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The Story Behind An Iconic Picture Of Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

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Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

The Warren vs Roberts Courts: Separate and Unequal Views on Marriage Equality

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The SCOTUS ruling to legalize same-sex marriage is a victory for human rights. The decision follows in the footsteps of its 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that outlawed states' bans on interracial marriage, an earlier victory for marriage equality. But there is a huge difference in the two rulings.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

The Commencement Speech All English Majors Need to Read

Steven L. Isenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Steven L. Isenberg

Commencement is the Thanksgiving Day of academic life. And it is especially right as English majors that we are grateful for the literary treasure which we read and the vitality of the language we inherit, and for all who have taught and encouraged us.

Jerry Brown for President: The Way We Were

William Bradley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

At the least, Brown clearly wants to influence the politics of 2016, which prompts this discussion of his first three presidential campaigns, each of which was telling and intriguing in its own ways.

Americans Recall Where They Were When They Heard Of American Tragedy

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

-- They can still hear the voice that brought the news, breaking into a song on the car radio or disrupting a lesson over a school public address spe...

JFK Assassination: 2 Probes, 2 Different Conclusions

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

-- Separated by 15 years that encompassed a tumultuous period in American history, the two official U.S. government investigations into the assassina...

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Only One Writer Interviewed the Key Government Investigators. Edward Jay Epstein. He Was a Senior in College.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

If you're hoping to learn about the second gunman on the grassy knoll or the CIA's plot to kill Kennedy or the Mafia hitman, his new book -- and this interview -- will disappoint you. If you're looking for a voice of sanity, read on....

Amidst the Encomiums for His Record-Setting Tenure, It Can Now Be Revealed: Jerry Brown's Only Fatal Vulnerability for Re-Election

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Amidst the plaudits for his record and his new/renewed governorship, California Republicans met over the weekend past in convention to, among other things, discuss what they will try to do next year when Brown runs for re-election, something he has not yet announced.

On Same-Sex Marriage, the Supreme Court Chose States Rights Over Equal Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To put the current Supreme Court's rulings in perspective, ask yourself this question: Should the states decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans?

Is the Supreme Court Going to Settle for 'States' Rights' on Same-Sex Marriage?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Should the states decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans? In 1967, the nation's highest court knocked down state anti-miscegenation laws. Now the nation -- and the Supreme Court -- confronts a very similar situation, only this time the issue is same-sex marriage.

The Lie Factory: How Politics Became A Business

The New Yorker | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

"I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty,” by Upton Sinclair, is probably the most thrilling piece of campaign literature ever written. I...

Loving v. Leviticus

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Is it not curious that so many people who oppose government regulation of the actions of corporations simultaneously demand government regulation of the actions of our living corpus?

Justice on the Rocks: The Demise of the People's Court

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In the end, the law means nothing if it isn't applied to human beings compassionately. The reason judges sit on courts is to do justice.

The Patriotism Reflex

David Macaray | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

We seem to have little capacity for sustained self-recrimination. Call it patriotism, call it blind optimism, call it "fogging the lens." American exceptionalism is alive and well.

Why Did Jerry Brown Veto the Farm Worker Bill?

William Bradley | Posted 09.07.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

In any real biography of Jerry Brown, the farm workers are not only a big chapter, they are shot through the entire story. Yet, he vetoed the bill.

Sins of Commission: The 40th Anniversary of the Illustrated Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Brenner

I used to housesit for this hippie couple when I was a teenager. While they were away, I searched their home for porn. This was the early 1970s; you c...

With History Waiting At the Finish Line, Jerry Brown Heads Into the Final Curve of the Race

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Jerry Brown is shaping up as potentially the biggest Democratic winner of the 2010 elections. He is on the verge of besting the biggest-spending candidate in American history.

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

Because Bipartisanship Is Dead Until 2011: A Defense of Senate Moderates

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The GOP cannot even claim credit for bringing the bills to the middle of the road -- the Democrats are hogging all of it. And that is a good thing, despite what some may think.

Here's To Obama and All of Us: We've Come A Long, Long Way!

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

I still remember the clicking of the marchers' heels as they moved into the Birmingham's business district, and, just then, the roar of a police motorcycle as it cut in front of King and Abernathy, halting the protest.

CIA: Parsing The Panetta Pick

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

To say Panetta is a Clinton retread is to ignore his actual background. He comes out of a tradition which is almost forgotten today, that of the liberal Republican.