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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.

We Can Make the Future Come Faster in the South

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Doing the work to register voters in the South will take our collective time, treasure and dedication. But it is crucial, and it can make the future come faster than many people think.

Senate Kingpins to Vote on Climate Changing Pipeline: Tell Them No -- Now!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What Earth-changing events are happening this week? The US Senate Committee is going to vote on the climate changing Keystone XL pipeline, and NASA j...

Flexing Our Political and Financial Muscle

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 06.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

The 2012 presidential election marked a milestone for Latino political participation. Latinos turned out in record numbers and flexed their financial muscle. Through the Futuro Fund, Latino donors became deeply engaged in a presidential election for the first time.

Responsible Freedom

William E. White | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If there is anything we can learn from our revolutionary generation in these weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, it could be--it should be--to focus less on our personal freedom "wants" and invest more time in civic responsibility.

Climate Change This Week: Really Hot Summers, New Global Warming Gases and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

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

Turnout, Turnaround?

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It would behoove those in the lower income brackets to beef up their participation at the ballot box this November and make their presence felt in a big way. No one in the nation is more vulnerable to toxic pollution than they are, and depending on whom is elected to Congress, their exposure could be compromised even more than it already is.

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

Climate Change This Week: Obama's Opus, Alarming Antarctic History, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.06.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

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

Information Overload

William E. White | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

California Primary Was a Striking Display of Voter Apathy

Jessica Levinson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

There are about 17.7 million registered voters in California and just over 3.2 million cast a ballot in the June 3 elections. Over 38 million people live in the state, so each person who voted essentially weighed in on behalf of almost 12 others.

Ballot Confusion in Long Beach Could Affect Mayor's Race

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

The last thing any race needs is major confusion amongst the voters and poll workers about a second ballot.

The "Other" Hemp

Erin Schrode | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Erin Schrode

"Weed." "Pot." "Marijuana." The answers began pouring out. College kids are familiar with the five-leaf hemp plant, but only as a drug. The "other" he...

Climate Change This Week: Religion Gets Climate Change, Undrillable Reserves, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 29, 2014 How unusu...

How Much Does Your Vote Cost?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How is it that two states with such important primary campaigns in which large amounts of money were spent failed to attract more voters? How much are campaigns spending to get voters to the polls these days?

How To Give The Future A Vote

Aeon Magazine | Thomas Wells | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Given the ferocity with which he opposed it, the Irish philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke is not often accused of radicalism. Yet here he is, writ...

41 Republican Senators Voted Against a Landmark Veterans Bill in February, Today They Blame the VA

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Earlier this year, the GOP had a chance to prove that it could fund veterans' health care as eagerly as it borrowed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What Does Your Last Name Say About How You Vote?

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

TargetSmart Communications, a Democratic data firm, used its voter data to find out which way people lean politically -- and how likely they are to vo...

Climate Change This Week: Solar Roads, Suing for Climate Action, 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, May 22 2014 How unusua...

The National Voter Registration Act Turns 21!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Our democracy is at its strongest when it includes as many voices as possible. This week, we're celebrating the NVRA for 21 years -- and counting -- of protecting and enhancing the nation's voter registration process, including ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

Climate Change This Week: Ice Sheet Collapse, Solar Africa, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 15, 2014 How unusu...

Rand Paul: Voter ID Is Great, Just Don't Talk Too Much About It

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) believes voter ID laws are perfectly fine, just as long as Republicans don't speak too loudly about them. The Kentucky Repub...