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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. He has authored ten books; his articles are published in newspapers and magazines nationally in the United States. Three of his books have been published in other languages. He is also a social and political analyst and he appears on such TV programs as CNN, MSBC, NPR, The O'Reilly Show, American Urban Radio Network, and local Los Angeles television and radio stations as well. He is an associate editor at New America Media and a regular contributor to Black News.com, Alternet.com, BlackAmericaWeb.Com and the Huffington Post. He does a weekly commentary on KJLH Radio in Los Angeles.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 Racial Demographic Voter Armageddon Dooms GOP (1 comments)
The drumbeat refrain from Tea Party leaders and more than a few wishful thinking GOP strategists, governors and congressional leaders is that the roll-out woes of the Affordable Care Act is the party's passport to electoral victory in 2014 and 2016. Polls do show that a majority of Americans worry about the web site glitches, and either losing their current coverage or having to pay higher costs for coverage.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 GOP Turns Predictable Deaf Ear to Plea to Close Income Inequality Gap
President Obama gave it the good old college try when he virtually implored Congress to take a hard, long look at the surging income inequality gap in America. This was a step to put a partial brake on the widening gap by increasing the minimum wage, and limit slashes on spending programs that aid the poor and lower income workers.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 Why President Obama's Approval Dip Doesn't Matter (2 comments)
There have been some discernible jitters among some Democrats over President Obama's approval rating dive. This shouldn't surprise. 2014 looms big as an election year in which Democrats will have to fight tooth and nail to retain their razor thin edge in the Senate.
Monday, December 2, 2013 The GOP Bumbles Again on Race---This Time It's Rosa Parks (1 comments)
The Republican National Committee can't help itself. No matter how many times and in how many ways it's amply shown that it can't get it right on race, it still keeps bumbling along. Its latest bumble is to try and capitalize on the exalted name of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. The RNC apparently thought it was doing good when it tweeted on the anniversary of Parks legendary refusal to get up from her front seat on a segregate
Sunday, December 1, 2013 The GOP's 2014 Election Hit Plan on Health Care Site Will Flop
The last thing in the world that the GOP wants is for President Obama to fulfill his promise to get it right on the health care website glitch. That fawn hope has less to do with the GOP's relentless drive to torpedo the Affordable Care Act than the 2014 mid-term elections and the 2016 presidential elections. At the top of the high stakes political gambit is control of the Senate.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Justice Still Demands a Civil Rights Prosecution of Zimmerman (17 comments)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a recent news conference that he will decide soon whether to prosecute George Zimmerman who was acquitted in the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Holder still has a compelling reason to prosecute Zimmerman
Sunday, November 17, 2013 JFK's Civil Rights Legacy- 50 Years of Myth and Fact (2 comments)
There's been as much myth as fact regarding John F. Kennedy's civil rights legacy in the more than fifty years before, during and especially after his assassination on November 22, 1963. In the days before he delivered his now famed presidential inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961, two of his principal advisors Louis Martin and Harris Wofford battled hard to get Kennedy to add two words "at home" to a pivotal sentenc
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Palin's Slavery Analogy Par for Her and the GOP (1 comments)
The most remarkable thing about former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is her boundless knack for sneaking a racial dig into one of her screwy trade mark swipes at President Obama and the Democrats. The latest Palin race card play is her likening the country's debt to China and other foreign nations as slavery.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Christie's Tea Party Albatross (1 comments)
The old saw that you can't live with them and you can't live without them may apply more aptly to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie than to husbands and wives. The "them" in Christie's case is the Tea Party.
Sunday, November 3, 2013 Alleged Los Angeles Airport Shooter May Be More than a Lone Nut (3 comments)
Two troubling polls were taken within less than a month of each other last March and April. The March poll by Public Policy Polling found that nearly one third of Americans think that there is a secretive, diabolical cabal out to rule the world through a "New World Order."
