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Oscar De La Hoya, current boxing promoter and former professional boxer. Photo: Isaac Brekken / AP
Jensen Toussaint

De La Hoya's announcement of a potential presidential bid highlights the current climate of U.S. politics.

The Fallout: Trump faces growing backlash over comments about Charlottesville

 08/17/2017 - 04:36
 The president of the United States, Donald Trump, chairing a meeting of a business advisory council. Trump dissolved two of these councils on Aug. 16, 2017, after several chief executive officers quit over his remarks about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. EFE

The President dissolved two business adversary councils on Wednesday after several chief executive officers quit over his remarks about last weekend"s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump's remarks als sparked condemnation from his fellow Republicans, including two Bush presidents, who issued an statement condemning 'racial bigotry'. 

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Cuarto líder empresarial renuncia a Consejo de Trump tras polémica racista

 08/15/2017 - 13:37
US President Donald Trump makes a statement Monday, Aug 14, 2017, from the White House condemning the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and other racist groups, days after the Charlottesville violence, but too late and too lacking in conviction to keep three CEOs of major companies from resigning from the President's Manufacturing Council. EFE/Chris Kleponis/Pool

El presidente de la Alianza para las Manufacturas Americanas, Scott Paul, se convirtió hoy en el cuarto líder empresarial que renuncia esta semana al Consejo de Fabricantes Estadounidenses de Donald Trump tras la tibia respuesta del mandatario a los incidentes racistas en Charlottesville (VA).

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4th CEO to resign from Trump Council over Charlottesville response

 08/15/2017 - 12:48
US President Donald Trump makes a statement Monday, Aug 14, 2017, from the White House condemning the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and other racist groups, days after the Charlottesville violence, but too late and too lacking in conviction to keep three CEOs of major companies from resigning from the President's Manufacturing Council. EFE/Chris Kleponis/Pool

Scott Paul, president of Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned from the President's Manufacturing Council, joining the CEO's of Intel, Merck and Under Armour, which resigned from the group created by Donald Trump, because of the noncommittal way he responded to the racist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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[OP-ED]: Hispanics’ sunny spirit is a reminder of what made America great

 07/31/2017 - 08:28
A group of people perform a vigil, in El Paso, Texas, in honor of the Guatemalan immigrants who died this week trying to cross the Rio Grande, also known as the Rio Bravo, which serves as the border between the United States and the United States. And MexicoEFE

 News headlines are screaming about how fearful Latinos are due to moves the Trump administration is making toward stepping up deportations. These are valid concerns for many Hispanics, a majority of whom have acquaintances or family members who could be at risk.

[OP-ED]: Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

 07/26/2017 - 09:12
Donald Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He heard voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious ideas, policies, nor even the desire to search for them. EFE

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced and expressed -- somewhat inconsistently -- a populism that went beyond the traditional left-right divide. What would things look like at this point if President Trump had governed in the manner of a pragmatic, jobs-oriented reformer who was relentlessly focused on the “forgotten” Americans of whom he often speaks?

[OP-ED]: Growing disgust with the ethos of college campuses does not mean a rejection of higher education

 07/18/2017 - 15:00
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollments, the number of students in colleges and universities has now dropped for five straight years, and this year 81,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide are heading to higher-education institutions. 

A recent survey on the public’s view of national institutions elicited headlines that suggested a tale of backwardness and ignorance. One example: “Majority of Republicans Think Higher Education is Bad for America.” 

The reality is more complex.

[OP-ED]: Mad at everyone

 07/03/2017 - 17:41
Not surprisingly, the system has become self-perpetuating. It feeds on mutual recriminations. On this July 4, the Founders -- who had deep disagreements, but compromised -- would doubtlessly disapprove.

This is the summer of our discontent. As Americans celebrate July 4, they are mad at their leaders, mad at their government and mad at each other. A recent Pew poll finds that “public trust in government remains near historic lows.” Just 20 percent of Americans trust the government to “do the right thing just about always or most of the time.” The comparable figures were 40 percent in 2000 and almost 80 percent in the early 1960s. There has been a long-term loss of trust.