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Three Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?

Are 'Anchor Babies' Sinking the American Economy?

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

In the wake of the Civil War, many newly freed slaves were struggling to try and establish themselves. Lacking many of the same rights, these African ...

The Case for Non-Human Personhood Rights

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.12.2012 | Science
Eric Michael Johnson

This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking "persons" in the strictly legal sense. But that would be unlikely to happen with whales, dolphins, or even great apes.

Black, White, Brown & Now

Lisa Ellis | Posted 04.22.2012 | Black Voices
Lisa Ellis

Many times throughout my life I began to write about the subject of inter-racial marriage. My birth being the result of an American interracial marriage, I found that the perspective was rarely spoken about from the point of view of the child of these unions.

Marriage Equality: Constitutionality, Not Morality, Will Ultimately Decide Prop. 8

Jelena Hasbrouck | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Jelena Hasbrouck

If Prop. 8 goes to the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy won't vote in favor of gay marriage because it is morally correct. In fact, he doesn't think the Constitution is designed to determine morality. "Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code," Kennedy wrote.

Other People's Children

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We continue to tolerate a system in which your zip code determines your access to the American Dream, and in which communities refuse to fund their schools because "their" children no longer go there.

Occupy This: Create a Lasting Legacy by Passing the Equal Rights Amendment

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The Occupy Movement continues to protest economic inequality. But it's missing an opportunity to create a lasting legacy: to push for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Jennifer Bendery

House Defends DOMA By Arguing Gay People Are Powerful | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gay people have the political power to sway Congress to combat discrimination against them, so there's no need for a court to overturn t...

David Lohr

Tennessee Lawmaker's Arrest Warrant | David Lohr | Posted 12.13.2011 | Crime

A Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored a bill allowing handgun carry permit holders to tote guns in bars has been arrested on charges of drunken driving a...

Ryan Grim

The Long, Corrupt History Of The Corporate Person | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the Occupy Wall Street refrains, one of the most memorable is, "I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas exec...

Incendiary GOP State Representative Arrested

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Tennessee Republican state Rep. Curry Todd, who once compared undocumented immigrants to "rats" was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday night and ch...

Obama: The President Who Wouldn't Make the Louisiana Purchase

Jeff Madrick | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

Stimulus -- not spending cuts -- could have created jobs. The wonderful thing about being president is the bully pulpit. But Obama doesn't use it to persuade Americans about much of anything.

At a Moment of Historic Opportunity, House Republicans Were Sold Down the River By Their Leadership

David Paul | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
David Paul

As the denouement approaches, and a resolution to the debt crisis appears to be at hand, one has to ask how many of the participants continue to believe that a default on U.S. Treasury obligations was ever at risk.

President Has Authority and Moral Obligation to Invoke the 14th Amendment to Avoid Economic Catastrophe

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Today in a letter to President Obama, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver and I called on President Obama to raise the debt ceiling under the authority of the 14th Amendment.

Jennifer Bendery

Days Away From Default, Democrats Nervously Eye Constitutional Route | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may not be pushing the issue publicly, but in private she "clearly" supports President Bar...

The 14th Amendment Is Obama's Briar Patch

Ken Allen | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics
Ken Allen

Anyone who steps back from the swirl of current arguments will immediately see that there is an easy, almost unavoidable exit from our current paralysis, and President Obama controls it.

Can Obama Extend The Debt Ceiling On His Own?

The New York Review of Books | Ronald Dworkin | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

As the debt ceiling fiasco continues unresolved and increasingly dangerous, with no agreement among the House, the Senate and the White House yet in s...

Lead, Mr. President, Lead.

Pat Choate | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

What Congress and the president cannot do is default on this national debt. We must pay for what we spent -- past, present and future. That is the Constitution speaking loudly and clearly.

Invoking 14th Amendment A Moral Option To Solve Debt Ceiling Impasse

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.28.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

President Obama made every sincere effort to negotiate and at every turn was rejected. Principled leadership is risky, no doubt, but there may be no other moral alternative that saves the nation from economic chaos.

Jennifer Bendery

Hoyer Backs Obama Using 14th Amendment To Resolve Debt Crisis | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday night became the highest ranking Democratic leader to throw his support behind the ...

Constitution Prohibits 'Deadbeat Nation'

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One cannot brandish one's fealty to the Constitution and, at the same time, refuse to make the money available to pay our financial obligations. The latter is unconstitutional.

Jennifer Bendery

WATCH: Democrats Pressure Obama To Use 14th Amendment To Raise Debt Ceiling | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With time running out and still no bipartisan debt deal in sight, a growing number of House Democrats are pressuring President Barack Ob...

Congress' Real Deadline: Summer Vacation

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's a pretty safe bet that the issue will (at least temporarily) be resolved by the fifth of August, at the absolute latest. Bank on it. The reason for such certainty is a simple one.

Immigration and Birthright Citizenship: Constitutional and Personal Narratives

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

A Better Life show that the dreams of immigrant parents for their children, and the struggles of such children to forge their own identities, are not just Latino, Asian, European, or African immigrant stories. These are American stories.

For God's Sake, President Obama, Invoke the 14th Amendment and End This Madness in Washington

Jay Weston | Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Yes, Mr. President, it IS time for the Founding Fathers of the nation to come to your -- and our -- rescue. Do it! Today!