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Happy Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation seems to me to be very appropriate this week. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as […]

You Say “Immigrant,” I Say “Expat” 

In many ways, I come from a classic American family. My parents—who moved to the United States from Britain 30 years ago for work and became citizens nearly two decades later—have no intention of ever leaving their adopted homeland. Over the years, their first-generation American children have had to explain to them the finer points of U.S. Show More Summary

Slate Says ‘End Automatic Birthright Citizenship’

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads in part: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United

The UK plans to reveal a watered-down “Snooper’s Charter” to collect citizens’ IP addresses

A new bill expected to be revealed on Wednesday would require Internet service providers in the United Kingdom to keep records of their customers’ IP addresses which would be handed over to police to combat terrorism, online bullying, suicidal thoughts, and other emergencies. Show More Summary

Dividing the Spoils

Previously published on BillMoyers.com. We've been watching Congress since the mid-term elections and reading Zephyr Teachout's terrific history book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United. That snuff box was a gift from King Louis XVI of France. Show More Summary

Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

The Supreme Court doesn't seem to care about much besides the very richest when it comes to campaign finance law. In the 2010 decision Citizens United vs. FEC, the court ruled that no amount of money can corrupt a politician, hence there...Show More Summary

Thousands Of Refugees Fled Cuba On Rafts In 1994 — Here's How They Are Faring 20 Years Later

Since the rise of the Fidel Castro in 1959, millions of Cuban citizens have tried to illegally gain entrance to the United States, seeking refuge from the regime. Many of these people have attempted to enter the US using makeshift rafts to travel the treacherous 332 miles of water between Cuba and Miami. Show More Summary

Poverty at 50 year high, labor participation at 36 year low – we need more low wage workers!

It simply doesn’t make sense in any sort of context that says the job of the President of the United States is to look after the welfare of the country’s citizens: The official U.S. unemployment rate has indeed fallen steadily during the past few years, but the economic recovery has created the fewest jobs relative […]

Twenty-five Years Later, Children's Rights Still Lacking

This fall marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a quarter century since world governments officially pronounced that the globe's youngest citizens were, in fact, people who deserved to be treated as such. Show More Summary

Did PACs Post Codes on Twitter to Violate Campaign Finance Laws?

Following Citizens United, FEC v. SpeechNow, and McCutcheon, what remains of federal election law is that political action committees can't coordinate with candidates and parties if they want their expenditures to remain "independent." There are, however, no limits to the ways in which PACs will exploit loopholes (and that's a......

5th Cir.: Miss. Election Disclosure Law Is Constitutional

Well, the state of campaign finance laws isn't all bad. A month or so after the Tenth Circuit said that Citizens United didn't have to disclose the contributors to its film "Rocky Mountain Heist," the Fifth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of Mississippi's campaign disclosure requirements, reversing a district court order......

Watch This Dad Dress As Spider-Man To Surprise His Terminally Ill Son

There are many great dads in the world, but few can say that they became a superhero to surprise their child. That's exactly what United Kingdom citizen Mike Wilson did for his son Jayden, who is suffering from a Grade Four Stem brain tumor. Show More Summary

Nefarious Kickstarter update - The Insektia Kingdom

Ruled over by Princess Apoidea, the Insketia Kingdom is a neighbor to Princess Mayapple's lands. Insektia is populated by an industrial people. Hard working citizens that come from various species of Insectoid, all united by Apoidea's efforts. Show More Summary

The United States of Ignorance

2 weeks agoOdd : Kottke.org

According to a recent survey 1 of citizens in 14 countries, the United States ranks second in the amount of ignorance about things like teenage birth rates, unemployment rates, and immigration. Only Italians were more clueless. You can take a version of the test yourself and then view the results (results for the US only). Show More Summary

Obama Extends Chinese Visas, Follows with U.S.-China Climate Pact

Chinese citizens traveling to and from the United States on "short-term business and tourist travel" will now have the option to obtain 10-year visas, announced President Obama at this week’s APEC CEO Summit in China. “Under the newShow More Summary

Thanks to Uber, Congresspeople are spending more than ever on rides

2 weeks agoTechnology : Pando Daily

We all know Congresspeople spend a ton of cash. In fact, since 1998, Congressional spending on elections has nearly doubled, thanks in part to the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which struck down spending limits for corporations and other organizations. Show More Summary

Two drastically different ways police can subdue a man armed with a knife

Under law, in the United States, police are allowed to use lethal force if they are reasonably afraid for their personal safety or the safety of others. However, being allowed to kill citizens and the act actually being the best option...Show More Summary

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home: U.S. officials

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said on Saturday. Bae and Miller were being accompanied home by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, his office said. Show More Summary

North Korea frees two American citizens

U.S. officials said today that Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, both U.S. citizens who had been detained by the North Korean government, have been freed and are returning to the United States, Reuters reports. Bae had been held in...Show More Summary

North Korea frees two detained US citizens

Washington says Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae have been released and are on their way back to the United States.

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