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Why We Must Revitalize the Voting Rights Act Upon Its 49th Anniversary

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

A cornerstone of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote. That is until last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key part of the act, leading to a full-frontal attack on the voting rights of all Americans.

Congress Through the Looking Glass of Science

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

In "The Stupid Party? Which One?" I looked into the worrisome issue of the Republican Party being hijacked by anti-science Luddites. But what about the House of Representatives? So I spent a day putting together a spreadsheet on the 435 members of the House in the 113th Congress, their backgrounds, and how they have voted on a few important (to me!) science bills.

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Obama Administration Joins Suits Against GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions In Wisconsin, Ohio

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration on Wednesday sought to join two ongoing lawsuits against voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio. In the filings, the Justice Depar...

The 2014 Midterms Just Might Be More Important Than the 2016 Presidential Election

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.

Gays, Politics and the 2014 Midterms

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you want your voice to matter and your vote to count, get off your couch, leave your parents basement and find the office of your local political party.

Climate Change This Week: US Flunks Efficiency, Green Bonds Grow, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

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

America: How We Look Now

Jessie Tromberg | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 ...