Julie Nguyen

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Democrats Seek Cure For GOP Obamacare Attacks

House Democrats know they can run but can't hide from Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act.<p>So they've decided on a four-pronged counter message as they try to withstand the GOP pummeling.<p>Embrace the parts of the law that are broadly popular like the ban on insurance companies excluding …

Libertarians who don’t understand liberty: Why the Kansas anti-gay bill is so absurd

<b>Rand and Ron Paul (Reuters/Jim Young)</b><p>Do they even understand what liberty means? Why their support for an anti-LGBT bill in Kansas raises serious doubts<p>Matt Bruenig<p>February 18, 2014 4:45pm (UTC)<p>Kansas’ latest effort to promote discrimination against gays has managed to reopen discussions about the …

5 signs that America’s super-rich are losing their minds

<b>(lev radin via Shutterstock)</b><p>How else do you explain the country’s least vulnerable insisting that <i>they’re</i> the victims?<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>February 18, 2014 1:21pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Is it us, or have America’s ultrawealthy been sounding increasingly unhinged lately? …

Michael Dunn and open season on black teenagers: The onslaught of white murder

<b>Jordan Davis, Michael Dunn (Reuters)</b><p>Since Florida cannot defend black life against white fear, the question now is: How should black people respond?<p>Brittney Cooper<p>February 18, 2014 7:50pm (UTC)<p>How much more are black people in this country supposed to take?<p>On Saturday, a Florida jury failed to …

Democrats Will Try To Force A Vote To Raise The Minimum Wage

Cambridge, Md. — House Democratic leadership announced Thursday they will petition to try and force a vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.<p>The move could force Republicans who have said they are open to raising the minimum wage into an awkward position if they are forced to …

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Charles Blow thinks Clarence Thomas is ‘privilege-blind’ to racism

Credit: New York Times<p>Interesting theory on recent remarks by Justice <b>Clarence Thomas</b> — he said present day America is more race and gender-focused than when he was in college in the 1960s — brought to us by New York Times columnist <b>Charles Blow</b>:<p>[T]hat’s the thing about racism: It’s no respecter of …

Democrat leading in Florida race eyed as test of Obamacare

A Democratic candidate who has explicitly defended Obamacare holds a slight lead in a special congressional election in Florida that both parties are eyeing as a test of the political impact of the healthcare law.<p>A poll released Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times shows Democrat Alex Sink leading her …

Anti-Gay Jim Crow Comes to Kansas

On Wednesday, the Kansas House of Representatives took a step back to the <i>1890s</i> with a shameful bill that borrows from Jim Crow to legalize …

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US officials angered as Karzai releases dozens of Taliban suspects

US forces have been risking their lives in Afghanistan for over a decade. And a key part of their mission is putting away the bad guys -- the captured enemy fighters.<p>On Thursday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai angered the US by releasing 65 of those prisoners.<p>They'd been held in the Bagram prison …

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