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When your own rhetoric gives you license to commit mayhem. And worse

9:00 pm Jun. 16, 2017

Two Sundays ago, I was chatting with my friend Denis O’Hayer, the Atlanta host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” on WABE (90.1FM).

He mentioned that he would be the sole moderator in that week’s second 6th Congressional District debate between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

A topic had been weighing on my mind, and I like to meddle. So I pitched O’Hayer a question that could be posed to both candidates.

Steve King, John Lewis, and the American gene pool

9:00 am Mar. 18, 2017

A review of the fundamentals is always worthwhile. For that reason alone, we are all indebted to U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

Last week, the Republican congressman registered his approval of Geert Wilders, the “Dutch Donald Trump,” and his campaign to be prime minister of the Netherlands on an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant platform.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,”

John Lewis revives bid to bolster fed protection of MLK site

7:00 am Mar. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Lewis is renewing an effort to upgrade federal protections for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in downtown Atlanta, a bipartisan endeavor that could face resistance from the White House given the Democrat’s recent scuffles with President Donald Trump.

The civil rights hero and 16-term lawmaker has pushed for years to designate the site as a national historic park, a reclassification his office says would draw more federal resources such

John Lewis, Andrew Young and a serious case of deja vu

5:35 pm Jan. 18, 2017

Andrew Young’s telephone conversation with Donald Trump on Monday delivered one of those déjà vu moments that could carry you back five decades in a single heartbeat.

In more dangerous times, voting rights organizers would send a rabble-rouser into town – often the passionate Hosea Williams, clad in his trademark overalls – to stir up the local black populace.

Young would follow on Williams’ heels, playing the cool and calm “good cop,”

John Lewis leads dozens of Democrats to boycott inauguration

2:15 pm Jan. 17, 2017

More than 50 House Democrats will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, including many who are citing the Republican’s criticism of Georgia Rep. John Lewis as “all talk.”

A handful of Democrats, including Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva,

Mike Pence: I am ‘so disappointed’ in John Lewis

9:29 am Jan. 16, 2017

Vice President-elect Mike Pence said he was “so disappointed” in Georgia Rep. John Lewis for boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration and questioning the legitimacy of his election.

Pence told Fox News on Monday that he urged Lewis