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Christian Right Historian David Barton in Freefall Over ‘Jefferson Lies’

It seems that the right's favorite historian, a man who has long provided "intellectual" cover for its effort to remake American history, has finally been exposed as the fraud. We can only hope. David Barton has been a hero to the right for claiming the founding fathers wanted a Christian nation. But now even his conservative peers are disowning his work. By Michelle Goldberg August 11, 2012 At the Rediscov ...

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Some in GOP argue for repeal of 17th Amendment

It's not enough to suppress the votes of potential Democrats. Some Republicans want to put the vote in the hands of their State legislatures -- which, unsurprisingly, they currently control. August 15, 2012 A Senate candidate's comment about repealing the 17th Amendment has some people thumbing through their Constitutions and others talking about the issue of states' rights. Pete Hoekstra, a Republican, is ...

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14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisiana’s Voucher Schools

August 7, 2012 Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime. Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's no ...

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Jim Greer, Former Florida Republican Chairman, Says Party Officials Discussed Suppressing Black Vote

Remarkable: A Republican leader telling the truth -- deliberately -- about his party's plans to return to the era of Jim Crow. July 27, 2012 In a lawsuit filed against the Republican Party in Florida, former chairman Jim Greer said that party officials discussed ways in which they could prevent blacks from voting, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Greer alleged that party officials, some of whom he called "whack ...

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Why Obama Is Right (And Reagan Was Too)

Kudos to Fareed for getting to the crux of our current debate. It is not what the GOP wants it to be about: some kind of ideological, abstract debate about government and freedom. It's a practical question about whether the US needs a correction from thirty years of center-right (yes, I include Clinton in that consensus) and then hard-right governance. That practical question requires engagement with the sp ...

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With Warming, Peril Underlies Road to Alaska

The Alaska Highway, built in haste during World War II, is facing big challenges, including the effects of climate change on the underlying permafrost. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/science/with-warming-peril-underlies-road-to-alaska.html?smid=pl-share In Road-Building, Black Soldiers Defied Prejudice About a third of the men who built the Alaska Canada Military Highway were black soldiers, m ...

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Five Reasons Why the Two-State Solution Just Won’t Die

For Middle East peace, it's the only game in town. by Aaron David Miller, July 16, 2012 By all accounts it's time to say a kaddish -- the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead -- over the idea of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.... Still, hope springs virtually eternal. Anyone truly worried about the demise of the two-state solution shouldn't be. It will live on bo ...

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In 1930s, blacks told Jews: ‘We shall overcome’

During World War II, many Jewish academics who fled Europe found safe haven in the ivory towers of the South's black colleges. By Judy Maltz Jul.16, 2012 The righteous gentiles who sheltered and saved Jews during the Holocaust were not just white Europeans. Thirty years before Jewish students were marching alongside blacks in the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s, black communities in the South provid ...

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