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Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

In 2014, Politics May Be Local. Really.

Greg Speed | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

What if this means that to some extent, as the old adage goes, all politics are once again local in 2014? Will this year be determined more by state and local dynamics, issues, and candidate qualities than the two previous midterms?

You Count -- Literally

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Sharon Kay Edwards

​Local government is small government, yes -- but it has a big impact on my household. Truth be told, it has a big impact on your household too, and we all need to be voting.

Let It Go

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

What if we all let go of hate and fear? What if we embraced kindness and compassion? What if today we found our inner hero and we were all brave enough to stand our ground for what we know what is right?

Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusu...

Young Leaders on the Front Lines to Defend Voter Rights

Andrew Gillum | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Andrew Gillum

This month courageous students and a handful of civil rights organizations are challenging a voter ID law in North Carolina -- saying it discriminates...

Obama Administration To Join Swing State Voting Rights Cases

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama's administration will reportedly sign on to lawsuits challenging new voting restrictions in Wisconsin and Ohio. In an unair...

What's Missing from Today's Money Totals

Matt Mahan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Matt Mahan

For those who truly want to revitalize democracy in America, our focus should not be on the money race but instead on how we can increase public participation in our system of government.

Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Solar Keeps Spreading, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

The Stupid Party? Which One?

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

It seems to be a growing belief that the Republican Party has been hijacked by anti-science ideas and that somehow the Democratic Party is the party of scientific sanity, but the distinction may not be as clear cut as out might think. Or is it?

'Green News Report' - July 8, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Japan hit with monster typhoon, while Hurricane Arthur breaks a record...

Climate Change This Week: Patriots Win the Fracking War, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 5, 2014 H...

Asian Americans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Mapping Out the Next 50 Years

Mee Moua | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Mee Moua

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will hear a common refrain: We still have a long way to go toward realizing Dr. King's Dream.

Congress Must Act to Bolster Voting Rights Act

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Voter disenfranchisement does not only occur in states with a history of discrimination. The 2012 elections saw the attempt to disenfranchise voters taken to a whole new level -- with voter ID laws, cutting off early voting in certain areas, end to same-day registration and measures making it harder to register large groups of voters.

Don't Call Me An 'Ex-Felon'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Daryl Atkinson spent a little more than three years in jail, and in his ample time as a free man he has earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degr...

Climate Change This Week: Packing Record Heat, Fracking Leaks and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

America: How We Look Now

Jessie Tromberg | Posted 06.27.2014 | Fifty
Jessie Tromberg

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate American independence, always makes me remember the old Saturday Evening Post magazine with its cover paintings of idyllic American life. Last month -- on June 3, to be precise -- I believe I actually lived one of those covers.

How Do You Register to Vote If You're Homeless?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

A lack of address is not particularly problematic. Colorado, for instance, considers any place to which you "regularly return" and have "the intent to remain" an adequate address for voter registration.

NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To 'Show Some Reciprocity'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and ...

We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 06.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Anniversaries are normally a cause for celebration. But there is no joy in Latino communities across the country over this week's one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court Case case known as Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

Congress, It's Time to End Voting Discrimination

Carmen Berkley | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Carmen Berkley

One year ago, a majority of Supreme Court justices weakened the federal government's ability to prevent voter discrimination. In a sweeping decision, they decimated the Voting Rights Act.

The Most Conservative Principle in American Politics

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

Republican presidents signed the last three extensions of the VRA, ensuring continuous protection for all Americans. It is that history of support for the Voting Rights Act that makes it so particularly discouraging that the new bipartisan legislation to modernize the act.

Cleaning Up the Supreme Court's Democracy Mess

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Supreme Court has made some very bad calls when it comes to protecting the rights of all Americans to participate meaningfully in our political system. But Justice Ginsburg is right: These wrong-headed decisions shouldn't have staying power. And if the American people have anything to do with it, they won't.

Shelby County One Year Later: Good for Voting Rights?

Franita Tolson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

Hopefully, favorable progress will continue, and on subsequent anniversaries, voting rights advocates will be able to look back on Shelby County as an example of losing the battle, but winning the war.

Climate Change This Week: the US Green Job Plan, India Boils, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.