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By the Numbers: Inside the GOP

A prominent Democratic pollster has embarked on a project aimed at defining the challenges for the Republican Party. Eleanor Clift explains why.<p>In an …

Why The Justice Department's Eyes Are Upon Texas

In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its first legal action following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.<p>Texas, as its natives are always boasting, is exceptional. And …

Chris Christie's Attack on the Civil-Liberties Wing of the GOP

The New Jersey governor exploited the 9/11 dead to argue that concerns about the NSA and the national-security state are "esoteric."<p>Before today, I expected that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would position himself as a security-state moderate in the 2016 Republican primary, acknowledging that …

North Carolina approves nation’s most restrictive voter suppression law

SCOTUS’ gutting of the Voting Rights Act paves way for radical new restrictions on democracy in the Tar Heel State<p>Late Thursday night, the North Carolina state legislature approved a radical voter suppression bill on a party line vote. The measure, easily the most extreme anti-voter bill passed by …

Poll: Immigration support grows

Americans are more supportive of immigration than ever, according to a new poll, with a record-low number of people wanting to decrease the flow of immigration.<p>More people want immigration increased than ever before since 1999, according to the new poll from Gallup, though that number is still …

There's No Republican Party—There Are 5 of Them

America's partisan battle isn't between Democrats and the GOP -- it's among different elements of the conservative movement.<p>Jonathan Ernst/Reuters<p>Across the nation, not just in Washington, there are ever more signs of a Republican Party veering to the right edge of the right wing of the political …

House GOPer: Trusting Obama on border security is like trusting Clinton with your daughter

“We just don’t trust him,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp<p>Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., doesn't think House Republicans should trust Obama on border security, because doing that would be like "trusting Bill Clinton with your daughter."<p>He tweeted:<p>[embedtweet id="355078041585721344"]<p>[embedtweet …

Thousands Protest Extreme Anti-Abortion Law in North Carolina

Last week, while most of the country was celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, lawmakers in North Carolina took a bill designed to combat so-called …

Rights & Freedoms

US Tech Firms Are Using A Sneaky Provision In The Immigration Bill To Screw Their Indian Competitors

That's because a coalition of domestic high-tech companies and pro-labor Democrats has twisted the worthy goal of knocking down America's barriers to technical foreign talent into blatant protectionism.<p>Companies like IBM and Accenture have managed to rewrite the H-1B visa program so as to allow …

US immigration reform under threat from Republicans as Obama wades in

Barack Obama will meet the architects of a Senate bill that promises sweeping immigration reform on Thursday, amid signs that their ambitious …

Obama Pressured On Executive Order: "Members Of The LGBT Community Are Being Discriminated Against"

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responds: "We understand that."<p>WASHINGTON — Confronted with claims that members of the LGBT community are being discriminated against while President Obama continues to oppose signing a proposed executive order to ban some of that discrimination, White House …

Facebook's Chris Hughes backs husband's bid for congressional seat

Insatiable New York City has by long custom exploited the upstate counties for their scenery, their food and their antiques (not to mention their …

Some House Republicans Optimistic About Passing Immigration Reform

The prospects for a sweeping immigration overhaul dimmed as House Republican leaders said they would not take up a comprehensive bill passed by the Senate last month. Instead, they argued for a slower, step-by-step approach. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R, Fla.) tells Audie Cornish that he …

Virginia Governor Mired In Controversy Over Gifts, Loans

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as having 2016 ambitions, is not having a good year. He's at the center of state and federal investigations involving $145,000 in questionable financial assistance from a political donor whose company McDonnell and his wife took steps to promote. That …

GOP points to taxes on immigration

It’s the latest reason House Republicans say they can’t support the Senate-passed immigration bill: Taxes.<p>Rep. Dave Camp, the influential House Ways and Means Committee chairman, said Thursday the Senate immigration bill is unconstitutional because it raises revenue. The Constitution requires …

The hate group masquerading as feminists

“RadFems'” openly discriminate against the transgendered while clinging to a reactionary definition of sex<p>I’m an endangered species. Nearly half of people like me attempt suicide. Hundreds of us are murdered annually and, worldwide, that rate is only increasing. Those of us who have a job and a …

Senators 'encouraged' by immigration talks as House leaders criticise bill

Two of the US senators behind a major immigration bill said they felt positive about the prospects of reform on Thursday, despite a clear lack of …

Cantor, Goodlatte DREAM up own bill

Two top House Republicans are writing legislation that would craft a path to legalization for young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.<p>Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the second-ranking House Republican, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte …

Takano's immigration red line

Rep. Mark Takano, a former high school teacher, took a red pen to a letter about immigration reform some of his Republican colleagues were circulating.<p>The California Democrat “graded” the two-page unsigned letter, giving it an F and asking the writers to “see me after votes,” posting a copy on his …

Parties begin immigration dance

Now that House Republican leaders have committed to bite-size immigration reform, the real political calculus begins.<p>Speaker John Boehner and his team are feeling the pressure to pass an immigration bill and probably need Democratic votes to do so. And while Democrats by and large prefer a …

The Shady Group Behind the African-American Anti-Immigration Rally

Among the tangle of groups, funders, and leaders in the black anti-immigration effort are many seasoned activists who have long been conducting the …