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Saturday, May 26, 2018
civil rights
Immigration, Terrorism

Trump’s Vote Suppressor Hit With Contempt, Legal Fees

Trump’s voter suppression czar Kris Kobach just got hit with a double whammy in federal court. Republican U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found the Kansas secretary of state in contempt of court for failing to comply with her 2016 preliminary injunction against his voter ID scheme. And on top of that, she directed him to pay the ACLU’s legal fees stemming from the organization’s motion filing.

April 19, 2018

On Anniversary, Trump Campaign Sends ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ To King Family

It’s the number-one phrase used in the immediate wake of tragic shootings by pro-gun politicians unwilling to take any action whatsoever. It has become so cliche, in fact, that after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, 17-year-old survivor Cameron Kasky took to Facebook and wrote, “Please don’t pray for me. Your prayers do nothing.”

April 5, 2018
Kobach

Trump’s Vote Suppression Team Is Doing GOP’s Dirty Work

Anyone who favors expanding voting rights should be relieved by Wednesday’s demise of President Trump’s so-called Election Integrity Commission. But the panel’s right-wing agenda to rig the voting process to benefit the GOP will continue.

January 6, 2018
Trump, Press, White House

Trump Forced To Shut Down Failed Voter Suppression Commission

Trump announced that he would be closing the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” He complained in a press release that “despite substantial evidence of voter fraud,” many states have refused to cooperate with the commission. So, he “signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission.”

January 4, 2018

Rev. Barber: America Needs A Moral Movement

This was a landmark year for building a national moral movement in the United States, both in terms of the challenges we faced and the victories we achieved. In our travels to more than 32 states, we bore personal witness to the extreme poverty and systemic inequality that plague the world’s wealthiest democracy.

January 1, 2018
Emails

Democrats Must Drop Identity Politics — Now

What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected and prayed-for Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That’s because at a certain point, “inclusivity” takes on the air of exclusivity.

November 30, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

Why Pro Publica Bought Racist, Sexist, Bigoted Facebook Ads

Were these actual ads? No. And as someone who’s spent the past month on a New York City apartment hunt, I’m pretty confident that no one would mistake our “real estate company” for an actual brokerage.

November 28, 2017
People take part in a protest against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter during a march in New York July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Blacks Busted Far More Than Whites For Minor Pot Violations

According to a groundbreaking 2013 report authored by the American Civil Liberties Union, African Americans in the United States are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for minor marijuana possession violations.

November 26, 2017
Donald Trump's children to take on his business empire

Southern Plantations Should Be Slave Memorials, Not Theme Parks

The Trump brothers, Eric and Donald Jr., have embarked on a new business venture to open luxury hotels in Mississippi as part of an effort to cash in on the state’s blues music culture. These hotels will be far removed from commercial airports or interstate highways and will be in a majority black…

November 20, 2017
Time Travelers

How Social Change Comes In Twos, And History Rhymes

Go down, Harvey Weinstein, down to Alabama and campaign for cowboy Roy Moore, the Republican rocking Washington the way you roiled Hollywood. The dirty river of sexual harassment finally rose to claim and name each of you — and more. Comedian Louis C.K., you can go, too.

November 18, 2017

Republicans Sneak Anti-Choice Language Into Tax Bill

The GOP tax plan before Congress has billions in gimmicks and giveaways for corporate interests. But none may be as far-reaching, from a social policy perspective, as language declaring human fetuses are legal persons for federal tax purposes.

November 17, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Violence Threatens Everyone — Even White Men

Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Orlando…what do all these recent mass shootings have in common? The perpetrators of these horrific crimes showed a proclivity for violence against women. Yet despite the clear connection between violence at home and mass violence against the public…

November 13, 2017
black women protest

Which Voting Bloc Saves Democrats Again And Again?

