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Full Text of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Full Text of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

by Kai Wright on January 21 2013, 2:30PM

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course,” the president concluded. “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Joins the GOP Retreat on Voting Rights

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Joins the GOP Retreat on Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on January 18 2013, 2:16PM

What a difference a hellish election can make. The governor who helped create Florida’s notoriously long voting lines now supports expanded early voting.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Sotomayor and Thomas Benefited from Affirmative Action, But Split Starkly on Issue

Sotomayor and Thomas Benefited from Affirmative Action, But Split Starkly on Issue

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 4:37PM

He resents affirmative action. She embraces affirmative action.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Cuban-American Priest Will Deliver Inaugural Benediction

Cuban-American Priest Will Deliver Inaugural Benediction

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 2:52PM

León’s benediction will mark his second appearance on the inauguration stage.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

NRA Criticizes Obama Because Daughters Are Protected by Secret Service

NRA Criticizes Obama Because Daughters Are Protected by Secret Service

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 11:06AM

A new ad from the National Rifle Association attacks President Obama and his daughters.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why Were There Long Voting Lines in 2012? Virginia Holds Answers

Why Were There Long Voting Lines in 2012? Virginia Holds Answers

by Brentin Mock on January 15 2013, 9:42AM

A congressional hearing seeks to find out what caused so much turmoil on Election Day.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

True the Vote is Reloaded, Still Firing Blanks on Voter Fraud

by Brentin Mock on January 11 2013, 1:17PM

True the Vote appears to be expanding, but their impact is contracting.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Virginia Governor Says Restore Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felon Offenders

Virginia Governor Says Restore Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felon Offenders

by Brentin Mock on January 10 2013, 11:38AM

Gov. Bob McDonnell throws support behind two GOP-sponsored bills to automatically restore some felons’ rights.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tells Colleagues She is Resigning

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tells Colleagues She is Resigning

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 4:40PM

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is leaving her position in President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The 113th Congress and the Tyranny of the Minority

The 113th Congress and the Tyranny of the Minority

by Sally Kohn on January 8 2013, 9:26AM

America is fast changing, and that change is reflected in the policies voters overwhelmingly back. And yet, a small band of white men continue to lord over us all.

Topics: Politics

NAACP Checks Iowa on Felony Disenfranchisement Credit Check Rule

by Brentin Mock on January 3 2013, 2:15PM

NAACP scores voting rights victory, but Iowa stands its ground on refusing automatic voting rights restoration for ex-felons.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

by Brentin Mock on December 20 2012, 10:50AM

Elections administrators gathered for “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election” hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

The Lesson of 2012? It Was Never About Obama, It Was About Us

The Lesson of 2012? It Was Never About Obama, It Was About Us

by Gihan Perera, Manuel Pastor on December 20 2012, 10:06AM

Manuel Pastor and Gihan Perera consider a year in which the racial justice movement surged.

Topics: 2013, Politics, Second Term

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

by Brentin Mock on December 14 2012, 10:12AM

Obama’s recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Post-Election, State GOP Leaders Still Push Drug Testing the Poor

Post-Election, State GOP Leaders Still Push Drug Testing the Poor

by on December 12 2012, 10:12AM

The wave of laws that have swept the country since 2010 has clearly not crested, despite court challenges and evidence that drug testing dramatically increases costs.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Activists Want Rent Relief For NYC Residents Without Power Post-Sandy

Activists Want Rent Relief For NYC Residents Without Power Post-Sandy

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 11:25AM

With 77,000 residents, the New York City Housing Authority is the nation’s biggest public landlord.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Election Is Over, but the Voting Rights Fight Is in Full Swing

The Election Is Over, but the Voting Rights Fight Is in Full Swing

by Aura Bogado on December 10 2012, 9:44AM

The biggest challenge voting rights advocates face right now is keeping people engaged without the spotlight of a presidential election.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Voting Rights Icon Lawrence Guyot's Death Animates Fight Over Future

Voting Rights Icon Lawrence Guyot’s Death Animates Fight Over Future

by Brentin Mock on December 6 2012, 10:54AM

Guyot’s memorials prompted a Wall Street Journal op-ed writer to insist that the civil rights past is irrelevant to the Voting Rights Act’s future.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration Stance

Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration Stance

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 12:56PM

Mr. Rhoades said, “I regret that.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Breaking News: Colorlines Believes in Racial Justice (Or, Why the Right's Scared of Us)

Breaking News: Colorlines Believes in Racial Justice (Or, Why the Right’s Scared of Us)

by Kai Wright on December 5 2012, 9:59AM

Our voting rights coverage has prompted some right wing muckraking on our publisher. We’ll save them the effort: We’re proud to be part of a racial justice movement.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics