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16-Year-Old Transgender Student Removed From Ted Cruz Rally

James Van Kuilenburg’s experience at the Texas senator’s rally reflects a nationwide crisis of transphobia.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is a Trojan Horse

It’s not just bathrooms. Lawmakers also took away the right to sue under state law for all kinds of employment discrimination.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Attacks on the Humanity of Transgender People

Right-wing extremists—losing the battle over same-sex marriage—have found a new target. They have hit upon a formula designed to lure gullible Americans into believing that transgender people are sexual predators lurking in restrooms, eager to prey on the opposite sex.

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North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

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Amid a Public Firestorm Over Transgender Rights, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory Defends Restroom Law

After the state Legislature overturned a Charlotte ordinance, the LGBT community and its supporters have been speaking out—and their voices are growing louder.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Opposition to Trade Agreements Offers Strong Policy Advantage Over Hillary Clinton

Show us the income equality. Bernie Sanders’ economic message worked in Michigan and is resonating with blue-collar workers across America.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Might of the American Empire Was on Full Display at Super Bowl 50

From the fighter jets soaring overhead to the armed troops patrolling Levi Stadium, Super Bowl 50 was a highly militarized event, its 70,000 spectators and millions of television viewers subject to a showcase of war propaganda and a heavy security crackdown.

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Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

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All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination End at the Ballot Box?

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



Middle East Reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in North Carolina

If American mass media seemed reluctant to cover the murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a hate crime, the same was not true in the Middle East, where strong opinions were aroused.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Suspect in Muslim Students’ Murders Called Chronically Upset and Confrontational

People who knew the man accused of gunning down three Muslim American students in North Carolina—an act many suspect to be a hate crime motivated by cultural differences—describe him as angry and lacking compassion.

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Muslim Students’ Murders Spark Criticism of Media Coverage

Three young Muslim students were shot and killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The circumstances around the shooting were bad enough; but in the eyes of critics around the world, how the story was—or wasn’t—covered only compounded the tragedy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Plans to Allow Drilling on America’s East Coast

The Obama administration put forth a five-year plan Tuesday that would allow oil and gas drilling in a giant area off the East Coast.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



McConnell Victory Kicks Off Midterm Results Reports

If there were going to be any big upsets as the results of the 2014 midterm elections started coming in Tuesday, the race for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat wasn’t one of them.

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How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Conservatism

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been buoyed by her state’s disaffection for conservative cutbacks and restrictions on voter rights.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’ (Audio)

Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a statue depicting the Son of God as a vagrant asleep on a park bench outside a local church.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE



‘American Idol’ Star Clay Aiken Shoots for Congress

It’s kind of appropriate, given how American politics and reality television are looking more than ever like the same beast, but here’s the latest sign of the coming celebpocalypse: Onetime “American Idol” cherub Clay Aiken is now running for public office in his home state of North Carolina.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



The Truth About Fukushima

The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on How the Left Should Counter Wealthy Conservatives

“Real Time” host Bill Maher delivered a special message to the likes of Jay Z, Steven Spielberg and Oprah during the latest installment of his HBO program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



GOP Senator’s Obamacare Threat, Weiner’s Alleged New Sex Chats, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert skewers McDonald’s over its unrealistic employee budget tool and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stirs things up with House Speaker John Boehner.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



Senators Introduce New Glass-Steagall, ‘Motorcyle’ Abortion Bill Passes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Koch brother campaigns to get rid of the minimum wage and the Texas woman who was silenced by state lawmakers while testifying against a restrictive abortion bill gets “the last word.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



Bush Pushes on Immigration, Senate Screws Over Students, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a pair of controversial anti-abortion measures make their way through two Republican-controlled state legislatures and former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political comeback gets some good news.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Sneaky Move by N.C. Republicans Adds Abortion Restrictions to Anti-Shariah-Law Bill

The Republican-controlled state Senate of North Carolina just passed an anti-Shariah-law measure less than 24 hours after lawmakers surreptitiously stuck some extremely restrictive anti-abortion amendments into it.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



WikiLeaks Releases Snowden Statement, Vermont Decriminalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including student loan interest rates double due to Congress’ inaction and Texas Republicans begin their push to pass a controversial anti-abortion law in the new special legislative session after their attempts were thwarted last week.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE


Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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N.C. GOP Lawmakers Want to Ignore Constitution, Establish Official State Religion

Ignoring the whole separation of church and state thing, a group of Republican legislators in North Carolina want to trample on your religious freedoms.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



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N.C. Church Won’t Perform Straight Weddings Until Gay Marriage Is Legal

“We ... see people in same-sex relationships as completely worthy of the Sacrament of Marriage,” the church said in a statement. “We reject any notion that they are second class citizens in the Kingdom of God.” 

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE


Election Ad Brings Out the Vaginal Probe

The medical instrument some Republican lawmakers want to be shoved up your vagina before you get an abortion is the star of North Carolina state Senate candidate Deb Butler’s latest attack ad on her GOP opponent. 

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


North Carolina Pastor Advocates Putting Gays and Lesbians in Electrified Pen

In a disturbing rant posted to YouTube, a North Carolina pastor is seen calling for gays and lesbians to be killed by fencing them off in an electrified pen. The pastor, identified as Charles L. Worley, is reported to have made the homophobic remarks May 13 after President Obama came out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Posted on May 22, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Coal, Foreclosures and Bank of America’s ‘Extraordinary Event’

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an “extraordinary event.”

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Gay Marriage Conundrum (Update)

Campaign politics have always been about evading difficult questions and buying time. But President Obama’s refusal to take a firm position on gay marriage is particularly troublesome to many. (Update: Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage Wednesday.)

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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North Carolina Voters Expected to Ban Gay Marriage

A measure that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions is expected to pass Tuesday in North Carolina, according to the latest poll of likely voters there.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Political Scientist: Patriot Act Blocked Aid to Somalis

Humanitarian groups withheld aid from Somalis suffering the effects of a severe drought that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than a million people last year out of fear that their assistance would amount to material support for regional terrorists under the U.S. Patriot Act, a Davidson College professor says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE


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