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Why Obamacare Will Triumph Despite Glitches and the GOP (3 comments)
The GOP controlled House Ways and Means is the first of the three GOP congressional committees "investigating" Obamacare to try and pulverize it--again. GOP committee members pounded hard on the stock GOP hit points; it's a mess because of a lousy computer system, thousands have gotten sticker shock after getting cancellation notices, there's big sneaky insurance price hikes on the way, there are the subsidies that don't subsi
Friday, October 11, 2013 Cave on Debt Ceiling Poses Peril for the Democrats
President Obama has repeatedly said that he will not budge on his demand to reopen the government and green lighting a deal on a debt ceiling raise. The reason he can't goes far beyond the fact that the debt ceiling has been routinely raised for the past three decades under GOP and Democratic presidents with barely a peep of protest and that Congress must pay the bills that it made and allocated money for. Nor is it solely ove
Sunday, October 6, 2013 Was Race a Factor in the Slaying of Miriam Carey? (15 comments)
Miriam Carey's sisters screamed loudly that their sister did not have to die in the hail of gunfire from D.C. police. They did not say or even hint that race had anything to do with the young black woman's slaying in her alleged attack on the White House. The blizzard of oft times conflicting reports on how and why she was killed has left plenty of room for much speculation and serious doubt over whether Carey really was a dan
Saturday, October 5, 2013 The GOP's Debt Ceiling War is Not about Debt but About Obama (3 comments)
In September, the National Review Online made public the blueprint of the House GOPs war plan to stonewall the debt ceiling raise. The plan of attack included many of the same demands the GOP has repeatedly made to stall, eliminate, or delay every program and initiative President Obama has put forth.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Why a Shrinking Tea Party Still Holds the Nation Hostage
There are three horrific facts about the bunch that's holding the nation hostage in the partial government shutdown. One is that they are either Tea Party members or affiliated with the party. Another is that they are a minority even within the minority of GOP congresspersons. The other is that their influence and numbers in the general population have plunged to the lowest point since the Tea Party inception a few years back.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 The Federal Government's War on King Went Far beyond NSA Taps (2 comments)
The newly declassified documents released by the National Security Agency offer more proof of what's long been known and that's that the federal government routinely spied on Dr. Martin Luther King. However, the NSA taps are only the tip of the government spy iceberg against King. What's still only sketchily known or remembered is that the government waged a long, brutal and systematic covert campaign against King that didn't
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Why the GOP Thinks Hillary Is Their Perfect Foil (2 comments)
Hillary Clinton is still playing coy on the one question that many incessantly ask, and that's will she run? Her response in a recent interview to the politically tantalizing question was simply to say that she will do what's best to advocate for the values and policies she thinks are right for the country.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 D.C. Shooter Would Not Have Gotten Much Help from the GOP (2 comments)
There's little doubt that Washington D.C. Naval yard shooter Aaron Alexis had serious mental problems, and had them for some time. If Alexis had not been a veteran and received treatment at the VA, as reported, there's also little doubt that he might have been out of luck in seeking treatment. He could thank GOP congressional and state leaders for that.
Monday, September 16, 2013 The GOP Still Hell Bent to Make Obama a Failed President (24 comments)
GOP House speaker John Boehner is making a strained effort to check House Republicans in their hell bent charge against President Obama on the budget, continued government funding, and their pet loathing, the Affordable Care Act. His effort is fruitless for one simple reason. Tea Party backed House Republicans loudly, and the GOP establishment quietly, will never shed their obsessive dream of making the Obama presidency a fail
Thursday, September 12, 2013 The Racial Ghosts of the Birmingham Church Bombing Still Haunt America
The Birmingham church bombing that killed four African-American girls fifty years ago was no isolated racial horror. At the time, the Sixteenth Street Baptist church bombing was just another in the decade long train of racist terror attacks that included beatings, shootings, mob attacks, ambushes, and, of course, bombings.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Zimmerman Proves Again and Again that Zimmerman was Never the Victim (15 comments)
George Zimmerman proved again that he was never the victim in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The proof this time was his being briefly detained for allegedly threatening his now estranged wife along with a report that he had a gun.
Saturday, September 7, 2013 Why the GOP is suddenly the Party of Peace
The stunning number of GOP law makers that are vehemently opposed to US war making against Syria has been nothing less than astounding. Lame duck Minnesota GOP congressperson Michelle Bachman's flat out assertion that Syrian intervention would be a bad call and the US is war weary seemed to punctuate much of the GOP's new thinking about war. The eye-catching part of their sudden remake as the party of caution, even peace, can'
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 President Obama's Syria Strike Poses Major Challenge to Backers (1 comments)
Within moments after President Obama bluntly indicated that he was ready and willing to strike Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces for its alleged mass chemical attack on civilians, dozens of the most liberal House Democrats signed a letter warning him to tread very carefully on any Syrian action. Their message was cautious, gentile, and diplomatic. The implication behind it was that an Obama administration strike against S
Sunday, September 1, 2013 President Obama Avoids GOP Trap on Syria (1 comments)
GOP congressional leaders tried to have their cake and eat it too on Syria. They spent months screaming at and for President Obama to take action against Syria.
Friday, August 30, 2013 President Obama Lays down Gauntlet Again to Congress with Gun Control Executive Orders (1 comments)
The NRA and key GOP congressional leader's response to President Obama's new round of unilateral executive orders on gun control was as predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara Desert in August. The NRA thundered that they are useless, unconstitutional, and won't do a thing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The response from GOP congressional leaders was just as predictable: stone silence.
