogynistic, ultra-nationalist bully. He says whatever…

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In these times, Groban thinks of music as respite

It’s probably for the best if Donald Trump keeps his hands off Josh Groban’s version of the song “You Raise Me Up.” And just to be safe, Hillary Clinton should ask Groban’s permission before she uses “You Are Loved.” Groban has opinions about this year’s presidential election as well as opinions about the right time…

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