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If You Like Social Security and Minimum Wage, Thank Frances Perkins

Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins shaking hands with steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania in July 1933. Perkins stands behind President Franklin Roosevelt as he signs the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. A recent poll found that 63 percent of Americans support a federal minimum wage of $15-an-hour. Show More Summary

Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), a time for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to celebrate our heritage and the communities we have formed in the United States. Yet far too many of our brothers and sisters remain behind bars. The prison population for AAPIs has been increasing steadily. Show More Summary

ALEC: Paying for Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

My careful and objective analysis, based on 35 years in political life, is that ALEC is one of the sleaziest organizations in modern American political life. I know that sounds like a dramatic thing to say, but when more than 100 major corporations find it too embarrassing to be associated with you anymore, you know things have to be pretty bad. Show More Summary

Our Promise to Hadiya: Why Chicago and the Nation Are Wearing Orange on June 2

There isn't much like summer in Chicago. It's a time when we forget about the bitter cold, come out of hibernation and enjoy this beautiful city in all its glory. It's also an important time for some awareness and remembering. Summer is a time that the violence in our city seems inevitably seems to escalate. Show More Summary

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards And Hypocrisy

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question. How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's...Show More Summary

The Sleaze Hit on Hillary Won't Work

The one, and really so far only, real attack angle that the GOP will exploit to the hilt against 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is the sleaze factor. It will go like this: Hillary, and by extension hubby Bill,...Show More Summary

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

It was a generation ago that Harry Truman said, and I quote him: 'Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. Show More Summary

The Central Challenge We Face

In politics, what should be obvious is often obscured. Hearing the statements of various Republican Party candidates for president of the United States, and statements or press releases issued by Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders...Show More Summary

Can Religion Play a Positive Role in Politics?

Are Religion and Politics Separable? The twenty first century began with two major religious crises that have horrified the world -- the sexual extremism in the Catholic Church and the violent extremism of Islamic groups. Together they...Show More Summary

The Recent IRS Breach and How We Can Act to Secure Personal Data

I am very concerned about the recent IRS announcement that hackers gained access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people. For information about the breach and how you can protect yourself, please visit: While...Show More Summary

The Right's New Assault on Iran

Conservatives in this country are deeply frustrated by the progress of the nuclear talks with Iran, which are likely to produce a landmark agreement within a few weeks. So they have reverted to an old shibboleth of anti-Iran rhetoric: that the Islamic Republic of Iran is hell bent on regional domination, to America's peril. Show More Summary

When Being Smart is Not Smart

Once upon a time being smart was considered a good thing. It may not have been considered cool or hip to use the parlance of my generation but still there was a degree of respect and even jealousy for those smarter than us. Today, at...Show More Summary

Despite Water and Climate Controversies and Urgings for Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts, Jerry Brown Scores High In New Polling

The big drought has Californians worried. There are major controversies over Governor Jerry Brown's order to cut water consumption by 25 percent, not to mention some furious to-and-froing on climate change and demands for tax hikes and tax cuts. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Returns to SC as a Force to Be Reckoned With

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton visited South Carolina for the first time since her defeat in the 2008 election primaries. This time around, she didn't waste any time getting to the issues while addressing the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council at their third annual Day in Blue event. Show More Summary

Nuclear Realism

There's a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves "realists," then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war. These...Show More Summary

Liberty is a Two-Way Street: Reconciling Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty

The same constitutional principle that may inform a Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage protects unpopular beliefs about marriage. So argues Mark Rienzi, a law professor and lawyer at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty,...Show More Summary

Giving Asylum to the Chronically Mentally Ill?

A couple of miles from our home in Santa Clara, the sprawling campus of the former Agnews mental institution now houses Oracle Corporation and the upscale Rivermark Village housing and retail development. Agnews, which opened in 1885...Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Lacks Key Presidential Quality

The recent interview of Jeb Bush by Megyn Kelly of Fox News (aired May 11, 2015) casts serious doubt upon Mr. Bush's qualification to be president of the United States. One of the most critical qualities of any president is judgment....Show More Summary

Determined to Achieve the American Dream: Yazmin Abreu

By David Castillo, Communications Department, NCLR This week in "Living the American DREAM," we meet 30-year-old Yazmin Abreu of Orange County, California. Like so many young people profiled in this space, Yazmin arrived in the United States as a child. Show More Summary

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records...Show More Summary

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