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Filed Under:US Politics / Liberal
Posts on Regator:5651
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 12, 2014

US Army soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas pose for a photo with the Prime Minister of Estonia as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ray Boyington)

The Richest 0.1 Percent Is About to Control More Wealth Than the Bottom 90 Percent

While a complex web of factors have contributed to the rise in income inequality in America, a new research paper says most of the blame can be largely placed in the immense growth experienced by the top tenth of the richest 1 percent of Americans in recent years. Show More Summary

Tennessee Voters Just Made It Easier To Restrict Abortion—And the GOP Isn't Wasting Any Time.

For years, as lawmakers in other conservative states passed onerous restrictions designed to limit abortion access, deep-red Tennessee stood out as an exception—because the state's constitution forbade many of the harshest anti-abortion measures. But that changed on Election Day. Show More Summary

Obama Just Announced His Full Support to Preserve Net Neutrality

In a move strongly backing net neutrality regulations, President Barack Obama announced his plan to reclassify the internet as a utility in order to preserve the web's "basic principles of openness and fairness." Net neutrality has been...Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 10, 2014

US Marines patch up holes after close-range shooting practice. (US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Timothy Parish)

Why Rand Paul Was The Only Kentucky Republican to Lose On Tuesday

Republicans had a pretty good night last Tuesday. They won control of the Senate and added to their already-sizable House majority. They now hold 33 governors' mansions and 69 of the 99 state legislative chambers. But even as they solidified...Show More Summary

Why Don't We Make Election Day A Holiday?

An estimated 37 percent of eligible voters cast ballots during Tuesday's midterm elections—the lowest voter turnout since 1942. It wasn't that much of an anomaly, however: For decades, voter turnout in non-presidential election years has hovered far below what it was in the mid-19th century, when it peaked at around 70 percent. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 7, 2014

US Navy Sailors deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish camera to survey the ocean floor. In this operation, designed to promote maritime security, a quarter of the world's navies are participating. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight )

Surprise, This GOP Senator's Theory About Volcanoes and Climate Change is Totally Wrong

When the 114th Congress convenes in January, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski will likely take over as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee—one of several committees whose work deals directly with climate and energy policy. Unlike many of her GOP peers in the upper chamber, Murkowski doesn't deny that the climate is changing. Show More Summary

A Federal Appeals Court Just Ruled Against Gay Marriage. This Judge Just Issued An Epic Dissent.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld bans on gay marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan. In a 2-1 vote, the 6th Circuit reversed lower courts' rulings which had found the bans unconstitutional and sets up a likely Supreme Court showdown. Show More Summary

The War on Voting May Have Swung These Four Races

In several races around the country on Tuesday, the victors won by razor-thin margins. Many of these races were in states that had recently enacted voting restrictions expected to depress turnout amongst minorities, young voters, and the poor, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Brennan Center. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 6, 2014

A US Marine returns for a homecoming event after spending six months in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Cpl. Scott Reel, US Marine Corps)

Watch Bill Moyers Perfectly Predict Big Money's Domination This Past Election Day

"If Chevron can roll over you, they and their buddies will roll over every community in America. You can stand up and beat them will all of their money. You're going to give hope to people all over America that we can control our destiny." This...Show More Summary

If Millennials Had Voted, Last Night Would Have Looked Very Different

The GOP’s big Election Day victory may have a lot to do with who didn’t show up at the polls—and one of the groups that stayed home at a record rate were young people. According to an NBC News exit poll, the percentage of voters aged 60 or older accounted for almost 40 percent of the vote, while voters under 30 accounted for a measly 12 percent. Show More Summary

California Voters Helped Kick Off the Prison Boom. They Just Took a Huge Step Toward Ending It.

Voters in the birthplace of mass incarceration just gave it a major blow. With California's passage of Proposition 47, which reclassifies nonviolent crimes previously considered felonies—think simple drug possession or petty theft—as misdemeanors, some 40,000 fewer people will be convicted of felonies each year. Show More Summary

Obama to Address Midterm Election Results

President Barack Obama is scheduled to discuss the results of the midterm elections this afternoon. To briefly recap: Having seized the Senate for the first time in eight years, Republicans now control both houses of Congress. They also scored a handful of key governor races. Show More Summary

2014 Bright Spot: South Dakota County Named for Judge who Pushed out Indians Changes its Name

Former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds easily won the South Dakota Senate race on Tuesday, taking advantage of a split field that included progressive Democrat Rick Weiland and an iconoclastic ex-GOP senator, Larry Pressler. Weiland hadShow More Summary

Last Night's Other Big Winner: Minimum Wage Increases

Election Day 2014 has been disastrous for Democrats, but on one top priority—hiking the minimum wage—the party made major gains, even in red-state America. Ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage passed with broad bipartisan support...Show More Summary

18-Year-Old Wins State Legislature Seat in West Virginia

The Republican Wave lifted many boats last night, including that of 18-year-old Saira Blair. The college freshman was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in a landslide—she earned 63 percent of the vote to her 44-year-old Democratic opponent's 30 percent—and officially became the youngest lawmaker in the country. Show More Summary

Sam Brownback Holds On

Sam Brownback lives to see another day. The embattled Kansas governor won his reelection bid, defeating Democrat Paul Davis. Polls headed into Tuesday had given Brownback poor odds for retaining his job, but being on the ballot during...Show More Summary

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