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FDR, LBJ and BHO

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The Democratic Party must embrace, fight for and enact economically-progressive policies. It must be the party of Main Street, not Wall Street, of the 99 percent, not the one percent. In particular, it must fight for a strong safety net to protect those of us who fall on hard times.

The Fight Over Gay Marriage Isn't Just About Marriage

Cary Franklin | Posted 04.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Cary Franklin

The focus in the recent wave of same-sex marriage decisions has not been on the marriage part of marriage equality, but on the equality part.

If It Weren't for a Handful of Sports Figures, America Would Not Have Integrated as It Did

Michael J. Cramer | Posted 04.10.2014 | College
Michael J. Cramer

Why were a boxer and a baseball player of such consequence? The answer lies in the tortured history of the treatment of African Americans dating back to the late 1800s.

The White House Hates When Obama Is Compared To This Former President

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Perhaps no historical analogy irks the White House more than the comparisons between Presidents Barack Obama and Lyndon B. Johnson...

Congress Should End Immigrant Detention Quotas

Barbara Hines | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Barbara Hines

The burgeoning business of immigrant detention is an overlooked and critical civil rights issue that demands our attention.

The Untold Story of Civil-Rights Progress in the U.S.: An Interview With Author Clay Risen

Steve Kettmann | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Steve Kettmann

In many ways, the bizarre state of affairs in which our nation's capital now finds itself mired is not so new. Author Clay Risen explores a key juncture in our history when archaic procedures threatened to change the course of history.

LBJ's Legacy Lives On

Robert Hutchings | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Robert Hutchings

President Lyndon B. Johnson's leadership -- and that of Dr. Martin Luther King and the countless other courageous leaders of that generation -- rescued us all from the shameful legacy of slavery.

Obama To Headline Civil Rights Summit In Texas

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lyndon Johnson's presidency has long been viewed in the shadow of the Vietnam War, a conflict that saw American soldiers die in...

America's Promise is Possible

Shirley Franklin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Shirley Franklin

As a young woman I thought by the 21st century the hard work of ensuring social and economic justice for all Americans would be done.

My Conversation With Clay Risen

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Risen discusses his new text, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, in which he unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

All the Way: Bryan Cranston Shows How LBJ Passed the Civil Rights Act

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

History plays have not, by and large, been a large sell since Shakespeare. But Schenkkan has turned the yearlong battle over the 1964 Civil Rights Act into high drama.

Those Pesky Facts in the War on Poverty

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his staff have reviewed whether President Johnson's "War on Poverty" has been effective over the last 50 years. There are at least five major problems with the report and the subsequent conclusions that are reached.

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared 'Hitler' Card

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War, facile and wildly inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Adolf Hitler have served the interests of politicians hell-bent on propelling the United States into war. Often, those politicians succeeded. The carnage and the endless suffering have been vast.

Paul Ryan Is a Charlatan, Not a Serious 'Policy Wonk'

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

For too long, reporters have been bamboozled by Ryan, who claims to be a both a budget expert and something of a social philosopher. But he's just a slick talker who appears to have flunked basic math in high school or college, because his budget numbers never add up.

All the Way on Broadway

Rob Taub | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Rob Taub

My father told me many stories about LBJ, and I've read even more, so I can't imagine anyone better than Bryan Cranston playing him.

LBJ, BBQ Diplomacy, And The Great BBQ That Never Happened

Meathead | Posted 02.24.2014 | Taste
Meathead

Barbecue has been used as a tool in American political campaigns for more than 150 years.

America's New Poverty: The Poverty That Must Be Defeated

Frank Islam | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

In this 50th anniversary year of the initiation of the War on Poverty (War), there has been much discussion about the war and its relative success and failure. There has been far too little attention paid, however, to America's new poverty.

Celebrate President's Day With Rare Photos Of Presidents With Celebrities Of Their Time

The Huffington Post | Hilary Miller | Posted 02.17.2014 | Celebrity

What better way to celebrate President's Day 2014 than with a look back at our last 14 men in office and their famous friends? Let's be honest (for ol...

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Pete Seeger: Beating Flagpoles Into Ploughshares

Michael Winship | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Not only was it sad to hear the news yesterday morning of Pete Seeger's passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met. It was in 1969, at Georgetown University, when I was a callow college freshman and he already was a legend among folk music lovers and political activists.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

The Real Culture of Income Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Yes, Mr. Brooks, the problem of income inequality is a cultural problem. But it is a culture created in the cossetted right-wing think-tanks of Washington, not in struggling neighborhoods around the country.

Tackling Child Poverty: Having That Vision Thing

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Nobody -- no matter their political ideology -- should find it acceptable that 22 percent of our nation's children live in poverty

Mike Duggan: Detroit Rejected or Detroit Recovered?

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 03.15.2014 | Detroit
David Alexander Bullock

Mayor Duggan cannot rest his laurels on mere trash pick up and snow removal. He has got to attack poverty in Detroit head on.

Christie's Bridge Problem Shows Foolishness, But Voters Won't Remember

Brian Jencunas | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

Luckily for Christie, few voters are paying attention to politics this far away from a national election, so the bridge-closing won't hurt his all-but-certain 2016 political campaign.