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The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues

Vox points me today to some data I was looking for last night. Thanks, Vox! It’s from the Southern Poverty Law Center, and it shows us when all those …

Racism

The Supreme Court Tinkers at the Edges of the Machinery of Death

Opponents of the practice won a series of notable cases at the U.S. Supreme Court this term, even as total victory in their war against the death penalty moved further out of reach.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest term, which ended this week as the justices began their summer recess, saw …

Judiciary

I moved my kids out of America. It was the best parenting decision I've ever made.

"I really wish you'd reconsider your decision," my neighbor Steve said. He strode over, hands on hips, and added, "I hear it's dangerous down there. …

Parenting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia joined a growing list of U.S. cities vowing to continue or strengthen their commitments to reduce …

College student cares for 3 siblings as parents face deportation

The detainment of two California parents by border patrol agents has left a college student to care for his three younger siblings.<p>In an interview with wsRADIO, 19-year-old Francisco Duarte said he woke up to one of his younger sisters running into his room crying. He then followed her outside …

Immigration

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The Trump administration has only a few weeks left to decide whether to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program to roughly 55,000 …

Mexican bishops: The cry of migrants is the cry of the Church

Mexico City, Mexico, May 2, 2017 / 12:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the context of their 103rd Full Assembly, the Mexican Bishops Conference released a …

In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists

They come from places like Vietnam, China, Mexico and Guatemala, lured by promises of better-paying jobs and legal immigration. Instead, they're smuggled into the U.S., forced to work around the clock as bussers, wait staff and cooks, and housed in cramped living quarters. For this, they must pay …

Slavery

Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwandan genocide

Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide as the Holy See sought to open a new phase in relations nearly a quarter-century after the slaughter.<p>In an extraordinary statement after Francis' meeting with Rwandan …

Christianity

Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

Police brutality against protesters is reminiscent of civil-rights battles like Selma. And the state has borrowed millions to fund it.<p><i>UPDATE: Ten people were arrested, and one protester was injured during confrontation with North Dakota police during evictions Wednesday. Forty-six more were</i> …

Injustice

Pope Francis to activists: Stand with migrants, do not deny climate science, there is no such thing as ‘Islamic terrorism’

In a letter written to a leaders of grassroots organizations and social movements meeting this week in California, Pope Francis said Christians must …

Sanctuary Churches Brace For Clash With Trump Administration

Jeanette Vizguerra walked into a Colorado church on Wednesday — and into the forefront of a possible clash between Donald Trump and sanctuary churches across the country.<p>Vizguerra has lived in the U.S. since 1997. She has four children, three of them born here. Vizguerra was due to check in with …

Immigration

Abandoning two-state solution is 'no joke', Palestinian officials say

Washington distances itself ahead of Netanyahu and Trump meeting, with Palestinians calling for support from the international community<p>Palestinians have angrily warned the United States against abandoning a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, after a White House official said peace did …

The Bible has a very clear message about refugees—we should accept them

On Jan. 27, president Donald Trump signed an executive order that placed a stay on refugees from seven Muslim majority countries. Entrance of refugees from Syria, however, will be banned for the next 120 days.<p>Two days prior to that, he committed the United States to building a wall on its border …

Faith

Trump on waterboarding: 'We have to fight fire with fire'

Government

With Donald Trump in Charge, GOP Warms to Torture Again

At the Republican retreat on Wednesday, some Republicans seemed to be newly open to bringing back torture tactics banned by the Army Field Manual just last year.<p>PHILADELPHIA—With all the talk of CIA black sites, enhanced interrogation techniques, and a Cheney defending it all, the Republican …

Republican Party

John McCain Pledges to Fight Donald Trump on Torture

To reinstate torture, President Donald Trump will have to go through Sen. John McCain.<p>The United States will allow torture again over Sen. John McCain’s dead body.<p>The Arizona Republican has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to prevent the United States from using torture during …

Government

Just 8 people now have the same wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion

The gap between rich and poor is far greater than had previously been estimated, with big business and the super-rich fueling the inequality crisis …

Barack Obama's Enduring Faith in America

In his farewell address, the president warned of threats to the nation’s tradition of democracy—none more than from inside—and rebuked Donald Trump, but sought to rally the country around shared ideals.<p>In his final speech to the nation as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein …

Foreign Policy

Michelle Obama delivers heartfelt final speech

Michelle Obama

Senate Democrat Urges Obama To Ensure The CIA Torture Report Won't Disappear

Ron Wyden is worried the report could be destroyed under the Trump administration if it's not made a federal record.<p>WASHINGTON ― If President Barack Obama wants to codify his legacy on banning the use of torture in U.S. intelligence gathering, he should declassify the 6,700-page CIA torture report …

Government

Cedar Falls junior reports bullying since election

CEDAR FALLS — Like most teenagers nowadays, Sam Potter has not hidden her sexuality — she’s said she's gay since she was 13.<p>For nearly four years, …

After 500 years of schism, will the rift of the Reformation finally be healed?

Pope Francis is beginning a year of events to herald growing cooperation between Protestants and Catholics<p>A simple act, it was the work of a few moments, but it triggered an epic era of political and religious convulsions that changed the shape of Europe. On 31 October 1517, a monk named Martin …

Michelle Obama’s speech on Donald Trump was remarkable

It's been six days since a hot-mic tape in which Donald Trump makes a series of lewd and sexually suggestive comments about women went public. But until first lady Michelle Obama stepped on the podium at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton on Thursday in New Hampshire, no public figure has so …

Elections

Michelle Obama: This issue is personal for me

<b>(CNN) —</b> For me, education has never been simply a policy issue -- it's personal.<p>Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college. But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities …

Michelle Obama

America's First Black President Nears The End Of A History-Making Run

Jordan Weaver was just a kid when Barack Obama was elected eight years ago. But she'll never forget that November night.<p>"My biggest memory is us in my living room," said Weaver, who grew up in Harrisburg, Penn. "My mom was crying. She was so happy that a president could be African-American and …

Pete Souza

Looking to his legacy, Barack Obama creates largest protected natural space on Earth

Barack Obama has created the largest protected natural area anywhere on Earth, as he pushes to make the environment and the fight against climate change cornerstones of his legacy.<p>The American president yesterday signed an executive order quadrupling the protective perimeter around …

Climate