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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Deceit by Rachel Dolezal reveals a valuable truth

OPINION: The case is a reminder that race is just a social construct

While institutional racism is the province of the powerful — and, in the United States, the powerful are still mostly white — discrimination based on difference is a human tradition, passed on from one generation to the next, among black families, brown families, tan families, pink families.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans have boxed themselves into a corner on Obamacare

OPINION: GOP leaders now worried Supreme Court may gut Obamacare

If the high court rules in favor of conservatives who have challenged the health care law — essentially gutting it — millions of Americans will lose the subsidies that allow them to purchase health insurance. And they will be furious.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Gun obsession infects college campuses

OPINION: Texas lawmakers pass 'campus-carry' bill

The bill allows students, teachers, janitors, administrators and anyone else with a firearms permit to carry concealed handguns on college campuses throughout the state

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans should not dismiss Latino concerns

OPINION: Undocumented immigrants have lost another round in federal court

Since Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Republican strategists have attempted to repair the party’s image among Latinos, urging their major political players to adopt a more favorable policy toward illegal immigrants.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Honor military by avoiding unnecessary wars

OPINION: The drumbeat for war depends on the service of a relatively small percentage of Americans

With recent military victories by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, President Barack Obama’s critics are once again ratcheting up their rhetoric, blaming him for the spreading violence in the Middle East.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Mass incarceration exacts heavy cost

OPINION: No one knows for sure why crime is down and keeps falling

The misnamed War on Drugs has probably done more to exacerbate black poverty and destroy black families than any other force of the last 50 years.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Ben Carson in danger of losing all respect

OPINION: Politics may overwhelm his other accomplishments

Ben Carson will likely be remembered as the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show. He’ll be the Herman Cain of 2016.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Climate change naysayers sig in

OPINION: Skeptics of climate change ignore mounting evidence

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014 was the hottest year on record, with continents and oceans warmer than any year since 1880. And despite a bitterly cold winter in the Northeast and Midwest, 2015 is vying to best that. January, February and March were the warmest on record for the planet, scientists say. Climate change is real.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Immigrants of color succeed through determination

OPINION: A student of current events likely is pessimistic about the prospects for young black men

In some quarters of black America, the achievements of students such as Kwasi Enin and Harold Ekeh don’t bring the same measure of pride and celebration that would accrue if they did not have immigrant roots.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: The dogs of war are howling again

OPINION: How did we forget so quickly?

The political elite, both Republican and Democratic, has arrived at the conclusion that President Obama’s foreign policy has been weak and feckless, contributing to the tumult in the Middle East.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Quick reaction to shooting by policeman a sign of hope

OPINION: There is so much more work to do

In this latest episode of inexplicably brutal police conduct, the video footage is raw and unblinking. This time, a police officer in the South Carolina city of North Charleston shoots an apparently unarmed black man as he flees, striking him several times in the back. The scene provokes bewilderment, disgust and, of course, anger.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Religious freedom laws shields for bigotry

OPINION: Profit-making businesses are not religious institutions

There is absolutely no Scripture that admonishes conservative Christians to refuse to bake a wedding cake for same-sex nuptials. It’s simply not there.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Obama opponents still awaiting the apocalypse

OPINION: The Affordable Care Act has failed to produce the disaster its fiercest critics predicted

The worst failings of the Affordable Care Act are beyond its supporters’ control. Because of persistent, irrational Republican opposition, more than 20 states have refused to expand Medicaid — even though the feds would pay the lion’s share of costs

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Everyone over 50 needs to have a colonoscopy

OPINION: Too many adults skip the colorectal screening

Every adult over the age of 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer. Diagnosed and treated early, it has one of the highest survival rates among that collection of malignant maladies we call “cancer.”

