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The first overseas acquisition of the United States was not Hawaii, but Midway, claimed under the Guano Act of 1856.

Here's how the US Congress addressed the issue.

From our archives: The Nation addressed the question of annexation in 1898.

The story of how the Hawaiian people lost their homeland--and their continuing quest to win it back.

The Spitzer affair's obvious rationality continues to elude the therapists, sexperts and pundits for whom shame is the game.

Why should we get all worked up over the revelation that the New York governor paid for sex?

To build a fence on the US border with Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security seized land without trials or negotiations.

The caucus was raucous and the rancor will continue for weeks. But if you're a Democrat in the Lone Star State, these are good times, baby.

Hillary Clinton may have won Texas, but the huge crowds participating for the first time in the primary and caucuses were there mainly because of Barack Obama.

As a crucial primary looms, Democrats in Texas have gotten the Party started again, as the state continues its remarkable shift from red to blue.

Blogs

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette has successfully blocked the publication of Governor Scott Walker's anti-labor legislation for almost two weeks. Now, the courts are backing him up.

March 24, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got the legislature to do his bidding. But there is a third branch of government, and the judges aren’t buying what Walker’s selling.

March 19, 2011

“There is simply no rationale for continuing American involvement with no end in sight, rising deaths for civilians and our brave soldiers, declining public sentiment, and serious economic pain at home," Kucinich said, as 93 House members voted to bring troops home from Afghanistan.

March 18, 2011

Protests met the arrival of Wisconsin state Senators in Washington, there to collect checks from corporate lobbyists.

March 17, 2011

Corporate lobbyists will gather at Haley Barbour’s old lobbying office to “thank” Wisconsin Republicans for enacting anti-labor legislation. The price of saying “thanks” ranges from $1,000 (to get in the door) to $5,000 (to host the lavish gathering).

March 16, 2011

Looking at an unhappy future shaped by family planning cuts.

March 15, 2011

In another blow to democracy, Governor Scott Walker's consigliere, Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald, announces plan to deny Democratic state senators the right to have their votes recorded.

March 15, 2011

Farmers, workers and their supporters, undaunted by Governor Scott Walker's power grabs, converged on Madison to fight for labor rights and the future of their state. They came in record numbers, chanting: “This is what democracy looks like!”

March 12, 2011

Governor Scott Walker has unintentionally created a powerful movement. Now that Walker has got his bill, how will the pro-union forces push back? General strike? Break the banks? Recall? All of the above?

March 11, 2011

As Republicans game the system to pass Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's anti-union legislation, the senior member of the state senate says: “They have not just bent the law. They have broken it.”

March 10, 2011