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[OP-ED]: The curse of middle-aged capitalism -- for Trump and all of us

 08/21/2017 - 13:57
In 1995, the largest five firms by market “capitalization” (the value of a company’s shares) were old-line businesses: Exxon, AT&T, Coca Cola, General Electric and Merck. By 2015, only Exxon (now Exxon Mobil) remained.

 A persisting puzzle about the U.S. economy is how it can seem both strong and weak. On the one hand, it remains a citadel of innovation, producing new companies like Uber. On the other, the economy is expanding at a snail’s pace of 2 percent annually since 2010. How could both be true? Why isn’t innovation translating into faster growth? The answer -- or part of the answer -- is that American businesses are running on two separate tracks. Call them the “youthful” and “middle-aged” tracks.

[OP-ED]: Both Trump and the media love wrestling in the mud

 08/21/2017 - 12:19
There’s no evidence behind the terrible accusation that Trump is in league with white supremacists. When he declared in his Monday remarks from the White House that “racism is evil,” I bought it. EFE

In keeping with the recent meme of recognizing bad behavior “on many sides,” there was something that was painfully obvious during last week’s improv news-conference-like-no-other in the lobby of Trump Tower: President Trump and the media deserve each other. Both are driven by ego and take criticism personally. Both will twist the facts to defend themselves and push their agenda. And both love to wrestle in the mud.

Rock and Roll and Resistance: A Conversation with Alejandro Escovedo

 08/11/2017 - 12:25
Alejandro Escovedo for Burn Something Beautiful by Nancy Rankin Escovedo 

Mexican-American musician and activist Alejandro Escovedo elucidates on his immigrant roots, his take on the government, his brush with death, and how the stories he feels compelled to compose transcend the genre of rock and roll. Escovedo will be strumming alongside Texan legend Joe Ely at Ardmore Music Hall on August 19th, 2017.

[OP-ED]: Trump is but the latest politician to serenade Youngstown

 08/04/2017 - 08:03
It’s no surprise that Trump returned to the familiar theme of demonizing Latino immigrants. The surprise is that he chose to do it in Youngstown of all places -- a city with a minuscule immigrant population, located in a state where the Latino population is just 3.7 percent. EFE

Youngstown again? As an avid spectator of politics, I’ve been hearing about that city in the Mahoning Valley of northeast Ohio for decades. Although it’s home to just 64,000 people, Youngstown gets more than its share of attention from politicians, media, filmmakers, and even a poetic singer/songwriter from Freehold, New Jersey.

10th immigrant found in overheated tractor-trailer dies in Texas

 07/25/2017 - 05:37
Photo taken on July 23, 2017, of the tractor-trailer without air conditioning found in San Antonio, Texas, to contain 38 suspected undocumented immigrants, of whom the 10th died on Monday, July 24, in a San Antonio Hospital. EFE/Darren Abat

 Among the dead was a so-called Dreamer, a migrant brought to the United States as a young child. Another 30 undocumented immigrants packed in the trailer were still alive but gasping from the lack of oxygen and the sweltering heat. They were taken to nearby hospitals where 17 are in critical condition.

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[OP-ED]: ¿Conseguirá la Justicia asomarse a la oficina del Fiscal del Distrito tras la condena de Seth Williams?

 07/03/2017 - 10:58
Attorney Michael Coard speaks at April 2017 protest demanding the resignation of DA Seth Williams following Williams' federal corruption indictment. Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad (yellow tie) joined others including Mumia Abu-Jamal activist Pam Africa (red tee shirt) and Greg Brinkley (far right) whose investigation ultimately freed a teen in the 911-dialing-dog false arrest. LBWPhoto.

El pomposo y vicioso fiscal se declara culpable de cargos de corrupción en el octavo día de un proceso penal federal sin precedentes. Las autoridades se llevan al fiscal en cuestión a prisión, enmanillado... Así transcurrió otro capítulo de la sórdida saga de Seth Williams, el ex fiscal de distrito (D.A.) de Filadelfia.

[OP-ED]: Will Justice Dawn In DA’s Office Following Conviction of DA Williams?

 07/03/2017 - 10:53
Attorney Michael Coard speaks at April 2017 protest demanding the resignation of DA Seth Williams following Williams' federal corruption indictment. Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad (yellow tie) joined others including Mumia Abu-Jamal activist Pam Africa (red tee shirt) and Greg Brinkley (far right) whose investigation ultimately freed a teen in the 911-dialing-dog false arrest. LBWPhoto.

The pompous, pilfering prosecutor pleads guilty to corruption charges on the eighth day of his unprecedented federal criminal trial. Authorities haul this prosecutor off to prison in handcuffs…another segment in the sordid saga of Seth Williams – Philadelphia’s now former District Attorney.

Trump meets with victims of crimes by undocumented immigrants

 06/29/2017 - 03:38
US President Donald J. Trump (C) listens as he meets with immigration crime victims to urge passage of House legislation to save American lives, in the Cabinet Room at the White House, Washington, DC, USA, 28 June 2017. EPA/Molly Riley / POOL

On Thursday the House of Representatives is scheduled to hold two "crucial votes" on immigration and national security bills, both sponsored by Republican Congressmen Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. One of the bills, dubbed Kate's Law, is designed to increase the penalties for immigrants convicted of certain crimes who, after being deported, have returned to the US illegally.

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