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Debt Deal Casualties May Include College Aid for Poor Students

Debt Deal Casualties May Include College Aid for Poor Students

by Shani O. Hilton on August 1 2011, 1:30PM

Tea party Republicans were willing to let the debt ceiling deadline pass in order to block Pell Grant funding, which one member has called “welfare of the 21st century.” The student aid program may be among the most vulnerable in the coming round of cuts.

Topics: Debt Deal, Politics, Schools & Youth

The Tea Party Says, Yes, We Can! (Then Actually Changes Stuff)

The Tea Party Says, Yes, We Can! (Then Actually Changes Stuff)

by Kai Wright on August 1 2011, 11:21AM

The most consequential change to our political landscape in 2008 may not have been Obama’s election, but rather the right’s response to it.

Topics: Debt Deal, Kai Wright, Politics

Herman Cain Apologizes for Islamophobic Comments

Herman Cain Apologizes for Islamophobic Comments

by Jamilah King on July 28 2011, 1:32PM

But the problem is much larger than one long-shot presidential candidate.

Topics: Politics

Wisconsin Special Elections Preview 2012's Voting Rights Showdown

Wisconsin Special Elections Preview 2012’s Voting Rights Showdown

by Jamilah King on July 28 2011, 10:19AM

Millions of black and Latino voters may be turned away from polls in states that have passed or are weighing strict new photo ID rules. Watchdogs say its the culmination of Republican’s decade-long effort to manufacture a voter fraud problem.

Topics: Politics

Goodwin Liu's CA Supreme Court Nod Could Mean Big Win For Civil Rights

Goodwin Liu’s CA Supreme Court Nod Could Mean Big Win For Civil Rights

by Bryan Gerhart on July 28 2011, 10:10AM

But that doesn’t mean the law professor’s appointment sits well with everyone. Even some progressives.

Topics: Politics

Rep. David Wu Resigns Amid Sex Scandal

Rep. David Wu Resigns Amid Sex Scandal

by Bryan Gerhart on July 26 2011, 1:18PM

Well, that was pretty fast.

Topics: Politics

Pelosi Calls For Ethics Probe Of Rep. David Wu in Sex Scandal

Pelosi Calls For Ethics Probe Of Rep. David Wu in Sex Scandal

by Bryan Gerhart on July 25 2011, 3:01PM

Though he made history as the first Chinese American to serve in the House of Representatives, the Portland-based lawmaker’s troubled past is coming to light.

Topics: Politics

Rep. Keith Ellison Calls Out Herman Cain's Religious Bigotry

Rep. Keith Ellison Calls Out Herman Cain’s Religious Bigotry

by Jamilah King on July 22 2011, 12:18PM

The Muslim American lawmaker warns that Cain’s rhetoric may be a political strategy with awful consequences.

Topics: Politics

Rep. Michael Honda: This Can Be a Tipping Point For Equality, If We Push

Rep. Michael Honda: This Can Be a Tipping Point For Equality, If We Push

by Congressman Michael Honda on July 22 2011, 9:50AM

The vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus says New York and California have taken historic steps toward equal rights this month. Now, he argues, we must push for full equality, including immigration rights for same-sex couples.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Rick Perry Pivots on Immigration to Fit GOP Field for 2012

Rick Perry Pivots on Immigration to Fit GOP Field for 2012

by Shani O. Hilton on July 21 2011, 9:34AM

The Texas Governor is fast becoming the GOP’s most viable hope for next year’s presidential election.

Topics: Politics

James O'Keefe's Latest Target: Medicaid, and Your Social Safety Net

James O’Keefe’s Latest Target: Medicaid, and Your Social Safety Net

by Jamilah King on July 20 2011, 2:21PM

Estimates show that one in every six people in America receive some form of government assistance. Conservatives like O’Keefe still want to shame them.

Topics: Politics

Leaked Memos Confirm Suspicions About Maxine Waters Ethics Probe

Leaked Memos Confirm Suspicions About Maxine Waters Ethics Probe

by Bryan Gerhart on July 19 2011, 4:23PM

Those in the Representative’s camp say the new information proves the case to be a bungled partisan affair.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain: Communities Should Be Able to Ban Mosques

Herman Cain: Communities Should Be Able to Ban Mosques

by Jamilah King on July 18 2011, 10:48AM

The presidential hopeful once again takes aim at Islam.

Topics: Politics

What Would Michele Bachmann Think of Your Family? [Reader Forum]

What Would Michele Bachmann Think of Your Family? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 18 2011, 9:13AM

The GOP is pedaling away from a racially toxic family values pledge. Will this be the end of social conservative racebaiting (for this week)? Readers chime in.

Topics: Politics

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

by Shani O. Hilton on July 15 2011, 9:52AM

Things have moved slowly on Capitol Hill. Now, NAACP says conservative allies may speed things up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, Politics

Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain's 1996 Gospel Album Hits the Web

Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain’s 1996 Gospel Album Hits the Web

by Bryan Gerhart on July 14 2011, 1:30PM

And believe it or not, the man can sing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Politics

Whoopi Goldberg Rips Bachmann Out for 'Slavery' Vow

Whoopi Goldberg Rips Bachmann Out for ‘Slavery’ Vow

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2011, 11:02AM

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg schools Michele Bachmann and tells her to get her act together.

Topics: Media, Politics

With Bachmann's 'Slavery' Vow, More Tea-Party Seepage into Mainstream

With Bachmann’s ‘Slavery’ Vow, More Tea-Party Seepage into Mainstream

by Channing Kennedy on July 12 2011, 11:00AM

Bachmann may be the loudest, but she’s certainly not alone.

Topics: Politics

Here Are Your Top White Supremacist Presidential Hopefuls

Here Are Your Top White Supremacist Presidential Hopefuls

by Bryan Gerhart on July 11 2011, 1:30PM

No office is too small to promote hate in a country that needs anything but.

Topics: Politics

Questions Remain in Ethics Committee Probe of Maxine Waters

Questions Remain in Ethics Committee Probe of Maxine Waters

by Bryan Gerhart on July 6 2011, 10:06AM

If there’s nothing wrong, why such hesitancy to let us know what’s going on?

Topics: Politics