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Will Racist 'Food Stamp' Rhetoric Get Gingrich the Presidency? [Reader Forum]

Will Racist ‘Food Stamp’ Rhetoric Get Gingrich the Presidency? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 23 2012, 9:05AM

Newt’s been extra loud with the racist dogwhistle lately. Will it get him elected? Or is it just free advertising for his anti-poor agenda?

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Hollywood Unions Blast Google After More Than 7 Million Sign SOPA Petition

Hollywood Unions Blast Google After More Than 7 Million Sign SOPA Petition

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2012, 11:47AM

On Wednesday more than 7 million people in the U.S. signed Google’s petition urging Congress to stop #SOPA and #PIPA, the two bills that would censor the web.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Here’s the Video of Obama Singing Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ Last Night

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2012, 8:45AM

President Obama has officially turned on the charm to get re-elected.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Re-election Campaign Hires Black Voter Outreach Director

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2012, 4:07PM

The Obama re-election campaign hired Stefanie Brown to be the African-American Vote Director for the campaign’s Operation Vote outreach effort.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Gingrich Surges With Old, Familiar Ploy: Racist Attacks on Poor People

Gingrich Surges With Old, Familiar Ploy: Racist Attacks on Poor People

by on January 19 2012, 9:57AM

Newt Gingrich has for decades been the GOP standard bearer in using racial caricatures to demonize poor people. Food stamps were spared for a time, leaving them the last functioning part of the economic safety net. No longer.

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Wisconsin Democrats to File 1 million Signatures for Governor Walker Recall

Wisconsin Democrats to File 1 million Signatures for Governor Walker Recall

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 5:15PM

Walker’s decision revealed an important truth: Inequity starts with people of color, but it doesn’t stay there.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Gingrich Still Thinks Obama is 'Food Stamps President'

Gingrich Still Thinks Obama is ‘Food Stamps President’

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 10:22AM

At Sunday’s Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate, Newt Gingrich got a standing ovation from the audience after he challenged moderator Juan Williams by saying he stood by his racially loaded statements about the president and “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods.”

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long Infographic

How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long

by Hatty Lee, Terry Keleher on January 16 2012, 10:26AM

Martin Luther King, Jr., isn’t the only racial justice hero—you can be one too. Simply drill down on your daily routine, ask some basic questions about equity in the institutions you engage and deploy your own hero powers to fight for it.

Topics: MLK Day, Politics

A Tumblr With Racist Political Ads, Sorted by Who They're Racist Against

A Tumblr With Racist Political Ads, Sorted by Who They’re Racist Against

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 4:55PM

A Tumblr that launched recently collects racist, sexist and homophobic political ads, and organizes them neatly for you by who the ad is “racist against.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Lawyer Hired by South Carolina: DOJ is Biased Against Whites

Lawyer Hired by South Carolina: DOJ is Biased Against Whites

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 10:28AM

The battle over Voter ID laws continues.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama's Feeling His Power Lately. What Else Can He Do With It?

Obama’s Feeling His Power Lately. What Else Can He Do With It?

by Shani O. Hilton on January 11 2012, 9:58AM

In 2012, President Obama has discovered the power of his office—he’s taken three big executive actions that are just the sort justice advocates have been begging for all along. What else could he do before Election Day?

Topics: Politics

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's Liaison to Latinos, Gets a Big Promotion

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s Liaison to Latinos, Gets a Big Promotion

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 3:20PM

Some civil right groups are praising the move but Muñoz also faces criticism because of the Obama administration’s record number of deportations.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why the GOP's Spectacular Collapse Isn't Good for Social Justice

Why the GOP’s Spectacular Collapse Isn’t Good for Social Justice

by Kai Wright on January 10 2012, 10:41AM

Elections are for incumbents all about accountability for the choices they’ve made. And the Obama camp desperately needs a reality check with the reformist voters who bought into it’s message of change four years ago.

Topics: GOP Primary, Kai Wright, Politics

Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 2:11PM

The first two incidents happened in Irvine, Calif., now a woman in NYC received a receipt calling her ‘lady chinky eyes.’

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney Wants Latino Voters to Know His Father Was Born in Mexico

Mitt Romney Wants Latino Voters to Know His Father Was Born in Mexico

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 12:30PM

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Monday made it clear he needs to win the Latino vote to get to the White House.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

They Are the (White) 94 Percent Who Shape Presidential Elections Infographic

They Are the (White) 94 Percent Who Shape Presidential Elections

by Hatty Lee on January 9 2012, 9:30AM

INFOGRAPHIC: New Hampshire voters proudly play a crucial role in shaping national politics. Hatty Lee draws a picture of just how far the state comes from representing the whole nation.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

by Victor Goode on January 9 2012, 8:58AM

As the Supreme Court prepares to take on a slate of big, history-shaping cases, the most weighty question is which justices will—or won’t—get to decide the outcome. Victor Goode explains the ethics fight that’s not going away any time soon.

Topics: Health, Politics

The Personhood Movement Is Flexing on the GOP. We Should All Be Afraid

The Personhood Movement Is Flexing on the GOP. We Should All Be Afraid

by Akiba Solomon on January 6 2012, 9:17AM

Between the Iowa caucuses and the resurgence of Personhood Mississippi, the reproductive health rights terrain has gotten rougher. Are we ready to navigate it?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Obama Recess Appointments: Enough for AFL-CIO Endorsement?

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 2:43PM

Insiders say Obama’s recent appointments may give the country’s largest labor union the necessary cover to endorse President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Herman Cain is Back: He’s kicking off his “Solutions” Bus Tour

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 12:28PM

And he’s not letting go of the 9-9-9 plan.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics