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Immigration On The Concert Stage, Silver Screen & In The Legislature: Calle 13 @ Coachella, The Undocumented, How Democracy Works Now + Mercedes Sosa's Final Recording Session

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, a legend's final studio recording, a great day at Coachella, notes on heroic forensics and a decade and a half of failed immigration legisla...

Sam Stein

Amtrak Launches Pilot Program Allowing Dogs And Cats On Trains

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a historic victory for the taxpaying pet owners of America, Amtrak announced on Monday that it would begin a pilot program allowing r...

The Upside Down Wonderland of Racism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Is the United States now a "colorblind" society? Or even more importantly, should the United States be a "colorblind/race-blind" society? The very notion of "race-blindness" is deeply problematic.

Dem Senator Finds Rare Success In Republican State

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

FRIENDLY, W.Va. (AP) — Many locals around here see Sen. Joe Manchin as one of them, so much so they greet the 30-year veteran of West Virginia polit...

Can Debt Ceiling Debates Be Useful? History Says Maybe.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Are threats to oppose a debt ceiling increase ever defensible? More specifically, can they ever be justified as a form of leverage--as a tool to force...

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...

Sam Stein

New Bill Would Allow Pets On Amtrak

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even during moments of vicious partisan bickering, members of Congress seem to find common ground over their love of pets. When Repub...

On 35th Anniversary of Mine Safety and Health Act, Still More Work to Do

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

We must keep pressing forward with the legacy of the Mine Safety and Health Act. It is far too important, and too many lives are at stake, to give up now.

What Do You Know About the Constitution?

William E. White | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our Constitution is constantly bandied about, quoted, cited, and interpreted by every pundit from every media outlet and every political persuasion. Don't just take their word for it. What do you actually know about the Constitution? What do your children know about the Constitution?

Late Senator's Secret Documents Reveal Leak Uproar

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd obtained secret FBI documents about the civil rights movement that were leaked by the CIA and triggered ...

September Surprise?

Henry J. Stern | Posted 10.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The possibility of an upset in the special election September 13 to fill Anthony Weiner's congressional seat should cause Democratic leaders some anxiety. The Republican nominee, Bob Turner, is running hard.

Graceful Exits: Knowing When to Move On

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2011 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

With great fanfare, we recently said goodbye to two female media icons, Oprah Winfrey and Meredith Vieira. As they retired from their current roles on television, I wondered if others admired their farewells as much as I did.

Labor Deal made For Thousands Of Miners

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers said Monday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with coal producers that employ thousands of ...

Blair Mountain Emergency: Obama Is Obliged by Deathtoll to Order Mountaintop Removal Moratorium

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With nearly 1.5 million acres of American geography erased from our maps by mountaintop removal operations, Appalachia is dealing with an emergency situation of historic proportions.

Dave Jamieson

House Dems: Coal Industry Rep Gave 'Questionable' Testimony On Whistleblower Retaliation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats have accused a coal industry representative of giving "questionable" testimony during a hearing on mine safety reform ea...

Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement: Interview With Appalachian Leader Bo Webb

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Living underneath a mountaintop removal mining operation in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, Bo Webb has emerged as one of the most important frontline voices in the coalfield justice movement.

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Eric Mathis, a scrappy young economist in the Appalachian coalfields, is putting together one of the most dynamic green jobs consortiums in the country.

Roadmaps to New Power: Interview With Rory McIlmoil, 'Tesla of the Coalfields' on Green Jobs

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While there is a lot of well-meaning discussion about a just transition to a sustainable clean energy economy in the coalfields, McIlmoil is one of the few who has begun the process of laying out a roadmap.

The States of Dis-Union: Will Arizona and West Virginia Join the President or Secede?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

As President Obama calls on the nation to "come together as a people, Republicans, Democrats, Independents," and "find common ground, even as we're ha...

Big Coal's Rally of Denial: Coalfield Citizens Bring Message of Growing Health Care Crisis to State Capitol

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Besieged citizens from the central Appalachian coalfields faced down Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a large crowd of Big Coal lobbyist...

Coal Money And Violent Rhetoric Hold Appalachia Captive to Dirty Energy

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

When will the coal industry stop using guns and violent rhetoric to intimidate those who seek to protect the mountains and hollers that Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone once roamed, a rich part of American heritage?

Breaking: EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Invoking the rule of law and science, the EPA just announced their veto of the 2,300-acre mountaintop removal mining permit at the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia.

Reason to Believe in Environmental Justice: Coalfields Hero Judy Bonds

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As we head into another winter of discontent in the coalfields, Judy Bonds always gives me a reason to believe in the still small possibility of environmental justice in America.

Bush At War

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

What happens when a great nation -- and this is a great nation -- elects a ruler who is not up to the task of being president? The answer is to be found in George W. Bush's memoirs, Decision Points.

GOP Ad Uses 'Hicky Blue Collar' Actors Sought In Casting Call

AP / The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The GOP candidate in West Virginia's Senate race is distancing himself from an ad paid for by national Republicans that portrays ...