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The Hero Spins in His Grave

Nancy LeTourneau’s post on Barack Obama’s fine record of paying attention to Native American concerns provides about as eloquent an indirect talking point as you can imagine for discarding the southern fried trope of Andrew Jackson being (along with Thomas Jefferson) a founder [...]

We’re at a Dangerous Climate Crossroads — Here’s How We Can Save the Planet

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Beyond Denali

A lot of the buzz about President Obama’s trip to Alaska has centered around his decision to revert to the original name of Mt. McKinley – Mt. Denali (the name that it was given by Native Alaskans long ago). But it’s worth noting that this is not the first time this Pres [...]

Vaccine Truthers Are Throwing Their Support Behind Donald Trump

He’s already secured the racist vote. Now, Donald Trump is swaying the vaccine truthers. On Thursday, the anti-vaccine website Natural News published an article cheering Trump for being “the only mainstream presidential candidate who’s spoken out about vaccine-autism da [...]

Labor, Bernie Sanders, and Direct Action: Larry Hanley and Morrigan Phillips

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SAT scores have been dropping slowly but steadily for the past decade: The steady decline in SAT scores and generally stagnant results fro [...]

Carl Dix: Revolutionary Communist — Fighting the Plague of Mass Incarceration

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Donald Trump hints he will sign RNC loyalty pledge

RICHMOND — Donald Trump said Thursday morning that signing a loyalty pledge designed to block him from running for president as an independent would give him the best shot at winning the Republican primary. Asked by conservative radio show host John Fredericks if he would sign a [...]

Is Donald Trump ready to take that RNC ‘loyalty’ pledge?

It’s looking like the Republican National Committee might have secured Donald Trump’s promise not to make an independent run for president if he’s denied the Republican nomination. He’s got a Thursday afternoon press conference scheduled, as well as a meeting with [...]

Kim Davis Is Breaking The Law. These Republican Candidates Are Defending Her.

In a section of its 2012 party platform, the Republican Party made its views clear: “In this country, the rule of law guarantees equal treatment to every individual.” But at least six Republican presidential hopefuls have now come to the defense of anti-gay Kentucky County Cle [...]

Forget the $15 Minimum Wage. Here’s Why 2016 Really Matters for Workers.

Labor activists cheered the Democrat National Committee’s decision last week to make a $15 federal minimum wage an official part of the party platform. The decision is just the l Go to Source : Forget the $15 Minimum Wage. Here’s Why 2016 Really Matters for Workers.

Democratic Party’s "Democratic Values" Omit Democratic Process

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Headed to Court Over Refusal to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Kim Davis, the defiant Rowan county clerk who cites “God’s authority” in refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is set to appear in court Thursday morning in Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning will decide whether Davis can be found in contempt  [...]

Cartoon: The miracle of consciousness

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Sanders Within Striking Distance of Clinton in Iowa

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Have You No Sense of Decency?

There’s no particular reason we should expect Sen. Ted Cruz to have any inner moral compass that inhibits him from any act of demagoguery. After all, his whole brief political career is based on self-righteously shrieking and pointing and preening in order to exploit mistrust of peo [...]

Thursday. Open thread

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Worst President Ever? History Should and Probably Will Judge President Obama Harshly

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The Middle Passage

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Santorum Mocks Liberals For Believing That Diversity Benefits America

Lagging in the polls and hoping to get a boost before the next Republican presidential debate, Rick Santorum chided the idea that multiculturalism is a benefit for America during a radio interview this week. In a Tuesday appearance on Mickelson in the Morning, a popular Iowa radio show am [...]