The Media Consortium: Weekly Diaspora: Immigration Reform Falls to the GOP

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger The precarious fate of comprehensive immigration reform has fallen into the hands of staunch nativists. With Republicans now leading the House and a new crop of anti-immigrant governors stepping up to bat, the road to immigration reform just became more arduous than ever. The results of the mid-term […]

Jim Jaffe: Lobbyists Win Again

Among the biggest winners in this week’s elections were members of the only group that also got a lift from the 2008 election – America’s lobbyists. They make money when clients sense the political environment is changing. Whether it is becoming increasingly friendly or hostile – which isn’t entirely clear for some groups like those […]

Mark Shriver: Election Day: The 74 Million Americans Who Had No Voice

Tuesday was a historic demonstration of the power of democracy to force change in domestic policy, for better or for worse. That the American people — not kings, dictators or presidents — hold the power over our nation’s destiny is at the fundamental core of our moral greatness and our record of achievement for the […]

Robert J. Elisberg: The "What Goes Around Comes Around" Mantra

“Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it,” American philosopher George Santayana wrote in his Life of Reason. A simpler way of putting it is that life is cyclical. We see it in the seasons. Day to night and back again. In the unrelenting, returning tides. But we tend to dismiss that as only […]

Carlos A. Ball: Should Liberals Give Up on Politics?

As I think about the results of this year’s midterm elections, there is a part of me that is tempted to give up on politics altogether. I am a 46-year old whose political life as an adult has been dominated by eight years of Reagan and twelve years of the Bushes. And it seems unlikely […]

Bil Browning: What Democrats Can Learn From Indiana’s Election Results

The midterm election provides Democrats with plenty of lessons they can learn. Gullible pundits and conservative politicians will be throwing out advice like chickenfeed in hopes that media hens and party leader fowls will come peck in the dust at their feet. When corporate marketers want to test a new product, they often choose Indianapolis […]

Bill Ayers Denies Dedicating Book To Sirhan Sirhan

In September, 1960s radical and retired professor William Ayers was denied emeritus faculty status by the University of Illinois at Chicago for an alleged book dedication to Sirhan Sirhan, the man who shot and killer Robert F. Kennedy. The decision came after a plea by U of I Chairman Christopher Kennedy–RFK’s son–who told board members […]