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Nearly every generation has amended the Constitution to help expand democracy. Now it's our turn.

The arc of American history is best seen as a march to expand the rights of all citizens to have an equal voice in our political system. Generations of abolitionists helped ratify the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to ensure equal protection under the law for all men and the right to vote regardless of race. Show More Summary

No Dogs or Women Allowed

Barreling headlong into the 20th Century, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland, votes September 18 on whether to admit women. It's the same day Scots go to the polls to vote on whether to secede from Britain. Secession, a matter of the country's constitution, requires a simple majority to pass. Show More Summary

The Middle Class and Working Poor's Lifelong Losing Game -- in 10 Slides

They say a picture's worth a thousand words. If that's true, the following ten images could provide the lyrics for a thousand blues songs. The graphs are taken from series of recent reports which, when considered together, create a paint-by-numbers...Show More Summary

This Week in World War I September 12-18, 1914

British Merchant Ship Sunk by a German Submarine, North Atlantic The Submarine War Submarine craft have existed since the 18th century and more primitive versions date back even further. The First World War, however, was the first conflict...Show More Summary

Debating the Role of Government in Somerset, Kentucky

When two politicians debate the role of government, it is almost always Democrat vs. Republican.  Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans in a small city in southeasternShow More Summary

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

This past Saturday and Sunday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, which occurred toward the end of the War of 1812. Tomorrow will be the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key completing the now-immortal lyrics he titled:...Show More Summary

Election Day Countdown - Get Out The Vote Boot Camp Checklist

In just 50 days we the people will go to the polls to (un)elect our leaders and shape the fate of our economy, ecology, and equality -- indeed all the causes of our lives. As we get ready for Election Day, my...Show More Summary

Black Women Are Already Dead in America

A mix of outrage, horror and despair probably best describes many people's responses to the recent coverage of and reactions to the violent assault of black women. It conjures up questions about how race may have played into it. Would...Show More Summary

At Bat: America's Boy Wonder Phenom Jimmy Loomis Playing the Sport of Politics

James (Jimmy) Loomis currently serves as the Democratic Committeeman for Clayton Township, a position he was selected to fill in March of 2013, one week after becoming eligible for the position at age 18. He is a full-time undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Show More Summary

A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

PRISTINA, Kosovo -- As the U.S. builds its coalition and prepares to strike ISIS, it is critical for President Obama to follow his own long-held and oft-stated conviction and spell out the endgame. This is a matter of urgency because the minute the U.S. Show More Summary

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

The following is the second in a series whose purpose is to show what's gone wrong in our nation's political arena, and to help start the process of setting things right. The series is addressed to all those who are disturbed by what...Show More Summary

What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

"First of all, I've vetted a number of them [Syrian Rebels], because I know them." - Senator John McCain, on CNN, explaining who is going to vet the Syrian moderates, before we send them weapons. Well, we can all relax now. Senator John...Show More Summary

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Religious child soldiers carrying AK-47s. Bullying anti-gay Jesus kids. Infant genital mutilation. Teenage suicide bombers. Child Hindu brides. No matter where you look, if adults are participating in dogmatic religions, then they are...Show More Summary

Limiting Voter Participation in the Middle of Crisis

In less than two months, Americans will once again head to the polls to participate in the all-important midterm elections. But unfortunately, not everyone will be able to cast a vote. On Friday, a federal appeal's court reinstated Wisconsin's...Show More Summary

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Where We Are (continued from Part 3) 15.) May - July: The New York Times channeled the shift of the zeitgeist with its editorial call to "End Mass Incarceration Now." It followed up, in July, with a six-part editorial calling for the...Show More Summary

The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Last week Senator Tom Udall sponsored a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow Congress to place limits on campaign contributions. He wrote in The Hill: "Amending the Constitution is difficult - as it should be - but it is long...Show More Summary

Emulating 'Exceptional' America

Emulation is the highest form of flattery -- or so it is claimed. The truth of that assertion, though, depends on what form the emulation takes and, indeed, how the initial action originally was construed. Those ambiguities become evident when we consider how American actions in the GWOT has helped shape the behavior of others. Show More Summary

The Best Way the U.S. Can Help Fight ISIL Is Staying Out

When president Obama repeated what has become a ritual for every president since George Bush the Elder and from the White House announced a new war on Iraq, the question that should have come to everyone's mind is, "exactly what Middle...Show More Summary

If Money Is Speech and Speech Is Freedom...

If money is speech and speech is freedom, then it follows that those who have more money will have more freedom. This includes the freedom to determine who gets to vote, the freedom to dictate how much workers are paid, and the freedom...Show More Summary

OK, Let's Talk About Birth Control

Let me get this straight: Control of the Senate hangs on whether women show up to vote, and candidates with long records against women's health want to make this election about birth control. Where do I send the thank-you card? Would...Show More Summary

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