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Climate Change This Week: Frying Earth, Sustainable Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.10.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Just How Fast is Earth Warming? About 50x Faster Than Before, a new study that reconstructs the fine grained climate history since the Ice Age 11,000+...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Had 2009 Game Plan For Voting Rights Act Being Struck Down | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Obama administration needs a plan to deal with the likely death of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, it may be able to du...

Following My Heart

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Everyone tells you to listen to your heart. Follow your dreams. Don't ever give up on pursuing what you really want, your deepest desires. Express your innermost self! Become your authentic you, and live your unique life.

Roberts, Scalia and Voters

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The only suspense is in waiting to find out if Massachusetts continues to be used to justify the ruling and whether the Court applies the Scalia Cowardly Congress theory to justify its ruling. One thing seems certain: Scalia and Roberts will be the winners. The voters will be the losers.

Margaret Schneider, 86-Year-Old With Dementia, Charged With Voter Fraud

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Authorities in Minnesota have found the face of voter fraud: an 86-year-old woman with dementia. The Nicollet County Attorney’s Office has charge...

"None of the Above"

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

When agreements are always so far off, and hair-brained ideas like "Sequestration" become policy, we are looking a situation where something drastic is called for.

Climate Change This Week: Pipeline Lunacy, Solar Supremacy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Yo, O, Say It Ain't So: State Department Analysis Says XL pipeline harmless since the Canadian tar sands oil would be mined and drilled anyway, report...

Rep. Clyburn on Empowering Voter Rights

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important now more than ever to pass new federal laws to protect the right to vote.

The Case for Battleground Texas

Jeremy Bird | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

Grassroots voices were enormously successful in 2012 and 2008. So where do we go from here? How do we continue to engage Americans in the democratic process and make our politics better reflect our population? One of the answers is in Texas -- a state that is at a political crossroads.

Illinois Millennials Must Help Restore State's Civic Health

Shawn Healy | Posted 04.29.2013 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

It's time for Illinois Millennials to reclaim our democracy. With today's primaries and general local elections pending in April, our youngest citizens are presented with another opportunity to restore the balance between elected officials and the governed.

Definitive Proof That We Don’t All Live In The Same Democracy

Upworthy | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

What this map tells me is that, basically, Florida really needs to get its s#*t together....

Climate Change This Week: China Eats Amazon, Methane Bomb Set to Explode, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.26.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Amazon rainforest stores vast amounts of carbon, and many scientists acknowledge it is important in stabilizing the global climate.

Key Voting Provision Defended By Obama

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court...

The No Good, Very Bad Week of Hans von Spakovsky

Doug Kendall | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

With the Supreme Court poised to hear a conservative-led attack on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, you would think the Heritage Foundations' Hans von Spakovsky would be on the top of the world. Instead, he's increasingly becoming a real embarrassment to the right's efforts.

Obama Fights For Key Voting Rights Act Provision

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama argued Friday for keeping a key provision of federal voting rights law in place, saying it will become harder but...

Climate Change This Week: Melting Tundra, Red Hot States, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Stop the XL Pipeline, Mr. President! said over 40,000 people concerned about climate change at the February 17th Washington DC Forward On Climate Rall...

We Need the President's Election Commission

Will Crossley | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Will Crossley

Desilene Victor's determination to vote was applauded last Tuesday by the joint session of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike. With her story, and with his commission, the president has summoned us to our shared obligation to protect the right to vote.

Strengthening the State of Our Union

Tori Taylor | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Tori Taylor

We already know young Americans were a decisive voting bloc in the 2012 election cycle; it wasn't a fluke. But showing up at the voting booth isn't enough. It's time to get involved and serve our country and the next generation by helping the president move this country forward.

A Good Start on Voting Reform, But Let's Get On With It

Bob Edgar | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Desiline Victor's story and others like it make a powerful case for congressional action to retain and strengthen the EAC and should drive the work of state legislators and the president's new commission as well.

Chelsea Kiene

Obama's Election Commission Offers 'Business As Usual' Without Reform, Activists Say | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's creation of an independent Presidential Commission on Election Administration to address voting problems has sp...

Missed Opportunities: Virginia General Assembly Should Have Focused on Improving Virginia Elections

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

The 2012 presidential election taught us that while Virginia has yet to face pervasive "Florida-like" havoc, its elections could use a makeover. Here are five changes the General Assembly could have embraced to ensure open, fair and more efficient elections in 2013.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Presidential Voting Commission To Be Announced | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce a bipartisan presidential voting commission to focus on improving the Election Day experience, The ...

Climate Change This Week: BIG Blizzard, Massive Methane, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.12.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What Do This Week's Big Blizzard and Hurricane Sandy Have in Common? Climate Change! reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. In both cases, incre...

Never Would Have Made It Without You, Rosa Parks

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The struggle continues, but to really appreciate the dedication of those of old, we must continue the struggle. We never would have made it without Rosa Parks and we will not make it without you.

The Real Debate Over American Citizenship

Robert Reich | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

All these issues are pieces of the same larger debate: Are we more fearful of "them" out there, or more confident about "us"? Is our goal to constrain and limit citizenship, or to enlarge and fulfill its promise?