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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. OTHER VIEWS: ACA will have another date with Supreme Court

    Is this the beginning of the end of Obamacare? Tuesday’s ruling by a U.S. appellate court panel in the District of Columbia creates the possibility that the Affordable Care Act will unravel.   The appellate panel found — “reluctantly,”...

  5. MANUEL FUDERANAN: When our city manager is left hanging, others feel the effects

    When raw passion takes over -- and personalized politics and a biased agendum are mixed in -- prudence and decorum are thrown to the wind, and objectivity is blindsided. That's what seemed to happen in the contentious meeting of the...

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    HITS & MISSES: Hoping to show off our 'Bump,' and Bakersfield dries out

    HIT: Did you see us? If you've never heard of the "Colbert Bump," it goes a little something like this: It's essentially a perceived boost in popularity of a person, organization or cause as a direct result of appearing as a guest -- or...

  7. 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...

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    RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans should capitalize in wake of Obamacare rulings

    Obamacare, the program, has been operating in violation of Obamacare, the law. That’s what the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday morning: The Affordable Care Act authorizes federal authorities to offer tax credits to defray...

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    ESTHER CEPEDA: Tough calls on border kids

    Those who want to deport the border kids immediately and those who want to extend them protections have dug into their positions — as if either course of action would suffice.   Those in the “help” camp are resolute — to the point that...

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    LEON KOLANKIEWICZ: Many share blame in creating America’s immigration storm

    The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies. But there is a deeper cause as well, one for which Republicans and religious...

  11. HITS & MISSES: George just can't win, and Obama decides not to play on TV

    MISS: Here comes the sun, there goes the tree   “Beetles Kill George Harrison Memorial Tree.” (NBC Los Angeles)   “Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetle.” (NPR)   “LA gently weeps as George Harrison tree is felled by beetles.”...

  12. KEN HILL: Revisionist history weakens our First Amendment protections

    Once again, the readers of The Californian are treated to a mind-numbing dose of Christian revisionist history (“Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger,” July 17). We’ll get to the root of the matter in a moment, but first, a little...

  13. AL SANDRINI: ‘New money’ is funding schools already should have been given

    I can hear ‘em now — my good friends questioning how we education folks keep spending “their” money (taxes) and keep asking for more! (“What didja do with all the Lottery money?”)   For the first time in several years, public education is...

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