He may have a way with words, but the president can't talk his way out of these lies. Here are the seven biggest whoppers Barack Obama has sold to the American people.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them. Too many whites unquestioningly accept a system that disproportionately punishes blacks and that gives public schools serving disadvantaged children many fewer resources than those serving affluent children. We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways. read more
Between 2010 and 2012, black males between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, according to an analysis by ProPublica. For white teens, the rate dropped to 1.47 deaths per million. Black male teens are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than white males, according to "Deadly Force, in Black and White," an independent public interest news organization. -- Christian Science Monitor
In a significant discovery that sheds new light on the region's history, archaeologists excavating a site on Capitol Hill reportedly unearthed evidence this week suggesting that humans once passed laws there. The team of researchers from the University of Maryland confirmed that it collected a wealth of writing implements and ancient documents, which appeared to indicate that, in earlier ages, approximately 500 humans assembled at a centralized location and worked as a group, with the apparent goal of creating a system of rules designed to govern behavior. read more
"Team Westminster," it has to be said, is giving a convincing impression of panic as the Sept. 18 vote approaches. Several polls now show the referendum as too close to call. Cameron's complacency over a comfortable "No" vote has vanished. The pound is slumping.
The Saltire, or Scottish flag, was abruptly hoisted over 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's residence. Cameron zoomed up to Scotland to declare it's not about "the effing Tories" but love of a country he would be "heartbroken" to lose. Ed Miliband, the opposition Labour leader, also discovered his inner Scotland. He hurtled north to deliver an impassioned appeal. Nick Clegg, Cameron's Liberal Democrat sidekick in the coalition government, said something; just what nobody can remember. Gordon Brown, a Scot and former prime minister, was wheeled out to say maximum devolution of powers would begin on Sept. 19 if Scotland only sticks with Britain.