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Mollie Reilly is deputy politics editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Washingtonian Magazine. She is a graduate of Colgate University and lives in San Francisco. She can be reached by email at mollie.reilly@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter at @mollieclare.

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Mike Huckabee Shifts Stance On Birthright Citizenship

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Friday that he is open to changing the United States' birthright citizenship policy, marking a reversal from his past remarks on the issue.

During an interview, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked the Republican presidential hopeful about the current debate over...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Delivered His 'I Have A Dream' Speech 52 Years Ago Today

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Friday marks the 52nd anniversary of the March on Washington, during which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have A Dream" address. 

On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 individuals converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to draw the country's attention to the struggles faced by black Americans. 

The civil rights demonstration culminated in King's call to end racism, cementing the reverend's place in history.

Watch King's speech above, and read the full text of his remarks below:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

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Here's What It Would Look Like If Lawmakers Wore Donors' Logos Like NASCAR Drivers

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:17 PM

A group of protesters in California took a stand against the influence of money in politics Wednesday by imagining what it would look like if lawmakers had to publicly advertise their campaign donors on their clothes à la professional stock car drivers. 

The protesters placed cardboard cutouts of all 120...

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9.11の「粉じんにまみれた女性」が亡くなる 今も続く生存者たちの苦しみ

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:03 PM

粉じんにまみれた姿が9.11を象徴する写真になったマーシー・ボーダーズさんが、がんで亡くなった。生前「テロががんの原因ではないか」と語っていた。

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Hillary Clinton: Private Email Server 'Clearly Wasn't The Best Choice'

(15) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 7:25 PM


Hillary Clinton said Wednesday her decision to use a private email server while serving as secretary of state was not "the best choice." 


The Democratic presidential candidate has faced scrutiny since a New York Times report revealed she had used a private email account throughout...

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California Lawmakers Expected To Approve Tough Equal Pay Protections

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:01 PM

As the nation celebrates Women's Equality Day, California lawmakers are poised to approve the country's strongest equal pay protections.

Assembly members are expected to vote Thursday on SB 358, also known as the California Fair Pay Act, which would prohibit employers from paying workers less than members of...

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9/11 Survivor Captured In Iconic Photo Dies Of Cancer

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 6:43 PM

Marcy Borders, a survivor of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks who was photographed covered in dust after...

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젭 부시가 불법 체류자의 아이들을 "닻 아기들"이라고 경멸조로 말하다

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:40 AM

젭 부시가 지난 목요일 불법 체류자들이 미국에서 낳은 아이를 "닻 아기들(anchor babies)"이라고 부른 것을 후회하지 않는다고 말했다.


젭 부시는 미국에 불법 체류하는 사람들이 아기를 낳아서 영주권을 얻으려 한다는 의미로 사용한 '닻(정박용) 아기들'이라는 단어를 사용했고, 그가 라디오 인터뷰에서 이 용어를 사용하자마자 정치적인 논쟁에 휘말렸다.

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Jeb Bush Says He Doesn't Regret Using The Term 'Anchor Babies'

(40) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Jeb Bush said Thursday he doesn't regret using the term "anchor babies" to describe children born in the...

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Jeb Bush Calls For Greater Enforcement For 'Anchor Babies'

(21) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:25 PM


Jeb Bush said while he supports granting birthright citizenship to the children of immigrants, the policy needs "greater enforcement" to prevent "abuse." 


Appearing on Bill Bennett's radio show Wednesday, the former Florida governor and current Republican presidential hopeful said he backs cracking down on potential exploitation...

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Study Finds Global Warming Has Made California's Drought Worse

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 6:29 PM

Global warming is worsening the effects of California's historic drought, according to a study published in the journal...

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Steph Curry Exposes Obama As The Trash Talker He Truly Is

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:26 PM

2015 has been a big year for Stephen Curry. He was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player, led...

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Chelsea Manning Loses Prison Privileges For 21 Days Over Expired Toothpaste

(10) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 7:24 PM


Chelsea Manning was barred from using the prison gym, library or outdoor areas for three weeks after she was found guilty Tuesday of violating prison rules, including possessing toothpaste with an expired date. 


Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst serving 35 years in a military prison...

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Bob Woodward Says Clinton Emails Remind Him Of The Nixon Tapes

(32) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who famously helped break the news of the Watergate scandal, said Hillary...

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California Bans Use Of Grand Juries In Police Shooting Cases

(25) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM

California will no longer use grand juries in cases involving police shootings of civilians after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday banning the secret deliberations.

SB 227, authored by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), makes California the first state to ban the use of grand juries to...

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Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Are California's 'New Normal'

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 11:48 AM

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the intense wildfires blazing across the state are part of a "new...

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Russia Reportedly Hacked Pentagon Email System

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:10 PM


U.S. officials say a recent attack on an unclassified Pentagon email server that has caused the system to shut down for nearly two weeks was carried out by Russian hackers, NBC and The Daily Beast reported Thursday.


According to the reports, a "sophisticated cyber intrusion"...

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Tens Of Thousands Of Californians Are About To Get Their Voting Rights Restored

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 2:29 PM


SAN FRANCISCO -- Tens of thousands of California residents will soon have their voting rights restored as the state drops its appeal of a ruling that found the state could not bar individuals who have left prison and completed parole and are now under county supervision from...

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Outside Lands Artists Pick Their Must-See Acts

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 6:09 PM

There's a lot to love about Outside Lands, the annual music festival that's taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend: surprise performances, a food lineup that requires just as much planning as your music schedule, Wine Lands, even the weather (we're partial to fog in these parts).

But...

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Jerry Brown Declares State Of Emergency As California Wildfires Rage

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 7:26 PM


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has declared a state of emergency as wildfires blaze in 15 counties across the Golden State, one of which killed a responding firefighter.


"California's severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox," Brown said in...

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