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At the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, four presidents remembered the battles and honored those who fought to form "a more perfect union" on the path to economic, educational and voting equality.

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3 lessons Democrats must learn after Florida lossupdated Fri Mar 14 2014 09:20:38

There's no question about it -- I hate to lose. On Tuesday, Alex Sink, a great Democrat running in a special congressional election in Florida, lost.

Moving the clock for conservatives: Are they springing forward or falling back?updated Wed Mar 12 2014 08:17:24

Time has changed. In fact, most of the country just moved an hour forward.

Brazile: Why I am a Democrat and why your vote should countupdated Thu Feb 27 2014 10:59:10

In her 1976 keynote address to the Democratic National Committee, Texas Rep. Barbara Jordan said words I will never forget:

Beware of those who predictupdated Mon Feb 24 2014 20:25:06

I suppose we like to predict the future because uncertainty makes us uncomfortable. Or maybe we just like the game of analysis.

Enough already with the obsession over Hillary Clintonupdated Mon Feb 10 2014 12:23:56

Sometimes I think the media live in a time warp. There's so much talk about Hillary Clinton and the expanding/shrinking/expanding field of possible Republican candidates, you'd think we're in the middle of an Olympics ratings battle.

Gladiator sport or a family thing: Why are women so into the Super Bowl?updated Sun Feb 02 2014 13:15:53

The NFL markets the Super Bowl as the ultimate game, the ultimate contest. Helmets clash like gladiators in ancient Rome. Stadiums resemble coliseums -- especially those without a roof. The contest is macho all the way. Players talk about "manning up" (not a reference to the quarterback family) and other testosterone-leaning terms.

Obama hits the road to push State of the Union messageupdated Wed Jan 29 2014 01:33:31

Another State of the Union address, another road trip for President Barack Obama to push now-familiar policies that he said he would pursue on his own if Congress won't cooperate.

Obama's message: A dysfunctional Congress, but we'll get it done anywayupdated Tue Jan 28 2014 09:14:55

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union message. He will declare to a dysfunctional Congress, weakened by years of gridlock, that the union is sound -- even if effectively only two-thirds of the government is functioning.

'Change is gonna come': Poverty from Johnson to Obamaupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 10:37:02

Oh there been times that I thought I couldn't last for long But now I think I'm able to carry on It's been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will. ?Sam Cooke

Is 'Philomena' an anti-Catholic film?updated Wed Jan 08 2014 16:52:19

As a practicing Catholic all my life, my faith and the church are never far from my mind. The lessons I learned in the church have structured the way I've approached my life and my career. They were lessons of grace, kindness, forgiveness and compassion.

Who wins in the GOP civil war?updated Fri Jan 03 2014 08:26:44

2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal political year for Republicans.

Give thanks with acts of kindnessupdated Wed Nov 27 2013 18:52:33

When the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 16,000 earlier this month, headlines throughout the country trumpeted the milestone as a sign of recovery for the economy.

Can the right wing ever compromise?updated Tue Nov 05 2013 09:05:02

A remarkable thing just happened in Congress. Republicans and Democrats sat down together to work out a budget. This hasn't happened since 2009.

Donna Brazile takes on food stamp criticsupdated Tue Oct 01 2013 07:41:56

After the vote in the House of Representatives to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, I wrote a column against cutting food stamps. This column generated more than 5,200 online comments and hundreds of e-mails.

Food stamp cuts a cruel proposalupdated Mon Sep 23 2013 15:43:42

We are in the middle of a fight to preserve the dignity and grace that makes all of us Americans. We have big hearts and great souls. I know. I have seen them, felt them and watched them in wonder when my family was lost and unreachable in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Can Obama sell America on its own values?updated Tue Sep 10 2013 08:41:25

Tonight, President Obama will give a pivotal speech, perhaps the most pivotal speech of his second term. He will address the nation from the Oval Office and make the case for an air attack against Syria.

At March of Washington, we're closer to the American dream updated Mon Aug 26 2013 09:27:07

"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last."

