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'Huge Victory': Walmart Illegally Fired Striking Workers, Judge Rules

In a "huge victory" for workers, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled Thursday that Walmart illegally fired 16 associates who took …

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

Stat check: No, women couldn’t just “go somewhere else” if Planned Parenthood closed

The "defund Planned Parenthood" movement has a standard response to the question of where women would go if their local clinic closed: somewhere else.<p>"There are 13,000 community-based organizations that provide health services to women, 13,000 in this country," Jeb Bush said at an early Republican …

Rise Of The Righteous Army

Evangelical Christians form one of the most potent forces in American politics and society. They are people who place their faith, a personal …

The Terrible Movie That Explains Ben Carson’s Appeal

A film critic looks back at the made-for-TV flick about the medical miracle worker.<p>Ben Carson isn’t running as a politician. He’s running as a person. That, more than anything, is why people like him. His life story, and what it represents, is a major reason why he’s rising in the polls—and why a …

It’s Time to Declare War on Donald Trump

An open letter to the GOP candidates about tonight’s debate.<p>D<i>ear Republican presidential candidates not named Donald:</i> Big night coming up, kids. Everyone studying? Memorizing your little quips and zingers? Working on your heartfelt-but-humanizing presentation? Ready for your moment in the Sun in …

Scott Walker says he wants to make people go hungry for their own good

Gov. Scott Walker, currently suing the federal government to enable Wisconsin to drug test food stamp applicants, is trying to package this as a way …

Is Gentrification a Human-Rights Violation?

A Brooklyn-based group is arguing that the displacement of longtime residents meets a definition conceived by the United Nations in the aftermath of World War II.<p>No one will be surprised to learn that the campaign to build a national movement against gentrification is being waged out of an office …

9 rock star economists whose ideas are changing the world under the radar

Everyone is trying to make sense of financial crises and the old economics textbooks don't work so well anymore.<p>So it's natural to turn to the people who study this stuff for a living.<p>Thomas Piketty, a French academic, sold 1.5 million copies of his book "Capital in the Twenty-First Centry," while …

Clinton ally Lanny Davis on Biden: 'We welcome him into the race'

A top political surrogate for Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden jumping into the Democratic race for the White House would make the former secretary of state’s nomination “much more valuable.”<p>Lanny Davis, who served as special counsel during President Bill Clinton’s …

Only three of 116 Guantánamo detainees were captured by US forces

Bulk of remaining detainees – who US politicians refer to as ‘worst of the worst’ – were rounded up by Pakistani and Afghan spies, warlords and security services<p>Only three of the 116 men still detained at Guantánamo Bay were apprehended by US forces, a Guardian review of military documents has …

Here's why Donald Trump won't win the Republican presidential nomination

Donald Trump’s authoritative lead in early polling in the 2016 Republican race for the presidential nomination has left Americans excited, confused and afraid.<p>Donald Trump tells Alabama pep rally 'I want the election to be held tomorrow'<p>Read more<p>Trump hasn’t been out of first place in national …

Election 2016: Jeb Bush Got $1.3M Job At Lehman After Florida Shifted Pension Cash To Bank

For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove …

Trigger warnings don’t hinder freedom of expression: they expand it | Lindy West

Some content may be distressing. A considerate heads-up surely isn’t too much to ask?<p>Back in early July, comedian Jimmy Fallon tripped on a rug in his kitchen, caught his wedding ring on the counter as he fell, and suffered a gruesome injury called a “ring avulsion”– basically, a medical term for …

The GOP’s birthright citizenship test: The simple way to tell who actually wants to win the White House

<b>(Reuters/Jim Young/Kevin Lamarque/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>This week’s Big Question for the field gives us another look at which candidates are serious and which aren’t<p>Jim Newell<p>August 18, 2015 5:15pm (UTC)<p>Another week, another question laden with serious primary and general election implications …

Racist Fears Have Long Driven Attempts To Restrict Birthright Citizenship

From Dred Scott to the Chinese Exclusion Act, America has a dark history of trying to deny citizenship to certain groups.<p>WASHINGTON -- Prominent figures in the Republican Party in recent days have expressed renewed interest in repealing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which would take away …

Huckabee, Trump and the “life matters” lie: Every “life is precious” — except a woman’s or a girl’s | Salon.com

<b>(Reuters/Jim Young)</b><p>Huckabee, Trump and the “life matters” lie: Every “life is precious” — except a woman’s or a girl’s<p>Huckabee won’t support abortion for 11-year-old rape victims—and Trump thinks women must be on death’s door first<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>August 17, 2015 3:15pm (UTC)<p>It's almost a …

Read the New Donald Trump Immigration Policy Paper That Ann Coulter Says Is the ‘Greatest Political Document Since the Magna Carta’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled his official position on immigration reform over the weekend and some conservative commentators were exceedingly supportive.<p>In fact, Ann Coulter tweeted Sunday she believed his plan was “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta” …

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What Ohio Gov. John Kasich is doing to public education in his state

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>With two-term Ohio Gov. John Kasich joining the crowd of candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, it’s a good time to look at the public education mess that has developed in his state …

John Kasich Halted A Program That Saved Consumers $230 Million

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards …

Kasich-care: Priorities like Obamacare, without mandates

COLUMBUS – John Kasich likes Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to more low-income Americans.<p>He wants to ensure insurance coverage for people who have …

Ohio’s dependence on Medicaid is the worst in the Midwest

Part 16 of 27 in the series Ohio's Obamacare expansion<p>By Jason Hart | Ohio Watchdog<p>Thanks to Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion, Ohio has the …

Welcome to the “freak flag” era of Republican politics: This new GOP candidate is even more ridiculous than Donald Trump

<b>(AP/Tony Dejak)</b><p>Between boasting about his “hot wife” in speeches and expanding Medicaid, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a GOP oddity<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>July 21, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>I know everyone's on tenterhooks today waiting for the political event of the season. Sure, it may seem as though we can't take …

GOP sociopaths are about to be exposed: How John Kasich’s presidential run would reveal their callousness

<b>Rick Scott, John Kasich, Rick Perry (AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Brian Snyder/Reed Saxon/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Ohio’s GOP governor hates “Obamacare” but embraced its Medicaid expansion, and that could roil the 2016 GOP field<p>Simon Maloy<p>April 20, 2015 5:22pm (UTC)<p>John Kasich, the Republican …

The GOP’s “Mad Max” fantasy: Lindsey Graham fires the latest shot in the war on women

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>Lindsey Graham has introduced a new anti-abortion bill in the Senate, one that makes clear where GOP priorities are<p>Bob Cesca<p>June 13, 2015 3:59pm (UTC)<p>It turns out Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) campaign for president isn't just about damning the torpedoes and declaring …