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Paul Butler used to send people to prison for drugs. Now he supports letting guilty drug offenders go.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

For decades, Native Americans have fought to change the NFL team’s name. Now, finally, there’s a groundswell for change.

Kris Kobach, Republican secretary of state for Kansas. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Some states are reviving disenfranchisement schemes that date back to the antebellum South.

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

Expand medicaid

Republicans replay their Southern Strategy in an attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Pope Francis

He’s saying the right things. Will the US Conference of Catholic Bishops listen?

Card of Pope Francis

He seems like a lovely, modest man, but there's no sign he will change the church’s stance on issues that matter to women.

Nina Davuluri

The racist reaction to a South Asian Miss America is a disgrace, but so is the Miss America pageant.

Jon Burge

The City of Chicago has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements with victims of brutality under Police Commander Jon Burge. But justice is far from done—and some victims are still in prison.

George Zimmerman

Instead of focusing on the psychology of Trayvon Martin’s killer, we should be examining the meaning of his actions.

Blogs

What Paul Ryan really means when he lambasts “inner city” culture.

March 12, 2014

The new sentence is three times as long as the one she received in 2012. 

March 3, 2014

The underlying philosophy of the National Front remains almost exactly the same as it was under Jean-Marie Le Pen.

March 1, 2014

While President Obama no doubt cares deeply about America’s inequality, his approach to solving it is flawed.

February 28, 2014

Until now, most Jewish college students assumed that open dialogue on Israel was a taboo topic in Hillel—Swarthmore debunked that myth.

February 27, 2014

The veteran human right lawyer Chokwe Lumumba was transforming Jackson when he died at 66.

February 26, 2014

The controversial governor says he should be judged by his inner circle. Fair enough.

February 25, 2014

Witnesses say Yvette Smith was unarmed when a police officer shot and killed her on Sunday.

February 20, 2014

Just by virtue of being born black in America, young men like Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin face violence daily.

February 18, 2014

Dealing with the deaths of black youths is exhausting, but is the necessary work of undoing American racism. 

February 18, 2014