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Leonard Pitts

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Pitts: Getting tough on crime hard on Americans' civil rights

By Leonard Pitts October 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew.

Pitts: Video of trooper shooting black man shows fear in action

By Leonard Pitts October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt.

Pitts: Teach the good, the bad, the ugly of American history

By Leonard Pitts September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

This is a tale of two countries.

Pitts: Spanking, in moderation, shows kids consequences

By Leonard Pitts September 22, 2014 6 a.m.

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.

Pitts: Mideast dilemma takes 'what if' to anguishing extreme

By Leonard Pitts September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high — and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with airstrikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars, and 4,425 lives.

Pitts: It's easy to question GOP's fiscal superiority claims

By Leonard Pitts September 8, 2014 6 a.m.

I have a question for my Republican friends. Yes, that sounds like the setup for a smackdown, but though the question is pointed, it is also in earnest. I'd seriously like to know:

Pitts: 9-year-old allowed to wield an Uzi? Only in America

By Leonard Pitts September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: Only here, only us.

Pitts: Political losers misuse courts to further their agendas

By Leonard Pitts August 25, 2014 6 a.m.

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.

Pitts: Heavy-handed Ferguson police exacerbate tense time

By Leonard Pitts August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Looks like police in Ferguson, Mo., took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.

Pitts: Fear should not be an excuse for post-9/11 torture

By Leonard Pitts August 11, 2014 6 a.m.

"...but we tortured some folks." — President Barack Obama

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