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: U.S. senators letter to Iranian leaders a dangerous precedent

OPINION: Letter from GOP senators violates the Logan Act

Disrespect for President Obama reached a new high when 47 Republican letters sent a letter to Iranian leaders saying any deal struck by the administration could end with Obama’s term of office.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Polls show most Americans favor pathway to citizenship

OPINION: Citizenship pathway under certain criteria is not a blue state vs. red state issue

There isn’t a state in the union, from the bluest to the reddest, where a majority opposes a path to citizenship, provided certain criteria are met, for those without papers, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Black history is more than a month

OPINION: Black history is American history

Black history ought to be taught in the same volumes as the Boston Tea Party, the settling of the Old West, the defeat of the Nazis.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Hillary Clinton must address income inequality

OPINION: Hillary Clinton is a rich, a problem for her presidential ambitions

Even as the economy finally mounts an apparently sustained recovery, income inequality remains a primary worry for American voters.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Generational ignorance on vaccinations affects everyone

OPINION: My parents didnt fear vaccines; they feared diseases

Our success in fighting those dread diseases has bred complacency. The Internet has fostered ignorance. Junk science has overtaken reason. As a result, parents who ought to know better have refused to immunize their children, and measles, declared eradicated from the U.S. in 2000, is resurgent. Whooping cough is also rebounding.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Despite conversatives, gay marriage will prevail

OPINION: Gay Alabama lawmaker now says she wont out conservative colleagues who are having affairs

Alabama state legislator Patricia Todd now says she’s not going to name those among her conservative colleagues who have had extramarital dalliances, although she had threatened to do so. But she has stiffened her resolve about this much: She’ll continue to combat anti-gay bigotry, which is what started this imbroglio.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans think the 47 percent are not trying hard enough

OPINION: The GOP mindset means president has no chance of passing middle-class program

GOP critics of President Obama continue to resist reality, sticking to the old Reagan-era bromide that a “rising tide lifts all boats.” Perhaps that’s true, but those middle-class rowboats are taking on water even as the rich float along comfortably in their yachts.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans want credit for recovery they sabotaged

OPINION: As the State of the Union nears, President Obama is seeing higher approval ratings

In a stunning show of chutzpah, the president’s harshest critics, the hyper-conservatives who’ve done everything they could to wreck his presidency, want to take credit for the recovery they tried to sabotage.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Despite frigid winter, the world is getting hotter

OPINION: An Arctic blast does not mean climate change is fiction

Last week, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than a century of record-keeping.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: I firmly resolve not to improve myself

OPINION: I am forgoing new years resolutions

Once upon a time, I was quite the dedicated maker of New Year’s resolutions, which ended up broken halfway through February.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Cuban embargo has outlived its usefulness

OPINION: It's time to end the ridiculous U.S. policy toward Cuba

The outdated strategy accomplished nothing except to give the Castro brothers an excuse for the dire poverty in which their citizens live.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Torture not only morally corrupting, but also ineffective

OPINION: Spy shows have Americans accepting of torture acts

It’s no wonder that so few Americans seem troubled by the Senate’s report on the CIA’s use of torture, a damning document that makes it perfectly clear that the United States violated international treaties, flouted our own laws and lost our moral compass.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Two grand juries, same disappointment

OPINION: Deaths during arrests handled differently in NYC than in Ferguson

No expressions of sympathy or regret can resurrect Eric Garner, the New York City man killed by police in July. Garner died after an officer placed him in what appears to be a chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, an offense not usually regarded as a capital crime.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Energy, vitality of immigrants should be celebrated

OPINION: Undocumented immigrants thankful for action by President Obama

While Obama’s action has drawn withering criticism from his conservative critics, the president framed his decision as an attempt to keep families from being torn apart.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Bill Cosby is no longer Cliff Huxtable

OPINION: Women are accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them

The accusers, whose accounts date back to 1969 and forward to 2004, say that, under the guise of offering career counseling, Cosby lured them to his quarters, gave them drinks that were laced with a substance meant to render them pliable, and proceeded to rape them.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Climate change is the most pressing issue

OPINION: Last week, Obama sealed a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping to limit carbon dioxide

President Obama’s focus on climate change may be the most important part of his legacy. There is no issue more crucial to the future of the United States — indeed, to the future of the planet — than ameliorating rising global temperatures.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Obamacare is here to stay

OPINION: Dont expect the GOP to turn back the clock on the Affordable Care Act

Despite what you may have heard and despite the caprice of electoral campaigns, the changes wrought by the Affordable Care Act are here to stay. That’s because it accomplishes much of what it set out to do — and its beneficiaries mostly like it.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Fear may win elections, but it makes governing hard

OPINION: Republican candidates exploit fears to boost chances at the polls

Fear is among the most powerful of human emotions, more likely to motivate people to react than sorrow, joy or even anger.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Despite polls, GOP opposes gay marriage

