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GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

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Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency In Anticipation Of Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Shooting

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In what seems like a sign that an announcement is imminent, in terms of days at least if not sooner, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a State Of Emergency in the Ferguson, Missouri area in anticipation of the announcement of a Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) […]

Ferguson, Missouri Braces For Probability Of No Indictment In Michael Brown Shooting Case

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We appear to be just days away from an announcement from the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting, and the consensus seems to be that there will be no indictment at all.

2014 And The Latino Vote

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Republicans performed better among Latino voters this year than they did in 2012, but that doesn’t mean they’ve solved their problems.

America’s Least Latino State Elected Its First Latino Congressman

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West Virginia is, demographically speaking, the least Latino state in the Union, but on Tuesday it elected its first Latino Member of Congress: The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of […]

Report: Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely In Michael Brown Shooting Case

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Reports from the Justice Department seem to be laying the groundwork for more disappointment for those hoping for charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

Rand Paul Is Right. The GOP’s Brand Sucks, But That’s Only Part Of The Problem

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Rebranding alone isn’t going to fix what’s causing the GOP to lose ground among a whole host of demographic groups.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

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What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Republican Ad In Nebraska House Race Brings Up Memories Of Willie Horton

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Everything old is new again.

Young African-American Males 21 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Cops

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The numbers don’t lie.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law, But Will Likely Uphold It In The End

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Opponents of Voter ID laws should not get too excited over the fact that the Supreme Court has stayed Wisconsin’s law from going into effect for now.

Another Police Shooting In Missouri

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Nearly exactly two months to the day after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, another African-American man has been shot and killed in the St. Louis area, and it has set off another round of protests: An off-duty police officer shot and killed a black teenager in St. Louis on Wednesday night, setting off a […]

Federal Court Voids Virginia Congressional Map

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A Federal Court has given legislators in Richmond a complicated job.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman Said To Be Off The Table

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It appears that there will be no Federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. This is not a surprise.

F.C.C. Set To Ban The Word “Redskins” From The Airwaves?

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The F.C.C. will be considering a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Cartoons Get ‘Racial Prejudice’ Warning

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The classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s come with a “racial prejudice” warning from Amazon.

Supreme Court Allows Changes In Ohio Early Voting To Remain In Effect

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The Supreme Court has issued a stay that will allow changes to Ohio’s early voting law to remain in effect for this year’s election. That was the correct decision.

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment

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These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

Does The Army Still Have a Race Problem?

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The Army brass is worried about its diversity in critical mid-level posts.

Federal Judge Voids Changes In Ohio Early Voting Law In A Troubling Decision

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A Federal Judge in Ohio has issued a very troubling ruling on that state’s early voting law.

Incoming Public School Children Now Majority Non-White

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School has already started for some parts of the country, and children in the rest of the country will be back to school within the next week or so. When they are all there, it will be the first time in history that the majority of America’s school population is non-white: White pupils in state […]

Washington Post Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ in Editorials–But Will on Sports Pages

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The capital’s paper has issued a partial ban on the controversial nickname of the local NFL franchise.

What If “Justice” In The Mike Brown Case Doesn’t End In A Conviction?

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There is a good possibility that Darren Wilson could be acquitted in the shooting of Michael Brown.. Are the protesters ready to accept that reality?

Public Opinion On Ferguson Shows Deep Racial Divisions

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What you think about the events in Ferguson depends quite a lot on whether you’re black or white.

Another Night Of Unrest In Ferguson, And An Assault On Journalism

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The situation in Ferguson, Missouri isn’t calming down.

The Michael Brown Shooting And The Militarization Of American Police

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The shooting of Michael Brown is just another example of an ongoing problem.

Why Debating Districts Misses The Larger Point

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There are plenty of other factors that help our two major parties retain power.

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

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A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

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Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

House Republicans Are Dooming Their 2016 Nominee With Latino Voters

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Republicans in the House seem determined to make life difficult for whomever wins the GOP nomination in 2016

It Just Keeps Getting Weirder In Mississippi

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The votes have been counted, the result is clear, but the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel continues to get stranger by the day.

Could The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Make It Through Congress Today?

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The sad truth is that the bipartisanship that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 no longer exists today.

While We’re on the Subject of Indian Nicknames, Let’s Talk About the Army

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Native American names are everywhere.

GOP Losing Cuban-American Vote Too

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A new poll suggests that Republicans could be losing a constituency that is very key for them in the nation’s third most populous state.

The Redskins Trademark Decision Is Legally Dubious, And Troubling

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However you feel about the Redskins name, the decision to retroactively repeal their trademarks is troubling on many levels.

Mike Huckabee Invokes Martin Luther King Jr. To Argue Against Marriage Equality

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Once again, conservatives demonstrate how little they understand minority voters.

Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled

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The US Government has deemed the nickname of the capital’s NFL club racially offensive.

Is Scott Walker Too White To Get Elected?

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TNR makes the worst possible case for a proposition that’s almost certainly right.

The Real Origin of the ‘Washington Redskins’ Nickname

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A debunking of the origin story actually aids the case that the motivation was not racist. It doesn’t matter.

Fifty Senators Call On N.F.L. To Change Redskins Name

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Once again, Washington politicians are pontificating about the Washington Redskins.

Donald Sterling really doesn’t get it, does he?

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Last night, Donald Sterling kicked off his apology tour with an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, during which he said that he was “asking for forgiveness.” However, when the topic got to Magic Johnson, Sterling’s contrition seemed to disappear: “Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches […]

NBA Wants to Ban Shelly Sterling, Too

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The NBA wants to get rid of Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, too.

The NBA, the NFL, Sterling, and the Redskins

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Today, NPR Commentator Frank Deford, also a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, made the following observation about longer reaching implications of the Donald Sterling affair: On thing I think may have a carry over factor here, is that it puts more pressure on another commissioner, Roger Goodell of the NFL, to try and force Daniel […]

Donald Sterling: Sympathy for a Devil

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I’m uneasy about a world in which a private conversation, illegally recorded, can be used in this fashion.

NAACP Withdraws Lifetime Acheivement Award For Clippers Owner

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After the revelations about his racist rant became public, the NAACP decided to withdraw the Lifetime Achievement Award it was going to give to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Starling: NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller said Sunday the NAACP will not go forward with plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner […]

So, The Owner Of The L.A. Clippers Is A Racist

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The National Basketball Association is dealing with a bit of an embarrassment thanks to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers: An audio recording purportedly of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is sending shockwaves around the sports world. On the tape, Sterling tells his girlfriend V. Stiviano (who is half-black and half-Mexican) not to bring black people to […]

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