Saturday, August 24, 2013 Civil Rights Leaders face Bigger Challenges than King Faced Fifty Years Ago
The fiftieth anniversary of the monumental 1963 March on Washington was accompanied by the wave of commemorative events that tried hard to recapture the energy and the spirit of the 1963 March. This was a tall order. The original march punctuated by Dr. Martin Luther King's towering "I Have a Dream" speech acted as a powerful wrecking ball that crumbled the walls of legal segregation and ushered in an era of unbridled opportun
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Reinforcing the Self-Serving Myth that Blacks Kill Whites Because They're White (4 comments)
The predictable happened as soon as the race of the three teens charged in the Oklahoma slaying of Christopher Lane, a young white Australian baseball player was known. Two are black. The cry immediately went up yet again that whites are in dire peril from being victimized, and likely murdered by young blacks.
Friday, August 16, 2013 The RNC's Losing Battle Against its Racists (1 comments)
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus sounded like he really meant business when he frontally assailed racism from one of the GOP party faithful. He lambasted GOP Iowa congressman Steve King for his silly, vicious and relentless trash of immigration reform and undocumented immigrants.
Sunday, August 11, 2013 NSA's Spy History Poses Daunting Challenge for President Obama
President Obama faces a daunting challenge in reining in the National Security Agency's surveillance program. The proposals that he floated include more civilian oversight, greater transparency, and a panel of experts to recommend even more reforms before the year is out. The proposals are a good first step to bring some measure of public disclosure to an agency that has a long history of doing whatever it deems necessary to i
Friday, August 9, 2013 Holder Says the Obvious--the Drug War is a war on Minorities (3 comments)
The scuttlebutt is that Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to say what has long been obvious to anyone who has the faintest notion about how the wildly failed, flawed war on drugs has been waged for three decades. The obvious is that the war on drugs has been a ruthless, relentless and naked war on minorities, especially African-Americans.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Rangel Need Offer No Apology for Tea Party Racial Blast (3 comments)
Harlem Democratic congressman Charles Rangel predictably took much heat when he flatly called the Tea Party "white crackers." He said this is the bunch that fought civil rights. By that Rangel meant the civil rights, and voting rights bills in the 1960s, and affirmative action programs from the 1970s to the present.
Monday, July 22, 2013 Eight Compelling Reasons for a Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman (3 comments)
The moment the NAACP, the Reverend Al Sharpton and other civil rights organizations publicly demanded that the Justice Department conduct a federal probe into the Trayvon Martin slaying and George Zimmerman's acquittal for killing him with a view toward bringing civil rights charges against him, volumes were written and spoken as to why the department supposedly couldn't or shouldn't prosecute him. There's one problem with all
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Zimmerman Trial Juror b37 Reconfirms Glaring Juror Racial Bias (6 comments)
George Zimmerman trial juror b37 flatly said that there was no doubt that Zimmerman feared for his life when he killed Trayvon Martin. When she said that, she reconfirmed two deep and troubling facts about the Zimmerman trial and the criminal justice system.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman Compelling, But Unlikely (1 comments)
The instant that Trayvon Martin's family, their attorneys, and civil rights leaders honed media attention on his slaying and made it a national flashpoint issue, the cry rose for a Justice Department probe and possible prosecution of George Zimmerman on civil rights charges
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Did Marijuana Use Make Trayvon Martin Violent? (26 comments)
The instant that Sanford police officials in March, 2012 leaked to the media school records that showed Trayvon Martin had been suspended from school for possessing a trace amount of marijuana, there was little doubt that George Zimmerman's defense attorneys would jump all over this to prove their point about Martin.
Sunday, July 7, 2013 Why so Many Believe Blacks Are America's Racists (4 comments)
A recent Rasmussen poll found that more Americans by a wide margin think blacks are more racist than whites. This also included a significant percent of blacks who according to Rasmussen said that they consider more blacks racist than whites or Hispanics. The poll was sloughed off, mocked, and skewered by some.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Prosecution Red Flag Up in Martin Case (1 comments)
Two weeks into the George Zimmerman trial the debate has intensified over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "tough on Crime" Corey and her team is helping or hurting their case against Zimmerman with their witnesses.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 America's Shameful Treatment of Mandela Still Lingers (2 comments)
During his trip to South Africa, President Obama graciously and reverentially praised Nelson Mandela as a leader who inspired people around the world and that included himself. This was more than just praise for one of the planet's most respected leaders, the man Obama called by his traditional tribal (and affectionate) name Madiba.
