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No Matter How Many Fruits N' Veggies There Are, The Sweet Stuff Sells

Friday, October 15, 2010

"If we are truly interested in changing the rates of obesity issue, our take cannot simply be that sugary and high-fat food is all that is within walking distance to poor New Yorkers. It simply isn’t true."

-- John McWhorter.

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Bullhorn: End The War on Drugs, Obama

Friday, October 08, 2010

If Barack Obama and the Democrats really wanted to re-arouse the coalition of voters that gave Obama the White House two years ago, all it would take is a single issue we aren’t hearing about amidst the earnest back-and-forths over health care, TARP and taxing small business.

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Bullhorn: The Narrow Debate on Race Distorts Political Labels

Sunday, October 03, 2010

“You’re not as conservative as I thought!” I hear this all the time. I’ve learned that when media outlets seek me out, it is best to let them know early on that I cannot serve as right-wing “balance” in a quest for a “diversity” of black voices, and that my politics are best described as cranky liberal.

But that’s not the reputation that precedes me. Why the confusion? Because I write about race politics, and when you venture into that territory, today’s narrow view of what’s acceptably liberal quickly distorts ideological labels.

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Bullhorn: Farai Chideya on America in an Age of High Anxiety

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Traveling through America, I cannot help but look at America in military metaphors, as a soldier who has served a tour of duty and cannot help but wonder if rotations to the field will continue indefinitely. The battles are economic, on one level. Jobs and the economy remain the top issues. Neighborhoods rocked by foreclosures are sometimes finding a new equilibrium - even if that equilibrium means learning to live with one or two abandoned houses on a once-full block. America has survived the dizzying economic crash of 2008, but we remain ready to fight for an American Dream that sometimes we can't even define.

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Bullhorn: Gaga for Gaga

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert prepare to take Washington, we certainly should appreciate the satire, the cynicism even, as healthy for our democracy. After all, Stewart's viewers are engaged on some level. They are not completely disengaged from the political process. The same can be said of Glenn Beck's followers. And if Lady Gaga’s fans pick up the phone and call their senators, whatever their motivation, at least they are dialing into the process. The question is whether we are engaged enough.

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Bullhorn: Tea Party Leader Says Post-Primary, Questions for Winning GOP Candidates

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Candidates have been describing the problems facing New Yorkers and Americans, but they have not done a very good job of communicating how they will do something about these problems. Just like in a job interview New Yorkers now want candidates to demonstrate ability. It's time to focus and give some answers.

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Bullhorn: Juan Manuel Benitez Asks For GOP - Press 1 Only?

Monday, September 20, 2010

"We speak English here!" is often the answer I get at Republican or Tea Party gatherings whenever I skim the crowd looking for a Spanish speaker that can produce a soundbite for my television story. I wonder if they are the same people who cringe when an automated machine tells them to "press one for English, para español, oprima el dos."

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Bullhorn: Gerson Borrero Asks What's Wrong with a Little Crazy?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Have we all gone loco in the media? Whether we like it or not Carl Paladino received 62.09% of the primary votes casted by Republicans on September 14th.  The more widely known Rick Lazio, the presumed “sane” candidate received only 37.91% of Republican votes. Call me nuts, but as much as it may sicken us, we should acknowledge that Carl Paladino’s in-your-face ways, his candid vocabulary, political incorrectness and even his racist tinge may connect and reflect millions of New York State voters.

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Bullhorn: Edward-Isaac Dovere's Questions for Democratic AG Nominee Eric Schneiderman

Friday, September 17, 2010

Many of the questions State Sen. Eric Schneiderman will have to answer as he emerges from the Democratic attorney general primary are ones that were put to him by his fellow Democratic candidates, and have now been taken up Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, the Republican nominee. He dismissed them as issues so far, but whether the New York general electorate—which is much larger and more diverse than the interest-group driven base Schneiderman successfully mobilized in an ultra-low turn-out primary—will let him may decide who becomes the next attorney general of the state.

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Bullhorn: David Cruz Asks Where’s My President? Where’s My Job?

Friday, September 17, 2010

After watching how we all comported ourselves during the primaries, I guess the biggest question we should be asking is “have you no shame?” But, that’s a rhetorical question at this point, right? It seems the only thing we’re all actually able to agree on is that our national political and cultural conversation is as dangerously dopey as it’s ever been.

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Bullhorn: Our System’s as Broken as It Ever Was, and That’s on Purpose

Friday, September 10, 2010

Way back in 1790, just a few short years after the real Tea Party, John Adams was stressing that our political system was broken. But it wasn't broken then, and it isn’t now. Here's why: the political parties don’t govern in our political process; the Constitution does.

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Bullhorn: Term Limits Are Part of the Solution

Thursday, September 09, 2010

If we lend credence to recent polls then voters in New York are set to punish one of the most dysfunctional state legislatures in the nation. September 14 is the first shot the electorate gets to settle the score with those that shamed us by turning Albany into a circus. And yet when one peruses how many in the Senate or Assembly are facing opposition from within their own parties, reality sets in.

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Bullhorn: John McWhorter on All Talk, and No Writing, in Politics

Thursday, September 09, 2010

There is an element of ahistoricism in the idea that American politics is uniquely “broken” today. The forward-looking essence to the American spirit discourages the near-obsessive focus on past slights and failures that can hobble a culture. However, it also encourages a sense that what is striking or disturbing is also a novelty, when quite often it is not.

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Bullhorn: Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Pundit Echo Chamber

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I tried to bid an official farewell to summer with a dip in the waters at my favorite spot off the Jersey Shore (the place, not the TV show), but swimming was restricted, such were the riptide conditions left over from the hurricane that just skidded past us a few days ago.

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Bullhorn: Tea Party Leader on What's Broken in Politics

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I began losing faith in the institution of government in the late 1990's. I had high hopes when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, but then they settled into the swamp they swore to drain.

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Bullhorn: Obama Advisor on Campaign-to-Governing Shift

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I've been asked to help kick-off this new website and to answer the question: "What's Broken in Politics and How Do We Fix It?"  Well, maybe this isn't what the good folks at WNYC want, but I'm gonna reject their premise. You see, they assume through the question that politics is broken and needs fixing. I think not.

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