On Marriage Equality, Another Bend Toward Justice

If there ever were an impossible dream, marriage equality was it just a few short years ago. While this ruling does not put to rest the struggle for LGBT equality, it does teach us the value of a persistent pursuit of justice.
Isaiah J. Poole
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March in Virginia and North Carolina Against Voter Suppression

A voting rights rally in Roanoke, Va. on Thursday to urge Congress to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down will be followed by a demonstration in North Carolina next month.
Joshua Ferrer
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The Flag That Offends 100 Million Americans

The horrific massacre at the Emanuel AME Church signals that It's long past time to take down the Confederate flag. If the Charleston murderer understands that that flag represents his racist cause, why doesn’t everyone?

The “Mother Emanuel Nine”

The heinous act of racial terrorism at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has been met with expressions of amazing grace and faith. But faith and grace are not enough. Change will come only if people of conscience demand it.
Robert Borosage
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Government by Bagmen

Our experiment in self-governance has spawned a highest-bidder-take-all bazaar. This hiring of former members of Congress as bagmen isn’t an exclusively Republican phenomenon. It’s the name of the game.
Donald Kaul
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Police Violence Against Blacks Has An Economic Context

Police violence against unarmed African Americans occurs against a too-often-ignored backdrop of economic disparity that both fuels and informs the resentments and racial tensions behind the events.
Terrance Heath
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Democracy Demoralized

Once in office, politicians are far more likely to meet with donors than with voters. And they’re far more likely to pass legislation coveted by the rich than crucial to the rest. The result is the government helping the rich get richer.
Leo Gerard
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Anticipatory Bribery

In every election cycle since 2008, more money has gone into lobbying at the federal level than into political campaigns. And an increasing portion of that lobbying money has gone into the pockets of former members of Congress.

A Quiet Corporate Coup on Capitol Hill

Corporate lobbyist understand that congressional staffers have gained far-reaching control over legislation. Lately it's dawned on lobbyists that instead of wooing staff with flattery and gifts, they should simply become the staff.
Jim Hightower
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Who Wins the Money Primary?

The money primary of the 2016 presidential race is already on, even though most candidates haven't announced yet. Bush and Clinton are projected to do well, but the big winner of the money primary will be the money.
Robert Borosage
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How Corporations Run Congress: A Talk With Ryan Grim

The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
Richard Eskow
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Center Finds Voter ID Laws Helped Make For An Unfair Election

Outright violations of voters’ rights, or incidents that hindered voters’ ability to get out or actually vote, were prevalent throughout the 2014 midterm elections, according to the director of an election command center.
Kitty Lan
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Debacle: Get Ready for the Real Fight

The election debacle puts Americans at risk. With a Republican Congress rewarded for its obstruction, anything that gets done in Congress is likely to serve the few and screw the many. Get ready for the fight to come.
Robert Borosage
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Vote for Yourself Today

It’s time for politicians to focus on the needs of the 99 percent. For that to happen, the 99 percent must vote for themselves on Tuesday – for their self-interest, their wages, their health insurance, their Social Security.
Leo Gerard
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Dark Money Makes Our Politics Nastier

Mountains of money are flooding key races in the most expensive non-presidential campaign in history. To keep you up to date with the latest, we’ve rounded up some key campaign finance stories.
Joshua Holland
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Rev. William Barber’s New Book Reminds Us Why We Must Vote

With Election Day just two weeks away, Rev. William Barber's words remind us: "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now!" His new book reminds us of the moral power of progressive values when we march "forward together."
Terrance Heath
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GOP Defrauds Voters

Voter ID laws prevent voting by people Republicans detest, the derided “47 percent” that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spit on. Republicans are robbing citizens of the fundamental right to vote. It’s criminal.
Leo Gerard
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Eric Cantor Goes To His Reward

Everyone understands that government officials who “play ball” can get a huge paycheck after leaving government if they help certain big businesses while serving in government.
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