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How Long Can GOP Lawmakers Alienate Muslim Voters?

How Long Can GOP Lawmakers Alienate Muslim Voters?

by Asraa Mustufa on June 6 2011, 10:00AM

Tim Murphy at Mother Jones takes a closer look at the GOP’s changing attitude toward yet another growing voting bloc.

Topics: Politics

How do White People Perceive Racism in 2011? [Reader Forum]

How do White People Perceive Racism in 2011? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 30 2011, 8:29PM

Readers from a variety of perspectives chime in on a new study, which indicates that whites now think themselves more discriminated against than blacks.

Topics: Politics

Can You Picture America's Demographic Future?

Can You Picture America’s Demographic Future?

by Asraa Mustufa on May 27 2011, 3:22PM

PolicyLink recently released a time-lapse map showing where people of color will become a majority in the U.S. over the next 30 years.

Topics: Politics

Will 2012 Become Labor's Moment of Political Truth?

Will 2012 Become Labor’s Moment of Political Truth?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on May 27 2011, 9:09AM

Let’s hope so. Because workers of color have rarely been in more dire need of a true political voice.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country's Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country’s Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

by Jamilah King on May 24 2011, 9:31AM

As more bills sweep across the country, concern is growing over the GOP’s push to fix a problem that, statistically, just doesn’t exist.

Topics: Politics

Ron Paul Says He Would Have Voted Against Civil Rights Act

Ron Paul Says He Would Have Voted Against Civil Rights Act

by Asraa Mustufa on May 16 2011, 11:53AM

Staying true to his brand of extreme libertarianism, the presidential candidate said he objected to the Civil Rights Act because of its infringement on private property rights.

Topics: Politics

If Black Power's Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

If Black Power’s Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 16 2011, 9:30AM

Victor Goode and Tim Jones-Yelvington add context and questions to the ongoing conversation about racial and political identities.

Topics: History, Politics

Asian-American Voter Outreach 101: Don't Do What Dan Adler Did

Asian-American Voter Outreach 101: Don’t Do What Dan Adler Did

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2011, 1:49PM

Yes, he’s a real person seeking actual public office. But you wouldn’t guess it from this ridiculous campaign ad.

Topics: Politics

Sharpton, Cornel West and What Real Accountability Would Look Like

Sharpton, Cornel West and What Real Accountability Would Look Like

by Tammy Johnson on May 13 2011, 12:13PM

A sharp debate on MSNBC brought out issues of class and leadership, but largely missed the point.

Topics: Politics

Tennesee's Radical Anti-Shariah Bill Amended, But Still Targeted at Muslims

Tennesee’s Radical Anti-Shariah Bill Amended, But Still Targeted at Muslims

by Asraa Mustufa on May 13 2011, 9:00AM

Critics argue that the new bill raises huge concerns about due process and other possible constitutional violations.

Topics: Politics

FSU Trades Academic Freedom for Billionaire Charles Koch's Money

FSU Trades Academic Freedom for Billionaire Charles Koch’s Money

by Jamilah King on May 11 2011, 9:00AM

Professors at Florida State University object to the school’s new contract which allows Koch reps to green light new hires.

Topics: Politics

Trump's Silly Response to Campaign Urging Stars to Dump the Donald

Trump’s Silly Response to Campaign Urging Stars to Dump the Donald

by Channing Kennedy on May 10 2011, 12:17PM

He says he can’t be racist, since a black person won his game show once.

Topics: Media, Politics

Missouri Pushes Voter ID, Birther Bill

Missouri Pushes Voter ID, Birther Bill

by Channing Kennedy on May 6 2011, 2:04PM

HB 121 has some more hoops to jump through, and will need voter approval to go into effect.

Topics: Politics

Rep. Sally Kern Reprimanded for Racist Comments

Rep. Sally Kern Reprimanded for Racist Comments

by Asraa Mustufa on May 6 2011, 10:00AM

Oklahoma’s Black Legislative Caucus and the NAACP weren’t letting the lawmaker off so easily.

Topics: Politics

The Purpose of Political Capital: Three Agenda Items for Obama

The Purpose of Political Capital: Three Agenda Items for Obama

by Rinku Sen on May 5 2011, 9:19AM

We can no longer argue Obama is trapped by Bush’s mistakes, says Rinku Sen. He’s slain the enemy and now it’s time to clean up the mess at home.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden, Politics, Movement

9/11 Hate Victim's Name to Stay on Arizona Memorial

9/11 Hate Victim’s Name to Stay on Arizona Memorial

by Asraa Mustufa on May 3 2011, 2:06PM

Gov. Brewer vetoed a bill that would have removed hate crime victim Balbir Singh Sodhi’s name from a 9/11 memorial.

Topics: Politics

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Inner Circle Falls Apart

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Inner Circle Falls Apart

by Julianne Hing on May 2 2011, 8:45AM

Two Maricopa County deputies resign after a new report reveals the posse’s striking abuse of power.

Topics: Joe Arpaio, Politics

How Do You Feel About the President Showing His Papers? [Reader Forum]

How Do You Feel About the President Showing His Papers? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 30 2011, 11:28AM

A powerful video by writer Baratunde Thurston sums up the racially coded horror-show of Donald Trump’s birth certificate crusade.

Topics: Politics

GOP Lawmaker: Blacks 'Don't Want to Study As Hard In School'

GOP Lawmaker: Blacks ‘Don’t Want to Study As Hard In School’

by Shani O. Hilton on April 28 2011, 3:35PM

Rep. Sally Kern is the same woman who called “homosexuality” the “biggest threat” to the U.S. today.

Topics: Politics

After Birtherism, Conservatives Question Obama's Academics

After Birtherism, Conservatives Question Obama’s Academics

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2011, 3:18PM

Anyone calling Obama an academic fraud, a foreigner, or a Muslim is using that term because the n-word is off the list.

Topics: Politics