Liberal Politics: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
Profile and personal data on President Barack Obama, former U.S. Senator from Illinois.
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.
This article explains that racism and police militarization led to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
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.
Naturally occurring greenhouse gases have remained constant over the past several 100 years. However, greenhouse gases generated by mankind are increasing.
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.
Presents pros and cons of legalization of marijuana, both for medicinal purposes and for recreational use. Page 2.
Physical evidence of global warming is widespread and startlingly significant, and is extensively monitored and catalogued by the worldwide scientific community.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Full text of President Obama's speech to Congress on health care reform legislation, delivered on September 9, 2009.
US government healthcare has many advantages and disadvantages. Learn about the developments in healthcare in 2009.
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.
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.
This article highlights the political achievements of Boston's Democratic Mayor Tom Menino.
Quick-reading statistics about the Iraq War, including spending, casualties, seriously wounded and more. Data is at January 31, 2012, except as indicated.
Supreme Court, liberalism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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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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.
This article debunks the Republican accusation that there is voter fraud.
Profile of MSNBC program anchor, Rachel Maddow, liberal activist.
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.
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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.
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.
Legal battles over banning this procedure relate to the inclusion of exemptions, most notably to save the life or health of the woman.
This article points out that Democrats should stand behind the President as they run for re-election.
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.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball: Chris Matthews is the feisty, outspoken host of MSNBC's Hardball
The Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") is labor-union backed legislation that proposes to amend the National
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The Politics of George Clooney, Actor and Liberal Political Activist
Profile of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor union federation with 57 unions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full text of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy's speech about religious tolerance and his support for separation of church and state.
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.
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.
Top 20 states with workers represented by labor unions, and including state unemployment rates.
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.
The three main arguments in support of gun control are rooted in logic and fairness.
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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.
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.
Senate Republicans care more about their religious agenda than they do about ending sex trafficking.
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.
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.
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.
Liberal and progressive Americans are divided in their views on how to respond to terrorism.
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.
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.
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 Democrat Eliot Spitzer, New York governor who resigned in March 2008 due to a prostitution scandal. Starting Oct 4, 2010, Spitzer became co-anchor of a one-hour CNN program with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker.
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.
Summarizes Barack Obama's 12-point plan to repair the damaged U.S. economy, and to bring about REAL change.
Full text of President Obama's succinct speech on climate change at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 18, 2009.
Profile and background of Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Chair of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies on energy and the environment.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for immigration policies and plans under his administration.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for energy and environmental policies and plans under his administration.
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a parade March 27, 1963 in Washington, DC. Page 15.
President John F. Kennedy working at his Oval Office Desk in the White House. Page 14.
On August 3, 2006, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered this insightful speech, urging the committee to reject S.2353, the National Security Surveillance Act, sponsored by Senator Specter (R-PA) and strongly supported by the Bush Administration. After Senator Feinstein's bold statement, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected S.2453, thus disallowing it from proceeding to vote by the full Senate. Page 3.
The Blue Dog Coalition was founded in 1994 to provide a unified voice for moderate members of the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives, particuarly on economic issues. Although views of the 37 Blue Dogs of the 109th Congress (2005-06) range from conservative on social issues to populist/progressive on trade and immigration, the Blue Dogs are strongly united on fiscal and responsibility and budgetary matters. Page 2.
The Republican assault on Obamacare might have worked if the program wasn't so successful.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for education policies and plans under his administration.
Seventeen facts about why most Americans correctly believe that Social Security should NOT be privatized.
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.
This article proves that the conservative belief that the news media is liberally biased is false.
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Everything you think you know about welfare and its recipients is wrong.
Summarizes major provisions, and the pros and cons of the bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced on May 9, 2007. Page 2.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's healthcare policies.
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.
The Supreme Court has validated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 by affirming the right of women to sue employers who discriminate.
In response to an immigration bill passed in late 2005 by the US House, Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, the largest US diocese with five million Catholics, wrote this letter to President Bush, decrying the new mandate that organizations first check immigration status before providing services to any person
Profile and background of Jerry Brown, elected California governor on November 2, 2010, and former California governor from 1975 to 1983.
John McCain's disregard of free speech rights comes straight from the Republican playbook.
Rosie O'Donnell, Liberal Activist, Former Moderator of "The View" : Rosie O'Donnell, passionate activist,
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.
The best books to read to learn about American liberalism.
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.
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.
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.
Hillary Clinton's experience and knowledge make her one of the most viable candidates for the presidency in decades.
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.
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This article explains the signal achievements of Al Franken's first term as senator, which place the needs of working Americans at the heart of legislation.
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.
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.
Lists the 39 Democrats (36 men, three women; 38 white, 1 African-American) who voted against the landmark House health care reform bill which won passage on November 7, 2009. List includes length of time in the House, and affiliation with pro-business Blue Dog Democrats.
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.
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.
Barack Obama's controversial '06 speech on religion and politics that set off a firestorm among both liberals and conservatives. The following is an easier-reading, edited version of his remarks.
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.
Recent botched executions in the United States have renewed liberal objections to the death penalty.
Full text of President Barack Obama's first inaugural adddress, delivered on January 20, 2009.
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.
Progressive activists outside America's political structure make a real difference in the fight for social justice.
Profile of Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, who has the distinction of being the only Senator to vote against the US Patriot Act in 2001. He also voted against the Iraq War in 2002, and was the first senator to call for a specific timetable for US tropps to exit Iraq. He's an advocate for fiscal ethics, ending deficit spending and for constitional rights.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has actively undermined the democratic process by inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.
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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 new GI Bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Webb, was co-sponsored by 57 U.S. senators, including all Senate Democrats, both Independents and 10 Senate Republicans. But President Bush and Sen. John McCain opposed the bill as providing overly generous benefits to U.S. soldiers.
Loretta Lynch has the experience, but Republicans oppose her confirmation as Attorney General.
Republicans hate Planned Parenthood because they want moral hegemony over all Americans.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for civil rights policies and plans under his administration. Includes rights for gays and lesbians, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and criminal justice reform.
On July 1, 2008, Barack Obama unveiled his plan to continue, with significant modifications, the faith-based funding initiatives established by President Bush. Additionally, the Obama initiative includes a new, $500-million-a-year plan for a summer literacy program for one million children from low-income families each year. Page 2.
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.
This article explains the political positions of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
This article outlines the major reasons why support for marriage equality is a basic part of liberal beliefs.
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.
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).
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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.
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President John F. Kennedy with his son, John Jr. on the beach at Newport, Rhode Island on September 12, 1963. Page 17.
Profile and background of Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President since September 2009.
Background, profile, and personal history of Jon Stewart, Comedy Central comedian and political critic.
Gary Peters has a long history of supporting Democratic causes.
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.
The firing of Market Basket CEO has workers protesting. How should liberal politicians respond?
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This is a quick-reading summary of Hillary Clinton's speech on July 10, 2007 in Iowa in which she laid out a detailed plan for the deployment of U.S. troops from Iraq, and to bring stability to Iraq and the region. This plan is a major departure from Sen. Clinton's past stances on the Iraq War, when she refused to commit to draw U.S. troops out of Iraq.
A historical explanation of the Ferguson Riots
The Chicago mayoral race pits an experienced politician with national connections against a local leader.
When Ted Kennedy was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962 at age 30, he was widely regarded as a lightweight, there only by dent of having his brother as President. But 46 years later, Sen. Kennedy became ne of the most accomplished legislators in U.S. Senate history.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) delivered these remarks to on Israel, Iran, Iraq and the Middle East the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Forum held on March 2, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. . Page 2.
Profile, background and accomplishments of four-term Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was elected Democratic Party Chair on May 4, 2011.
The execution of intellectually disabled men in Georgia and Texas is both unconstitutional and illogical.
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.
As House Majority Whip in the 110th Congress, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) is the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, and the most powerful Democrat in his home state. Clyburn's annual Fish Fry is the Democratic political event of the year in South Carolina.
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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...
Profile and background of Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor
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.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for economic policy agenda during his administration.
In late November 2007, Sen. Barack Obama presented a thoughtful, fully-detailed plan to reform public schools, reward and support teachers, and correct the excesses/errors of No Child Left Behind Act. This article includes a brief summary of Sen. Obama's plan, the text of his interesting remarks, and a link to his complete plan.
Summary of the Obama doctrine on foreign intervention and war, as spelled out in by President Obama in his approach to Libya intervention, dubbed Operation Odyssey Dawn by the U.S.
Global Divestment Day offers many opportunities for individuals to help reduce global warming.