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E Pluribus Unum 0

When the Supreme Court made its historic ruling to end state-sponsored segregation in Brown v. Board of Education in May 1954, the justices were unanimous. It was a consensus not easily reached, yet it came about because the justices were of a single mind that they should be of one mind in ending segregation. This […]

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Posted on: 05-1-2014
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Divert, deny, distract: The Republican way 0

In beating a hasty retreat from Cliven Bundy, their onetime Lonesome Cowboy icon, Republicans have resorted to a familiar tactic: divert, deny, distract. Divert attention by claiming the “media” made a story out of Cliven Bundy. The “media” plucked him out of obscurity, baited him with questions about race, and then blew the story out […]

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Posted on: 04-30-2014
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A new move for sensible gun laws 0

Last week, as the cherry blossoms made their annual debut in Washington, D.C., the Capitol marked another anniversary: A year ago, Congress failed the nation by refusing to fix our broken gun background check system. In the year since, tens of thousands more Americans — our mothers, our fathers, our friends — have been killed […]

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Posted on: 04-30-2014
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Cliven Bundy, the Wild West hero. Or not. 0

Ah, Cliven Bundy — poster boy for the anti-government, rugged-individualist crowd. The Marlboro Man for the conservative fantasy world. Or not. Cliven Bundy is so bizarre he leaves late night comedians spluttering. (Just check out one of Jon Stewart’s riffs.) His comments about race were so embarrassing that Sean Hannity, who had called Bundy “a […]

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Posted on: 04-26-2014
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The Right Side of Donna Brazile 0

By Victoria Oldridge Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victoria-oldridge/the-right-side-of-donna-b_b_5189121.html I nervously paced the lobby of a downtown Washington D.C. high rise, anticipating a meeting that was five months in the making. My hands tingled as I felt the adrenaline coarse through me, and while yesterday’s dilemma hinged on questions I would ask my interviewee, today they became superficial […]

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Posted on: 04-23-2014
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Our greatest threat is indifference 0

Congress recently took its Easter recess, and spring has arrived. Don’t you feel better? I do. I love spring; it gives me a much-needed sense of renewal. It causes me to pause. I also love it when Congress goes home. It becomes peaceful in Washington, D.C. We can hear ourselves think. The negativity that envelops […]

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Posted on: 04-22-2014
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Amid TV and Politics, Called to the Classroom 0

In just a few days, I will deliver my final lecture of the semester in my “Women in American Politics” class here at Georgetown. Of all the lectures I give annually on campuses across the country, this is one of the most important. The words I share with my students at the end of the […]

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Posted on: 04-15-2014
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‘We’ve got a debt to pay’: Voices from the battlefield 0

At the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, four presidents remembered the battles and honored those who fought to form “a more perfect union” on the path to economic, educational and voting equality. But, for one of those heroes, it was also a time to pause and acknowledge […]

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Posted on: 04-14-2014
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Should you have the right to buy an election? 0

If you believe money is speech, corporations are people, and the wealthiest 1 percent are a persecuted minority, then you will love the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign finance (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission) and where it is pointing our political process. To understand the meaning and impact of the decision, we have to […]

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Posted on: 04-12-2014
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50 Years Later Voting Rights Still Threatened 0

Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and in public places. The law passed with bipartisan support — in fact, Republicans helped lead […]

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Posted on: 04-10-2014
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