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With the notable exception of Rand Paul, there's probably no white man alive who believes in minority rights and tolerance more than I do.

My black friend will back me up on this; he knows his place—unlike those hoodied thugs, with their Skittles and their "iced" teas.

I can also hook you up with my pot dealer—a young DREAMer with a body like a fruit stand (if you know what I mean); she'll vouch for my street cred, too.

Now, all that having been said, I do have a problem with most of the choices that my brothers and sisters (from a different mother) make.

But, really, it's nothing that can't be solved with a few tweaks to state election laws.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI); Roundtable: Former Senior Adviser to President Obama David Axelrod, Maria Bartiromo (CNBC), Republican Strategist Mike Murphy and Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN).

Face the Nation: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Sen. Tom Udall (D-CO); Roundtable: Harvard University Prof. David Gergen, Dee Dee Myers (Vanity Fair) and Michael Gerson (Washington Post).

This Week: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal) and Former "Car Czar" Steven Rattner.

Fox News Sunday: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), Nina Easton (Fortune) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Radio Talk Show Host Chris Plante; Democratic Strategist Paul Begala; Republican Strategist Ana Navarro; Pollster Cornell Belcher.

Evening lineup:
60 Minutes will feature: a report on the disillusionment of American nuns (preview); an interview with Microsoft founder Bill Gates (preview); and, a report in studies being done at Yale University which are finding that infants as young as a few months old seem to know right from wrong (preview).

On Comedy Central...

John Oliver and Larry Wilmore had a conversation on race.

The Daily Show

Monday: Author Mark Leibovich

Tuesday: Fashion Guru Tim Gunn

Wednesday: Actor Hank Azaria

Thursday: Comedian Colin Quinn

And Stephen Colbert did his part to further racial understanding.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Musical Group The Lumineers

Tuesday: Atul Gawande (The New Yorker)

Wednesday: Author Emily Matchar

Thursday: Actor Bryan Cranston

Elsewhere...

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) compared the plight of minorities with that of animals and insects.

Gohmert was responding to an amendment to the bill presented by Conyers and Rep. Steve Cohen. The amendment would prevent third party intervention in regulatory action that would protect individuals from discrimination based on sex, race or national origin.

"There is nobody in this chamber who is more appreciative than I am for the gentleman from Tennessee and my friend from Michigan standing up for the rights of race, religion, national religion of the Delta Smelt, the snail darter, various lizards, the lesser prairie chicken, the greater sage grouts and so many other insects who would want someone standing for their religion, their race, their national origin and I think that's wonderful," Gohmert said of the measure.

Meanwhile...

Rush Limbaugh grew tired of carrying the white man's burden.

"If any race of people should not have guilt about slavery, it's Caucasians. The white race has probably had fewer slaves and for a briefer period of time than any other in the history of the world. [...]

But despite all that, no other race has ever fought a war for the purpose of ending slavery, which we did. Nearly 600,000 people killed in the Civil War. It's preposterous that Caucasians are blamed for slavery when they've done more to end it than any other race, and within the bounds of the Constitution to boot. And yet white guilt is still one of the dominating factors in American politics. It's exploited, it's played upon, it is promoted, used, and it's unnecessary."

And, in other news...

Noted friend of the blacks Donald Trump is seriously considering running for president (again). For reals this time.

"I'm looking," Trump says. "I have a large following of people who are tired of seeing this country ripped off, and taken advantage of [by] everyone who does business with us. We used to be the smart one of the block, and now we're the dummies on the block. They want to see me, and I want to see them."

Trump cautions that it's early. But for the first time in his life, he's preparing to potentially put his business work on hold. Behind the scenes, he's examining how his family could manage his operations on an interim basis, should he decide to run. [...]

"I really don’t think it's a popularity contest; I think they like what I'm saying," he adds. "We'll see what happens. People want to see this nation be great again, and I think it's an important part of what I'm all about."

The dream is still alive.

- Trix

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