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For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government began funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence in 2010.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

GOP: No to VAWA, no to Sandy, yes to half a billion on abstinence education

03/05/13 12:40PM

Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren, elected in the tea party wave of 2010 and an opponent of what he calls "the Obama's administration's out-of-control spending", wants to create a new federal program to spend half a billion dollars to educate teenagers about reasons not have sex before marriage. In a speech on the House floor Monday, Hultgren complained about the lack of funding for the abstinence-only approach to sexual health education. "Currently there is a troubling 16-1 federal funding disparity between contraceptive-centered education and risk-avoidance education," he said. read more

Vice President Joe Biden, center, leads a group across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., Sunday, March 3, 2013. They were commemorating the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when police officers beat marchers when they crossed the bridge on a...

Why the march for civil rights continues, 48 years later

03/04/13 08:40PM

In the 48 years since the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., the country has moved a long way. One of the clearest signposts came on Saturday when Montgomery police chief Kevin Murphy apologized to Rep. John Lewis for the treatment he suffered at the hands of the Montgomery Police Department decades ago. Lewis and other marchers were brutally beaten. read more

Romney still doesn't get it, but could Jeb Bush save the GOP?

03/04/13 08:15PM

Mitt Romney returned to the spotlight this weekend in his first major interview since losing the presidential election, and quickly proved he still has no clue why he lost. When asked why minority voters preferred President Obama by such large margins, he pointed to "Obamacare," only a slightly more nuanced answer than the "free stuff" excuse he gave in December. read more

No more mister nice president

No more mister nice president

03/04/13 07:00PM

President Obama is getting “ultra-assertive.” Rev. Al Sharpton talks about the tough moves from the president on major issues like gun control and immigration with Angela Rye and Margie Omero. watch

Fox News is the Republican Party

Fox News is the Republican Party

03/04/13 07:00PM

Rev. Al Sharpton points out that Fox News’ recent usage of images from a Republican press release are further proof that they are an extension of the GOP and that if imitation is the highest form of flattery, they must be really complementary of the... watch

This graph from a new viral video shows the reality of income inequality in America.

Wealth inequality video goes viral

03/04/13 12:45PM

Wealth inequality in the U.S. is probably worse than you think it is. A video made shortly after the 2012 election showing how much greater the disparity actually is, has gone viral in the last few days thanks to links from websites including Reddit and Mashable. First, it lays out what people see as ideal, a system in which wealthy Americans get a lot more but poor Americans are slightly above the poverty line. read more

Harper High School

This American Tragedy: Gun violence at Harper High School

03/01/13 07:43PM

The Newtown school shooting awakened Americans across the country to the issue of gun violence, but for families in Chicago, the issue was already a bigger part of their lives than almost anyone could imagine. That's true almost no where more than for Harper High School. While Sandy Hook Elementary School saw one day of unspeakable violence, Harper deals with bloodshed day in and day out. Nearly 30 students have been shot in the last school year; 21 wounded, eight killed. read more