Dewayne Quarles

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The False Rise and Fall of Rand Paul

He was supposed to embody a new libertarian moment. But there never was one.<p>It was only a year ago that Rand Paul appeared on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine with the headline, “The Most Interesting Man in Politics.” <i>Time</i> was hardly alone in this assessment. Paul was the subject of a lengthy front-page …

A Tale Of Two States: How Liberal Governance Has Achieved Where Conservative Governance Failed!

Two neighboring states, Minnesota and Wisconsin share a common border, blistery winters and "until recently a liberal populist tradition stretching back a century," according to a New York Times article. Today the states are microcosms of two entirely distinct governing philosophies - one …

Officials in Texas, alleging death threats, release new Sandra Bland jail video

Texas officials released new video on Tuesday showing that Sandra Bland was alive while she was processed in the Waller County Jail, a move designed to dispel social media rumors that the woman was mistreated or mortally harmed before she was placed in the Texas jail cell where officials say she …

The Week in Review: Obama’s Trip Shines a Light on Africa

President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya on Friday for a personally and internationally significant four-day trip. Officially, the 44th president is there to host the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in sub-Saharan Africa and address global security and economic concerns. But it is also Obama’s …

Africa

6 Things Southerners Refuse to Acknowledge About the Confederate Flag

1. The flag as it’s seen today was rarely even used in the Civil War or beforehand.<p>During the Civil War, the Confederate states went through three …

Charleston church massacre suspect: NRA executive suggests pastor to blame for deaths

NRA board member Charles Cotton claims the mass shooting was the fault of the slain pastor for opposing concealed law which permitted carrying guns in church<p>A National Rifle Association executive in Texas has come under fire for suggesting that a <b>South Carolina</b> lawmaker and pastor slain with eight …

Guns

White America is complicit: Charleston, Dylann Roof and the country’s real race war

<b>(AP/Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center)</b><p>Questioning the motivations of the Charleston shooter is worse than obtuse. It is itself an act of violence<p>Kali Holloway<p>June 20, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>In so many ways, the story of Dylann Roof, the shooting …

South Carolina

Fox News mangles Martin Luther King, Jr.: 9 quotes you won’t hear in the mainstream media

<b>(Library of Congress/New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection)</b><p>The real Martin Luther King Jr. was far more radical than talking heads on the right and left would have you think<p>Kali Holloway<p>April 30, 2015 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Martin Luther King who is …

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

<i>Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.</i><p>I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will …

Race & Ethnicity

Freddie Gray protests continue in Baltimore, other cities

Once again, the curfew was heeded as hundreds of demonstrators protested in Baltimore and elsewhere Thursday evening after police formally turned their investigation of the death of Freddie Gray over to the state's attorney's office.<p>Baltimore police found that Gray suffered a serious head injury …

11 Sex Positions Pretty Much Guaranteed to Help You Orgasm

Reach your peak every time.<p>Sure, wild, crazy, never-knew-my-body-could-bend-that-way sex might keep your love life exciting, but if your goal is to really learn what works for you, keeping it simple to start is key. "Trying to accomplish complicated acrobatics distracts you from the sex itself, …

Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

President Obama has less than two years remaining in his presidency. Recent events have caused me to rethink some initial conclusions I had been considering about the future historic legacy of his administration.<p>The fight against ISIS, the ongoing negotiations with Iran, the U.S. Supreme Court's …

Frat Boys on the Bus

"You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me...."<p>Yeah, something had to happen. The cellphone video went public, and the frat boys on the bus, who were just having a little politically incorrect fun, y'know, singing about Jim Crow exclusionary practices and, well, lynching, suddenly …

Netanyahu fails to score big polling bounce following congressional speech

<b>(AP/Gali Tibbon)</b><p>Israeli PM remains locked in a tight election battle following divisive address on Iran<p>Luke Brinker<p>March 5, 2015 2:33pm (UTC)<p>As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inveighed against the Iranian nuclear negotiations in a controversial speech before Congress on Tuesday, Israeli …

Ferguson police report: Most shocking parts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the city "must do better" to address racism after a stunning Department of Justice report revealed a range of abuses committed against African American residents by the city's police force.<p>"We must do better not only as a city but as a state and a country. …

