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History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the rul...

Get Out What Vote?

Scott Levenson | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Scott Levenson

It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.

Court Still Sorting Out Complex Texas Voting Case

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal court said Friday it will not delay Texas' primary elections and ordered the state to use political maps drawn by the Legis...

Who's Got the Power? We Do?

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Khalid Hanifi

For years now, video games have been entertainment staples that typically extrapolate from reality, or simply disengage from reality. Only in the last decade, however, has reality begun to take cues from video games.

GOP Leader's Son Voted In Two States

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

The son of New Hampshire's Senate majority leader was found to have voted in two states while a college student in 2008, the Union Leader reported Thu...

On the Path to Equality, Another Step Along the Way

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 11.04.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

We just passed an historic marker on the path to equality. Care to guess what it was? Given the worthy attention, it's not surprising if you guessed the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But there is another anniversary that just passed too.

Syria: With the Greatest Respect Mr President "Keep Calm and Pursue Diplomacy"

Michael Kay | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Michael Kay

With or without a credible UK or US foreign policy, military strikes serve no purpose besides compounding an already desperate humanitarian problem, destabilizing a delicate and fragile political landscape, and weakening a security structure that confronts the objectives of Al Qaeda head-on.

Climate Change This Week: Greenland Mega-Canyon, Acid Ocean Amps, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.02.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Greenland Mega Canyon Helps Hasten Melt reports Bryan Kahn at Climate Central. Under more than a mile of ice lies this newly discovered canyon, which ...

Lessons From America's First Labor Day and the Rise in Women Who Live Alone

Page Gardner | Posted 11.02.2013 | Women
Page Gardner

As we celebrate Labor Day today, we should reflect on how far we've come as a nation since 1882. And yet how far we need to go to keep improving the lives of vulnerable American workers. That's particularly true of our growing labor force of unmarried mothers, who are just barely managing to get by.

Climate Change This Week: Virtual Coral Reefs, Hyperloops, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.26.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

New IPCC Report: Greater Certainty of Human-Driven Global Warming, Impacts Are Speeding Up reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. The likely heating wi...

Time for a House Cleaning -- Not to Mention the Senate and Some Governor's Mansions, Too

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Bold, clear messaging with substance will be necessary in this cycle if the Dems want to bring out the voters. The language must continue to be sharp-edged, highlighting the Republicans' grossly destructive agenda.

93 Years Ago Today, The 19th Amendment Gave Women The Right To Vote

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

On this day in 1920, Congress made history when it ratified the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing all American women the right to vote. The National Con...

In Need of Publicity: The 2013 New York City Public Advocate Race

Ben Max | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Ben Max

Along with money, endorsements, and personality, identity politics could play a significant role in this race, with the four candidates coming from diverse backgrounds.

GOP Truthtelling

Shan Wells | Posted 10.15.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells

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Washington Watch: "2014"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

The mid-term elections are coming soon. (Soon as defined by the political world.) The scrambling has started (began months ago) and we are about to se...

Climate Change This Week: Alaskan Fish Fry, The Newest Hot Spot, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A shorty from the road, folks, after a week in Canadian wilderness - harvesting golden chanterelles, eyeing eagles, and overhearing local coffeehouse ...

Futuristic Voting May Soon Be A Reality

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

DENVER -- Voters could one day print ballots at home like airline boarding passes, or skip traditional precincts for weekend voting at vote centers. ...

Voting Rights

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

It is without question, that when we look at democratic movements around the world, the measure of real freedom is the ability to afford the citizens of any nation the full and unfettered right to vote.

Climate Change This Week: Burn, Baby, Burn, Sea Rise Lock-in, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate Change Is Burning America conclude scientists and fire experts at a recent conference reports Tom Kenworthy at Climate Progress. Huge, explosi...

Finishing the Second American Revolution

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

There was a time when corporations were a creature of the state, set up and licensed to aggregate capital to achieve certain public purposes. These roles are now nearly reversed, but certain steps are needed to complete the process.

Climate Change This Week: Continuous Clean Energy, Sultry Siberia, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.27.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Intermittency Of Renewables Is Shrinking reports Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica. Solar thermal can be designed to be continuous, off-shore wind has l...

GOP-Backed Voter ID Bill A Go

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Republican-backed measure that would make sweeping changes to when and how North Carolinians can vote appears headed for a court fi...

The Power of One

Susan Rhea | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

My audience is small, my contacts miniscule, my influence apparently negligible. If these accomplished and influential people can't change the world fast enough, why do I think I can make a difference?

Climate Change This Week: Climate Shift Looms, Brilliant Wind Turbines, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Global Air Temperatures To Rise Faster Between Now and 2025 say scientists, reports Rob Painting at SkepticalSciencecom, as he reviews several studie...

Why Some Republicans Are Scared Of The Voting Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

As Washington lawmakers chart a path forward in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key section of the the Voting Rights Act, gr...