S campaign finance rules, which have allowed wealthy individuals to pour millions of dollars into the 2012 presidential election, have shaken public confidence in the political process, according to a report by the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security.
After 18 Years, Violence Against Women Act Has Saved Countless Lives
or many victims of domestic abuse, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been a resounding success, and a lifeline. Since then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) wrote the legislation in 1994, the country's infrastructure for dealing with rape and abuse has vastly improved, saving countless women's lives and livelihoods.
The Political Awakening of a Republican: 'I Had Viewed Whole Swaths of the Country and the World as Second-Class People'
A former Republican tells about how his experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans and then Iraq destroyed his Republican worldview.
Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year
Another day, another out-of-touch statement from Mitt Romney. Speaking today on ABC’s Good Morning America program, Romney said the typical middle-income household in America earned a quarter of a million dollars a year. Wouldn’t it be nice if, for once, we all lived in Romney’s America?
Members of Congress Who Reauthorized Warrantless Wiretapping Bill Don't Understand What It Does
ACLU says FBI was watching Occupy Oakland
Documents show the FBI was keeping a watchful eye on Occupy Oakland protests last year.
Closing the book on CIA tortureIt has become clear that the courts are unable or unwilling to hold the agency and others accountable.
Protests sweep Islamic world, fueled by domestic politics, anti-US anger
Protesters who attacked embassies and clashed with police in at least 17 Muslim countries outraged by more than an anti-Islam video.
Bloodied and Naked Pennsylvania Man Breaks Into Home, Gnaws on Woman’s Head
Richard Cimino Jr. had quite the night last Friday. It's unclear how it started, but the night ended with him bloodied, naked, and gnawing on some poor woman's head.
How To Buy a Daughter
Choosing the sex of your baby has become a multimillion-dollar industry.
America’s Dummy System: Eating Itself While Destroying The World
It has been said that America’s last liberal President was Richard Nixon. Nixon set up the EPA, OSHA, and created the Clean Water Act. Additionally, he had a better health plan than Obamacare, and proposed a guaranteed minimum income.  Nixon also implemented price controls, which notably — in recent history — Hugo Chavez, has been savagely attacked in Western media, for introducing on basic foodstuffs and household goods.
Assessing the Occupation
One year ago, a small group of activists sat down in an out-of-the-way little park in downtown Manhattan. And then they refused to leave. By the time they were forcibly evicted from Zuccotti Park one month and 29 days later, the Occupy Wall Street movement had changed the national conversation and spawned dozens of affiliated groups around the country. On September 17, an unknown number of activists will converge on downtown Manhattan to mark the one-year anniversary of the movement.
Protesters Interrupt Paul Ryan Speech: ‘Corporations Are Not People!’
As GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave a speech the Value Voters Summit on Friday, two protesters consecutively interrupted the representative, yelling 'Corporations are not people!'
Beef Products sues ABC News for defamation in coverage of meat product called ‘pink slime’
The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 “false and misleading and defamatory” statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, said Dan Webb, BPI’s Chicago-based attorney.
Kansas Goes Birther: State Board Considers Removing Obama From Ballot
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an informal advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said on Thursday he and his fellow members of a state board were considering removing President Barack Obama from the Kansas ballot this November.
UK feminists: fighting for rights not privilege
The utter disregard for women that austerity represents has galvanised and united women at a time where we are attacked from so many angles. But we are not only visible in response to austerity. There are explicitly feminist acts and discussions everywhere. There is no denying that we are making a sound
US House reauthorizes FISA surveillance law
The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wedneday voted to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (FISA) [text, PDF], a highly contested law designed as a national security protection against terrorism and other foreign threats.
A Jaw-Dropping Explanation of How Governments Are Complicit in the Illegal Drug Trade
For the past decade, I’ve thought that America’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere would cause us to fundamentally re-appraise our presence in the world and realign our priorities to reflect modern-day threats. Some hopeful signs of change exist, especially among military professionals who have first hand experience. They understand more than anybody the limits of force and the need for other strategies — like helping people build resilience.
Over One Million U.S. Kids Are Homeless
The number of homeless children is actually much higher. The U.S. Department of Education, which released the one million figure this June, included only “children enrolled in U.S. public preschools and kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2010-2011 school year,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. As the Sentinel points out, that excludes “infants, toddlers, preschool-aged children who aren’t enrolled in public programs and homeless children who are home-schooled.” It also excludes homeless teenagers who are not enrolled in school. The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates that the true number of homeless children in the U.S. is closer to 1.6 million.
Why Do Americans Have to Crush Others to Get Ahead?
Secret weapons programs
Judge Strikes Down Indefinite Detention
Challenging Power, Changing Politics
Ticket paid with 137 origami pigs
The men behind the anti-Muslim film
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