Anu Kumar: Legislating Abortion Stigma

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce heard three “experts” on abortion policy testify on H.R. 358, the “Protect Life Act,” one of several bills before Congress right now aimed at reducing access to legal abortion services. The witness panel included two well-known opponents of women’s choice, Helen Alvaré, associate professor of […]

Jack Schimmelman: Immigration And The U.S.: Dasha’s Story

A mother, father and three-year-old daughter sit at their dinner table in Odessa, Ukraine. The daughter is named Dasha. She is a miracle, as her mother, Irina, had a very difficult pregnancy that caused her to be bedridden for most of the nine months. Misha, the father, is under-employed. He was a marine engineer. He […]

Aaron Marquez: AmeriCorps Faces Budget Cuts At Height Of Civilian Enrollment

Once again, AmeriCorps, along with the entire Corporation for National & Community Service, is on the federal chopping block. This week, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) proposed not just cutting national service programs, but eliminating them entirely. This proposal comes less than two years after Congress overwhelmingly passed the Serve America Act with tremendous […]

Wisconsin Protests Continue Saturday, Huge Rally Expected

MADISON, Wis. – A state Capitol thrown into chaos swelled for a fifth day with thousands of protesters, as supporters of Republican efforts to scrap the union rights of state workers added their voices to the debate for the first time and GOP leaders insisted again Saturday there was no room for compromise. Supporters of […]

Tim Pawlenty Steps Onto Mike Huckabee’s Turf

Arkansas doesn’t have the political star power of Iowa or New Hampshire, but that isn’t stopping potential 2012 presidential hopefuls from visiting. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty popped into the state this week to meet with elected GOP officials and leaders. His journey to the land of former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee was the first […]

Trusted Palin Advisor Planning A Tell-All Memoir

JUNEAU, Alaska — One of Sarah Palin’s trusted advisers is planning a tell-all memoir, drawing upon thousands of personal e-mails during his time with the former Alaska governor to paint what his agent calls an expose of the inner workings of her operation. Frank Bailey rose from a campaign volunteer to administration official and figure […]

The Justin-Bieber-As-Politician Photoshop Competition!

Justin Bieber recently made headlines not for his boyish good looks, new 3D biopic or even his music, but for some controversial political remarks he made in an interview with Rolling Stone. So what are the Bieber’s political beliefs? Aside from saying the U.S. health care system was “evil,” he rattled off a few more […]

George Lakoff: What Conservatives Really Want

–Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011. The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy. The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women’s rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal […]