The HB2 boycott is disrupting business as usual and changing the political debate in the state, just as boycotts should. What will it take for the campaign to succeed in the long run? Image: Hundreds of businesses and organizations have come out against North Carolina's controversial HB2 law, and several have taken the extra step of boycotting the stat […]
Following the arrests of over 1,200 people in Washington, D.C. during nonviolent protests against big money in politics, members of Congress are demanding hearings on legislation that aims to protect voting rights and curb corporate influence over elections. Image: Protesters recently marched in Washington, D.C. demanding limits on big money in politics and […]
More than two decades ago, Louisiana created a tax exemption for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells that's still in place — and it's costing the cash-strapped state billions in revenues. Image: A special tax break for a type of oil and gas drilling is costing Louisiana billions in state revenue. (Photo of a gas drilling rig in Shreveport, Loui […]
The number of registered Latino voters in Alabama increased threefold in less than a decade. Now organizers are fighting back against hostility towards the immigrant community while working to elevate the state’s Latino vote. Image: The immigrant rights group Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice is focusing on promoting civic engagement and voting among […]
While offshore drilling in the Atlantic is canceled for now, plans are still underway to conduct seismic blasting for oil and gas reserves. As scientists, environmentalists, local communities and some elected leaders press to block the tests, the industry has been contributing unprecedented amounts of money to influence key federal lawmakers. Image: Maps sh […]
We continue our interview with close friends and the niece of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan, as we remember his life and legacy. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called "American military imperialism." Al […]
The legendary anti-war priest Father Daniel Berrigan died today at 94. He was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called "American military imperialism." Along with his late brother, Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the anti-war and anti-draft movement during the late 1 […]
By Amy Goodman and Denis Moyhihan FLAGSTAFF , Ariz. — The business press is all atwitter with merger news, as federal regulators are set to approve a massive deal between cable giants Charter, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. The $78 billion transaction will create the second-largest cable TV/Internet company, dubbed “New Charter,” next to Comcast, and […]
During an event Tuesday night, Noam Chomsky was asked about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and said he considered him more of a "New Deal Democrat" than a radical extremist, as some have portrayed him. Chomsky said Sanders' positions on taxes and healthcare are supported by a majority of the American public, and have been for […]
Eugene Debs was the first major Democratic Socialist in American history, running for president five times in the early 1900s. NPR goes on a tour of his home in Terre Haute, Ind., ahead of that state's primary with Benjamin Kite, an avid Bernie Sanders supporter. Kite, one of the home's caretakers, says Debs laid the groundwork for President Frankl […]
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.