Civil and political rights

Beck: America ‘wandered in darkness’ for too long

Beck: America ‘wandered in darkness’ for too long

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck told the tens of thousands of activists he drew from around the nation Saturday that the U.S. has too long “wandered in darkness.” His rally’s marquee speaker, Sarah Palin, praised “patriots” in the audience for “knowing never to retreat.” The two champions of the […]

Thousands expected at Beck rally

Thousands expected at Beck rally

Broadcaster Glenn Beck is calling on thousands to rally Saturday in the nation’s capital on the anniversary and at the same site of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Civil rights leaders are protesting the event. Beck, a Fox News personality and a conservative favorite, insists it’s just a […]

Beck rally draws criticism

Beck rally draws criticism

Glenn Beck’s rally on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech is drawing criticism, protests and questions about his intentions. Beck insists the event Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial is not about politics, even though Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will attend. But […]

Sherrod: Thanks but no thanks

Sherrod: Thanks but no thanks

Shirley Sherrod, ousted from the Agriculture Department during a racial firestorm that embarrassed the Obama administration, rejected an offer to return to the USDA on Tuesday. But at a cordial news conference with the man who asked her to leave — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — she said she may do consulting work for him […]

On second thought…

On second thought…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he will reconsider the department’s decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Vilsack issued a short statement early Wednesday morning after Shirley Sherrod, who until Tuesday was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development in Georgia, said she was […]

Rand Paul’s verbal diarrhea adds to GOP heartburn

Rand Paul’s verbal diarrhea adds to GOP heartburn

Even as national Republican officials seek ways to limit damage from Rand Paul’s unorthodox remarks, the Kentucky Senate nominee raised more eyebrows Friday by defending the oil company blamed for the Gulf oil spill. Those comments, on top of Paul’s earlier suggestion that businesses should have the right to turn away racial minorities, sent gleeful […]

Is Rand Paul ready for prime time?

Is Rand Paul ready for prime time?

Less than 24 hours after beating the Republican political establishment in the Kentucky Senate primary, Rand Paul has joined that another Tea Party poster child — Sarah Palin — with a galling display of foot-in-mouth disease. “He thinks he’s got enough working knowledge of the system and his philosophy to hold forth on anything any […]

Rand Paul’s inbred racism

Rand Paul’s inbred racism

Looks like Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate and Tea Party darling Rand Paul inherited his father’s defense of racism in certain cases. The younger Paul has said before that he believes restaurants and other private businesses should be allowed to discriminate against minorities if they want while claiming he supports civil rights in “institutional situations.” Texas […]

Obama: Don’t expect swift action on immigration reform

Obama: Don’t expect swift action on immigration reform

President Barack Obama says there “may not be an appetite” in Congress to deal with immigration immediately after going through a tough legislative year. With energy legislation on the table and midterm elections approaching, Obama said Wednesday he didn’t want to force an immigration bill through Congress “just for the sake of politics.” Still, he […]

The politics of immigration

The politics of immigration

Arizona’s tough new immigration law swiftly reconfigured the national political landscape in an already high-octane election year. It creates peril for Democrats and Republicans on a divisive issue with implications for national security, states rights and race. Both parties are trying to figure out the next step, mindful not to enflame their electoral base or […]