Friday, June 28, 2013 The GOP Still Sees Immigration as a Lose Lose
President Obama, Democratic Senate leaders, and immigration rights groups heaped praise on GOP Senate leaders for finally getting enough of their party members to pass an immigration reform bill. It was indeed quite a feat considering the long, relentless, and dogged fight by the GOP majority to duck, dodge, and bury proposals on immigration reform.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Don't Expect GOP to Back Congressional Boost to Voting Rights Act
The instant the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by knocking out the key provision requiring Justice Department preclearance before a locale can alter or institute new voting procedures the call went up for Congress to restore some version of this requirement.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 More GOP Mythmaking on the Border (1 comments)
GOP House Speaker John Boehner recently called border security "laughable." Boehner was not being funny. That sentiment could have a major blowback effect in the House on the deal that the four GOP Senators crafted to take the issue of border security off the contentious table and move the immigration bill to final passage.
Saturday, June 15, 2013 The FBI Walks a Perilous Line between Surveillance and Outright Spying
Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller was asked sharp questions by a House Judiciary Committee panel about the FBI's massive collection, intercept, and listening in on millions of phone conversations. There were two obvious concerns behind the questioning and one concern that should be a concern to all given the FBI's past.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Rice Appointment is Fitting Rebuke to the GOP
President Obama's appointment of UN Ambassador Susan Rice as his National Security Advisor was a great move for two reasons. Rice has the same superb qualifications that would have made her an exemplary Secretary of State.
Sunday, June 2, 2013 The GOP's Hillary Hits Won't Work
The recent Quinnipiac University poll on likely 2016 presidential candidates seemingly had some good news for the GOP and bad news for thousands of Democrats. The poll found that Hillary Clinton's popularity had nose-dived nearly 10 percent in the past few months.
Friday, May 24, 2013 Why President Obama is the Most Heckled President (3 comments)
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin's repeated and drug out heckling of President Obama during his drone policy speech is simply the latest in a disgusting and damaging repeat act that has become almost ritual.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 GOP Mute on Apple and Other Corporations Corporate Welfare Grab (1 comments)
The news that Apple paid zero taxes on tens of billions in income on its overseas operations, investments, and sales grabbed a momentary headline but stirred little more than a yawn among GOP leaders. There's little surprise here for several well-known and deeply troubling reasons.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 President Obama Slays Business Killer Myth
There are two pesky myths about Democratic presidents. One is that they are inherently dovish on foreign policy and they are anti-big business in their domestic policy. The GOP myth that Democratic presidents were chronic foreign policy pushovers got some traction in the early going with the GOP attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Obama and for as short time immediately after his election as President.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 Charles Ramsey Stood Racial Stereotypes on their Head (1 comments)
A week after the great debate over whether Charles Ramsey is an American hero or another American casualty of media induced racial stereotyping or both after helping save the lives of the three kidnapped Cleveland women, one thing is now clear. Ramsey has done the seemingly impossible. He's turned racial stereotyping on its head.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 It's not Benghazi, It's President Obama (1 comments)
The GOP won't give up on Benghazi for the simple reason that any and everything no matter how big, small, trivial, or downright nutty, that even remotely allows it to slur President Obama it will race to the stars with. Benghazi is not simply the latest in the hit plan against Obama but the longest standing and most relentless of the GOP's ploys.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Thomas's Race Hit on Obama No Surprise (2 comments)
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did the seemingly impossible. He turned from court mute to a hit man on President Obama. In an interview at Duquesne University Law School in April, Thomas snidely rapped Obama for being the darling of the "elites." To Thomas that means liberals, progressives, intellectuals, and the supposedly hopelessly liberal media.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Bomber Suspects Guns Big Slap at NRA's Gun Control Obstinacy (4 comments)
Boston bomber suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly horded a small arsenal of guns. They were automatic weapons. They did not have to go through a background check or have a permit.
Friday, April 19, 2013 Hunt Terrorists, Not Witchhunt Muslims (1 comments)
President Obama's cautious admonition not to rush to judgment about the Boston Marathon terror bombing until all the facts were in put a momentary check on the media and some in the public who were rushing to spew the perennial "Muslim terrorists" did it line.
Monday, April 15, 2013 GOP has New Dilemma in Feud with Tea Party (1 comments)
In rapid succession, Tea Party leaders in Alaska, Ohio, and Florida recently saber rattled GOP governors, chairs, and local party officials of various stripes. Their offense was that they were too moderate, too conciliatory to Democrats, and had strayed too badly from conservative dogma.
Friday, April 12, 2013 The NRA's Terror Campaign against Congress Kicks into High Gear
The dust had barely settled on the Senate's vote to shortstop the GOP filibuster against the compromise deal that some GOP and conservative Democratic senators brokered on the gun control bill before other GOP and conservative Democratic senators began pecking away at it. The deal was to support background checks for private gun sales, and other lessor gun curb measures.