The ACLU has filed suit against the director of national intelligence, claiming the secret surveillance program violates the right to free speech as well as the right to privacy. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators has proposed a bill that would... watch
Much of the nation is riveted by Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old behind a bombshell of government surveillance secrets, but the longest-serving independent lawmaker is trying to keep the focus on constitutional questions Snowden’s leaks have raised.
On the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the most popular statistic cited seems to be that women on average earn just 77 cents to every man’s dollar. But if you dig deeper into Census Bureau data, there’s another stat that highlights an even more vulnerable demographic: Latinas, who are paid just 60 cents for every dollar paid to men.
As the U.S. grapples with how to intervene in a distant conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 70,000 Syrians, an art installation in the heart of the nation’s capital brings home the realities of mass atrocities and genocide.
As the nation awaits Supreme Court rulings in two historic marriage equality cases, the LGBT community has a lot to look forward to this June, during gay pride month. But in New York City, a rash of anti-gay violence--and the enhanced police presence required to stop it--casts a shadow on the celebration. read more
Hey NSA, here's a freebie for ya. We have become a society entrenched in gleefully revealing private information. So privacy be damned!
We reveal it all. Through status updates, tweets, and photos, we seek "LIKES," comments, praise, or adoration--and basic relevance through daily validation in social media. We now rely on crafting people’s perceptions of us by our “public brands.” We never think that by doing so we are selling our "privacy soul" at fire sale prices, let alone giving it away for free. read more
Harvey Fierstein is back--not that he ever really went anywhere. The legendary actor and playwright has been entertaining us for the last 30 years, with notable hits like Mrs. Doubtfire and Torch Song Trilogy.
Now, the 61-year-old as of today (happy birthday, Harvey!) is leading the pack in Tony Award nominations for his latest Broadway smash, Kinky Boots.
Written by Fierstein with music by 1980s pop-star Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots pushes LGBT issues front and center stage with a story of a shoemaker struggling to keep his business afloat and his unlikely partnership with a drag queen.
A little girl with just weeks to live may have been given a second chance on Wednesday, after a federal judge told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to hold off on enforcing a policy that prevents the girl from receiving life-saving surgery.
The ruling was in response to an emergency motion filed Wednesday by the parents of Sarah Murnaghan, age 10, against Sebelius on the grounds of discrimination. It’s their latest move in a desperate mission, and one that could mean life or death for their daughter. read more
New Jersey’s Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who earned a reputation as a liberal titan during his three decades in the Senate, was remembered Wednesday for his sense of humor, courage, and tenacity by friends and family.
“He was a man for his time. His story was an American story,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, Lautenberg's colleague in the Senate, in his eulogy. “But in his heart, and for his lifetime, he was a man from New Jersey.”
At least three people have been removed from rubble following an apartment building collapse in Philadelphia. Fire officials say the building next door was under demolition when the incident occurred. MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts reports. watch
It's always Mom's fault.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi on Tuesday attributed the origins of America's educational shortcomings to the entrance of mothers into the workforce. Then he tried to walk back his comments. read more
Dan Savage, author of the new book, “American Savage: Insights, Slights and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics,” speaks about his new book, as well as the upcoming DOMA and Prop 8 Supreme Court decisions. watch
Say what you will about youth voters, but one thing's for sure: they don't sugarcoat their feelings.
The College Republican National Committee on Monday issued the latest post-mortem report on the GOP’s 2012 loss, this one focusing on how the Republican brand failed to strike a chord with the under-29 crowd.