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'Obamaphones': A Case Study in How Race Perverts the Spending Debate

‘Obamaphones’: A Case Study in How Race Perverts the Spending Debate

by Jamilah King on April 8 2013, 7:20AM

Tea party Republicans have used race to demonize a longstanding government phone subsidy for people living in poverty.

Topics: Media, Politics, Shutdown

Fact vs. Fiction About ‘Obamaphones’

by Erin Zipper on April 8 2013, 7:15AM

A festering rightwing meme has turned an old, Republican program that benefits private cell phone companies into an Obama giveaway for poor (black) people.

Topics: Media, Politics

3 Things Kamala Harris Should Be Known For That Don't Involve Her Looks

3 Things Kamala Harris Should Be Known For That Don’t Involve Her Looks

by Jamilah King on April 5 2013, 10:54AM

California’s Attorney General is definitely one to watch. But not because of her looks.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

North Carolina GOP Unleashes Hardcore Voter ID Package

North Carolina GOP Unleashes Hardcore Voter ID Package

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2013, 4:02PM

The state’s Republicans also want to sack early voting and institute felony disenfranchisement.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Arkansas Overrides Governor's Veto to Pass Voter ID Law

Arkansas Overrides Governor’s Veto to Pass Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2013, 3:33PM

Arkansas is one of two states that have passed restrictive voter bills this year.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Juan Williams' Son To Run GOP Outreach To African Americans

Juan Williams’ Son To Run GOP Outreach To African Americans

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2013, 1:57PM

A significant part of the Republican Party’s future rests on the shoulders of Raffi Williams, the 24-year-old son of Fox News’ Juan Williams.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly 'Wanted to Instill Fear' in Black and Latino Men

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly ‘Wanted to Instill Fear’ in Black and Latino Men

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2013, 11:08AM

The testimony of a New York state senator in landmark trial reveals the commissioner’s stop-and-frisk intentions.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Stop and Frisk

Virginia Passes Stricter Voter ID Law Than Voter ID Law They Passed Last Year

by Brentin Mock on March 26 2013, 2:31PM

The law will have to be approved by the Department of Justice or U.S. District Court.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Twitter Account Re-Tweets Picture Of John Lennon’s Blood-Stained Glasses

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2013, 11:31AM

The tweet included a note that read “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Touré Makes the Case Against Calling Immigrants 'Illegals' on MSNBC

Touré Makes the Case Against Calling Immigrants ‘Illegals’ on MSNBC

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 11:53AM

And he used Martha Stewart as an example.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Arizona Wants Birth Certificate to Vote, But Not For Weapons Permit

Arizona Wants Birth Certificate to Vote, But Not For Weapons Permit

by Brentin Mock on March 19 2013, 10:11AM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes Arizona is entitled to make voting more hectic for certain races.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

New York City Tries to Shame Its Teens Into Not Having Babies

New York City Tries to Shame Its Teens Into Not Having Babies

by Jamilah King on March 6 2013, 9:22AM

Featuring heart-tugging images of toddlers, a new multiracial ad campaign links teen pregnancy to financial strain, heartbreak, fatherlessness and undereducated children. Reproductive justice activists call the tough-love message counterproductive.

Topics: Health, Politics, Youth and Race

In Kansas, If You Can't Beat Them Then Force Them to Take Drug Tests Too

In Kansas, If You Can’t Beat Them Then Force Them to Take Drug Tests Too

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2013, 10:18AM

Democrats in Kansas were unable to kill a Republican bill that would require welfare and unemployment recipients pass a drug test, but they were successful in adding an amendment that would require lawmakers to also face testing.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

At 'Shelby v. Holder' Hearing, Debate Over Southern Racism and Congressional Power

At ‘Shelby v. Holder’ Hearing, Debate Over Southern Racism and Congressional Power

by Brentin Mock on February 28 2013, 11:30AM

Yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act revealed a lot about how some of us deal with race in America. Here, five major takeaways straight from the courthouse.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act's Modern Relevance

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act’s Modern Relevance

by Brentin Mock on February 27 2013, 8:59AM

As the Supreme Court weighs whether the feds should maintain oversight in Southern election law, North Carolina proves why the answer is obviously yes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

What Is Alabama's Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

What Is Alabama’s Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

by Brentin Mock on February 26 2013, 8:46AM

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could deeply gut the historic law. To understand where this is going, it’s crucial to know how we got here.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Watch the 2013 State of Indian Nations Address

Watch the 2013 State of Indian Nations Address

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 12:37PM

Last Thursday, Jefferson Keel , president of the D.C.-based National Congress of American Indian, delivered the annual State of Indian Nations Address….

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Marco Rubio's Impossible Task: Make Racism Palatable to Latinos

Marco Rubio’s Impossible Task: Make Racism Palatable to Latinos

by on February 14 2013, 10:08AM

The ambitious, young senator hews closely to the GOP’s far right on nearly every issue. But Republicans believe a rhetorical shift on immigration alone will bring Latinos into the fold.

Topics: Immigration Reform, Marco Rubio, Politics

Hadiya Pendleton's Parents Will Join Michelle Obama At The State Of The Union

Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents Will Join Michelle Obama At The State Of The Union

by Jorge Rivas on February 12 2013, 11:06AM

The parents of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendelton will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday as guests of first lady Michelle Obama, according to local news reports. “It’s bittersweet,” Cleopatra Cowley told NBC News after she and her…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The State of Obama's Presidency

The State of Obama’s Presidency

by Imara Jones on February 8 2013, 8:57AM

In his annual address to Congress on Tuesday, the president will consider the state of our union. His first assessment must be of himself and his relationship to House Republicans.

Topics: Economic Justice, Politics, State of the Union