Obama, Trayvon, and a path to healingupdated Fri Jul 19 2013 18:39:41

I finished this column at 7 a.m. Friday morning, interrupting my vacation to write it. About six hours later, President Obama made an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room, sharing in detail his thoughts and feelings about the verdict in the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin.

In Zimmerman case, doing what's right not just about lawupdated Sun Jul 14 2013 14:15:13

Like so many others, I am distraught. It will take many days to sort through my feelings and reactions to the verdict of not guilty in the Trayvon Martin case. Still, some thoughts and lessons are obvious, immediate and, in a sense, imperative.

Congress, give us new Voting Rights Actupdated Wed Jun 26 2013 08:06:39

In an earthshaking 1965 speech to Congress and to the nation, President Lyndon Johnson spoke directly to the sinister forces that had restricted black Americans' right to vote across the South -- laying out the goals of the Voting Rights Act in the form of a command to this shameful cabal.

Abortion bill sponsor said what?updated Sun Jun 16 2013 15:37:04

"The stupidity is simply staggering," Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, told Roll Call. He was referring to the political miscalculation of anti-abortion forces in the House Judiciary Committee who insisted this week on reviving the culture wars, years behind us, still again, with yet another proposed abortion bill.

Two different marriage bans, both wrongupdated Wed Jun 12 2013 07:48:03

Today is the 46th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional any ban on interracial marriage. More than four decades after the historic and aptly named Loving decision, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to rule in a case that could put an end to discriminatory bans prohibiting marriage, this time for gay and lesbian couples.

We're pointing a gun at our democracyupdated Sat May 18 2013 14:01:49

Our democracy is endangered. Not by the Russians, North Korea, the Iran regime, or even terrorists. To quote Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

GOP using Benghazi to smearupdated Wed May 15 2013 20:07:43

For some Republicans, 2016 is 1992: Hating Hillary Clinton is chic again. Only more so, since the former secretary of state is also the partner of and potential successor to the last two Democratic presidents?Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Brazile: But can the dude play?updated Tue Apr 30 2013 15:18:10

My dad was an avid sports fan and a great athlete in his day. We used to watch basketball and football games together, and I know some of his proudest moments as a father were when I wore my sports uniforms in high school and college.

Brazile: Bush came through on Katrinaupdated Thu Apr 25 2013 02:13:02

Despite the many differences I had with former President George W. Bush on a range of public policy issues, or as he called them, "decision points," I found common ground with him in one area, simply because we decided to put aside partisanship and do something good.

'No more hurting people'updated Mon Apr 22 2013 07:15:55

The second Boston bombing suspect is in custody. Now everyone will focus on what it all means, what "lesson" we can learn from the events.

If only I'd snagged a Princeton manupdated Tue Apr 02 2013 15:35:12

Susan Patton kicked up a firestorm with her letter last week to the editor of The Daily Princetonian urging female students to find a man to marry before they graduate because "the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably linked to the man you marry, and you will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you."

Our journey with the Clintons on gay rightsupdated Tue Mar 26 2013 06:52:08

Sometimes, a First Family remains a first family -- a mirror of our times -- even after the president leaves office. So it is with the Clintons.

Obama a marker on post-racial pathupdated Thu Feb 21 2013 16:34:37

Politicians and historians love to use the word "crossroads."

GOP, break Grover Norquist's grip on you updated Mon Dec 03 2012 09:02:01

Who is Grover Norquist? He's a private citizen, a conservative lobbyist, the author of the Taxpayer's Protection Pledge and president of Americans for Tax Reform. His idea of tax reform is no more tax increases ever again. And no closed loopholes unless matched by cuts in government spending.

Why debates don't always make a differenceupdated Fri Sep 28 2012 16:00:28

It seems everyone -- except perhaps the die-hard NFL fan -- agrees that the most important event scheduled for next week is the first presidential debate. I say "scheduled" because you never know what the news cycle will kick in. Snickers might have a new chocolate bar. Or something.

A turning point for freedom in America, 150 years laterupdated Sat Sep 22 2012 13:38:05

This weekend we pause to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation that set in motion the freeing of the slaves throughout the South.

