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Two centuries of black Louisville

A few weeks ago, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer did something strange. He hosted a book launch event at City Hall. I met Mayor Fischer for the first time last year during the primary season.

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Cornel West ‘worries about’ Al Sharpton. Should you?

As I prepare to leave the University of Louisville until 2012, I’m finishing up one of the most enjoyable instructional years I’ve had in recent memory.

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The Outlaw Phillip Bailey

I like outlaws. Not the commonly encountered criminals — drug dealers, thieves, murderers, most politicians and many preachers.

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Sleeping with the enemy: Freeway Ricky Ross

On Thursday, my community partner LeBron Seay and I are bringing former drug trafficker “Freeway” Ricky Ross to speak in Louisville.

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Hooray for happy thoughts

I recently watched the cinematic adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 award-winning novel “The Road.” How could I go wrong with this flick?

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Knee-deep in America’s political breeding program

I’m currently re-reading one of the greatest treatises on government, leadership, control and power ever written.

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What Democrats can learn

In 2008, the Republican Party was pronounced all but dead. The party had taken years of hits from all sides.

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Losing faith

The allegations against Long, who is accused of having coerced a number of teenage boys into sexual relationships, have been well reported, so I won’t recount them here.

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The religion lie and its consequences

More recent readers don’t remember that the genesis of this column was a highly publicized conflict I had with local ministers and members of their flocks a decade ago.

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What changes if Republicans win?

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ recent skewering of the left was the latest episode of the Obama administration’s strange tendency to abandon its base (Hispanics, blacks, the