A Texas voter ID law considered to be one of the most restrictive in the country is doing exactly what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned it would do: stopping Americans from voting.
A disabled woman in Travis County was turned away from voting because she couldn’t afford to pay her parking tickets. An IHOP dishwasher from Mercedes can’t afford the cost of getting a new birth certificate, which he would need to obtain the...Read more
Conservatives in Congress are drawing up their wish list for a Republican Senate, including “pure” bills, like a full repeal of Obamacare, border security and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — unlikely to win over many Democrats and sure to torment GOP leaders looking to prove they can govern.
Interviews with more than a dozen conservative lawmakers and senior aides found a consensus among the right wing of the Republican Party: If Republicans take the...Read more
If you missed Tuesday night’s installment of PBS’ Finding Your Roots—hosted by The Root’s editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr.—it’s worth checking your local listings for a replay. This latest episode focused on “three enslaved families with three unique histories,” including the family histories of Yale-educated actor Angela Bassett, of Malcolm X and What’s Love Got to Do With It fame, and musician Nas, whose 1994 Illmatic is universally regarded as a cornerstone of the hip-hop...Read more
HOW POLLS COULD ERR - With less than a week remaining before Election Day, HuffPost's poll tracking model continues to report roughly the same forecast for control of the U.S. Senate as it has for the past two weeks: The polling averages show Republicans leading at least nominally in enough states to gain a 53-seat majority. The margins remain close enough, however, that the overall probability of a Republican majority is just 63 percent as...Read more
America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer.
But nowadays we simply won’t invest, even when the need is obvious and the timing...Read more
Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emerging as a leading candidate to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to people familiar with the matter, after another top contender withdrew her name from the running last week.Lynch, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez are among those being considered, said the people, who declined to be named about the private deliberations.Lynch, 55, has stirred little controversy during two tenures as...Read more
Charles Barkley is tired of blacks blaming whites for their own problems.
“As I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people,” Barkley told radio host Anthony Garano on Philadelphia’s WIP.
“One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if...Read more
It’s been tough for me to come to terms with, but, unfortunately for me, I am not in college anymore. In fact, this spring marked three years since I graduated from college and went into repayment on my student loans.…
If Republicans take control of the Senate in the November elections, the repercussions for the Supreme Court could thwart Democratic Party policy priorities for decades, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told NBC on Sunday.
"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Schumer…