In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of "one people."
In 1871, the city of Richmond, Virginia, publicly celebrated the Fourth of July. It was an unfamiliar experience. There had been no general commemoration of Independence Day since 1860 -- before Virginia had seceded from the nation that was formed in 1776.
"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead." -- Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968
On Tuesday, public outrage forced the Republicans to postpone their vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.
The Mississippi Legislature reduced funding for community colleges, causing an upsurge in the cost of attendance. Lawmakers in Tennessee made community colleges tuition-free, likely to cause an upsurge in attendance.
Mississippi voters need to get up to speed on the debate about highway funding. There's a lot of money on the line. How much money? TRIP, a national transportation research group, just completed a study claiming deficient roads are costing Mississippians $2.9 billion a year in vehicle repairs, traffic delays and crashes. That's about $1,500 per vehicle.
The work to revitalize, enhance and promote communities across Mississippi is often done by dedicated community leaders whose efforts can easily go unheralded.
In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia's Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel.
The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to a man who had collapsed.
Lend me your ears. You'll be glad. Today's subject is the controversial production of "Julius Caesar" in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today's angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship, and who could blame them?
Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber's board effectively fired Kalanick.
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