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5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

<b>This post has been updated to reflect Christie officially getting in the race for president.</b><p>A lot has changed since New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie first thought about running for president in 2011. The Republican was seen as the biggest threat to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the party's …

Universes could be created during Tuesday's leap second

In our modern age of flash crashes and instantaneous global communication, a lot can happen in a second. That means that the extra " leap second" that will be officially added to our clocks Tuesday evening, delaying the start of July by one tick, is not nearly as insignificant as it might seem.<p>Yes, …

Physics

Lack of clear front-runner in huge 2016 field highlights fractures within GOP

Running for president is not quite what it used to be.<p>Candidates once had to rely on the support of party leaders, who assessed their electability; on a broad fundraising base to sustain them until victory brought in fresh cash; and on a handful of national news outlets to spread the word of their …

12 Incredible American Mansions That Are Open to the Public

What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.<p>What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.

20th Century

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Are We Yet a Nation of Character?

Coach John Wooden once said, <i>"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."</i> This distinction applies to the civil rights movement.<p>Prior to July 2, 1964, men of good reputation -- …

50 years later, Civil Rights Act has a legacy of gain, loss and hope

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson went on national television to sign the Civil Rights Act, legislation born in the strife of people of color and their liberal white allies who marched, prayed and endured physical violence trying to bring legal rights to a part of the United States that …

Why A Lawmaker Defied Other Southerners And Changed His Mind On Civil Rights

The height of that drama came when a then-36-year-old Congressman from Georgia named Charles Weltner explained in a "subdued voice and somewhat stumbling delivery" why he was changing his mind on civil rights, The New York Times reported at the time.<p>That sweeping law outlawed discrimination based …

Asian Americans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Mapping Out the Next 50 Years

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will hear a common refrain: We still have a long way to go toward realizing Dr. King's Dream. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964. The Act outlawed discrimination on …

WHY CONGRESS COULDN’T PASS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT TODAY – Protesters block buses carrying young migrants – OBAMA TO GOP: ‘SO, SUE ME’ – 10 least Googled members of Congress

By Scott Wong ( swong@politico.com or @scottwongDC)<p><b>WHY CONGRESS COULDN’T PASS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT TODAY –</b> POLITICO’s Todd S. Purdum expains: “It was a painful tableau: The bipartisan leaders of Congress linking hands in the Capitol Rotunda and swaying to the strains of “We Shall Overcome” as they …

Civil Rights

Reflecting on 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

<i>Ed. note: A version of this blog was posted on the White House Blog.</i><p><i>President Barack Obama delivers remarks as First Lady Michelle Obama, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, listen at right at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014.</i> …

Unsung civil rights heroes fought and died for our freedom

On the Fourth of July, as on all national holidays, we are encouraged to think about the men and women who have fought and died for our freedoms; the likes of Washington, Lincoln and all the soldiers who have fought in our wars. This standard roster of heroes is venerable, but it is far from …

Stand up for Voting Rights -- The Inalienable Rights You Save May Be Your Own

On Independence Day as we gather with loved ones, thank service members who sacrifice for our freedoms, and celebrate the birthday of a nation conceived in liberty, we must take action to preserve the voting rights that secure our inalienable rights.<p>This week has been a test of America's character …

Many doubt 1964 Civil Rights Act could pass today

On the day the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy called Lyndon B. Johnson, urging the President to postpone his endorsement.<p>A stalwart of the civil rights movement, Kennedy worried signing the bill would make for a "rather difficult" July 4 weekend with …

Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary: Key Photographs of the US Civil Rights Movement

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex, or national …

Young People Changing History: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in the United States

As Americans celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- banning discrimination by race, religion or gender in areas like schools, public facilities and employment in the United States -- it's important to remember that young people played a critical …

Rep. John Lewis on the 'Unfinished Work' in the Civil Rights Movement

If you want to know something about a successful protest movement, Rep. John Lewis is a good person to ask. At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Congressman and civil rights leader -- who is the last remaining speaker from the 1963 March on Washington -- reflected on his experience protesting …

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most far-reaching legislative victories in U.S. history: the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Looking around any public school classroom today, it's hard to imagine that barely two generations ago, more than 1,000 black schoolchildren in …

The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights

How a little-known conservative Ohio congressman changed American history.<p>The placid town of Piqua, Ohio, sits in the state’s west-central section, barely half-an-hour’s ride from the Dayton bicycle shop where Orville and Wilbur Wright helped prove that man could fly. Its name comes from the …

Getting The State Out of the Wedding Business

Why is the marriage ceremony the government's concern?<p>James Joyner · Wednesday, July 16, 2014 · 25 comments<p>When I saw the headline “<b>Getting the</b> …

WGA

Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says

For hundreds of years, this nation has been known as the United States of America. But according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the country is neither united, nor made up of 50 states. Woodward has studied American voting patterns, demographics and public opinion polls going back to the …

World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.<p>The signatories, who …

California drought: authorities struggle to impose water conservation measures

Communities across California are begging – and in some cases ordering – people to save water as the region experiences a historic drought. But it's not easy to get people to turn off the taps, especially when so many Californians have no idea how much water they are using.<p>About 225,000 homes and …

US State Secessionist Movements Reveal Urban/Rural Divide

In some U.S. states, the sharp political rift between Republicans and Democrats is also a geographical divide in which political power is controlled …

List of U.S. state partition proposals

Main articles: U.S. state and Admission to the Union<p>Since the establishment of the United States in 1776, numerous <b>state partition proposals</b> have been …

Splitsville: Californians Have Tried—and Failed—200 Times to Divide the State

The seething Northern Californians had decided enough was enough—it was time to quit the state for good.<p>Rancor bubbled through the counties of …

Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

Backers of a plan to cut California into six states say they now have enough signatures from supporters to get their proposal on a general-election ballot in the state. The plan would create new states with names like Jefferson, Silicon Valley and South California.<p>The initiative's main backer is …

Silicon Valley's Plan to Split California Into 6 States Just Might Succeed

Silicon Valley is already a land unto itself, a parallel universe where twentysomethings become overnight billionaires, where cars learn to drive …