Connecting the Dots

A protestor holds up a sign that says 'Hell No Obamacare' at a rally
March 5, 2014 | Blog

“Obamacare.” The right loves to hammer the Affordable Care Act with this nickname, and even the rest of us tend to use it. But we should not, for it works at least partly as a racial provocation. Continue reading

Nearly 100 confiscated illegal firearms rests on a table before a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 4, 2014 | Connecting the Dots

Having won the debate about Americans’ right to bear arms, the lobby now pushes for a society with more guns. Continue reading

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, arrives with his family Chiara de Blasio, second from left, Dante de Blasio, center, right, Chirlane McCray to take the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 4, 2014 | Blog

With new strategies, the Working Families Party is shaking up the two-party system. Continue reading

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., responds during the Des Moines Register Republican Presidential Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 1, 2014 | Blog

Dog whistle politics have served Republicans well. But with shifting demographics, they may be an albatross around the party’s neck. Continue reading

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February 28, 2014 | Blog

The GOP’s Southern Strategy has yielded some success, but ultimately race is just a single variable. Continue reading

Jo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix. The protesters gathered demanding Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 26, 2014 | Blog

Mother Jones reporter Dana Liebelson has been tracking the trend. Continue reading

The Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

While deep-pocketed dark money groups on the right should be happy with the proposed rules, that isn’t the case. Continue reading

Businessman Tom Steyer listens during a meeting to announce the launch of a group called Virginians for Clean Government at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The group was formed to explain the impact of CONSOL Energy not paying royalties to their family and neighbors as well as speaking out against Ken Cuccinelli's acceptance of $111,000 in CONSOL contributions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 19, 2014 | Blog

It’s the wealthy who hold the power to set the agenda. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
February 18, 2014 | Blog

Civil rights for corporate “persons” often conflict with the public interest. Continue reading

Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the United Auto Workers union as Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, center, and Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director, look on from behind, Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)
February 16, 2014 | Blog

In Tennessee, a fear campaign where working people have every reason to be afraid. Continue reading

In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, a sign outside the Comcast Center, left, is shown in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
February 15, 2014 | Blog

When it comes to media, bigger is not better. Continue reading

Married couple
February 14, 2014 | Blog

Those arrows aren’t hitting their lovelorn targets the way they once did. The reason? New research points to our growing economic divide. Continue reading

FILE - In this April 23, 2010 file photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking,"using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals that some fear threaten to pollute water above and below ground, deplete aquifers and perhaps endanger human health and the environment. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)
February 14, 2014 | Blog

Not directly, but yes, it is. Continue reading

Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
February 13, 2014 | Blog

The manufacturer’s openness to better labor relations is driving anti-union lawmakers up a wall. Continue reading

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. De Blasio outlined his vision for New York and offered a glimpse into his signature goal of fighting the city's widening income inequality gap. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
February 13, 2014 | Blog

The case for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan is all around us. Continue reading

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