The GOP Can’t Get Off The Hook By Declaring The “End” Of Racism

Nobody wants racism to be "over" more than white conservatives, if the RNC’s tweet honoring Rosa Parks for “ending” racism is any indication. Why are white conservatives so ready declare racism “over”? They want to get off the hook.
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Unemployment and the GOP’s “War on Christmas”

If there’s a “war on Christmas,” it’s being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire at the end of the year, just as they did for emergency food stamp spending.
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For Obamacare, Nothing Succeeds like Success

Despite its flawed roll-out, most Americans are willing to give health care reform time to succeed. That’s good news for Obamacare, because it’s already succeeding in states that have fully adopted it. And the success stories are multiplying.
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Cut Corporate America’s Free Lunch, Not Food Stamps

If Congress is serious about “fiscal responsibility," it should cut corporate America's "free lunch," instead of voting for even more painful cuts to food stamps. It would generate more revenue than pseudo-savings from cutting food stamps.
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CBO Director To Budget Committee: Stop Making It Worse

The budget conference committee meets this week to hammer out a "bipartisan compromise," before kamikaze conservatives” pull the economy into another nosedive. CBO Director Doug Elmendorf has some advice:
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The Senate Passes ENDA. What’s Next?

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act passed in the Senate on Thursday, in a historic 64-32 vote. America has never been closer to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination on the job. Here’s what needs to happen next.
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Speaker Boehner, Job Discrimination Is Not “Frivolous”

House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes the Employment Nondiscrimination Act because it will lead to “frivolous lawsuits” against employers. For the people who live with it every day, workplace discrimination is anything but frivolous.
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ENDA And America’s Journey Towards Justice For All

This week the Senate will very likely a pass a bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace. The President and a majority of the American people support it. Only the GOP stands in the way of an important step towards justice for all.
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Starving Them Out: Food Stamps and The GOP’s War On The Poor

The GOP’s hostility towards the poor and unfortunate has become an all-out “war on the poor.” The consequences of the painful cuts to food stamps taking effect today offer a glimpse of the casualties and collateral damage to come.
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47 Million Americans Are Going Over the “Hunger Cliff”

Millions of Americans will go over the “Hunger Cliff” when $5 billion in cuts to food stamps go into effect Friday. While Congress negotiates even bigger cuts, more Americans will have to negotiate where their next meal will come from.
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The GOP: Still “Letting Them Die”

Republicans are still targeting the Affordable Care Act, but their answer to the problems health care reform is already solving for millions of Americans hasn't changed much from that infamous audience response at the September 2011 GOP presidential debate.
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It’s All Over, Until Next Time

Remember in 2009, when Jim DeMint said health care reform would be President Obama's Waterloo? Four years later, defunding health care reform became the GOP's Alamo. But Republicans aren't done damaging their party, or the rest of the country, yet.
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Shutdown: Congressional Childishness and Its Consequences

The GOP's shenanigans surpass even the worst childish behavior, and are far more damaging. The Republican-engineered government shutdown is doing real harm to real people, and endangering an already fragile economy.
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Beyond The Pale: “Off Color” Talk Further Dooms The GOP

Unable to change their tone or their policies in order to widen their voter base, Republicans seem bent on undoing the results of two presidential elections. It would all be quite funny, if it wasn't all so crazy. Not to mention dangerous.
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Americans Are At The End of Their Ropes, Mr. Benmosche

Someone should tell AIG CEO Robert Benmosche that unless he's hanging from the end of a rope, he's not being lynched. Americans are at the end of their ropes, because the wealthy got bailed out while the rest of us got left out.
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What Happens To The GOP When White Is No Longer The Norm?

Republicans have painted themselves into a corner by appealing to racial fears and stoking the racial resentments of their base. Staying in that corner is a one-way ticket to political irrelevance. Getting out of it is going to be messy.
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Stop Playing Games With Food Stamps

Apparently some Republicans now think it's a "moral hazard" to feed the poor. It's bad enough that Republicans are proposing $40 billion in cuts to food stamps, but call it a moral act beggars belief.
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Will The GOP Fade To White?

Can the GOP craft an economic message that keeps white working class voters in the fold, and attracts voters of color? It can be done. But can Republicans do it? The future of Republican party may depend upon it.
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Working For Workers On Labor Day And Beyond

For millions of low-wage workers, Labor Day was just another working day, for the same lousy pay. The movement for livable wages doesn't take a day off either. In fact, it's growing.
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Finishing the March for Livable Wages

Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, low-wage workers are continuing the march for livable wages. In 35 cities, fast food workers are striking for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize.
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Fifty Years Later: Delivering On The Dream

This week thousands gathered to remember the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," and recommit to Dr. King's unfinished dream. But the challenge of delivering on the dream remains.
Fifty Years Later: Delivering On The Dream
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Sequestration Takes The Economy Hostage

In Spanish, "sequester" literally means to kidnap someone, or take someone hostage. This fall, Republicans want to use the sequester to take the economy hostage again.
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Dream Defenders: Leaving The Capitol, Not The Fight

The Dream Defenders have ended their 31-day occupation of the Florida state capitol. But don't think for a minute that they are going away. They leave vowing to fight "as long as it takes."
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Newt’s Right Again, But The GOP Won’t Listen

Once again, Newt Gingrich is telling hard truth and offering good advice to Republicans. There is almost no chance the GOP will listen. Just like a stopped clock, every once in a while Newt Gingrich gets something right.
Newt’s Right Again, But The GOP Won’t Listen
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The Tragedy of Greek Austerity Continues…

For millions of Greeks bearing up under six years of austerity measures, and an economy stuck in recession because of those austerity measures, that the economy shrank slightly less than predicted is nothing to cheer about.
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How Food Stamps Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

A new story shows declining rates of childhood obesity among children in low-income families. Republican cuts to food stamps could spell the end of that trend, and the health benefits for children.
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Sometimes Those Who Work Still Can’t Eat

Republicans justify their hatred of food stamps with the line that "those who work shall not eat." The truth is, there are millions of Americans who work — often working long hours, in very demanding jobs — who still can't afford to feed themselves.
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ALEC And The NRA Have Blood On Their Hands

Attorney General Eric Holder may be getting a reputation for saying what President Obama can’t, thanks to the irony of a black president. While Obama has shifted from calling for […]
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Five For the NLRB: A Win For Workers

The Senate didn’t quite go nuclear, but it came as close as it has in a long time. Close enough, in fact, to break through some Republican obstruction of presidential […]
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Trayvon Martin and Black Man 101: The New Curriculum

After the 2009 arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., I and many other African-American writers shared our experiences of “Black Man 101″; a lifelong course in survival and behavior modification […]
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It’s Time. Make Voting A Constitutional Right.

Two weeks ago, with two rulings in two days, the Supreme Court gave a whole new meaning to what W.E. DuBois described as a “double consciousness” or a “two-ness” of […]
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