The vast majority of the House voted to keep the government in operation, even with Planned Parenthood funding. This is all about what the House is allowed to vote on, not what the majority wants.
Money talks. Hillary Clinton is doing a whirl of big-dollar fundraisers, pushing to top Bernie Sanders' grassroots fundraising totals. Bernie isn't just surging in the polls, he's faring well in the money primary.
Conservatives hoped and expected Pope Francis would praise their hard-line opposition to abortion, contraception and LGBT rights. But they could not have been more disappointed in what he actually said.
We cram more and more people into solitary confinement, and opportunities for meaningful education and rehabilitation are scarce. The Pope offers us a chance to get it right.
Once upon a time, presidential contenders and their political parties raised the funds needed to pay for the campaigns. How quaint. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s meddling in the democratic process, corporations have taken charge.
Why are the Democrats letting Republicans have the attention? Why are they hiding their candidates? The party has taken itself out of the game, and more and more people are asking why.
Talk radio host Rick Smith took a "People's Tour" of the South this summer to revisit some of the sites where the fights for racial equality and economic justice intersected.
The "Journey for Justice," which started August 1, will arrive in Washington on September 15 with a focus on four key issue areas: our votes, lives, jobs and schools.
A growing, racial justice wing (best represented by the Dreamers and Black Lives Matter) is highly suspicious of both pro-business moderates and economic populists within the Democratic Party.
White progressives have been flummoxed by Black Lives Matter protests at presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign events. But if one considers the context, the strategy makes a lot of sense.
Over a seven-month period in 1965, Congress passed five significant laws that forever changed life in America. What Congress accomplished then puts today’s lawmakers to shame.
The Republican "debate" turned into the Trump show. Aided and abetted by Fox News moderators who repeatedly went after him, Trump dominated, treating the others as bit players in his ongoing farce.
Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the Koch brothers. Thursday's debate was an extension of the Kochs’ beauty pageant.
The people who will stand on the Republican presidential nomination debate stage in Ohio are among those who are leading the wrecking crew trying to demolish a signature civil rights achievement.
A new generation of activists have sharpened the view of the threshold candidates must cross to earn the vote of African Americans, and once again Republican candidates are showing themselves incapable of rising to the challenge.
Some critics say presidential candidate Bernie Sanders struggles on the campaign trail when confronted with issues of race. He had a chance to make a better impression at an interview before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
It’s a rare moment when two branches of our federal government take major steps to expand opportunity for all Americans. But, with relatively little fanfare, that’s what’s happened over the last few weeks in the critical area of housing.
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush gave a speech Monday at an event organized by a corporate lobbying group in which he vowed to cripple our government. So who gets to be in charge if he succeeds?
President Obama today becomes the first sitting president to visit a federal prison as part of his push this week for criminal justice reform. There needs to be a parallel push to address economic injustice.
Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber is calling the country to come to Winston-Salem, N.C. in a protest on Monday against "a crime against democracy and our most sacred constitutional value."
Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley calls for police reform but remains unapologetic about policing practices that led to the incarceration of thousands of black people in Baltimore for often petty infractions.
For Independence Day President Obama should help Congress become independent of campaign contributions from federal contractors.
Support for same-sex marriage is a winning issue: 55 percent of 2016 potential voters say they are less likely to support a presidential candidate that opposes same-sex marriage, according to Democracy Corps.
Hundreds of people converged on the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte to demand that he hold hearings on bills that would repair the gutting of the Voting Rights Act that had been done by the Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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 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.
The impetus has been to deny or evade the connection between the Charleston, S.C. church shooting and America's continuing legacy of racism and violence. And that isn't just occurring among those on the right.
Any serious voting rights agenda must include the most direct assault on voting rights: the 4 million Americans who are disenfranchised while still on parole or probation.
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.
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.
The top Democratic presidential candidate last week sharpened the contrast between herself and Republican presidential candidates on how to address the right to vote.
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.
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 bill that would have re-enfranchised 40,000 previously incarcerated Marylanders currently on probation or parole was just vetoed in Maryl;and. That underscores why we need a Voting Rights Amendment.
The Iowa Working Families Summit was not about a candidate or even a platform. We were all realizing that more than ever, we have a common narrative based on democracy and economic justice.
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.
Why does the SEC continue to refuse to require corporations to disclose to shareholders how much of their money they are throwing into elections?
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.