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From Nixon to Paul Ryan: How right-wing radicals deceive America

By shifting the spectrum of debate, here’s how America’s rightward march has been normalized throughout history<p>From Nixon to Reagan to Gingrich to Bush to Paul Ryan and Chris Christie today, leaders who've shifted America to the right have been aided by moderating misrepresentations. In the case of …

Poverty vs. Democracy in America

50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, tens of millions of second-class Americans are still legally or effectively disenfranchised.<p>Richard says he is done being a criminal—but the law isn't done with him. Ever since he completed his four-year prison sentence for armed robbery, …

Morning Must Reads: January 6

Sudan’s Lost Boys Are Drawn Into War at Home [NYT]<p>Who Lost Fallujah? [TIME]<p>Obama’s 3 Challenges for January [TIME]<p>Profitable Learning Curve for …

The shadow government’s secret religion

Why the national security state that emerged after 9/11 is a warrior religion dedicated to perpetual conflict<p>In a 1950s civics textbook of mine, I can remember a Martian landing on Main Street, U.S.A., to be instructed in the glories of our political system. You know, our tripartite government, …

Snowy Scenes From 2014's First Blizzard

Federal appeals court to review Texas abortion law as battle for reproductive rights rages on

The odds may be stacked against reproductive rights groups, but the stakes for Texas women couldn’t be higher<p>The battle against Texas' sweeping abortion restrictions continues Monday as a federal appeals court is set to review the law that shuttered or reduced services at a third of the clinics in …

MAP: Here Are The States That Will Be Hit The Most By Expiring Unemployment Benefits

On December 28, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits when the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired.<p>Normally, a person can collect unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks. The EUC program extended that duration to 73 weeks, although the exact time varied by …

The US declared war on poverty 50 years ago. You would never know it

This 8 January marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's declaration of "unconditional war on poverty". The statement came in a state of the union address that, because of its often drab prose, has rarely drawn much praise. But a half century later, it's time to re-examine the case …

Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Gay Marriage In Utah

That order will keep the state's ban on same-sex marriage alive until a federal appeals court has a chance to rule on the judge's decision.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled last month that the state's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.<p>"The state's current laws deny its gay and …

Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages While Case Is Appealed

The case is on appeal before the 10th Circuit, but, for now, same-sex couples will wait.<p>WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court halted the marriage of same-sex couples in Utah in a brief, unsigned order issued Monday morning.<p>The Supreme Court order stops a Dec. 20 federal trial court decision that struck …

MAP: Workers In These States Will Get A Higher Minimum Wage This Year

This year, 14 states will raise their minimum wages.<p>The increase in salary is important to millions of fast food and retail workers, who often start at the minimum wage.<p>A recent map by Wells Fargo shows which states will raise their wages.<p>The hefty hourly wage hike of $1 in California will impact …

A Thousand Marriages in Utah Are Now in Question

The Su­preme Court has is­sued a tem­por­ary hold on same-sex mar­riages in Utah. Mar­riage li­censes to couples will be on hold as well. The state …

Supreme Court blocks Utah marriage equality ruling

The high court ordered a stop to all same-sex unions being performed pending the state’s appeal<p>In a Monday decision issued without any explanation, the Supreme Court ordered a stop to all same-sex unions in Utah pending an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down the state's ban on marriage …

In One Man's Story, Two Sides Of The Immigration Debate

Mexico native Osiris Hoil overstayed his visa when he came to the U.S. Today, he employs more than 100 people at his restaurant chain District Taco. He's also a U.S. citizen now. Should immigration laws make it easier for people like Hoil to become citizens? Host Michel Martin hears from advocates …

Reframing The Immigration Conversation For 2014

As Congress returns from winter break, Speaker of the House John Boehner has called comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Host Michel Martin talks with immigration policy advocates Mark Krikorian and Ali Noorani about the political prospects for reform this year.<p><b>Listen · 8:25</b><p><b>Toggle more</b> …

Utah Man Gives Up Gay Marriage Hunger Strike

The Utah man who vowed to starve himself until his state nullified a judge’s ruling striking down a gay marriage ban is eating again. Next time, he’s …

Here's What's Going To Happen To Gays Who Rushed To The Altar While It Was Legal In Utah

"The legal status of these marriages remains in doubt," UCLA constitutional law professor Adam Winkler told us. "There's no controlling law that determines the fate of these marriages."<p>The Supreme Court's ruling stays a judge's decision from Dec. 20 that found Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was …

10 offensively terrible dating tips from the religious right

Who’d have thought Pat Robertson’s ideas about sex and relationships are totally backward. Oh right, everyone<p>We may have survived yet another war on Christmas. But we must remain vigilant. For the very same secularist, Muslim, homosexualist, communist, atheist freedom-haters who try to take the …

SCOTUS puts gay marriages on hold

The Supreme Court put Utah’s same-sex marriages on hold Monday, as it granted the state a stay in its challenge to a ruling that legalized the marriages.<p>The marriages have been taking place in Utah since just before Christmas, when a district court judge ruled that the state had to move ahead with …