The Debate About the Tea Party and Racism

For critics like the NAACP, the Tea Party tolerates racism in its ranks, a charge party leaders strongly reject. To condemn the so-called movement for the craziness of some of its more idiotic fans is less than fair. But Tea Party leaders do seem more interested in attacking perceived enemies on the left than in taking on bigoted fringe groups aligned with the party.

The Race Gap in the Economic Recovery

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve released an immense report detailing evidence of the nation's ongoing economic recovery. The collective net worth of American households and non-profits rose $6.3 trillion since the first quarter of 2009 (generally considered the low point of the Great Recession).

Why Alabama's Artur Davis Lost the Black Vote

Artur Davis was supposed to be the Deep South's first elected black governor. He had arrived at Harvard Law School in 1990—months after Barack Obama was elected president of the law review. And many, in Alabama and elsewhere, thought his political gifts rivaled those of the president himself.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Is Model for Obama

Cory Booker was the Obama of American politics before Barack Obama leaped onto the national stage. When Booker first ran for mayor of Newark in 2002, Barack Obama was a relatively unknown Illinois state senator.

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