John Legend is a singer, songwriter, actor and activist. Rashad Robinson is executive director of Color Of Change, America's largest online racial justice organization. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors. (CNN)No one should have to stay in jail because they lack the money to buy their freedom. Yet every night, according to the Justice Department's statistics, nearly 450,000 people who have not been convicted of a crime sit in jail, a large number trapped there simply because they don't have enough money to post bail. John Legend Rashad Robinson For many, even a relatively modest bail amount is out of reach. Moreover, research shows that on average, black people are assigned higher bail amounts than other defendants arrested for the same offenses. Simply put, it is wrong to be forced by poverty to face an extensive stay in jail while awaiting a court date -- separated from children, family and home, and running the risk of losing … [Read more...] about John Legend and Rashad Robinson: End money bail now
Photo: Variety Photo: Variety Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Variety John Boyega on if He’ll Do More ‘Star Wars’: ‘You Ain’t Going to Disney Plus Me!’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery If you know anything about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” it’s that the movie from director J.J. Abrams marks the official conclusion of the three-trilogy Skywalker Saga. But that does not necessarily mean that the characters created for the final trilogy — especially Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) — couldn’t have their stories told in future “Star Wars” projects. That is, if the actors are willing to sign up for them. More from Variety Why … [Read more...] about John Boyega on if He’ll Do More ‘Star Wars’: ‘You Ain’t Going to Disney Plus Me!’
Yes, the Transbay transit center opened last August with a $2.16 billion price tag — and then was closed 10 months because of two cracked girders. No, there’s no telling when or whether we’ll see the train extension that’s central to the building’s mission. Neither detail changes the fact that as a work of civic architecture, the three-block-long structure is a spirit-lifting success with its white metal veil and green rooftop park. It’s a visual treat that functions well, the low-slung centerpiece of San Francisco’s new high-rise zone. There are aesthetic flaws, as is inevitable with such an ambitious structure, and the fiasco of the cracked girders above Fremont Street clouds the building’s reputation. In the long run, though, the transit center represents what 21st century urban infrastructure should be — public works that do their job while enhancing the larger public realm. Which is a far cry from what it replaced, the Transbay … [Read more...] about Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside
Some Republicans long for the days before widespread health insurance, when you paid the doc out-of-pocket and didn’t overutilize services. Photo: Three Lions/Getty Images As Senate Republicans go through the valley of the shadow of death for their health-care plan, questions are again being raised about what they really want. Is it lower premiums for individual health insurance, particularly for the people (presumably many of them Republicans) who aren’t poor enough to qualify for Obamacare’s purchasing subsidies? Is it “entitlement reform,” focused on rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and then capping that program’s growth forever as a government-shrinking exercise? Is all the talk about health policy really just a disguise, as many liberals suspect, for an agenda of high-end tax cuts and low-end spending cuts that have little or nothing to do with Obamacare? The answers to these questions may be as various as the … [Read more...] about Some Republicans Dislike Health Insurance So Much They Don’t Mind If You Lose It
Kasich may have never taken off his 2016 boxing gloves. But intra-party challenges to presidents usually come from ideologues, not sensible centrists. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images This week, five Republican governors bucked the party line, signing onto a bipartisan letter calling on Congress to abandon the GOP’s highly partisan drive to repeal and replace Obamacare, and instead work across party lines for incremental improvements in the health care system. Needless to say, this was not the approved GOP message, and 4 of the 5 signatories represent states carried by Hillary Clinton. And then there is John Kasich of Ohio, who stands alone. He is from a state that Donald Trump won in November. But Trump did not win the Buckeye State in the primaries, because Kasich handed him a rare defeat there. And he neither supported nor voted for the 45th president in the general election (according to his own account, he wrote in John McCain’s name on his presidential ballot). … [Read more...] about Is Kasich Preparing a Primary Challenge to Trump in 2020?