4:41 PM, 10/01/14
Bill Clinton Appears In His First Senate Ad This Cycle
3:03 PM, 10/01/14
GOP Candidates Claim Nobody Cares About Birth Control, Equal Pay
If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As America embarks on yet another war in the Middle East, Congress needs to act now to stop this unjustified bonanza for the Pentagon's contractors. The most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer an ominous example about what can happen when the rush to war is met with sharp spending increases coupled with little to no oversight or fiscal restraint.
The gridlock in Washington - where Congress hasn't boosted the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour, since 2009 - has catalyzed a growing movement in cities and states. Nineteen states now have minimum wages over $7.25 an hour.
Though they like to invoke patriotic themes and drape themselves in the flag, the oil barons have persistently demonstrated their enthusiasm for putting corporate profits ahead of the public welfare.
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that the strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq. This is a tragic error.
Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.
The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic Party to field a candidate in the race just essentially got laughed out of court, which means there will be no Democrat on the ballot at all.
Why is he building a massive garbage dump in a fragile wetland on the waterfront of a residential neighborhood, right in front of public housing, next to an athletic facility used by 34,000 city kids and in the worst kind of flood zone?
AmeriCorps members have completed over one billion hours of service since 1994, and have had an immense impact on mobilizing communities to work together for a more promising future. As a former VISTA volunteer, I know firsthand the tremendous impact volunteering can have for both the volunteer and the community.
While the threat of ISIL is real, Muslims in America should not collectively pay the price every time an individual or group engages in political violence in the name of Islam. Overtly targeting Muslims only corroborates what many Americans have suspected for decades -- systemic bias against minorities infects law enforcement.
His failure to strike a balance between his justifiable resistance to the occupation and the need to rally the support of the Israeli public was a major blunder, deeply injurious to the Palestinian cause.
Every worker, regardless of their immigration status, should be protected by the law in so much that her well-being, her dignity as a person seeking the American dream for her family, is never at risk.
It means that peering into the future -- if the future is anything longer than a minute -- is onerous. Most meteorologists will only give you a five-day forecast. Explaining climate change or the fact that we might have trouble feeding 9 billion people in the future is a tough sell.
Reagan shifted the power to the wealthy, and the wealthy used that power to escape the borders of democracy by moving production to China. And that, my friends, was that.
On Fox News a Muslim who killed a co-worker in Oklahoma and who remains in police custody represents a much bigger story than a suspected anti-government assassin who killed a cop and remains on the run, eluding hundreds of law enforcement officials while terrorizing a Pennsylvania community.
Despite Obama's slumping popularity, all that remains in question is the final margin of victory, the outcome of key initiatives important to Brown's future plans, the size of Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly, and whether there will be another Democratic sweep of all statewide offices.
The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Consider the tragedy of the Titanic. It is a metaphor for the surpassing vanity of mankind and the indifferent brutality of nature. As such it can speak to us about the looming threat of climate change.
If people are seemingly able to develop false factual beliefs without any help from ideologically driven media messages, and if efforts like news media fact-checking are failing to correct shoddy facts, then what hope do we have for a vibrant, meaningful public debate?
Undoubtedly there are positives to Holder's tenure as attorney general, but one really big minus is his decision not to prosecute any of the Wall Street crew whose actions helped to prop up the housing bubble.