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GOP’s Corporate Soul Trying to Wrest Control From the Tea Party

In a couple of special elections for congressional seats, traditional big business backers of the Republican Party are investing heavily in primary campaigns to try to grab the steering wheel from the tea party. How successful they are could have broad repercussions for how Washington works, and for the nation.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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A Bomb Blast That Still Echoes, a Half-Century Later

The bombing deaths of four Birmingham girls on this day 50 years ago changed the nation’s outlook on civil rights. But did it lead to real change?

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Civil Rights Group Sues Alabama Over School Choice Law

In a case with potentially national repercussions, the Southern Poverty Law Center is challenging a school choice law in Alabama that uses tax credits to help families leave failing schools. That, the SPLC says, unconstitutionally creates two classes of schoolchildren.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Letter From Birmingham Jail

May 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Martin Luther King Jr.’s plea for white Americans to recognize the rights and humanity of their black fellow citizens. We reprint his letter in full.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jamie Martin

Lawmaker Pushing Anti-Abortion Bill Claims Babies Are Organs

The GOP isn’t known for being the party of science—far from it, in fact—so when one of its own reaches a new low in scientific stupidity, it’s worth noting.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE



Ken Lund (CC-BY-SA)

Don’t Secede, Just Move

There is a growing and idiotic movement by people dissatisfied with American democracy in the form of President Obama’s re-election to secede from the union. I have a better idea: Just move.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Racist Election Tweets Mapped Out

According to geography research group Floating Sheep, pinpointing the spike in Twitter hate speech is a “useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it wind gusts that reached speeds of up to 106 miles per hour off the state’s southeast coast. It then headed back out into the Gulf and is now barreling toward New Orleans on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Dave Martin

Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Outrage Over Whites-Only Christian Conference in Alabama

The Rev. William C. Collier cordially invites you to his three-day Christian conference in Alabama—but only if you’re white. Fliers advertising the event titled “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited,” were reportedly put up during the middle of the night in the western Alabama town of Winfield on Monday.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Eric Gay

Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Scandal Leaves Alabama Poor High and Dry

Residents of Jefferson County in Alabama are victims of a scandal involving banks and county officials that has rocketed sewage costs and forced the poorest among them to purchase outdoor toilets in the absence of running water.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


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Alabama County Goes Really, Really Bankrupt

Hey, anyone want to bail Alabama out? More specifically, Jefferson County in the Heart of Dixie, which includes the fair city of Birmingham and is also a gobsmacking $3 billion in the hole from a botched sewer deal.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE


Colbert to Alabama: I Told You So

What happens when migrant workers in Alabama decide that the state’s labor laws make it too risky to keep doing the grueling work nobody else is willing to do? Answer: They leave.  (more)

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Alabama Bishops Condemn Immigration Law

A broad and controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama has even religious leaders in the state uneasy because many of them believe the law stands in their way of being good Christians.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Alabama Goes Arizona One Better

The state-sponsored assault on illegal immigrants continues, this time in Alabama, where Republican legislators have pushed through a sweeping bill that makes last year’s discriminatory Arizona law look unambitious and feeble. (more)

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


Alabama’s Governor Joins the 21st Century

Only Alabama’s newly installed Gov. Robert Bentley knows for sure whether he was sincere Wednesday when he apologized for saying, just last weekend, that non-Christians weren’t his brothers and sisters, but it was evident that he had learned ...

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



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What It Was Like to Be John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States. He gave a stirring inaugural address and then took over a job for which he was unprepared. No one is ever prepared.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Alabama to Sue BP

The great state of Alabama has announced it will sue BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the “catastrophic harm” that followed from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE


Unhinged on the Right

To hijack the horrors of the Holocaust and slavery in the service of a political campaign demeans the candidate and, worse, dishonors the victims. Decency demands that some comparisons be off-limits.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


oil spill
bbc.co.uk

Surprise News Bulletin: Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take Years

The oily eco-nightmare that the BP spill has become in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t going to go away for a long while. According to Coast Guard chief Thad Allen, it probably will take “years” to restore affected regions to some semblance of their pre-spill existence.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


Deepwater Horizon
AP / Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Lloyd, U.S. Coast Guard

Oil Rig Explosion Injures 7 Off Louisiana

At least seven people were injured and 11 went missing Tuesday night after an explosion went off on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. But by late Wednesday morning, the missing workers were reportedly located on a lifeboat, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Huntsville Police Dept.

Accused Alabama Shooter’s History Raises More Concerns

Alleged University of Alabama shooter Ann Bishop’s history of violence appears to extend much further back than last week’s fatal confrontation at a staff meeting on the university’s Huntsville campus. According to an unnamed law enforcement official cited in Sunday’s Boston Globe, Bishop and her husband were questioned about an attempted mail bombing in 1993 ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Disgruntled Professor’s Murderous Past

Adding to the sensationalism, reports are showing that accusations of lethal violence against Harvard-educated biology professor Amy Bishop, arrested Friday in the killing of three at the University of Alabama, are not new. In 1986, accordingly to The New York Times, Bishop shot her brother to death, putting an additional twist on the Alabama carnage.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman’s Party Switch Sparks Office Exodus

Looks as if Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith may be traveling a little lighter than he planned as he makes the transition from the left to the right of the political aisle. On Monday, Griffith’s chief of staff, along with 10 other staff members, decamped from his office, wishing him well but declining to join him in his switch to the GOP.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman Changes Parties Over Health Care

Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman congressman who formerly figured among the famous “Blue Dog” Democrats in Congress, has reportedly decided to defect to the GOP after breaking with his party over health care reform. This shift in the Democratic ranks could spell trouble for the 2010 election, especially if Rep. Griffith’s switchover inspires others to follow suit.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Benjamin
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Picks ‘Country Doctor’ as Surgeon General

If she is approved by the Senate, Dr. Regina Benjamin has a big job ahead of her as the next surgeon general during a time of upheaval in the health care industry. Luckily, given her résumé, she seems more than qualified for the position.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Prejean
AP photo / Eric Jamison

Alabama House Backs Miss California

There must be more pressing priorities on their plate, but on Thursday members of Alabama’s House of Representatives officially signaled their support for Carrie Prejean, California’s representative in Sunday’s Miss USA pageant, by passing a resolution praising Prejean for saying that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
washingtonpost.com

Running on Empty

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby seems to be one of the only real capitalists left on Capitol Hill. The Alabaman argued Wednesday that U.S. auto firms should be left to the realities of the market, letting companies like Ford, GM and Chrysler go bankrupt and forcing the failing industry to carry out what Shelby believes are much-needed reforms.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


Barkley
uab.edu

Barkley Shooting for Governor’s Post in Alabama

He wasn’t always known for his coolheaded leadership skills during his 16-year NBA career, but now, after almost 10 years off the court, Charles Barkley is apparently gearing up to compete in the political arena, telling the New York Daily News that he aims to run for governor of Alabama in a few years.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


Send Rove to Jail

The ‘Send Karl Rove to Jail’ Campaign

The busy folks at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films outfit have kicked off a Web-based campaign to send Karl Rove to the clinker for refusing to honor the subpoena sent by the House Judiciary Committee calling him to testify about his alleged involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Kentucky storm
AP photo / Jim Roshan

Survivors Sought After Deadly Storms

President Bush offered prayers and government assistance Wednesday to the Southern communities hit hardest by devastating storms Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. At least 50 people were killed, twice as many were injured and crews rushed to try to save others trapped in the rubble.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
telegraph.co.uk

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


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