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March 9, 2014 | Activism

After struggling for weeks to comply with the Texas anti-choice law, the last abortion clinics of East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley are closing. Continue reading

Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes as they participate in a demonstration on a Burger King parking lot as part of a nationwide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum wage jobs in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
March 7, 2014 | Blog

The idea is popular, so low-wage employers have come up with a number of red herrings. Continue reading

John McCain, Barack Obama
March 7, 2014 | Blog

In this book excerpt, Ian Haney López explains why — for conservatives — alleging that they’ve been called racist is a good strategy. Continue reading

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March 7, 2014 | Blog

Twenty-six years after the infamous Willie Horton ad, race-based politics blocked Debo Adegbile’s passage to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. Continue reading

A guard looks on at right as prisoners move through the state prison Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Jackson, Ga. Conservative legislators who once heralded strict three-strikes laws and other tough measures that led to bloated prisons are now considering what was once deemed unthinkable: Reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander explains what’s really behind America’s system of mass incarceration. Continue reading

An illustrative 1996 cover story urges Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform in The New Republic.
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Princeton political scientist Martin Gilens explains how the media and longstanding racial stereotypes impact anti-poverty policy. Continue reading

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March 5, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

Kay Hohler, of West Des Moines, Iowa, sings the national anthem before the start of a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 5, 2014 | Blog

Harvard scholar Theda Skocpol says that rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. 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

Students march toward the White House, where 400 will be arrested protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Photo: John Light)
March 4, 2014 | Activism

About a thousand students gathered outside the White House Sunday, some submitting to arrest, to urge President Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. 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

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
Updated March 4, 2014 | Blog

Adolph Reed, Jr.’s essay — and subsequent discussion with Bill — has kicked off a much-needed conversation. Continue reading

Protesters form a wall of signs at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown Portland, Ore. October 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
February 28, 2014 | Blog

The Left needs to remove its self-imposed limitations and unleash its imagination and courage. 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

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February 27, 2014 | Blog
One doesn't think much about suspended driver's licenses, but one lawmaker says they can have a snowball effect.
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