What have unions done for us?updated Tue Sep 04 2012 07:58:02

What have unions done for us lately? Other than give us Labor Day, and a three-day weekend to start football season.

Romney's 'birther' line is no jokeupdated Sat Aug 25 2012 17:28:04

"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that I was born and raised."

Paul Ryan's dangerous visionupdated Sat Aug 11 2012 15:04:55

The most important decision Mitt Romney has made in his campaign so far, the selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for his running mate, tells us two things -- and neither bears good news for the middle class.

Three lessons linger from BP oil spillupdated Fri Apr 20 2012 09:25:10

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, let us not forget that Friday marks the second anniversary of the start of the BP oil spill. It deserves more than a shrug, an "oh, yeah," and "how's the fishing?" It deserves more than a solemn voiced announcer relegating it to a "this day in history," with a picture from the archives to jog our memory.

Romney bought the nomination with flood of nasty adsupdated Thu Apr 12 2012 07:46:29

Maybe money can't buy you love, but it buys a nomination.

Super Tuesday won't end the GOP raceupdated Mon Mar 05 2012 16:36:02

It's probably better to be the default candidate than the noncandidate, but it's a position that usually has too many gaps to fill. That seems to be the position of Mitt Romney, and it says a lot about the current state of the Republican Party.

Gingrich and Romney: The whole truth?updated Wed Jan 25 2012 12:11:16

Perhaps you remember the Oscar-nominated movie "12 Angry Men." It's the story of an all-male, all-white jury meeting for a slam-dunk guilty-of-murder-one verdict against a Spanish teenager. Except for one lone juror, known only as No. 8. He quietly, persistently presents his arguments, asks questions and refuses to be diverted by emotional outbursts or personal attacks until he persuades the other jurors to examine the case logically and objectively.

For King, the right to vote was sacredupdated Sun Jan 15 2012 09:17:32

Every third Monday in January we gather as Americans to commemorate the values and beliefs -- as well as the ultimate sacrifice -- of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Romney, the pretend Tea Partierupdated Sat Jan 07 2012 14:24:02

Running for president is an expensive endeavor, but the cost isn't measured in dollars alone.

In U.S., right to vote still threatenedupdated Tue Dec 13 2011 15:11:00

Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder delivers a major speech on voting rights at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The location is significant: In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that banned the worst forms of racial discrimination in American elections.

On foreign policy, Obama trounces GOP rivalsupdated Tue Nov 22 2011 12:09:00

On Tuesday, for the second time this month, the Republican field will debate foreign policy, a topic that hasn't seen much attention in the race until now. The candidates will be fighting an uphill battle against the president's strong record on national security.

GOP, protect Dorothy Cooper's right to voteupdated Sat Oct 15 2011 11:41:44

Dorothy Cooper is a 96-year-old African-American resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was born in a small town in northern Georgia before women could vote and when Jim Crow laws mandated racial segregation. Her life has spanned nearly a century of progress: The 19th Amendment extended suffrage to women, the Civil Rights movement led to the dismantling of segregation laws, and the Voting Rights Act outlawed overt racial discrimination in elections.

Hasn't Ralph Nader done enough damage?updated Wed Sep 21 2011 18:02:33

Ralph Nader floated the idea this week that a primary challenge to President Obama will help the president and the country.

Brazile: 4 ways Obama can take control to get America back on trackupdated Fri Aug 12 2011 17:27:40

Ever since Republicans in Congress held our country hostage to the brink of default, there has been an ongoing discussion about how President Obama can reassert control over the American economy.

In FAA standoff, GOP played chicken with American jobsupdated Fri Aug 05 2011 07:53:25

Some Republicans love to talk about "job-destroying" progressive policies, but hate to own up to their own trickle-down ways. It's not that hard to get specific about the tepid economic recovery and all the Republican-backed policies that are destroying jobs though. Let me tell you about one we almost experienced.

Don't ask the poorest to pay off our debtupdated Wed Jul 27 2011 09:47:50

My fellow Americans: In a matter of weeks you have become studied on the issues of budgets and deficits. You've also formed opinions on these issues, and these opinions are reflected in poll after poll. Isn't it strange that Congress has yet to listen?

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