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'We are recognizing our power,' says Rosie Perez

12/05/12 08:17PM

Rosie Perez, one of the most distinctive voices in American film, is also an activist. She's serves on the president's advisory council on HIV/AIDs and makes a point to speak up on the issues that matter to her. She made waves in the 2012 election when she made a YouTube video mocking Mitt Romney for claiming he'd have an easier time getting elected if he were Latino. read more

GOP on the ropes on tax fight

GOP on the ropes on tax fight

12/05/12 07:00PM

President Obama may have the upper hand in the tax fight, and Republicans may be ready to cave. But there is a catch; the debt ceiling. Rep. Jan Schakowsky,... watch

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a signing ceremony for the Voter ID Bill (AB-7) at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. M.P. King-State Journal

Wisconsin GOP busy with an array of voter-suppression tactics

12/05/12 05:00PM

The GOP presidential ticket failed to carry Wisconsin even though native son Paul Ryan was the VP candidate. The state Republican party is wasting no time in proposing voting reforms that they claim would improve the process--all of which seem designed to depress voter turnout, especially from Democrats. read more

Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas, gives Lt. Col. Oliver North a tongue lashing in Washington on Monday, July 13, 1987 session of the Iran-Contra hearings. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate select committee, announced that the questioning of...

Jack Brooks, early civil rights supporter, dies at 89

12/05/12 02:15PM

Former Democratic Congressman Jack Brooks, who passed away late Tuesday at the age of 89, may be best known for being part of one of the most famous photos in history. Brooks was standing behind Jacqueline Kennedy in the cabin of Air Force One as Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office hours after President John Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. But his legacy came from the work he went on to do after that photo was taken with President Johnson to fight for civil rights. read more

File Photo: Actress Ashley Judd arrives at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Report: Ashley Judd mulling challenge to Mitch McConnell

12/04/12 09:22PM

The actress Ashley Judd is reportedly considering a Senate run against Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in her native Kentucky. Judd, who received a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University in 2010 and for years has worked as a progressive activist, has discussed a Senate bid with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Democratic pollsters, Politico reported. Judd also has conducted opposition research on herself to prepare for attacks. read more

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden acknowledge the crowd at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov....

Half the GOP thinks ACORN (which no longer exists) stole the election for Obama

12/04/12 07:00PM

The headline of the newest poll report out of Public Policy Polling says it all: "Republicans not handling election results well." But it's a smaller nugget from the report that's most fascinating:
 49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore. 
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End of a Republican error

End of a Republican error

12/04/12 07:00PM

For more than 20 years, Republicans have held fast to a no tax increase rule. But now the GOP seems to finally be getting the message that Americans support... watch