OPINION: Public opinion on same-sex marriage has changed in the past decade

Michelle Nunn clearly believes that backing gay unions is a winning strategy — even in a Deep South state where the religious right still holds considerable political sway.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Justice Department should review restrictive voting laws

OPINION: Voter ID laws have nothing to do with protecting the ballot box from fraud

During the Bush era, conservative partisans launched the most insidious onslaught against minority voting rights since the 1960s: the voter ID movement. Claiming, falsely, that the ballot needs more protection against fraud, they promoted restrictive voting laws in state legislatures around the country.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: The view of black men as thugs is a deep-seated prejudice

OPINION: In another case, a young black man is gunned down for no reason

The August shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III by suburban Ohio police did not incite weeks-long protests, prompt congressional action or provoke candid national conversations over race, as did the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, which occurred four days later. But Crawford’s death may be an even graver injustice.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Obamacare is not the disaster it was predicted to be

OPINION: Obamacare is rarely mentioned these days by GOP candidates

Nearly a dozen of the 29 Republican governors have abandoned their party’s dogma to expand Medicaid. Several more are expected to do so next year after the midterm elections, when pressures to conform to partisan ideology will have faded.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Louisiana ruling bump in road to marriage equality

OPINION: The federal judges ruling is the first setback for gay marriage among the recent court decisions

Before the ruling in the Louisiana case, 21 consecutive federal court rulings found state same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Clout still comes at the voting booth

OPINION: The death of Michael Brown has renewed sense of urgency with black residents of Fergusom, Mo.

As the demographics of Ferguson have changed over the last 10 to 20 years, its newer residents have not exercised their political clout. The city was about 80 percent white in 1980, but its white population was down to less than 33 percent by 2010.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Hillary Clinton's hawkishness may be her undoing

OPINION: Hillary Clinton is out of step with public on Middle East intervention

Hillary Clinton’s criticism of President Obama’s approach in Syria shows a tone-deafness, a calculated disregard for the attitude most Americans now hold toward foreign interventions.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Excessive police violence must stop

OPINION: The criminal justice system reeks of institutional racism and a plethora of human prejudices

The troubling racial disparities do not absolve the looters, the rioters, the thugs who have attacked police and damaged property since protests began. There is no excuse for criminal conduct; moreover, it detracts from legitimate gripes with the police.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: The income gap is tearing fabric of society

OPINION: The divide between haves and have-nots is growing

The United States is not held together by a common religion or language or ethnicity, but by its promise of equal opportunity for all.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Teachers unions stand in way of education reform

OPINION: The American system of public education is in dire need of comprehensive change

The professional organizations that represent educators are dominated by resistant and retrograde voices, so-called leaders whose interests don’t seem to lie in improving the lives of their charges.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Sen. Rand Paul faces challenge from war hawks

OPINION: Sen. Rand Paul will not easily change the GOP view on military might

Here’s to the senator’s efforts to help his party lay down its battle armor and beat its swords into plowshares.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Legitimate refugees should not be deported

OPINION: Politics surrounding the surge of migrant children at our Southern border are predictable

The United States cannot solve Central America’s problems of poverty and violence, nor can it take tens of thousands of undocumented children. But it can take those who would qualify for legitimate refugee status.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Hobby Lobby ruling not about religious freedom

OPINION: The religious right continues to stand in the way of birth control

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision — in which the court’s conservative wing gave religious rights to corporations — is just one more battleground in the never-ending culture war.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Common sense a protection against sexual assault

OPINION: Many young feminists and their allie discount ways they have to protect themselves

Men have no right to women’s bodies, but that doesn’t mean young women shouldn’t do everything possible to stay out of harm’s way.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Armchair hawks cling to Iraq fantasies

OPINION: Neocons refuse to acknowledge their disaster in Iraq

Before George W. Bush invaded Iraq, al-Qaida in Iraq was just a jihadist fantasy. Deposing Saddam Hussein — a sadistic tyrant, but the glue that held together that fractious country — allowed terrorists to bloom.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Global economy requires changes in U.S. educational system

OPINION: These days, even a college degree does not guarantee success in the job market

There are no easy solutions to this dilemma, but there are certainly some social and political changes that would help.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Capital punishment will never be humane

OPINION: It is simply impossible to be humane when killing someone, no matter what the person has done

