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Rev. Jesse Jackson Discusses the Current Political Landscape (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and p...

Health Care and Judgment Day

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

What will my Evangelical brothers and sisters say to Jesus on that ultimate day when He says, "I was sick and you refused me access to health care because you loved your philosophy more than me"?

States' Rights Is Rallying Cry Of Resistance For Lawmakers

New York Times | Kirk Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Whether it's a correctly called a movement, a backlash or political theater, state declarations of their rights -- or in some cases denunciations of f...

New Idaho Law: AG Must Sue Federal Government If Health Care Reform Bill Passes

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue the federal g...

Con Games: America Null And Void

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

A family fatality afforded us the chance to stumble upon the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Denver -- a wonderfully morbid coincidence for an Irish-American like me.

Movement Advocating State's Rights Must be Approached with Caution, Wisdom and a Good Memory

Pat Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Williams

The current anti-federal mongering, particularly by the Far Right, is not only wrong-headed, it is dangerous. And it threatens to upset the balance between our state and federal governments.

Will Colorado Conservatives Flunk This States' Rights Test?

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

What began as a Colorado story -- suburban Denver man busted by DEA for growing medical marijuana in his home -- is quickly shaping up as something more significant.

Sagebrush Rebellion Ain't Dead Yet

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

It's hard to imagine a good old-fashioned sagebrush rebellion breaking out in the "new" Colorado. But the desire to be free from DC's suffocating embrace still burns in the hearts of Wyomingites.

Proposition 8 Backer, Hak-Shing William Tam, stands by views on pedophilia

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — A proponent of California's same-sex marriage ban testified Thursday that he thinks gays are more likely to be pedophiles and th...

The Commerce Secretary From Boeing

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Former Washington governor Gary Locke has worked hard to minister to the needs of the hometown corporation. Since being appointed as commerce secretary, he has an even higher perch from which he can do so.

Are States' Rights Right?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Democrats have been increasingly willing to embrace state -- and local -- governments as partners rather than adversaries in both oversight and in substantive policymaking.

Floors Not Ceilings: Progressive Federalism, Not "States Rights"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

In order for Progressive Federalism to happen, the federal government has to be supportive of floors, not ceilings -- that is, oriented toward setting minimum progressive regulatory standards, not maximum regulatory ceilings.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Study: Most States Fail To Protect The Legal Rights Of Abused Children

Causecast | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A new study released yesterday, co-authored by First Star, a nonprofit advocacy group for neglected and abused children, and the Children's Advocacy I...

Memo to Govs. Pawlenty and Perry: States' Rights Rhetoric Belongs In History Books, Not Headlines

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

The noisiest critics of the federal government's role in health care, the economy, and education are recycling the rhetoric that was used to justify secession, segregation, and other injustices.

Emerging GOP Theme: Nullification

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.

Pawlenty Backs Off 10th Amendment Threat

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On 'This Week', Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty backed away from earlier statements suggesting he'd invoke the 10th Amendment to block Obama's health care...

Nadler To Introduce DOMA Repeal Bill Next Week

Advocate | Kerry Eleveld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jerrold Nadler will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next week. The Advocate has learned that Democratic representati...

Gay, Gay, More Gay: Can't We All Just Get It Straight?

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

A state that recognizes same-sex marriage is entitled to have its "public act, record, and judicial proceeding" (and marriage is arguably all three) respected by all the other states.

The JusticeBot 9000

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The JusticeBot 9000: You said you wanted a machine that took all the human factor out of the law, so that emotion and empathy would be forever banished from the bench.

The New Federalism Attack on DOMA: Does the Supreme Court Really Care About States' Rights?

Kent Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

The 10th Amendment, often used to limit the federal government's power to protect our environment and regulate firearms, is now being trotted out to fight against federally mandated discrimination.

New DOMA Lawsuit is the Most Exciting Yet

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

A suit filed yesterday in Massachusetts is a smart, novel attack on a law that is clearly unconstitutional, but also has the support of a waning, yet significant portion of the U.S. population.

Sam Stein

John Oxendine: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Joins Perry States' Rights Stance

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is support for states' rights the new litmus test for the GOP? For the second time in as many weeks, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the Sout...

Historical, Hysterical Conservatives

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Conservatives have opposed progressive change -- for states rights and against "big government socialism" -- in every era. In those past eras, history was not on their side. It is not in our time, either.

Time for Statesmanship

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lance Simmens

McCain's actions over the past week, cast great doubts upon his comprehension of either the problem or the solution.