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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

98 Percent Pass Indiana's Job Training Drug Tests

98 Percent Pass Indiana’s Job Training Drug Tests

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 4:26PM

The state has spent thousands of dollars to prevent 23 applicants that tested positive for drug use from joining the program.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

Iowa Caucus and How the State Is Much Whiter Than the Rest of U.S.

Iowa Caucus and How the State Is Much Whiter Than the Rest of U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 12:54PM

The overwhelmingly white voters today will choose which candidates the country will have to consider seriously.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill:

The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill: “Racism”

by Shani O. Hilton on January 3 2012, 9:59AM

Shani O. Hilton searches the words that members of Congress use as stand-ins for frank conversations about race, and finds some interesting trends.

Topics: Politics

Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President

Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 12:58PM

Mitt Romney says he’ll veto the DREAM Act but he is, however, delighted about giving immigrants a path to permanent residency if they serve the military.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

by Terry Keleher on December 23 2011, 9:29AM

Dear President Obama, I’m no longer expecting miracles. And I know it’s gonna take a whole movement to raise some real hope and change. But in the spirit of the season, I’m just making my wishes clear.

Topics: Politics

Republican Congressman Says Michelle Obama Has a 'Big Butt'

Republican Congressman Says Michelle Obama Has a ‘Big Butt’

by Kai Wright on December 22 2011, 1:55PM

Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner told a church gathering that Michelle Obama’s butt is too big, so she has no right leading an anti-obesity campaign. Seriousy.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 9:56AM

Operatives from both parties will be courting young voters in 2012, but it’s crucial to understand what drives young people to political action in the first place.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics

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