The brutality inherent in this form of punishment is just part of the problem. The other defect lies in our uncertainty about the guilt of those defendants we send to death row. A statistical study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that one in 25 death row inmates is innocent.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: U.S. deportation policy impolitic, inhumane

OPINION: The Obama administrations deportation policy is a travesty

While the president has worked hard to get a reluctant Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, many immigration advocates say they’d rather see Obama relax his draconian deportation policies.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Hatred of Obamacare hard to fathom

OPINION: The 7 million sign-ups show demand for the Affordable Care Act

The Afforable Care Act has already made great strides in improving access to health care, which in itself is quite an accomplishment.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Businesses do not have religious exemptions from the law

OPINION: If two values conflict, the right of equality should win out

The government has an overriding interest in ensuring that women’s health care is treated no differently from men’s, and reproductive services are vital.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Beliefs about poor mired in false stereotypes

OPINION: America needs to have an honest conversation about the poor

Since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, which 50 years ago highlighted the abysmal living conditions of so many black Americans, many have assumed that poor equals black. That notion is woven through our politics.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Don't put off your colonoscopy

OPINION: The simple diagnostic test is the best tool for detecting colon cancer

Colon screenings, along with exercise, is the best act of prevention for the deadly disease.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Senate rejection of Adegbile nomination a bipartisan travesty

OPINION: The nominee was scuttled for doing his job as a defense attorney in a cop killer capital case

Debo P. Adegbile was doing his job in helping get a former Black Panther’s death sentence in the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer commuted to life in prison.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: REpublicans would cut health care to poor altogether

OPINION: Georgia governor wants to bar the uninsured from hospital emergency rooms

Gov. Nathan Deal hates Obamacare and refuses its Medicaid expansion, which would keep the working poor out of emergency rooms. In addition, he wants to deny them access to emergency rooms unless they can pay.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: 'Stand Your Ground' laws encourage vigilantes

OPINION: Florida shooting verdict unwelcome specter over Black History Month

A juror told ABC’s “Nightline” that race never entered the deliberations, but it’s obvious that pernicious stereotypes about young black men hung over the proceedings.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Younger immigrants would help counter aging U.S. population

OPINION: America is headed for a demographic crisis with too many old and too few young

The lack of a sufficicient number of children and young adults has the CBO projecting a diminishing pass of economic growth.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Getting stoned no reason for jail time

As policymakers try to close the income inequality gap, it makes no sense to make someone a criminal for getting high on marijuana.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Farm bill shows double standard in Washington

OPINION: The compromise ag and nutrition legislation protects the rich and punishes the poor

The farm bill ends direct payments to farmers, but continues crop subsidies and insurance while it cuts 1 percent from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Despite cold winter, global warming is a fact

OPINION: Unusually frigid winter has global warming skeptics heating up

Climate change is real, and a serious threat to te economy, food supply and ecosystem.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: GOP contends War on Poverty failed

OPINION: Republicans have no workable plans for reducing poverty

Republicans have nothing to offer in the way of helping struggling Americans maintain a decent standard of living.

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Ex-husband Jimmy Dean's defense of Paula Deen tops albanyherald.com's list of most-read stories in 2013

Online voting for high school football players was a popular item at albanyherald.com

Jimmy Deen’s defense of ex-wife Paula Deen sits atop www.albanyherald.com’s 25 most-read stories of 2013

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Income inequality creates huge opportunity gaps

OPINION: Class divide is one of the biggest problems the United States is facing

The “affluenza” case in Texas in which a rich family’s teen son got probation and rehab for killing four people while driving drunk opened national discussion on economic inequality.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Time for immigrants to come out from shadows

OPINION: Undocumented immigrants should get a pathway to citizenship

It’s high time for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would grant a path to citizenship to the millions of unauthorized immigrants waiting to be new Americans.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Reaction of cautious detente with Iran is overwrought

OPINION: Agreement with Iran signals thawing of relations

The silliest reactions in the United States were those that claimed Obama was negotiating with Iran in order to distract attention from the problems with his rollout of Obamacare.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: War on Christmas ignores holidays history

OPINION: So-called Christmas warriors overlook real enemies of the holiday

Promoters of Christmas should rail against commercialism and consumption instead of terminology.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: John F. Kennedy would hardly recognize America of today

OPINION: Post-JFK America has gained much, but lost much, too

It is hard to envision a president riding in an open vehicle in a day when presidential motorcades are rolling war machines.

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