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What Shining Hill Is That Republican City Built On?

Republicans like Ted Cruz have ignored the second part of John Winthrop’s metaphor of the emerging American nation as a shining city on a hill. Winthrop’s shining city was a much a warning as it was a prideful prophecy of American Exceptionalism. […]

Help Me Understand Why The Confirmation of Loretta Lynch is a Social Movement Subject

Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney General, has been blocked from progressing to a confirmation vote by a handful of Republican members of the U.S. Senate for nearly 150 days.  While Lynch’s vote is being held up, current Attorney General Eric Holder will continue to serve.

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In Alabama, U beats O in a Landslide

If you look at the results of the 2014 elections for the Alabama State House of Representatives and Senate, you might get the idea that the major divide is between Democrats and Republicans, with 98 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent elected to the two chambers of the Alabama State Legislature. But there is a […]

Roll Call: Nearly Half of Congressional Democrats Vote Against Progressive Budget

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on The People’s Budget – a package crafted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus that would lower taxes for working Americans, close loopholes exploited by corporations, increase domestic spending, reduce military waste, and increase federal workers’ wages. The deal was introduced by Representative Keith Ellison on behalf of Raul […]

Fundamentalist Rick Santorum Expresses Concern at Emergence of Demographic Reservoir Tip

“We’ll repeal Obamacare and get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage and contraceptive coverage. One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about is, I think, the dangers of contraceptives in this country. The whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, […]

Ted Cruz for President, the Pros and Cons

On the one hand, Ted Cruz has never been arrested for selling illegal drugs. On the other hand, Ted Cruz wants the federal government to sell off national parks. […]

5 Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Repeal the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

If you’ve been following changes to American surveillance law since 2001, you’ll know that most of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities are propped up by two laws: the USA Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The Patriot Act authorized agents of the United States government to seize information about the activities of law-abiding Americans […]

What Is This Republican Diversity Rick Santorum Is Talking About?

The Republican Party’s idea of diversity is agreeing to disagree about whether to take big campaign contributions from the oil industry or military contractors first. […]

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks For President

Yes, Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks is, or perhaps are, running for President of the United States in 2016. […]

How Many in the Sea? Automatic Detection of Ribbon Seals

In 2008, J. Clifford wrote about the delisting of the ribbon seal under the Endangered Species Act, noting that the Bush administration was late in its determination but admiring the unusual deference to scientific opinion by the conservative president. At the time, the ribbon seal numbers were listed at approximately 200,000. In 2009, the Center […]