"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...
You wouldn't guess it from TV, but there has been a lot going on this week besides the Florida murder trial. See how much you were able to read between the lines by taking our weekly news quiz.
While it's encouraging that some U.S. realtors that source from Bangladesh have finally declared a new commitment toward improving the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers, let's hope that these companies will abandon their previous race to the bottom labor practices in favor of protecting human lives.
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion.
The silver lining to this dark cloud is State Senator Wendy Davis herself. A single mother who went from living in a trailer to graduating from Harvard Law School, Davis understands the struggles of working class women.
When Texas Governor Rick Perry announced this week he won't seek reelection, he left open the possibility of a second presidential run in 2016. Perry'...
So, with a sly good ol' boy grin, today Rick Perry stood before reporters and held his new shoes up by the laces and announced that a new Ricky Rick was in town.
The Supreme Court decisions on voting and affirmative action at the University of Texas, the Senate's vote on immigration and the People's filibuster that killed a bill set to all but outlaw abortion in Texas, are all part of a strategy to take Texas and the nation backwards and keep power in the hands of a few.
So if Perry is stepping down to focus on a presidential run, as some observers contend, what will that mean for GOP political gay-bashing in 2016 race? Judging from Perry's most recent rants, 2016 will be 2012 redux, no matter what any autopsy of the 2012 election by the RNC or GOP strategists might reveal.
The Lone Star State attack on women was just the latest in what is looking more and more like the new McCarthyism. It's a simple formula. If women speak up for their rights, label them nazis and terrorists -- and if you can get other women to do it, so much the better.
HILLARY: I'm sorry, Rick who? RICK: Governor Rick Perry? ...you know, of Texas? HILLARY: Okay, yes... hi, Rick. May I ask how you got this number?
Let's say you have a faithful opposition to abortion. Okay. I respect that. But how do you feel about the fact that hundreds of thousands of women are being steam-rollered by Texas male politicians trying to end-run Roe v. Wade?
Rick Perry might be moving on, but he's leaving behind a legacy as a radical free-marketeer who never governed anything he didn't want to privatize.
Striking while the iron is hot matters in life and politics. Ask Barack Obama. He went from unknown Illinois state senator to U.S. senator to president in less than five years. Wendy Davis is now hot iron.
People will be talking about Senator Davis' filibuster for many years to come. Those who have made, and will make the trip to the capitol in Austin to make their voices heard, will become politicized forever. They will not forget the energy and solidarity which we have witnessed.
The Republicans have become the voice of an angry opposition but are no longer involved in governance in a meaningful way. This is good for Obama, but probably not for the country.