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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.
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.
Naturally occurring greenhouse gases have remained constant over the past several 100 years. However, greenhouse gases generated by mankind are increasing.
Quick-reading statistics about the Iraq War, including spending, casualties, seriously wounded and more. Data is at January 31, 2012, except as indicated.
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.
Presents pros and cons of legalization of marijuana, both for medicinal purposes and for recreational use. Page 2.
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.
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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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.
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...
Physical evidence of global warming is widespread and startlingly significant, and is extensively monitored and catalogued by the worldwide scientific community.
Profile and personal data on President Barack Obama, former U.S. Senator from Illinois.
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.
Full text of President Obama's speech to Congress on health care reform legislation, delivered on September 9, 2009.
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.
US government healthcare has many advantages and disadvantages. Learn about the developments in healthcare in 2009.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) delivered these remarks on Israel, Iran, Iraq and the Middle East to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Forum held on March 2, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.
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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.
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.
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.
Summarizes major provisions, and the pros and cons of the bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced on May 9, 2007. Page 2.
The three main arguments in support of gun control are rooted in logic and fairness.
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.
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Full text of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy's speech about religious tolerance and his support for separation of church and state.
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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.
Supreme Court, liberalism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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.
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 2.
Full text of President Barack Obama's first inaugural adddress, delivered on January 20, 2009.
Rosie O'Donnell, Liberal Activist, Former Moderator of "The View" : Rosie O'Donnell, passionate activist,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summarizes Barack Obama's 12-point plan to repair the damaged U.S. economy, and to bring about REAL change.
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.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's healthcare policies.
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.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball: Chris Matthews is the feisty, outspoken host of MSNBC's Hardball
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.
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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.
A new push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment promises to end pay inequality and give women greater control over personal health decisions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
President John F. Kennedy with his son, John Jr. on the beach at Newport, Rhode Island on September 12, 1963. Page 17.
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...
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.
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.
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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.
Top 20 states with workers represented by labor unions, and including state unemployment rates.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Profile of MSNBC program anchor, Rachel Maddow, liberal activist.
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.
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.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for education policies and plans under his administration.
The Politics of George Clooney, Actor and Liberal Political Activist
The Democratic Party agenda on health care includes providing access to affordable health care and prescription drugs to every American, and investing in vital medical research.
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President John F. Kennedy working at his Oval Office Desk in the White House. Page 14.
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.
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a parade March 27, 1963 in Washington, DC. Page 15.
Background, profile, and personal history of Jon Stewart, Comedy Central comedian and political critic.
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.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for immigration policies and plans under his administration.
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.
The Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") is labor-union backed legislation that proposes to amend the National
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.
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.
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.
An explanation of why liberals must fight for the demilitarization of the police following the conflicts in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.
President John F. Kennedy speaks with Barbra Streisand at an event on May 24, 1963. Page 11.
President John F. Kennedy listens as his brother Robert, U.S. Attorney General, speaks at a White House ceremony on May 7, 1963. Page 10.
President John F. Kennedy greets wellwishers during a ceremony at the White House. President Kennedy was unusually admired by the American public, particularly by young people. Page 9.
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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.
Seventeen facts about why most Americans correctly believe that Social Security should NOT be privatized.
President John F. Kennedy delivers a landmark speech to a crowd June 23, 1963 in Bonn, West Germany. Page 12.
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.
President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy pose for a photograph with the President of Sudan, left, and guests during arrival ceremonies at the White House on October 4, 1961. Page 6.
Summary of President Obama's deficit reduction plan, presented by the President on September 19, 2011.
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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.
President John F. Kennedy speaks during a televised speech to the nation about the strategic blockade of Cuba, and his warning to the Soviet Union about missile sanctions, during the Cuban missile crisis October 24, 1962 in Washington, DC. Page 8.
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy depart the National Theater in Washington D.C. Page 5.
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.
President John F. Kennedy at a press conference. Page 4.
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Jack and Jackie Kennedy attend the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida on January 29, 1962. Page 7.
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.
Profile and background of Sen. Barbara Boxer, Democrat from California.
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.
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. Page 3.
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 Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor
Profile of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor union federation with 57 unions
What Are the Downing Street Memos? : On May 1, 2005, a highly confidential memo of minutes of a July
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.
Profile and background of Gov Bev Perdue of North Carolina
Profile and background of Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor
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.
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.
The House passed H.R. 810, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, on May 24, 2005, by a vote of 238 to 194, and was passed by the Senate on July 18, 2006 by a vote of 63 to 37. Despite overhwhelming public support for it, President Bush vetoed the bill on ideological grounds supported by the religious right.
Profile and background of Ed Schultz, activist and advocate for working Americans, journalist, and MSNBC host.
The best books to read to learn about American liberalism.
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.
This Information Center reports and describes the status, politics and pros/cons of the controversial Child Left Behind Act, via the most-read and most searched-for articles and columns at About.com's Guide to Liberal Politics.
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.
United States Senate: Jeff Bingaman was first elected as senator from New Mexico in 1982. Sen. Bingaman
Americans interested in preserving democracy should sign the petition calling for a constitutional amendment allowing government to regulate and limit corporate campaign contributions.
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.
Article sets forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for defense policies and plans to form his first-term defense agenda.
Profile and background of Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC economic journalist and a top Occupy Wall Street Movement supporter.
Astute and surprisingly succinct speech delivered by Bill Clinton, 43rd President of the United States, on August 27, 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. . Page 2.
Profile of the Change to Win labor union federation, which represents 4.7 million American workers and four unions, including United Farm Workers.
Profile, background and accomplishments of four-term Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was elected Democratic Party Chair on May 4, 2011.
John F. Kennedy takes the Oath of Office for President of the United States on Januaryy 20, 1961.
In December 2008, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Chairs of the various Senate Committees for the 111th Congress, from 2009 to 2011. Committee chairs are determined by party leadership based on seniority, expertise and proven interest.
George Bush's education budget cuts of $2 billion for fiscal 2006 actually provide more funds for wealthier students, while taking educational opportunities and assistance away from poor, disabled and immigrant students. Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld has an additional $20 billion to spend on bombs, battleships and even spiffy new Army uniforms.
The firing of Market Basket CEO has workers protesting. How should liberal politicians respond?