In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.
The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.
Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. He was 93.
Ever the newsman and ever one...Read more
Over the weekend I read a piece in The New York Times titled "Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate." In short, the black vote can swing elections in key states and ultimately decide which direction the nation will go. As I've toured six states in the last three weeks, I've witnessed a perceptible lack of enthusiasm among black voters, largely because there's a disconnect between voting and what we are...Read more
Ebola is no longer a threat in Nigeria, the World Health Organization announced Monday, with more than a month having passed without a new case, Reuters reports.
“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” World Health Organization representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, Reuters reported.
“This is a spectacular success story. ... It shows that Ebola can be contained, but we must be clear that we have only won a battle. The...Read more
Dear HBCU graduates,
Although most of us have never met, we share a special bond as graduates of one of America's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). With few exceptions, these are the places that sprouted from sweat-soaked seeds planted by the sons and daughters of former slaves, sharecroppers and subsistence farmers whose belief in the power of education confounded the plans of plantation owners, straw bosses and Southern white politicians. HBCUs were the places that...Read more
Here's more proof the middle class is dying.
The middle-class share of American wealth has been shrinking for the better part of three decades and recently fell to its lowest level since 1940, according to a new study by economists Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics.
In other words, remember the surge of the great American middle class after World War II? That's all gone, at...Read more
Turnout is anticipated to be low for the upcoming November elections, and voter interest has been dropping since June; NBC’s political analysts have called it the “great American tune out.” But generalizing about an apathetic electorate ignores one key group of voters whose participation in recent years has been on the rise: black women.
That’s the demographic often called the most reliable progressive voting bloc. From the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections to last year’s gubernatorial...Read more
America's youngest self-made female billionaire is 30 years old and a college dropout. The company she founded has the potential to change health care for millions of Americans.
Elizabeth Holmes left Stanford University at 19 with a plan to start her own company. For money, she cashed out the funds her parents had saved for tuition. Now, she counts billionaire Larry Ellison as an investor and has former secretaries of state on her board.
"I think a...Read more
That must be how Bill Gates and 49 other heavy-hitting Americans feel, after Wealth-X released a report ranking the wealthiest individuals in each state.
Gates tops the list as the richest Washingtonian, with an estimated net worth of $81.5 billion. He's…
Montre Merritt claims that he had just pulled into his family's driveway when a police officer ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and arrested him for not wearing his seatbelt.
Earlier this year, a police officer forced a Georgia teen…
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton Saturday rejected a report that officer Darren Wilson feared for his life when he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown last summer in Ferguson, Mo., the New York Daily News reports.
During a speech Saturday…
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent early Saturday morning, blasting the court's decision to allow Texas to use its new voter ID law in the November elections. She was joined in the dissent by Justices Elena…