A new study into what causes long voting lines has found that race plays a role in who waits the longest. It also found that states may be breaking their own laws by failing to invest adequate resources in elections. Image: Waiting in line to vote in Miami in 2012. (Photo by Phillip via Flickr.) Appreciate this post? Please donate & share below. Donate […]
Dollar Tree of Virginia and Dollar General of Tennessee are battling to take over North Carolina-based Family Dollar -- but the takeover fight isn't the most interesting part of this story, which also involves sleeping anti-trust watchdogs, wage theft and other exploitative labor practices, and a business model that profits from economic desperation. Im […]
The civil rights group has filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections and a local district attorney over a TV ad sponsored by the campaign of state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger that suggests citizens need to show a photo ID to vote -- even though the ID requirement doesn't take effect until 2016. In North Carolina, misrepresenting elect […]
A study by researchers at five universities found contamination of drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania from gas drilling operations. The authors say it wasn't fracking per se that caused the contamination but faulty gas well construction -- though they note that fracking could potentially affect well integrity. Image: Illustration of horizontal an […]
A resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision lifting restrictions on money in politics failed in the Senate this week on a party-line vote. But voters support such an amendment by a wide margin, and pro-reform activists vow to press on. Image: Activists rally in Washington, D.C. in 2011 for a con […]
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process. “You have been negotiating all my life,” student activist Anjali Appadurai said as she addressed the formal climate negotiations in Durban, South Afric […]
Tune in Thursday when award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein joins us for the hour to discuss her new book which was released this week, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. This kicks off Democracy Now! coverage of the People's Climate March in New York City, part of a global mobilization in advance of a U.N. special session on […]
Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, we look at a new film that documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. The Throwaways focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable. It follows activist and filmmaker Ira McKinley, a former felon, as he seeks to d […]
Part two of our conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza. Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels. Click here to watch part 1 of this interview. AMY GOODMAN : […]
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan “Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break […]
Episode 318: BOOM! Dave, Mark, and Coach cover the biggest story in sports and politics -- even bigger than the NFL itself -- the Roger Goodell denial of seeing the Ray Rice video. Dave explains what he has learned from how insensitive everyone has been to Janay Palmer to the victims of domestic violence. Super Bowl Champion and Houston Radio Host Ted Johnso […]
Episode 317: KABOOM! The NFL Season is finally here! David Steele of Sporting News and author of Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, joins Dave, Mark, and Coach to preview the entire season! From how the NFL has handled the Ray Rice ordeal to Wes Welker’s suspension and Michael Sam signing on to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. Finally, get […]
Episode 316: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Dave, Coach, and Mark delve into the Josh Gordon suspension and answer the question: Should he be allowed to play? Author Steve Almond details why he wrote Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto as they discuss if it’s right or wrong to watch football knowing what it does to players’ brains. Finally […]
Episode 315: BOOM! Dave’s back! That’s right! He’s got one helluva show lined up for you this week. Ed Bollinger, Dave’s father in law, starts the show off with a brief history of football. Dave caught up with Hassan Assad, Pro Wrestling’s “MVP”, earlier in the week to discuss Assad’s trip to Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Jennifer Ring, Professor of Political Scie […]
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.