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Ted Cruz Misinterprets Ronald Reagan's 1980 Election Victory

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Cruz suggests a Republican nominee can win the presidency by waving the conservative banner and galvanizing conservatives rather than by making inroads with centrist persuadable voters. Unlike Cruz, Reagan's record as Governor of California, coupled with some of the rhetoric he used in 1980, would be sacrilegious with contemporary conservative voters.

A Legacy of 'Congressional Truancy': From Harding to Kennedy to Obama to Rubio

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Rubio hopes to be the fourth U.S. Senator to rise directly to the presidency. Rubio will likely continue to weather the Congressional truancy charge in his quest to join Harding, Kennedy and Obama as unspectacular senators who ascended directly from the Senate to the presidency.

Will The Ferguson Commission's Final Report Just Collect Dust On A Shelf?

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

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Bryan Cranston Looks Identical To LBJ In First Photo From HBO's 'All The Way'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment

If you thought Bryan Cranston was finished nabbing all the Emmy awards when "Breaking Bad" finished, were you ever wrong. Cranston is headed back to ...

Donald Trump Is No 'Good Soldier'

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

Trump is proving that he is not a "good soldier" for the Republican Party. Ironically, This may actually help him with grassroots conservatives and Independent voters who themselves are conservatives first and Republicans second.

Should Biden Run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, not Getting Endorsement of President would Not be Unprecedented

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Vice President Joe Biden is believed to be seriously contemplating a bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Should he enter the race, one of his opponents would be former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who served under President Barack Obama.

50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

Some Presidential Candidates Get No Respect

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In every presidential election there are candidates with compelling resumes who the high command of the political parties and the media rarely mention. In almost every election cycle, a formidable candidate fails to make the cut.

To Fulfill Their Rights

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If we are to achieve true equality as President Johnson envisioned half a century ago, then we must ensure that students from low-income communities are given the necessary resources and supports. For the civil rights community, accountability must be at the forefront of our actions.

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.

Sixty Years in Journalism: Covering JFK

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

Any American who is old enough can remember where he or she was when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. I was in a downtown Washington deli, where I stopped enroute from Capitol Hill to the ABC News bureau to get a carry-out sandwich.

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary One in a Litany of Whisker-Close Elections in U.S. History

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In the recent Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was ahead by just 83 votes out of over 214,000 votes cast.

How Selma Changed My Life

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Runyon

Thanks to television, the entire civil rights era is part of my personal history, even though my middle class white family never participated in a demonstration. But we were part of it all. Every American alive in the 1960s was, no matter what position you took. I am proud of my parents' views, and how they guided me.

Is Mitt Romney the Political Reincarnation of Hubert Humphrey?

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

A 2016 Romney candidacy seemed a bit farfetched in the immediate aftermath of 2012. Should Romney run for president again, he would be on the same trajectory as Democrat Hubert Humphrey. Will Romney suffer the same fate should he declare a third presidential candidacy?

What 'Selma' Can Teach in the Classroom

Mia Toschi | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

On a day terrorists attacked the soul and city of Paris, more than 500 educators came together on a bitterly, cold night in New York City for a private screening of the film Selma. Some traveled for more than 100 miles to watch the film and discuss "hope" and "healing."

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

Seattle Rep Theatre's All the Way: Surprisingly Entertaining and Insightful

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 02.01.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

A friend invited me to a performance of All the Way at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and I expected an intellectually interesting performance examining the first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson's (LBJ) presidency.

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore: Could Any of Them Win the Election Today?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Who do you think Doane Robinson would have chosen for "Mount Rushmore" if it were being sculpted today? Do you think there are other presidents who are Mount Rushmore worthy?

Clinton, Bush Team Up For Good Cause

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political opposites turned friends, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush launched a new scholars program at four pres...

From Walden Pond to Wilderness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.

When a Political Gaffe Torpedoes a Political Candidate

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It is easy for even the most seasoned candidates to make a mistake. A political gaffe normally results in a few days of being taken off-message, defending or backtracking from one's comments. However, on rare occasions the gaffe is so major that a candidate cannot recover.

The Role Moderate Republicans Played in Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Keith Runyon | Posted 07.30.2014 | Books
Keith Runyon

The fire that swept America in early 1964 was a derivation of the one that incinerated the nation in 1861: the scourge of slavery and the curse of segregation that followed the Civil War.

The War on Poverty

Bert McCracken | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Bert McCracken

The idea was not the redistribution of wealth but the protection of the ability to earn a decent living through the power of knowledge. Unfortunately, all these ideas soon lost their prominence to a more salient war: Vietnam.

George W. Bush Slips In A Dirty Joke During Civil Rights Speech

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Former President George W. Bush spoke at a Thursday summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. He discussed having the sett...

Ryan Budget Flies in the Face of President Johnson's Legacy

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

Not only does the Ryan Budget fail to make investments in our nation's economy, it protects loopholes for Big Oil, prioritizes millionaires and billionaires, and pushes families closer to the edge.