Micah Messer

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Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History

Now and then, an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court changes the course of the nation's political history — whether the justices like it or not.<p>It's happening again with gay marriage. This week the court heard oral arguments in two key cases. One could restore legal same-sex marriage in California; …

Yes, We Can Have Banks That Work for the People

We all know the banking system is broken. It's easy to become pessimistic in the face of corporate and political corruption, but the system can be changed. We've done it before, and we can do it again.<p>One pathway to genuine reform is "public banking": the establishment of banks which are owned and …

North Dakota

Congressman Don Young's '50-60 Wetbacks'

In an interview with Ketchikan's KRBD, Alaska's one and only Congressman, Republican Don Young, was able to include a racial slur in comments regarding the economy and employment. Congressman Young said, "My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes," he said. "It takes …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Nancy Pelosi Dings DOMA Defender Paul Clement: 'What A Stale Role To Play In Life'

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she's "very optimistic" the Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, adding that she doesn't envy Paul Clement, the attorney defending the federal ban on gay marriage.<p>"What a stale role to play in …