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In naming Phil Angelides as chair of the new Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Congress has picked an aggressive, visionary reformer.

The rise and precipitous fall of the adulterous, anti-stimulus governor of South Carolina.

In the nation's reddest state, Salt Lake City queers are making big love.

Mark Sanford today took the apology press conference to a whole new level, removing yet another name from the ever-shortening list of 2012 GOP presidential contenders.

Navajos say "No!" as the return of uranium mining threatens to despoil their lands and health.

The TVA's efforts to clean up after its massive coal ash spill may create even more health hazards.

The Massachusetts healthcare reform model may rest on impeccable political logic, but it's economic and medical nonsense

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Vermont could be a signal of where the freedom-to-marry movement is heading.

Now that New Mexico has ditched the death penalty, not much will change--except for the worse.

New evidence shows that water contamination may have been downplayed after December's massive coal ash spill in Tennessee.

Blogs

Two states want to create a two-tiered voting system reminiscent of the Jim Crow South.

October 15, 2013

It was not that long ago that Ann Richards was elected to lead the Lone Star State. Can Wendy Davis do the same?

October 3, 2013

The new North Carolina voting law has a discriminatory effect and intent, the federal government argues 

September 30, 2013

The city of Washington lacks budget autonomy, so local officials are forced to cobble together a shutdown response. Why?

September 30, 2013

New Jersey judge says state must allow same-sex marriage. But the Republican governor fights to maintain discrimination.

September 27, 2013

And that the US government kept secret for years afterward.

September 27, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council has always been secretive, but now officials are moving to prevent open-records requests for information about the group’s influence.

September 18, 2013

Civil rights and labor activist David Newby is not done dissenting.

August 27, 2013

States around the country are eager to adopt Oregon’s “Pay It Forward” tuition plan, but organizers warn that it may not be the best fit for every university system.

August 16, 2013

A proposed regulatory change would extend some basic federal protections to long-excluded domestic workers.

August 15, 2013