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  1. REINCE PREIBUS: Why I decided to speak to this year's Urban League convention

    Sunday, Jul 27 2014 11:00 PM

    Today, America is facing a crisis of joblessness and lack of access to quality education, especially in minority communities. The National Urban League has rightly called it the crisis of "One nation underemployed."

    When I addressed the Urban League's conference in Cincinnati this week, I spoke of Whitney Young, the civil rights leader and head of the National Urban League. He was a transformational figure. When President Richard Nixon delivered the eulogy at his funeral, he said Young "knew how to accomplish what other people were merely for."

    And to solve the crisis of "One nation underemployed," we need leaders like Whitney Young who can accomplish what we're for: job creation and improved educational opportunities.

  2. KARA MULDER: Today is a gift -- please don't take it for granted

    It was my first flight of my flight attendant career. I had just landed in Las Vegas, opened the door, and the gate agent told me that Michael Jackson had died. Every year, I remember that first flight, that news, that moment. When...

  3. FRED KAPLAN: America's Flight 17

    Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it's worth looking back at...

  4. HAROLD MEYERSON: A flawed solution to gridlock

    Would the dysfunction of U.S. politics be dispelled if we got rid of partisan primaries? That's the contention of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Schumer argued that the primary system in most states, in...

  5. MARK MERRITT: Bill undermines home delivery and harms patients, employers

    One of the challenges facing small businesses, unions and health care consumers is the constant struggle to control costs and provide high-quality health benefits. A recent op-ed published in The Californian ("Assembly bill promotes...

  6. SARAH SHARPE: Valley air needs cleaning up, and oil companies must help

    During the school year, I drive my two sons, ages 6 and 3, to school in downtown Fresno. As a Central Valley mom, I have to include one more step in my morning routine -- checking the air quality flag. For those who don't know, right under...

  7. KATIE McAULIFFE: We must protect our privacy in the digital age

    Our Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in order to create a nation where its people would have rights to freedom, liberty and privacy. While most Americans celebrated our nation's independence this past weekend with...

  8. MARIE HELMY: The story of how I learned to hate Bakersfield

    I was 7 years old when I first learned why people hate Bakersfield. Sitting under the blistering San Joaquin Valley sun, I stared out at a yellow soccer field as West L.A.'s Orange Crush battled Reno's Green Machines in a fierce match...

  9. STEVE LEVIN: Bakersfield: Be the light, not the dark

    I was on my way back to the office from a story one recent Sunday afternoon, stopped at a light in the middle lane of southbound Chester Avenue at 19th Street, my window down, minding my own business and thinking of nothing (as I'm...

  10. NOAH FELDMAN: Who won abortion ruling? Liberals

    It's becoming a June ritual: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberals to issue a moderate, centrist opinion, and leaves his erstwhile conservative admirers flailing. Roberts's latest foray into moderation comes in Thursday's...

  11. LEE EDWARDS: Goldwater and the conscience of a conservative

    This year, from the Supreme Court to the sports pages, discussions of racism have dominated the news. But let's not kid ourselves and think this is all something new. When it comes to racial issues, the most unfairly maligned American of...

  12. GREGORY RODRIGUEZ: Are politics making America boring?

    America -- arguably the world's most diverse, innovative, and surprising nation -- is becoming a lot more predictable. And boring. According to the most recent Pew Research Poll on political polarization, Americans are becoming more...

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    STEVE LEVIN: Hip has a new home: Bakersfield

    Bakersfield is hip? That's not the first thought most people have about Bakersfield, or, quite likely, one of the first couple dozen thoughts they have about the city. No matter. It's intriguing to ponder, if breathtaking in its audacity...

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