Andrea Lyon: Witness to Innocence

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of being asked to talk to a group of exonerees from death row at the end of a conference held here in Chicago by an organization called Witness to Innocence . I spoke about the state of the death penalty here in Illinois and around the country and about […]

Alex Koroknay-Palicz: Ann Coulter’s Ageism Will Doom the Republican Party

This week, professional anger-tainment star, Ann Coulter, wrote a predictably provocative article for TownHall in which she calls for the repeal of the 26th Amendment, the Vietnam era Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 in the United States. Taking it one incendiary step further (she certainly has a knack for that) Coulter suggests […]

Richard Kirsch: Schakowsky’s Deficit Plan Shows How to Get Things Done

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a member of the president’s deficit reduction commission, put out a straight-forward plan yesterday that demonstrates what you can do if you believe that we need a strong middle class to build a strong economy. Unlike the recommendations of the commission’s chairs, Alan Simpson and Erskine […]

Richard Klass: Time for Something Special

There are 47 days including yesterday, 16 November when Congress opened its lame duck session and 3 January 2011 when the 112th Congress opens. Of those, three are holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), seven are Sunday, and six plus New Years Day are Saturdays. Most Americans would say that excluding holidays and Sundays, […]

Dennis Kucinich To Challenge Democrat For Key House Position

Kucinich, a hero to anti-war liberals and a two-time candidate for president, wants to be in position to defend the administration with the same pugnacity that he used fighting his way up through the tough ward politics on Cleveland’s west side. But he is not the heir apparent to the ranking minority position on the […]

Lisa Murkowski Defeats Joe Miller In 2010 Alaska Senate Race

JUNEAU, Alaska — Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday became the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her tea party rival following a painstaking, week-long count of hand-written votes. The victory completes a remarkable comeback for the Republican after her humiliating loss in the GOP primary […]

Gabe Gonzalez: No More Dreams Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? -Langston Hughes I keep […]

GOP Looks To Defund NPR Over Williams Firing

Last month, Juan Williams appeared on Fox News Channel and expressed an opinion: he was all a-scurred of people on airplanes dressed in Muslim garb! Very soon after, Williams was sacked by his principal employer, National Public Radio. While it was something of a novelty — media figures are typically allowed to say unkind and […]

Reid ready to deal on Bush-era tax breaks

Reid ready to deal on Bush-era tax breaks

The top Democrat in the Senate said on Tuesday he was willing to consider a temporary tax cut extension for all income levels, a step that could pave the way for a possible deal with Republicans on Bush-era tax cuts. “This is something we will take a look at,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told […]