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Upholding American Values: Reforming U.S. Immigration Detention

Earlier this week, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inaugurated the largest detention facility in the U.S. This center, located in Texas, will hold 2,400 migrants who have crossed the border. It is especially...Show More Summary

Walmart faces federal complaint over firing of pregnant woman

7 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Worker advocates warned that Walmart's new and improved policy toward pregnant employees had big gaps and might not actually provide much protection for the women. Now they say those fears have been realized, and have filed a complaint...Show More Summary

Putin Under Pressure, Says Don't Poke the Bear

In a year-end news conference before Russian and foreign media, President Vladimir Putin predicted Thursday a recovery in two years despite a looming recession, crashing ruble and growing fears about the financial instability. "Rates...Show More Summary

IT’S COME TO THIS: Leftists Mourn Possible End Of Cuban Poverty. Related: Shep Smith Fails The …

IT’S COME TO THIS: Leftists Mourn Possible End Of Cuban Poverty. Related: Shep Smith Fails The Ailes Test.

Reasons Why Torture Does Not Work

One major finding of the recent bipartisan Senate report on torture was that torture used in the United States post 9/11 did not produce any useful intelligence. The same lack of efficacy was seen by every other country which tried to use torture, even in cases such as Nazi Germany and North Vietnam, which are [...]Show More Summary

Colbert Moves On

[guest post by JVW] For those of you brave folks who pay attention to the smarmy comedians who are apparently the new intellectual backbone of progressivism, you have undoubtedly heard that Stephen Colbert is wrapping up his supposedly successful show, “The Colbert Report,” and moving on to replace David Letterman as host of “The Late […]

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

When Eric Garner was held in a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, by New York City police officer Daniel Panteleo, he yelled 11 times, "I can't breathe." The medical examiner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide causedShow More Summary


It’s amateur hour at the American Political Science Association. In late October/early November (I forget exactly when), I wanted to submit a proposal for their Teaching and Learning Conference in January. The website was not yet up, not for a couple more weeks. When it was up, I submitted, as did my colleague. I was…

Obama Says LeBron ‘Did the Right Thing’ for Wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirt

26 minutes agoPolitics / US Politics : Swampland

The President tells 'PEOPLE' that more athletes should use their influence to address social issues

Thursday Evening Open Thread

Sure, one side is dystopian hell ruled over by a tiny elite which manipulates population with totalitarian kitsch but North Korea is bad too — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) December 17, 2014. When Canadians attack! — very, very politely. Apart from side-eye and shade-throwing, what’s on the agenda for the evening? This space reserved for your ad.

Ali Soufan Battled the System to End Torture. He's Finally Winning.

Ali Soufan is a former FBI agent who's spent a decade speaking out against torture. He helped expose CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques," and left the Bureau partly because of the agency's excessive use of it. While the details in...Show More Summary

International Migrants Day: Reaffirm The Commitment to Protecting Migrants

International Migrants Day is an opportunity to recognize the important contributions of the millions of people around the world who cross borders in search of a better life.  However, we must also not forget the thousands, whose journeys began in desperation and hope, but ended in death.

Can Congress End Cuba Embargo? Many Republicans Want Embargo to Fall

Can Republicans nostalgic for the Cold War block President Obama from taking executive actions to improve U.S. diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba? Could a Republican-led Congress vote to end the U.S. embargo? Some Republican leaders were quick to denounce President Obama's announcement that the U.S. Show More Summary

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