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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.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Will the Dems insist on a budget that addresses unemployment and inequality? Or will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by seeking “common ground”?

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

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

Bill de Blasio at a rally

The mayoral hopeful is one of the most high-profile politicians to come out in support of the growing movement for low-wage workers’ rights.

Boehner

Think the Senate deal is a resounding defeat for Republicans? Think again.

John Boehner

Congress is moving to end the showdown, but will hard-liners slow everything down?

Texas Map

As the Republican Party becomes whiter and more Southern, obstructionist tactics are inevitable.

Expand medicaid

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

AmeriCorps worker

And they earn so little that missing a paycheck means a lot.

Blogs

It's going to be hard for President Obama to run as an anti-war candidate in 2012, but a Republican might.

June 22, 2011

Former Democratic leader—and health industry lobbyist—Richard Gephardt comes out against the Independent Payment Review Board, and uses right-wing arguments to attack it.

June 22, 2011

A Senate hearing on hunger among senior citizens laid bare a depressing problem—and showcased two radically different views on the role of government.

June 21, 2011

 When it comes down to it, the easiest way to make elections competitive is to give candidates more money.

June 20, 2011

While his colleague Michele Bachmann mounts a vanity campaign for president, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is mounting a serious campaign for American jobs.

June 18, 2011

Conservatives attack President Obama as a Jimmy Carter, but he's really more of a George H.W. Bush.

June 17, 2011

Eric explains why he is an Agent of Falsehood and reviews the latest CDs, Reed explores American "reason."

June 17, 2011

Corporate money corrupts, warns former senator, in a call for the netroots to challenge those in both parties who "dance with the devil."

June 17, 2011

Weinergate reminds us that we need to elect politicians not just based on their policy positions, but on whether we trust their judgment, honesty and integrity as well.

June 16, 2011

Compared to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's plan for tax reform, the Bush tax cuts are a quaint example of fiscal restraint.

June 16, 2011