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The Civil War never ended: Baltimore, Ferguson and the ghosts of the Confederacy

<b>A re-enactment commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg, Aug. 10, 2003, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>A century and a half later, black America is still living in the shadow of the antebellum South<p>Sarah Anderson<p>May 20, 2015 8:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Hundreds of …

Oscars 2015: How 'American Sniper' leaped over 'Selma'

"Selma"and"American Sniper"premiered at the AFI Fest on the same November night. Those standing in line outside the Egyptian Theatre for the 9 p.m. "Sniper" showing could hear the ovation from inside when "Selma" ended and the clapping continued long after writer-directorAva DuVernay, actorsDavid …

Taming Christian Rage

On issues like gay marriage and birth control, cultural warriors haven't changed their minds—they just want to be left alone.<p>It's a semiannual tradition in America: the culture-war debates. Is there a culture war in America, ask pundits and professors and journalists, or isn't there? And if there …

Religion

Sony’s theater of the absurd: How “The Interview” became the most insane cultural-political spectacle in recent history

<b>James Franco and Seth Rogen in "The Interview" (CTMG, Inc.)</b><p>A major Hollywood movie is dead because of North Korean cyberattacks, and the whole thing is too bizarre to believe<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>December 18, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>Let me see if I have this right, because the whole thing stretches credulity: …

'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' US Retail Sales Reportedly Less Than 'Ghosts'

Activision has plenty of bragging rights this year with Destiny the top-selling new IP of the year, Skylanders the top-selling kids game, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the top-selling game period. And yet there’s a worrying trend about the last franchise on that list. It seems Call of Duty …

Why millions of Christian evangelicals oppose Obamacare and civil rights

<b>Joni Ernst (AP/Justin Hayworth)</b><p>Religious fundamentalists believe end times are upon us. It’s no wonder they’re so desperate to cling to power<p>Daniel Silliman<p>December 10, 2014 11:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>American evangelicals have been waiting for the world to …

Are Democrats the Real Racists?

Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen, recently elected speaker of the assembly's Republican caucus, stepped down this week. His resignation comes after he made some truly remarkable public comments about race. He claimed that the "relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, …

Protesters return to riot-scarred Ferguson streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters returned to the riot-scarred streets of Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after crowds looted businesses and set fire to …

Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic leader said on Sunday a single vote could determine the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate this week but that President Barack Obama was likely to veto the bill even if it passes.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions during a news …

Hypernationalist Turkish Youth Attack U.S. Sailors In Istanbul

ISTANBUL -- Turkish youth belonging to a hypernationalist group attacked three American sailors in Istanbul Wednesday morning, shouting anti-American slogans and forcing white sacks over the sailors’ heads.<p>“You declare that you are a member of the U.S. Army,” a young Turkish man says to one of the …

Democrats Say Obama Must 'Go Big' On Immigration Relief

WASHINGTON -- As Republicans threaten obstruction, lawsuits and even impeachment if the president acts on his own on immigration, Democrats urged him on Wednesday to make good on his promise to shield as many people as possible from deportation.<p>The Congressional Progressive Caucus, chaired by Reps. …

Democracy Day

This week I introduced legislation to make Election Day a national holiday -- Democracy Day.<p>I am doing this because, as a nation, we should be embarrassed by the abysmally low voter turnout that we experienced in last week's midterm elections.<p>In 1863 at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln described our …

Progressives push Obama to shield more immigrants

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is laying out what it wants from President Barack Obama on immigration executive action, including shielding 7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation — a larger figure than the White House’s expected plans would cover.<p>Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva of …

Michael Brown's parents address U.N.: 'We need the world to know'

The parents of Michael Brown, a Missouri teen killed by police, testified before a U.N. committee Tuesday because they want the world to know "what's going on in Ferguson."<p>Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture -- which also works against cruel …

‘America Doesn’t Know How Good They Have It With Obama’

A Canadian’s passionate defense of Barack Obama offered a rare boost to the Democratic president after the Republican wave in last week’s election. That Canadian just can’t understand why American’s don’t like Obama as much as Canadians.<p>President Barack Obama chats with Canada’s Trade Minister Ed …

Black People Pointing Their Fingers Keep Getting Accused Of Gang Activity

WASHINGTON -- Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (D) has been accused by a local TV station of supporting criminal gangs, because she and a former felon doing get-out-the-vote work around Election Day posed in a picture pointing at each other. The news outlet, KSTP, said that the mayor was flashing a …

Young Voter Fail

I woke up to the news of the mass Republican conquest on TV. Shaking my head in denial, I thought, <i>Is this for real? Had this actually happened overnight? No way. I must still be dreaming.</i><p>Apparently, the citizens of my reliably-blue home state (Maryland) had elected a Republican -- Larry Hogan -- as …