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Condi Rice As the GOP’s Vice Presidential Pick? Hey, It Could Happen

by Kai Wright on December 20 2011, 11:55AM

Rumors, rumors. The election’s coming, so might as well start now playing the what-if game.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Ron Paul Takes Lead Among Iowa GOP, Where Voters Party Like It's 1964

Ron Paul Takes Lead Among Iowa GOP, Where Voters Party Like It’s 1964

by Kai Wright on December 19 2011, 10:16AM

The Texas libertarian is leading a new poll of Iowa Republicans, stealing the scene from Newt Gingrich. Among Paul’s greatest hits: Bragging that he’d have voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn't Make Our Work Easier

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn’t Make Our Work Easier

by Rinku Sen on December 19 2011, 9:43AM

Quiet as it’s kept, we’re making real progress toward a just society. So next year, writes Rinku Sen, I’m keeping three imperatives: avoid triumphalism, put an explicit racial analysis front and center in national debates, and fight like hell.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics, Movement

Newt Gingrich Toughens Stance on Immigration at Last Night's GOP Debate

Newt Gingrich Toughens Stance on Immigration at Last Night’s GOP Debate

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 6:40PM

The Republican presidential candidate continues to test the waters to see how many moderates he can win without alienating the far right.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics

Why (Very White) Iowa and New Hampshire Mean So Much in Politics

Why (Very White) Iowa and New Hampshire Mean So Much in Politics

by Shani O. Hilton on December 15 2011, 9:42AM

Both Democrats and Republicans put the bulk of their primary campaign efforts into states with largely white electorates. Meanwhile, voters of color seem like just an afterthought in the process.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

¿Como se dice? Gingrinch Launches Spanish-Language Website

¿Como se dice? Gingrinch Launches Spanish-Language Website

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2011, 4:19PM

Newt Gingrich is the first GOP candidate to launch a Spanish-language website targeting the fastest-growing group of voters in the United States.

Topics: Immigration, Newt Gingrich, /NOW, Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder Says He's Ready to Protect Voters

Attorney General Eric Holder Says He’s Ready to Protect Voters

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2011, 11:10AM

And he’ll have to back up his words in 2012.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Elected Officials Run and Lock Doors as Jobless Storm Capitol

Elected Officials Run and Lock Doors as Jobless Storm Capitol

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2011, 1:04PM

Jobless demonstrators have stormed Capitol Hill this week, but are seeing (and recording) doors shut in their faces by elected officials, who must vote on an extension of unemployment benefits this month.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

Ex-GOP Gov's Staff Guilty in 2010 Voter Suppression Scheme

Ex-GOP Gov’s Staff Guilty in 2010 Voter Suppression Scheme

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 1:16PM

Advocates say the decision sends a clear message to politicians who might attempt to suppress voters in 2012.

Topics: Politics

Newt Gingrich's Decades-Old Policy Attack on Communities of Color

Newt Gingrich’s Decades-Old Policy Attack on Communities of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on December 5 2011, 9:30AM

From welfare reform to the expansion of the nation’s prisons, the GOP frontrunner was the face of an onslaught of policies that disproportionately impacted black Americans.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Gingrich Sees Immigrants as Humans (But Not Citizens); Risks Backlash

Gingrich Sees Immigrants as Humans (But Not Citizens); Risks Backlash

by Julianne Hing on November 28 2011, 9:55AM

And considering the remarkable rightward shift the GOP’s taken in recent years, that backlash could be huge.

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Navy Ship Named After Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers

Navy Ship Named After Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 9:45AM

Thee USNS Medgar Evers will deliver food, ammunition, fuel and supplies to other ships at sea.

Topics: Politics

Obama Talks Black History in 1991 National Television Appearance

Obama Talks Black History in 1991 National Television Appearance

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 1:01PM

Watch a then 29-year-old Obama’s first national television appearance.

Topics: Politics

The Super Committee Has Failed?! Wait, What's a Super Committee?

The Super Committee Has Failed?! Wait, What’s a Super Committee?

by Shani O. Hilton on November 22 2011, 10:45AM

In Southeast D.C., where unemployment is close to 30 percent and where people are most likely to feel the pain of social service cuts, it’s enough to know the big picture: “They don’t seem to care about us.”

Topics: Debt Deal, Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Booed at Nascar Event

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Booed at Nascar Event

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 3:30PM

And by an overwhelmingly white audience. But what does the incident say about our electorate?

Topics: Politics

SEIU Endorses Obama For 2012, Projects Big Support From Blacks and Labor

SEIU Endorses Obama For 2012, Projects Big Support From Blacks and Labor

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 1:18PM

While the union’s support may not be a surprise, the announcement may a sign that progressive are planning their fight earlier than usual.

Topics: Politics

The White House Punts on Policies That Affect People of Color

The White House Punts on Policies That Affect People of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on November 16 2011, 10:32AM

Rather than supporting activists, it seems that the White House is simply gearing up for the election by attempting to protect itself from particularly liberal-friendly policies until the campaign is over.

Topics: Politics

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue Federal Gov. for $750 million‎ in Negligence Claim

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue Federal Gov. for $750 million‎ in Negligence Claim

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 2:16PM

The families allege that the military had an obligation to do more.

Topics: Politics

White House Releases Report Outlining How It's Helped Blacks

White House Releases Report Outlining How It’s Helped Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 10:57AM

The President says the Recovery Act is just one of his administration’s policies that’s benefited 2.2 million black families and nearly half of all black children.

Topics: Politics

A Brief Uncensored Guide to Herman Cain's Memorable Campaign Talk Infographic

A Brief Uncensored Guide to Herman Cain’s Memorable Campaign Talk

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on November 14 2011, 9:48AM

We’ve rounded up some of the presidential hopeful’s most quotable moments.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics