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Global warming refers to the increasing temperature of Earth's surface, including land, water and near-surface air.
Embryonic stem cell research is not illegal in the US. President Bush banned the use of federal funds to advance such research, but not private and state funding. Most scientists believe that embryonic stem cells hold the key to curing hundreds of diseases. On the other side, staunch pro-lifers believe that it's immoral to destroy a days-old embryo to save existing life. Page 2.
Cesar Chavez, admired by world leaders, never owned a home. Never earned more than $6000 in a year. He was a California migrant worker all his life who did much to secure better wages, health care and working conditons for Latino migrant workers. He was awarded the Prsidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton. His 1993 funeral, attended by 50,000, was presided over by Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahoney.
Capital punishment (the death penalty) is the pre-meditated taking of a human life by a government in response to a crime committed by that legally convicted person. This article sums the arguments for and against the death penalty, and statistics worldwide. It also discusses felon Stanley Tookie Williams, executed in Dec 2005, who was nominated for both the Nobel Peace and Literature Prizes.
Quick-reading statistics about the Iraq War, including spending, casualties, seriously wounded and more. Data is at January 31, 2012, except as indicated.
Naturally occurring greenhouse gases have remained constant over the past several 100 years. However, greenhouse gases generated by mankind are increasing.
Presents pros and cons of legalization of marijuana, both for medicinal purposes and for recreational use.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was initially legislated for 5 years, and has since been temporarily extended, but not reauthorized by Congress.
The effects of global warming are both consequential and widespread, and will continue to be catastrophic. And as a result of global warming processes, extreme weather-related effects will continue to impact Earth...
Pros and cons of U.S. free trade agreements, and brief description of President Obama's new 8-country free trade agreement, the TransPacific Partnership. Page 2.
This article presents an overview of the pros/cons and the politics of U.S. gun ownership and use laws. About 80 million Americans, representing half of U.S. homes, own more than 223 million guns. Page 2.
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Physical evidence of global warming is widespread and startlingly significant, and is extensively monitored and catalogued by the worldwide scientific community.
A Great Film uplifts while sending a profound message. And a Great Film also superbly entertains, with an interesting story and appealing actors. This is a list of some of my favorite Top Ten Classic Films with a Social Message. My choices include classics released from 1940 to 2006.
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In June 2006, Barack Obama delivered a controversial speech on religion and politics to a conference sponsored by Sojourners. His remarks set off a firestorm among liberals as he stated that they must put aside their religious biases, and reach out to others, including evangelical Christians, as an reconciling essential in a democracy. The following is an easier-reading, edited version of his remarks. . Page 3.
Profile and personal data on President Barack Obama, former U.S. Senator from Illinois.
Solutions to slowing or stopping global warming lie in mankind's ability to slow and stop activities that inject greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere.
Farm subsidies are considered a prime area for budget cutbacks, but are opposed by the powerful farm lobby and members of Congress from agriculture states.
US government healthcare has many advantages and disadvantages. Learn about the developments in healthcare in 2009.
Illegal immigration into the U.S. is highly profitable for both employers and the federal government. The purpose of this article is to explain why the federal government can't afford and doesn't plan to to end illegal immigration. And why undocumented workers are allowed to take the blame...
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the best-known leader of the US civil rights movement. Here are some of his lesser-known statements.
Two-term Sen. Hillary Clinton was sworn-in as Obama's Secretary of State on Jan 22, 2009. Clinton is a strong, outspoken leader with sharp intelligence, political sensibilities, workhorse habits, and...
In January 2006, Elizabeth Vargas, a respected 20-year broadcast journalist, began as co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. Of Hispanic heritage, Vargas exudes an cool air of thoughtful authority that viewers find reassuring, and has a penchant for social and religious issues. In May 2006, she resigned from World News Tonight, and was named co-anchor of ABC's 20/20.
An explanation of why liberals must fight for the demilitarization of the police following the conflicts in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.
Anderson Cooper is an impassioned journalist and CNN's lead news anchor. With his taste for covering disasters and wars, Cooper embodies the trend toward advocacy journalism. Cooper is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and her 4th husband, writer Wyatt Cooper.
Christiane Amanpour, one of the world's most honored broadcast journalists, became moderator of ABC's This Week starting on August 1, 2010. Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent for 20 years, is commonly given insider access to situations and events where other journalists are neither welcomed nor allowed.
Supreme Court, liberalism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Profile and background of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada who is Senate Majority Leader in the 110th Congress. Reid is in a tight race for reelection in 2010.
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Full text of President Obama's speech to Congress on health care reform legislation, delivered on September 9, 2009.
Americans interested in preserving democracy should sign the petition calling for a constitutional amendment allowing government to regulate and limit corporate campaign contributions.
Obama decisively won the presidential election for many reasons and factors, including weaknesses of his Republican opponent, John McCain. This article explains five top reasons why Obama won the 2008 presidential race.
As film star Brad Pitt has aged, the more publicly active he's become in supporting Democratic candidates and causes, including John Kerry in 2004, environmentalism, alternative fuels and energy-efficient cars, and global issues of trade, poverty and AIDS. And like close pal George Clooney, Pitt, is increasingly using his film skills and connections to bring political issues to the Hollywood silver screen.
Legal battles over banning this procedure relate to the inclusion of exemptions, most notably to save the life or health of the woman.
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The best books to read to learn about American liberalism.
Janet Napolitano became Director of Homeland Security on January 21, 2009, in part because of her expertise in dealing with illegal immigration issues as two-term governor of Arizona.
Profile and background of Sen Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Harvard University professor, federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau founder and special advisor, and the former Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball: Chris Matthews is the feisty, outspoken host of MSNBC's Hardball
Sen. Barack Obama delivered these courageous, wise words on June 6, 2007 on the U.S. Senate floor when introducing a controversial amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.
Summarizes major provisions, and the pros and cons of the bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced on May 9, 2007. Page 2.
Profile of the DREAM Act, which is aimed at providing legal residency for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors, who graduate from a U.S. high school and who meet certain conditions. President Obama supports passage of the DREAM Act.
The Kyoto Protocol became effective on Feb 16, 2005 when it was signed by 141 industrialized countries, including all of Europe. This pact is the first world agreement to fight global warming. Vice President Al Gore was an architect of it and President Clinton signed it in 1997. Despite campaign promises, George Bush withdrew US support for it in 2001, citing that compliance was too costly for US businesses.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is considered by many to be the most influential woman in the world. Oprah believes that the causes and candidate she champions transcend liberal or conservative labels. Some detractors charge that her top-rated show has a liberal slant.
Full text of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy's speech about religious tolerance and his support for separation of church and state.
Profile of MSNBC program anchor, Rachel Maddow, liberal activist.
Joe Biden was sworn in as Vice President on Jan 20, 2009. Previously, Biden served six terms as U.S. senator from Delware, and was the powerful Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Top 20 states with workers represented by labor unions, and including state unemployment rates.
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The firing of Market Basket CEO has workers protesting. How should liberal politicians respond?
Paul Krugman, American economist, bestselling author and respected professor, was awarded the prestigious 2008 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. An avowed liberal, he is an influential, outspoken opinion leader on politics and the economy.
Full text of President Barack Obama's first inaugural adddress, delivered on January 20, 2009.
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Bill Nelson of Florida was first elected as senator in 2000, and was reelected in 2006 and 2012. Nelson, an Army veteran and NASA booster, is a fiscally moderate Democrat.
Buried in Bush's No Child Left Behind Act was a requirement that all high schools receiving federal funds must provide access to students' names, addresses and phone numbers to military recruiters. It also requires a high school to allow military recruiters the same campus access to students as granted to college recruiters. And in June 2005, the Pentagon began working with an outsourced direct marketing company to develop a database of personal information about every American age 16 to 18.
Profile and background of Ed Schultz, activist and advocate for working Americans, journalist, and MSNBC host.
Profile of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from San Francisco. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House, and the most politically powerful woman in U.S. history.
Summarizes Barack Obama's 12-point plan to repair the damaged U.S. economy, and to bring about REAL change.
A historical explanation of the Ferguson Riots
Recent botched executions in the United States have renewed liberal objections to the death penalty.
Background, profile, and personal history of Jon Stewart, Comedy Central comedian and political critic.
Sen. Barack Obama takes a strongly progressive stance for public education and for teachers, and against the use of publicly-funded vouchers to pay for private school education. His remarks include a number of controversial proposals and statements, including across-the-board pay raises for teachers, and redesign of standardized tests to support learning, not punishment of teachers. Page 2.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's healthcare policies.
President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package is a consortium of thousands of federal tax measures and expenditures on infrastructure, education, health care, energy and other projects. Many Democrats believe that the stimulus was too small to bolster the economy, as evidenced by the continuing U.S. economic slump. Page 2.
Full text of President Obama's succinct speech on climate change at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 18, 2009.
Seventeen facts about why most Americans correctly believe that Social Security should NOT be privatized.
Profile and background of Jerry Brown, elected California governor on November 2, 2010, and former California governor from 1975 to 1983.
An overview of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan for ending the Iraq War, including bringing U.S. troops home, an aggressive diplomatic effort in the region, and the moral imperative for a humanitarian initiative for Iraqis.
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was elected in 1996 and reelected in 2002 in narrowly contested races. In 2008, though, she won by a comfortable margin. Landrieu is a conservative Democrat...
Eight articles which set forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for his first-term domestic agenda. Policies areas covered include education, immigration, income taxes, Social Security, and environmental and energy issues.
Profile and background of Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor
Profile of Al Sharpton, civil rights activist, MSNBC program host, and 2004 Democratic party presidential candidate.
The tawdry and mysterious tale of Bush White House pseudo-reporter Jeff Gannon, aka James Guckert, would be amusingly juicy if it wasn't so scary and slimy.
At first glance, admiring collaboration between a liberal politican and a religious right pastor may seen farfetched. That the two great American gurus of this decade, Barack Obama and Rick Warren, are irresistibly drawn to work together is apparently a given.
On November 4, 2008, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Warner was a popular governor due to his exceptional record of bipartisan successes, centrist stances, and fiscal management skills.
Declaration and Manifesto of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, published on September 30, 2011 by the General Assembly of New York's Occupy Wall Street Movement.
The President nominated federal appeals court Judge John Roberts in July 2005 to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Described as smart, cautious and fair-minded, Roberts is a conservative Washington insider who has worked at the White House, the Justice Department and in private practice. In his 2 years as judge, Roberts authored 40 opinions, only 3 of which drew any dissent. He won 25 of 39 cases he argued in front of the Supreme Court. Roberts' wife is also an accompished attorney.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies on energy and the environment.
Full text of the President's remarks as he signed an executive order lifting the eight-year federal funding ban for embryonic stem cell research. He also announced a Presidential Memorandum to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making.
Guide to the Occupy Wall Street Movement, aka the 99 Percent Movement: background, goals, views, locations, union and celebrity support and more.
US Liberal Politics. Page 22.
Profile and background of Gov Bev Perdue of North Carolina
Rev. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy on August 28, 1963 at the White House. Page 13.
On November 23 to 24, 1963, John F. Kennedy lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. More than 250,000 people waited up to ten hours in lines that often stretched 40 blocks paid their respects to the slain president. The shocked nation was in deep, collective mourning. Page 21.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was felled by gunshot at 12:30 pm central standard time in Dallas, Texas. At 1:00 pm, after all heart activity had ceased and after a priest administered the last rites, the President was pronounced dead in Trauma Room 1 of Parkland Hospital. Page 18.
On October 8, 1963, President John F. Kennedy views a proposed model of the Natural Cultural Center in Washington D.C., renamed in 1964 as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Page 16.
Jackie Kennedy leaves the U.S. Capitol Building with children Caroline and John, Jr. after attending a ceremony for her late husband John F. Kennedy on November 24, 1963. Also pictured is the late president's brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Page 20.
Profile and background of Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Chair of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
President John F. Kennedy with his son, John Jr. on the beach at Newport, Rhode Island on September 12, 1963. Page 17.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for energy and environmental policies and plans under his administration.
Rosie O'Donnell, Liberal Activist, Former Moderator of "The View" : Rosie O'Donnell, passionate activist,
US Liberal Politics. Page 19.
Detroit bankruptcy, Netroots Nation, progressive causes
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans for reform of U.S. immigration laws, regulations and practices.
Profile and background of Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for education policies and plans under his administration.
Lists first-year changes for Americans under President Obama's health care reform bill.
Sets forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for foreign policies and plans under his administration during his first-term in the White House.
The Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") is labor-union backed legislation that proposes to amend the National
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An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans to repair the U.S. economy for middle-class Americans.
Blue Dog Democrats are strongly united on fiscal conservatism and accountability, budgetary matters and pro-business issues, which occasionally angers Democratic party leaders who expect partisan loyalty to the Democratic agenda over conservative fiscal ideology.
This series of unique photos from the National Archives captures important and special moments during President John F. Kennedy's term in office, from his swearing in on the steps of the Capitol Building to his historic funeral procession through Washington D.C.
The complete text of the inspiring remarks of U.S. Senator Barack Obama delivered at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony on November 13, 2006.
Award-winning journalist Lara Logan was named CBS network's prestigious Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent position in June '08. Logan is known for her fearless, impassioned coverage and activist views of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Profile and background of Jennifer Granholm, Former Michigan Governor
In April 2006, MA Governor Mitt Romney signed into law a broad new program requiring all citizens to obtain health insurance. The state legislatures both strongly approved this landmark legislation on a bipartisan basis. The program's ambitious aim is to cover 95% of the state's 500,000 uninsured within three years. There are both pros and cons to this radical reform plan.
Richardson was elected New Mexico Governor in 2002 and reelected in 2006. He was a Congressman for 14 years, UN Ambassador from 1997-98 and Energy Secretary from 1998-01. He was Obama's first nominee for U.S. Commerce Secretary
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, first elected as senator in 1992, is Chair of the powerful Senate Select Committee in Intelligence. Sen. Feinstein, who catapulted to prominence when San Francisco Mayor Moscone was assassinated, was reelected in 2012.
General Wesley Clark is a retired four-star US Army general who led the NATO's Kosovo operation from 1997 to 2000 as Supreme Allied Commander. Clark is rumored to be on Barack Obama's VP shortlist.
The Democratc Party Agenda on the environment expresses the belief that a healthy environment and health economy are not mutually exclusive, and that a sensible energy policy is key to both a strong economy and a clean environment.
Coretta Scott King is the widow of civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr, assassinated in 1968. In her own right, Mrs. King is a tireless, effective advocate for human rights. For 27 years, she was CEO of the King Center she founded to continue her husband's principles of nonviolent social change. On August 16, 2005, Mrs. King suffered a major stroke that caused paralysis and left her unable to walk or speak.
The following is my personal holiday season 2006 list of the Top Ten Books by Democratic US Senators. It's a varied list that includes serious tomes, two touching memoirs, an enchanting book for children, two abosrbing novels, and two delineating the newly influential Democratic economic populism.
Sen. Barack Obama delivered this eloquent, soaring speech to thunderous ovation and public accolade after he won the Iowa Democratic caucus on January 3, 2008. His words were strongly reminiscent of Obama's inspiring 2004 Democratic convention speech.
President John F. Kennedy working at his Oval Office Desk in the White House. Page 14.
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a parade March 27, 1963 in Washington, DC. Page 15.
The following is Ted Kennedy, Jr.'s eulogy of his father, Sen. Ted Kennedy, delivered on August 29, 2009. Mr. Kennedy's remarks were widely acclaimed as unusually insightful and touching.
Summary of President Obama's deficit reduction plan, presented by the President on September 19, 2011.
This article explains and simplifies answers to key questions about President Obama's health care reform plan provisions, ideas, and rationale.
Profile, background and accomplishments of four-term Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was elected Democratic Party Chair on May 4, 2011.
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An overview of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans on U.S. civil liberties and rights.
The full text of Sen. Barack Obama's primary season victory speech remarks on June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the final night of the primary season.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for immigration policies and plans under his administration.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies on education reform, increase support for teachers, and college affordability.
Buried in Bush's No Child Left Behind Act was a requirement that all high schools receiving federal funds must provide access to students' names, addresses and phone numbers to military recruiters. It also requires a high school to allow military recruiters the same campus access to students as granted to college recruiters. And in June 2005, the Pentagon began working with an outsourced direct marketing company to develop a database of personal information about every American age 16 to 18. Page 2.
Profile and background of Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President since September 2009.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for economic policy agenda during his administration.
Profile and background of Sen. Barbara Boxer, Democrat from California.
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Obama decisively won all three '08 presidential debates for many reasons. But McCain also lost the debates due to factors entirely independent of Obama. And because of five main factors, Sen. McCain is quite likely to lose the '08 presidential election.
Full text of uplifting remarks by President-Elect Barack Obama on the evening of election day, November 4, 2008, at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. . Page 3.
Profile of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor union federation with 57 unions
Profile of Howard Dean, Democratic Party Chair from Feb 2005 to Jan 2009, who pioneered the successful 50-state strategy that propelled Democratic control in Congress in 2006 and 2008. He was also Vermont governor from 1991 to 2002.
Antonio Villaraigosa was firmly catapulted onto the national stage as a leading Latino Democratic superstar with his election in May 2005 as Mayor of Los Angeles, his birthplace. He's a dynamic speaker, tireless campaigner and shrewd politican with an optimistic spirit and restless energy. His story is one of a hardscrabble and troubled youth, the education and redemption followed by leadership and occasional stumbles.
Outlines President Obama's aggressive eight-point comsumer protection plan to reform health insurance plans and practices by private insurance corporations.
United States Senate: Jeff Bingaman was first elected as senator from New Mexico in 1982. Sen. Bingaman
Summarizes 2009-2010 donations by the agriculture, crop production, and food processing industries to the 21 members of the Senate Agriculture Committee in the 112th Congress (2011-2012).
Profile and background of Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC economic journalist and a top Occupy Wall Street Movement supporter.
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This statistical data on National Security (Iraq, the US military, North Korea, DArfur, oil politics, aid) was taken from multiple sources, including the Department of Defense reports, Congressional hearings, United Nations reports, Brookings Institute, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and more than a dozen of the top national newspapers. This information was compiled by the Democratic Policy Committee, the research arm of the Senate Democratic Leadership, and released on September 6, 2005.
In May 2005, President Bush opened nearly 60 million acres of protected US National Forest land to logging, drilling and destructive road building, fully one-third of US forests. Among them are some of the most beloved, beautiful and oldest US wilderness areas. In doing so, Bush overturned a centerpiece of the Clinton presidency, one that took 2 years and 600 public meetings, and received 4 million public comments.
Text of the astute and surprisingly succinct speech delivered by Bill Clinton, 42rd President of the United States, on August 27, 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Kent Conrad was first elected senator from North Dakota in 1986. He is not running for reelection in 2012. Conrad is a Democratic fiscal moderate and was Chairman of the Budget Committee in the 110th and 111th Congresses.
Here is info published by the world's leading news media sources about the new US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone. It is/has the largest embassy in world history; the only building project in Iraq on-time and on-budget; a bomb-proof super-bunker; 21 buildings on 104 acres, the size of 80 football fields; and wired for state-of-the-art communications and surveillance. Congress was told that the cost is $592 million.....
What Are the Downing Street Memos? : On May 1, 2005, a highly confidential memo of minutes of a July
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