Today in New Orleans, six Mississippians who are former felons will present a premise to a federal appeals court: It should not take an act of Congress to have your voting rights restored.
At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph.
Election security requires that voters trust the results. But many electronic voting systems are clearly insecure, and untrustworthy. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, our country faces a voting security crisis. Here's why -- paperless voting machines are just waiting to be hacked in 2020.
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, as have pre-Black Friday and Black Friday sales, along with the family members who graced our home for the Thanksgiving celebration. We had many things to give thanks for: reasonably good health, plenty of warmth and sunshine, and more good food than should be legal.
Monday afternoon Bill Cole sat on a barstool in the empty bay of a metal building that houses Dixie Towing, the New Hope business he has owned and operated for 30 years and looked out across the road. Cole was wearing pressed jeans, cowboy boots and a black long-sleeved shirt. His swept-back white hair gives him the look of a country music star -- think Charlie Rich.
Thanksgiving is a bittersweet holiday for my family. While we find joy in gathering together to give thanks, the day is also a painful reminder that we may never have the opportunity to share a meal with my father again.
This coming Friday, December 6, 2019, will mark the bicentennial of Columbus' official recognition as the Town of Columbus.
People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It's the malign influence of the Jewish lobby, or Israel is a colonial outpost of the American hegemon or Israel has brainwashed American policymakers. What these right-wing conspiracists, anti-Semites and committed leftists miss is that there isn't any mystery about the bond between the U.S. and Israel. U.S. support for Israel, and vice versa, has been based on shared values.
In my home state of Massachusetts, where a wily state government has found a way to do everything except stop people from leaving the older cities, there is a war on flavored tobacco and vaping products. A ban of both is on the way.
This week marked a historic event in Mississippi. Monday at 5 a.m., the Mississippi Lottery Corporation offered its first lottery games -- a group of four scratch-off tickets that featured prizes up to $100,000.
Today is Thanksgiving and, if we are entirely honest with ourselves, we will admit that aligning our attitude with the spirit of the holiday sometimes requires some real effort.
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