It’s curious, though fairly predictable, that most postmortems of the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races seem to gloss over the fact that Democrats lost the white vote. More specifically, Democrats lost white women, the same demographic of so-called values voters whose majority support for Donald Trump…

November 13, 2017
Trump, Voter Fraud

Racist Trump-Inspired Campaign Flyers Viciously Target Indian-American And Chinese-American Candidates In NJ

As the first elections post-Trump approach next week, his campaign slogans—and hatred—are seeping into election materials in Edison, New Jersey. Campaign flyers, received on Wednesday and sent out by an unknown group, target two school board candidates using racist and anti-immigrant language.

November 3, 2017

New Study: High School Bigots And Bullies Emboldened By Trump

Across America’s public high schools, the intolerance and bullying modeled by President Trump and the 2016 election has led to an outbreak of incivility, victimization and heightened stresses for a spectrum of minorities, according to a national report from the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.

November 1, 2017
Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Can Someone Get Sentenced To Life For Selling A Dime Bag Of Pot? Yes

Deedee Kirkwood is a hippie housewife in Camarillo, a scenic beach town in California outside of Los Angeles. When she was younger, she followed the Grateful Dead on tour and says she smoked copious amounts of pot “before and after.” But her youthful indiscretions had no legal consequences. “I did a lot of stupid stuff, but as a white lady I got lucky,” she tells me over the phone.

October 29, 2017
o'Reilly

The Charges Against Weinstein And O’Reilly Need Sorting

It was reported over the weekend that O’Reilly reached a $32 million settlement earlier this year with former Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl. She alleged that he had forced her into a sexual relationship. That’s $32 million! Hollywood producer Weinstein’s payouts to his accusers generally fell into the more modest $80,000 to $150,000 range.

October 25, 2017
Kelly

The Trump White House’s Problem With Women Of Color

Racism is the Trump administration’s magic wand, a device it uses, to great effect, to dazzle its base, whose own proud bigotry dispenses with the need for suspension of disbelief. In the face of controversies and criticism, Trump race-baits not just for cynical political reasons—though that’s part of it—but because he, too, is deeply racist…

October 23, 2017
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Fox’s Tucker Carlson Is Mad About An Undocumented Teen Paying For Her Own Abortion

Fox News host Tucker Carlson and guest Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America (SFLA), on Wednesday repeated the right-wing myth of so-called “taxpayer-funded abortion,” alleging that a recent judicial ruling requires taxpayers to pay for abortions for undocumented immigrants.

October 20, 2017

It’s A Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren’t Hard To Find

In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency. Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees.

October 18, 2017
Pineville_Southern_Baptist_Church_-_panoramio_-_Idawriter

Religious Right Using Hurricane Tragedies To Grab Public Funds For Churches

In between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump took the time to plant a tweet bomb under the First Amendment. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” he twittered.

October 16, 2017

Trump Declares War On The Constitution

Donald Trump is to conservatism as SpaghettiOs are to Italian food: a distant, crude and almost unrecognizable cousin. But last year, many conservatives who had trouble rationalizing a vote for Donald Trump settled on one decisive reason. Justices appointed by President Hillary Clinton, they said, could not be trusted to faithfully follow the Constitution.

October 16, 2017
Weinstein

This Dark Legacy Of Harvey Weinstein Is Far From Over

We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually assaulted women for decades. He also reportedly threatened to destroy their lives if they told anyone.

October 13, 2017

Bayou Sheriff: ‘Good’ Prisoners Make Great Slaves

Steve Prator, a Louisiana sheriff, unintentionally admitted that prison is the new slavery during a press conference earlier this week. The Caddo Parish official lamented that nonviolent offenders are being released from jails because the prison “can work” those inmates for free or next to nothing, saving money and profiting off their labor.

October 13, 2017

Free Thinking Army Officer Is Driving The Right Crazy

Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is, by all accounts, a contrarian. He was a free thinker at West Point, a communist in the U.S. Army, a soldier who reads Gramsci, and most tragically, a threat to the peace of mind of Senator Marco Rubio.

October 10, 2017