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The Time is Now to Invest in Second Chances

We are a society committed to the principle of equal justice under the law and our system is based on the principle that the punishment should fit the crime. When a person completes a prison sentence they are said to have paid their debt to society. Show More Summary

The Laws that Betrayed Their Makers: Why Mandatory Minimums Still Exist

In May 2013, Katie, 1 a high school junior in Oregon, got a text from her friend Morgan. Both young women were addicted to heroin, and Morgan had been in an inpatient treatment program for two months. Morgan explained that she had earned a weekend pass home, and she wanted to try heroin one last time. Show More Summary

True Reagan: His Beliefs Were His Arsenal, and Words His Weapons

Excerpted from TRUE REAGAN: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why it Matters. (Copyright 2016) Used with permission from Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. ________ On September 1, 1983, two years into his first term...Show More Summary

The Tools of an Election Thief

Every April, political lawn signs pop up like daffodils in my small town. These straightforward, usually bi-colored, endorsements appear along the roads over the course of three weeks. The campaigns have a remarkable skill of getting them all collected by high noon the day after the local election. Show More Summary

The Woman Card

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Hastert Victim Shouldn't Have Needed Courage to Speak

After detailing in court the sexual abuse he endured at the hands of the former U.S. Speaker of the House, Scott Cross is being hailed for his exceptional bravery. But what does it say about our society that Cross needed extraordinary...Show More Summary

My Niece, My Daughter, My Granddaughter

Whenever someone says "the new generation", I think of my generation. Because I'm nineteen and perhaps because I'm the youngest in my family, I tend to think of myself and my peers as the "young" and "new" generation. But as I watched...Show More Summary

Republican Voter Suppression Tactics Need to End

"It's just, I think, sad when a political party--my political party--has so lost faith in its ideas that it's pouring all of its energy into election mechanics." -- former Republican State Senator Dale Schultz of Wisconsin Voting rights...Show More Summary

The South Plays Dixie

Germany has no monument to the slave state that was the Third Reich or to its leaders that betrayed Germany. Why does the American South? Best course is to honor the memory of the dead and to remember the evil of the period. During a...Show More Summary

Donald Trump in South Sudan

What Trumps the Horrors of a Hellscape? The Donald! Cross-posted with LEER, South Sudan -- I’m sitting in the dark, sweating. The blinding white sun has long since set, but it’s still in the high 90s, which is a relief since it was above 110 earlier. Show More Summary

Are Millennials Cynical About Climate Change?

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Fred Rich, Author of Getting to Green and Christian Nation. Environmentalist...Show More Summary

TODAY'S PRIMARY: What does Indiana mean?

The State of Indiana, the State of the Campaign It was as if some blindfolded ISIS thugs were towering over a crouched Mike Pence. That's when the Indiana governor on Friday praised Donald Trump as part of his peculiar and tortured endorsement of Sen. Show More Summary

The New York Times' Bizarre Attempt to Portray Donald Trump as 'More Accepting on Gay Issues'

Donald Trump is opposed to marriage equality. That is true, stated over and over again, almost a year after the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case, allowing gay and lesbian citizens across the nation to legally marry. Trump saidShow More Summary

The Cadillac Tax

"It will be of little avail to the people...if laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood." James Madison When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, there was a provision to have an excise tax on high-cost employer sponsored health care plans. Show More Summary

U.S. Government International Media Agency Calls for the Release of Imprisoned Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) CEO Video Statement on World Press Freedom Day Freedom of the press is a basic tenet of our democracy and a staple of a free and open society. Upholding press freedom is the top priority of the BBG...Show More Summary

8 Reasons to March for Gun Sense on May 7th

Three years ago, a thousand mothers and supporters came together to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest gun violence after the murders of 26 Americans -- educators and children -- at Sandy Hook School. Devastated and angry, we...Show More Summary

Writing as an Act of Generosity

Cross-posted with Every now and then, I teach a class to young would-be journalists and one of the first things I talk about is why I consider writing an act of generosity. As they are usually just beginning to stretch...Show More Summary

Conservative Principles Can Help End Unnecessary Pretrial Jail Time

The right and left don't seem to align on much these days -- especially in an election year -- but one clear exception is the need to address our criminal justice system. As the promise of reform through Congress and federal legislation...Show More Summary

Hillary a Superhawk? Maybe Less Than Some Think

One of the themes in the critiques of Hillary Clinton that one hears from progressives of an anti-Hillary bent is that she's a superhawk. The assertion is that, as president, she will pursue the kind of "neo-con" foreign policy that,...Show More Summary

Closing Polls and Slamming Doors: John Roberts' Race-based Agenda

A sharp bone of contention in the contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is who cares more about the lives of African Americans. One area of concern is minority voting rights -- last week, a conservative federal judge upheld a repressive North Carolina voter ID law, passed by Republicans, clearly aimed at suppressing black turnout. Show More Summary

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