If Obama forcefully takes advantage of the current opportunity -- instead of simply exploiting this momentary news cycle to bask in the applause of liberal commentators -- his proposals will leave a genuine legacy of criminal justice reform. Completing an agenda of eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, ending solitary confinement, stopping employers from seeking disclosure of irrelevant convictions on job applications, restoring voting rights for former offenders and removing juveniles from the adult courts and prisons would be a profoundly significant presidential legacy and would improve the lives of millions of Americans. Yet President Obama's criminal justice reforms will fail unless he is rapid and persistent in mobilizing national political will. The next four months are Obama's window of opportunity to push for meaningful reform.
Sen. Rand Paul has made safeguarding civil liberties a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, and he hasn't been afraid to take on his own party in that fight. But when it comes to the question of abortion, Rand Paul believes government should be making our most intimate decisions for us.
When we use atrocity to inspire us to act, to ask the right questions, to reach across the globe and try to stop someone from being killed or suffering, our world will become a more livable one. Only then will we be able to hope to turn back the tide on genocide.
In order to truly make our communities safer, we must make sure that people who have served their time are able to fully and productively engage in our society -- whether through education or employment or some other constructive means.
Republicans cheered the Citizens United ruling in 2010. Now they have it to thank for the spectacle of Ted Cruz calling Mitch McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate and Donald Trump leading in the polls.
When you think of a "leader" -- who do you see? Many people think of a tall white man in a suit. Long ago, I decided that I wanted to do my part in changing that image.
It's time for white politicians to acknowledge institutional racism.
Every action has two purposes: You act in order to move toward a desired result, and you act in order to express your values.
Only until recently did I realize that information about one's physical makeup is part of a science called phenotyping, and that such insight can be used to determine the types of exercise that will work with your body, not against it.
The Arctic may have oil, but the risks of drilling in the Arctic are too great. Arctic oil should stay in the ground. It's time for Shell to do the right thing and announce that they will pull out of the Arctic.
Clearly, the Republican opposition is not driven by thought-through national security considerations. What then is motivating them?
At a time when apathy reigns and far too many think it's someone else's job to figure out what's happening with our government, our laws, our policies, and our representatives, I think it's critical that as many people as possible get informed. But my problem? Zealots. Fanatics.
After 47 years of occupation, the time has come for all decent Israelis to think about the future of their country. Where is Israel heading, and for how much longer can the occupation and the injustices continue without jeopardizing Israel's very existence?
Even for those who support the KXL pipeline, would anybody be willing to stand behind a high-risk, badly built one? Let alone one designed to shuttle dirty tar sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries and export terminals, which would raise gas prices at home.
Adequate amounts of sleep are essential for optimal health. Sleep is inexpensive, does not require a visit to the doctor and has no side effects. If, as individuals and a society, we place more value on obtaining sufficient sleep, we will eventually be healthier, happier and more productive.
Plus-size women have been previously ignored, shamed and pushed aside by the fashion industry. We should be able to wear whatever we want and be able to buy the exact same styles that our more slender friends can. But just because it's available, do I have to buy it?
Most people love eating, quite a few enjoy cooking, but almost nobody gets their kicks from washing a tower of dirty dishes. To make prioritizing healthy eating at home that much easier easier, here are a whole slew of healthy recipes that only use one pot.
Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey today announced settlements of her investigations of two large for-profit college chains for unfair and deceptive student recruiting practices. Kaplan will pay $1.375 million to former students, and Lincoln Tech will pay out about $1 million.
Partners of trans folk -- especially heterosexual cisgender male partners of trans women -- need to start coming out and stop treating their partners as a source of shame. We need to start having discussions about the problems within our community
ISTANBUL -- The current situation in Turkey is nothing short of apocalyptic. Radical Islamists who have turned the country into a "jihadi highway" to Syria -- while Ankara has looked the other way -- are now carrying out attacks within Turkey itself. The AKP's Syria policy from 2011 onward has been the single greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the Turkish Republic.
Our world changed for the better because of the ADA. As we look to the next 25 years of its implementation, it is time to take the next step and ensure that all Americans with disabilities have access to good jobs, accessible housing and reliable transportation.
Confused about the Amnesty International draft proposal? Here are some of the major points, broken down. The safety and human rights of sex workers, not the interest of clients and third parties, drive the call to end indirect criminalization of sex work.
The best way to make a sandwich: Bread. America. Bread. Read on for our favorite lunch picks from sea to shining sea.
The Updated Strategy will enable our nation to become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and where every affected person will have access to life-extending care, regardless of their circumstances.
Although a variety of suggestions have been proposed to save the island from default, here are four reasons a clearly articulated, multi-year transition to independence is the only long-term viable solution for Puerto Rico.
My greatest strength is my passionate commitment to helping people -- and I feel so strongly that I had a lot of opportunities and that there are people, particularly women, who are just as talented and hardworking, but who haven't had the same chances that I had.
Given such selective and tactical provision of "bookend" visuals in such a controversial, and then shockingly tragic case, the state shouldn't have been surprised that people would try and imagine the rest -- in this case, literally so.
The French have been reading the tea leaves. Despite or perhaps because of recent violence, there seemed a new spirit of generosity towards tourists, if not to migrants. So many Americans are trooping off to art fairs. Why not also visit the most exciting performance festivals, many in France, which have a multicultural, often political, contemporary perspective? And a spate of private, hidden-away sites have also opened to the public which document the intensity of the lives and work of artists.
Apparently, they called it a "bro-job," which referred to the oral sex the male rowers occasionally engaged in with one another in the showers back in high school.
I am nine months into marriage and already have regrets. I do not regret my choice of partner, or our choice to get married, but do regret who I was prior to marriage and what I did (or didn't do) when I was single.
With set opening and closing hours and fairly predictable staffing needs, employers could provide some stability if they wanted to. Some do -- witness Victoria's Secret. But even with the harm to worker morale and productivity, not to mention greater turnover, the business culture is moving ever more in the direction of autocratic management and unpredictable schedules.