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First lady gets moving in Chicago

First lady gets moving in Chicago

03/01/13 07:00PM

Michelle Obama has been touring the country to celebrate and promote the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. Rev. Al Sharpton says her passion for lowering childhood obesity is just one of the reasons she has so many admirers. watch

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Emergency manager to take over Detroit, Michigan governor announces

03/01/13 12:56PM

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency Friday, and announced he plans to appoint an emergency manager after March 11 to take over the city of Detroit after years of financial difficulties, predicting that it will be 18 months before elected leaders, including the Mayor, might take control of the city again. The move comes after a February 19 report that found the city is experiencing a "financial emergency." read more

File Photo: In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, President Abraham Lincoln, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil on Feb. 5, 1865. (Photo by Alexander Gardner/AP Photo/Library of Congress, File)

159 years later, where did the 'party of Lincoln' go wrong?

02/28/13 08:45PM

On February 28, 1854, a small group of abolitionists met in a tiny church in Ripon, Wisconsin, to discuss their efforts to oppose slavery. After hours of discussion, the group dubbed themselves Republicans, and the party of Lincoln was formed. Their main cause? Abolishing slavery, and establishing that all men could truly be equal. On the party's 159th birthday, the fight for racial equality no longer seems important to the Republican party, especially when a law protecting voting rights is dismissed (by a Republican-backed Supreme Court Justice) as a  "racial entitlement." read more

Justice Antonin Scalia  (Photo by Katherine Elgin/The Daily Princetonian)

Do conservatives feel 'entitled' to scorn 'entitlements'?

02/28/13 08:15PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off a firestorm when he referred to the Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities against voter suppression efforts, as a "racial entitlement." But inside today's conservative movement, terms like "entitlement" and its more blunt cousin "free stuff" have become coded language that is widely used to reinforce the "makers and takers" narrative. read more

Republicans pass the buck on spending cuts

Republicans pass the buck on spending cuts

02/28/13 07:00PM

Reverend Al Sharpton talks about the GOP’s new plan to keep the cuts and make the president decide which programs get the axe, then Salon’s Joan Walsh and The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein join the conversation about the new GOP plan and the sequester... watch

How the GOP has gone from Lincoln to Limbaugh

How the GOP has gone from Lincoln to Limbaugh

02/28/13 07:00PM

The Republican Party was founded 159 years ago. But a lot has changed since the party’s early days. Rev. Al Sharpton, Abby Huntsman, and Krystal Ball take us through the timeline of the Grand Ole Party and explain what happened to the party of Lincoln. watch

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, during a rally before oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. The justices are hearing arguments in a challenge to the...

John Lewis to Justice Scalia: The right to vote is 'what people died for, bled for'

02/27/13 07:03PM

Congressman John Lewis, a hero of the civil-rights movement, said he was appalled to hear Justice Antonin Scalia refer to the Voting Rights Act as a "racial entitlement" today. Rep. Lewis was at the nation's highest court to listen to arguments about whether the 1965 Voting Rights Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. "It was unreal, unbelievable, almost shocking, for a member of the court to use certain language," he said "I can see politicians and even members of Congress--it is just appalling to me." read more

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