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If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot

For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration. On a recent San Francisco afternoon, I returned to where I'd parked my car, but it was gone. Show More Summary

This Labor Day Let's Rethink the Texas Miracle

Drive around the Lone Star State and signs of the "Texas Miracle" are hard to miss. Construction cranes and scaffolding remind us that the Texas economy is growing faster than that of almost any other state. We have all watched as Rick Perry received national acclaim for creating jobs by deregulating business and subsidizing corporations. Show More Summary

Police Tactics Again Under the Spotlight in Racially Charged Demonstrations: When Will They Ever Learn?

The events in Ferguson demonstrate once again the unsurprising results of a recent empirical study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that found that "[p]olice tactics often provoke protesters." They also remind...Show More Summary

Friday Talking Points -- The Gender Gap

President Obama gave a press conference recently, and -- since it is still the political Silly Season -- got a lot of media attention. For what he was wearing. No, seriously. Washington was all a-twitter (or even a-Twitter) because Obama wore a suit that was not dark blue or black. Show More Summary

Democrats are Doomed (Unless They Make the Minimum Wage the #1 November Election Issue)

If you were the Democrats and you were looking for a good vote-getting midterm election issue, what criteria would you use? How about an issue with 70-80% support in polls? How about one that is bipartisan--supported by Republicans like...Show More Summary

9 Years After Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Recovery

The group of citizens gathered today alongside the levee which runs the length of the Industrial Canal, in the Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest hit, the place where so many lost their lives. The names written on a banner reminded us ofShow More Summary

Philippines at a Crossroads: End of Aquino's Popularity?

A key lesson in politics, especially among developing countries, is that everything is relative: It is difficult to develop a stable metric for assessing the performance of any particular administration without taking the context --Show More Summary

Guns, Guns, Guns

Having been an outspoken critic of uncontrolled handgun distribution over the past 40 years and the way the Constitution has been twisted to justify reckless sales of deadly weapons, I am pleased to say that the arms industry and the...Show More Summary

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

When I became executive director of the ACLU of Maine in 2005, national security hawks controlled Washington, D.C., and the 9/11 attacks were still a very fresh memory around the country. The Patriot Act and the recently created Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defined the public safety conversation. Show More Summary

Wendy Davis Opponent is Afraid of Something. Very Afraid.

What's got the opponent of Wendy Davis so nervous? The Texas candidates for governor, Davis and Greg Abbott, had agreed to participate in a debate in Dallas next month, broadcast on the ABC affiliate. It was set to air statewide, reaching 83% of all Texans, in markets major and small. Show More Summary

The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a brilliant Black Ohio State University professor, recently opened the Educational Testing Service and Children’s Defense Fund co-sponsored symposium on Advancing Success for Black Men in College by sharing a question...Show More Summary

Republicans Won't 'Go Libertarian' -- Here's Why

The time has come again for a perennial theme in politics: the idea that Republicans should "go libertarian." The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message. Show More Summary

Will Insult and Inaction on Immigration Cost Republicans the Senate?

The 2010 midterm elections were a resounding victory for Republicans--they took control of the House of Representatives with a net gain of 63 seats, the biggest mid-term House pick-up since the Great Depression, and won control of 29...Show More Summary

The Two Trillion Dollar Heist: The Perversion of Inversion

For decades now the social contract that existed between American workers and businesses has been unraveling at an alarming rate. There are many exceptions of excellent businesses that treat their workers fairly and pay their fair share of taxes but every year the rate of CEO pay and perks increases and the pay and benefits of the workers stays flat. Show More Summary

Smart Guns, Guts, and the NRA: Shoot-Out at the Massachusetts Corral

America doesn't have a gun control issue. It has an impulse control issue. Gun control advocates came to realize that if they couldn't push legislation through Congress in the wake of Newtown and Aurora, it wasn't going to happen anytime soon. And yet, mass killings continue to haunt the headlines with no apparent way to curtail them. Show More Summary

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

On Labor Day Weekend, we bid the summer goodbye. Families picnic; children play hard, knowing the school year is upon them. Politicians pay tribute to workers and to the rewards of hard work. But this Labor Day, workers are struggling to stay afloat. Show More Summary

Five Signs We're Not a 'Post-Racial' Society

In the wake of the Ferguson shooting, a recent Pew poll finds that 47 percent of whites believe that "race is getting more attention than it deserves," with regards to the death of Michael Brown, while only 18 percent of African-Americans feel the same. Show More Summary

The True Bounds of Executive Authority

Co-Authored by Abigail Finkelman, Justice Program Assistant at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. With Congress mired in gridlock, President Obama has vowed to use "a pen and a phone" to accomplish some of his policy goals. Show More Summary

Can The Islamic State-ISIS-and the Global Jihad Defeat the U.S. ? The Answer Is Yes

In remarks made before White House journalists on August 28, 2014 President Barack Obama, officially the Commander-in-Chief of the world's most powerful military, offered his nation the following status of his leadership in the emerging global struggle with the Islamic State. Show More Summary

Russo-Ukrainian War Now a Reality

Now that Russia has openly attacked Ukraine, what's next? The wait is finally over. After invading Crimea in late February, Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to NATO, over a 1,000 Russian soldiers have been deployed in Ukraine. Show More Summary

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