Justice

8 horrifying revelations in the Justice Department’s Ferguson report

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>From unconstitutional searches to racist emails, here are some of the most revolting findings<p>Luke Brinker<p>March 4, 2015 9:42pm (UTC)<p>The Justice Department released its full report on the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday, seven months after Officer Darren Wilson shot and …

An Obamacare 'Replacement?' Don't Believe The Hype

It’s Obamacare replacement season! Or at least, that’s what congressional Republicans want people to believe.<p>Nearly five years after the Affordable Care Act became law and two years into its expansion of health coverage to an estimated 10 million uninsured people, GOP lawmakers are renewing their …

Why Obama won't call terror fight a war on radical Islam

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama once again refused to label the fight against terrorism as a war on radical Islam or any kind of "religious war," insisting that such labels hurt efforts to root out radical ideologies in Muslim communities.<p>Obama also cautioned against the risk of overplaying the …

Fox News’ war with Jay Z: Why it picked the wrong fight this time

<b>Jay Z, Bill O'Reilly (AP/Robin Harper/Kathy Willens/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Jay embodies Fox’s American Dream — millionaire businessman, “job creator,” family man. Except for maybe one thing<p>Matthew Pulver<p>January 26, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Fox News picked the wrong fight, once again, when Sean Hannity …

Hollywood’s political ignorance: What Cosby, “Selma” & Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness

<b>George Clooney at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP/Paul Drinkwater)</b><p>The causes celebrities feel comfortable backing — and those they do not — speak volumes. And it’s not pretty<p>Brittney Cooper<p>January 14, 2015 11:15pm (UTC)<p>Race and gender politics at this year’s Golden Globes …

Republicans are the real wealth redistributors

<b>(Reuters/Dave Kaup)</b><p>Kansas and other state governments are seizing money from middle-class workers to finance tax cuts for the wealthy<p>David Sirota<p>January 10, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was lambasted for supposedly endorsing policies of wealth redistribution. The right …

Cook More this Year -- 28 Easy Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Lives

2015 is here and resolutions are flying right and left. Lose weight, save money, get fit. All are lofty yet understandable goals. Unfortunately, many won't last past the first half of January. Instead of joining the fray, why not make a goal that you can actually stick to? Decide to cook more for …

Cooking

“No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

<b>(Reuters/Richard Rowe)</b><p>Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society<p>David Masciotra<p>December 29, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have …

Paul Krugman destroys conservatives’ favorite myths about the Obama economy

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Anton Golubev)</b><p>At long last, a real recovery may be under way. Why did it take so long?<p>Luke Brinker<p>December 8, 2014 5:45pm (UTC)<p>The Labor Department confounded forecasters on Friday when it reported that U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November, while average wages rose a …

Why are these clowns winning? Secrets of the right-wing brain

<b>Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Scott Walker (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/AP/Ed Reinke/Andy Manis/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Bush tanked the country. Now the right’s again running the show. Neuroscience explains incompetence of all sides<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>November 29, 2014 2:15pm (UTC)<p>When George W. Bush became …

Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter

When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not.<p>A black person is killed extrajudicially every 28 hrs, and Black men between ages 19 and 25 are the …

Black Lives Matter

Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence Reveals Mistakes, Holes In Investigation

Soon after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, law enforcement’s handling of the case was already being criticized as callous and sloppy. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, looked on in horror as police officials failed to cover and later to remove Brown’s …

I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>I woke up in black skin today — and felt its scourge. After Ferguson, here’s what “rule of law” means to me now<p>Brittney Cooper<p>November 25, 2014 10:14pm (UTC)<p>If I have to begin by convincing you that Black Lives Matter, we have all already lost, haven’t we? So let’s not begin …

“It embarrasses them, they feel ashamed”: Why America still can’t talk about race

<b>Angela Blackwell</b><p>Founder and CEO of progressive think tank tells Salon how to save the American dream, and the “fate of the nation”<p>Elias Isquith<p>November 13, 2014 1:30pm (UTC)<p>The phrase was always historically ignorant and glib enough to deserve little more than contempt, but after the past six years …