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Could The South Be Good For The Libertarian Party?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Southerners are downright feisty about their independence. There's a great sign at a park on the Alabama-Tennessee border which proclaims "We Dare Defend Our Rights!" Yet this rebellious streak doesn't seem to translate to independent candidates or third party challengers, who tend to fare poorly in Dixie.

Chicago 1968... Cleveland 2016?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Could this be the year when Republicans see some sort of replay of what the Democrats went through in 1968?

The End of the GOP?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are we witnessing the end of the Republican Party? That's a pretty stunning question to ask, but we're living through a pretty stunning presidential nomination fight, so it can no longer be avoided or ignored.

A Trump Candidacy Is Good for the Democrats, But Bad for America

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Either Sanders and Clinton will beat Trump. That will mean that America will be in a better place, ready to address many of our problems. But the residue of that presidential contest won't entirely disappear. Trump will emerge from his losing campaign as a man on a mission with a wounded ego and a large following.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Donald Trump, GOP Nominee

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

The very concept has moved from the surreal to the possible. So it's time to actually think about what it would mean for the country and for the Republican Party.

Natalie Jackson

Why Rush Limbaugh Is Only Partially Right About Democrats And The Confederate Flag | Natalie Jackson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Yes, Democrats were in power in South Carolina in 1962 when the Confederate flag was placed atop the Capitol. In fact, in many elections in the state ...

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About MLK Day

John A. Tures | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The battle over MLK Day moved a Super Bowl. Southern states weren't the last to celebrate it. The law making it a national holiday was signed by a Republican President. And you'll never guess who voted for it in the U.S. Senate!

Reverse Racism: The Month in Review

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

Here's a quick lesson, it took 101 years after the Emancipation Proclamation to get a Civil Rights Bill to become law. Four years later Martin Luther King Jr., a leader of that Civil Rights movement, was assassinated.

What Do Cliven Bundy, Phil Robertson and Ted Nugent Have in Commmon?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

It is impossible to disconnect the "states' rights," anti-government foundations of conservatism from the racism that hides beneath it, exposed nakedly every so often by the Cliven Bundys of the world.

U.S. History 101: The Drinkable Version

Anneli Rufus | Posted 01.26.2014 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

Just as it has done with yogurt and deities, this nation has transformed alcoholic beverages invented elsewhere into diehard American classics.

Political Plate Tectonics in the Civil Rights Era

Jarryd Willis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

A Morning Joe discussion with Kevin Williamson about his recent National Review piece on President Eisenhower and his moderate temperament (relative to today's GOP) ended with a disagreement he had with MSNBC's Steve Kornacki over when the South turned Red.

Ashley Woods

What Do Mike Duggan, JFK And Stubbs The Cat All Have In Common? | Ashley Woods | Posted 06.28.2013 | Detroit

What do John F. Kennedy, Strom Thurmond and an Alaskan cat named Stubbs all have in common? They are all politicians who ran as write-in candidates...

WATCH: Maher Tells The Truth About Strom Thurmond

Posted 06.16.2013 | Comedy

Bill Maher closed Friday's episode of "Real Time" with a rant about the retention rates in congress, which results in more than a few congressmen rema...

Noxious Notions From the Heritage Foundation

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Conservatives are being forced to take sides: They can either stand with promoters of inflammatory tracts -- like the Heritage Foundation and their hack Jason Richwine -- or they can stand with Americans in both parties who are working to fix our broken immigration system.

Scalia Makes Awkward Reference

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

Justice Antonin Scalia made an awkward reference to former Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) during the Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8, California'...

Notable Moments In Filibuster History

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) began his 13-hour filibuster Wednesday by saying "I will speak until I can no longer speak." But his marathon Senate floor spee...

Old White Guys

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it's another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the "Tea Party", are so perpetually angry.

Senators and Secret Children: Can Professional Character and Personal Integrity Be Bifurcated?

E. O'Neill | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
E. O'Neill

The issue of "secret children" is becoming a weekly headline. This week it's former Senator Domenici, last week Representative Cohen. Before that, the...

A Lesson We Could Learn From Strom Thurmond's Daughter

E. O'Neill | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
E. O'Neill

Essie Mae Washington-Williams eloquently puts words to the feelings that all secret love children experience living with the reality and stigma of being illegitimate.

A Missed Opportunity to Bring Back Jefferson Smith and Strom Thurmond

Byron Williams | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

If the minority wishes to stall the process, which is their right, they must hold the floor by reciting everything from their reasons for opposition, the Constitution, the book of Leviticus, to their grandmothers biscuit recipe.

Dethrone Filibuster King McConnell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Mitch McConnell, the minority leader of the U.S. Senate, has for six years wielded the filibuster as a weapon in his rebellion against a founding principle of the United States of America -- self-governance by majority rule. The majority must seize back control.

TWO-FACED: 15 Political Hypocrites

The Huffington Post | Katy Hall | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) recently made headlines when a phone call transcript revealed that he had sex with a patient while working as a physic...

The Conservative Fantasy History Of Civil Rights

New York Magazine | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

The civil rights movement, once a controversial left-wing fringe, has grown deeply embedded into the fabric of our national story. This is a salutary ...

Racism, Dr. King, and Food Stamps

Joel Berg | Posted 03.17.2012 | New York
Joel Berg

Dr. Martin Luther King, responding to near-starvation conditions found in parts of the U.S., viewed access to food as a civil rights issue. King made the hunger issue a central component of his Poor People's Campaign.

Never Go Naked To A Knife Fight

Christopher Lamb | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who just won the New Hampshire primary, needs to keep in mind what happened to McCain in South Carolina or else he will find himself dazed and confused, and talking out of both sides of his mouth. Again.