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The 14th Amendment Did Not Include American Indians

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji)<p>The Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States brought it up first.<p>Donald Trump suggested that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States be changed. That amendment automatically guarantees the right of citizenship to anyone born on …

The Voting Rights Act Turns 50: A Look Back to Take the Right Steps Forward

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). This landmark civil rights legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson was designed to help all citizens realize their constitutional right to vote and to eliminate Jim Crow laws that disenfranchised …

It's Been 50 Years Since The Voting Rights Act And Black Churches Are Still Fighting Voting Restrictions

“Voting is the most basic right in a democracy."<p>(RNS) Fifty years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention said black churches will be redoubling efforts to maintain access to the ballot box.<p>The act, signed into law by President Lyndon …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

America Reflects On The Bomb, 70 Years After Hiroshima

Selected readings on the apocalypse at the end of World War II<p>For America, World War II ended in a dark mirror image of the way our involvement began. The December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was an unannounced pre-emptive strike by Japan on a military base. America’s August 6th, 1945 atomic …

Research finds most rich people aren't worried about wealth inequality because practically everyone they know is rich, too

President Obama has called it "the defining challenge of our time," and the World Economic Forum named income inequality the top economic trend to watch for 2015.<p>Some people at the upper end of the spectrum, however, don't see the problem.<p>For a study published last month in Psychological Science, …

“You’re fundamentally wrong on civics”: Rachel Maddow schools Rick Santorum on the Constitution

Maddow also got the former senator to admit he wishes he’d never made his infamous “man-on-dog” comment<p>On Wednesday night's episode of "The Rachel Maddow Show," former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum sat down with Rachel Maddow to discuss same-sex marriage and its impact on America, and though …

West Germany and the former Communist East are still 'astonishingly different'

Many don't even like each other, with one-third of East Germans viewing westerners as arrogant.<p>The authors of the study, the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, said it would take another generation for Germany to grow together.<p>"The results of the study surprised us," Reiner Klingholz, …

Trump Voters Are Hillary’s New Best Friends

A memo to Trump’s super fans from the GOP establishment.<p>Greetings, Donald Trump super fans. I am a member of the GOP establishment. I’m writing to tell you that, no matter how much you wish it otherwise, the Donald Trump candidacy is almost over.<p>Don’t be fooled by Trump’s double-digit lead in a new …

Inside China’s chilling lawyer purge

The boy, 16-year-old Bao Mengmeng, was due to start at a high school in Australia, and his dad Bao Longjun was joining him on the trip.<p>But the pair …

Pope Francis ignites a revolt that will overthrow American capitalism

Yes, Pope Francis is encouraging civil disobedience, leading a rebellion. Listen closely, Francis knows he’s inciting political rebellion, an …

Pope Francis

Trump insults Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, gives out Lindsey Graham's number

At the kickoff to his campaign here in Bluffton, South Carolina, the closest Donald Trump gets to a stump speech started fairly typically. He …

The Global Backlash To America's Gay Rights Triumph

American evangelicals are taking their fight overseas.<p>Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Anglican Church of Uganda called last month's Supreme Court’s decision on marriage an "immoral virus." The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, called American leaders "perverted Satan-worshipers." Kenya’s …

U.S. hits top terror leader in strike

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The leader of a terrorist group bent on attacking the United States and other western targets was killed in a targeted strike earlier this month, the Pentagon said Tuesday.<p>Muhsin al Fadhli, a Kuwaiti-born jihadi with a $7 million bounty on his head from the U.S. government, was …

Al-Qaeda

Why America is Falling Behind the Rest of the World

America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together …

Income Inequality

McCain, Trump kids get in on their dads' fight

The kids of John McCain and Donald Trump are squaring off in a proxy war of words.<p>“This is one of the grossest, most disgusting comments I’ve ever heard which is really saying something, I’m 30 years old. And it’s because it’s not just an attack on my father, it’s an attack on all veterans and it’s …

Teenager controls HIV infection without drugs for more than 12 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> A French teenager infected at birth with HIV has shown the ability to control levels of the infection in her body -- without being on antiretroviral treatment.<p>The finding provides new hope that a "functional" cure for HIV -- where the virus is brought down to low levels but not eradicated …

Public Health

Texans threaten to cover land with pigs’ blood to block Muslim cemetery

Outrage among residents of Farmersville at proposals for a cemetery 35 miles north-east of Dallas<p>Angry residents of a small Texan town have threatened to put pigs’ heads on poles and pour the blood onto land which has been earmarked for a Muslim cemetery.<p>The latest manifestation of anti-Islamic …

ISIS Is Firing More Chemical Weapons at Kurds, Report Says

The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has been using chemical weapons against Kurdish forces and civilians, according to an …

Middle East

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of July 13)

An Iranian nuclear deal was reached this week. Americans were fatally shot in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The world saw the first images of Pluto. The 2016 presidential election roared on, with Donald Trump as the center of attention. And Harper Lee‘s much anticipated book, “Go Set A Watchman,” was …

Elizabeth Warren Sends Hillary Clinton a Message

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew a red line on Friday for 2016 presidential candidates, calling for them to commit to end the so-called …

Middle-class

Wipe the Confederacy out now: Southern haters have a sick new lie designed to hold onto Confederate flags, memorials

It’s actually the opposite of whitewashing history to finally be honest about slavery, the South and the Civil War<p>With the Confederate Battle Standard finally removed from the South Carolina Capitol grounds, many conservative commentators have expressed concern that the battle may not be over, that …

Battles over religious freedom are sure to follow same-sex marriage ruling

For some, the<p>Supreme Court's decision declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry put the free exercise of religion in danger.<p>Chief Justice<p>John G. Roberts Jr.was among them.<p>"Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict …

Hillary To Jeb Bush: The Problem Is CEOs, Not Their Workers

Jeb Bush got a lot of attention last week when he suggested that Americans who want higher living standards need to work harder.<p>During a speech on Monday, Hillary Clinton happily served up a rejoinder: It’s the people running companies, not their workers, whose behavior needs to change.<p>In making …

Deal between Greece and its European creditors raises questions

A deal between Greece and its European creditors Monday averted financial collapse and a rapid Greek exit from the Eurozone but raised questions about whether the government in Athens can muster the political support it needs or deliver on its promises.<p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing …

They’re terrified of Bernie Sanders: Fox News, Hillary surrogates and Wall Street get extra-nervous

“Too far left” and “too extreme,” is attack line from Fox and corporate Democrats. It’s a sign Sanders is gaining<p>The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling established what the SCOTUS Blog refers to as "the personhood of corporations." As a result of equating corporations with people (allowing …

Iranian court orders U.S. to pay $50 billion in damages

Iran’s judiciary on Monday ordered the United States to pay $50 billion in damages on real and legal entities incurred since the 1979 revolution, according to a report from the country’s semi-official Fars News Agency.<p>“Those who had filed a lawsuit against the U.S., their complaints have been …

The ugly war on gay rights: When “religious freedom” becomes “freedom from laws”

With gay marriage legal, Ted Cruz wants to undermine the Constitution in the name of “religious liberty”<p>When the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges came down and same-sex marriage was suddenly, finally legalized throughout the country, the response from social conservatives was loud and …