Despite hailing from historically marginalized and impoverished communities, members of the movement have faith they will prevail against poverty.
At least one pundit on the left had the decency, fortitude and intellectual honesty not to smother the dreams of millions of Americans—many of them young and/or struggling under a mountain of debt—by declaring Hillary Clinton the inevitable winner of the Democratic nomination after her victories on Super Tuesday.
In the face of growing pessimism after the Republican U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, Howard Dean, who in December vocally denounced the Senate health care legislation as weak, says he still believes the Democrats can pass a scaled-down health bill despite Republican foot-dragging.
Since its early days in 2001, the Bush White House has kept the press at arm's length, but for his new biography of George W. Bush, "Dead Certain," GQ's Robert Draper managed to catch a close enough glimpse of the president to confirm that his enduring "obstinate" qualities have impacted the course of world events.
Pioneering war zone journalist Kevin Sites tells the story of a 12-year-old Afghan girl who was savagely beaten and tortured for years by her in-laws. But wonderfully, the story ends on a note of optimism. (You can even e-mail the girl here. Or at this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org)