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JAN 22, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Rev. Jim Wallis: 'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'

Ava DuVernay's "Selma" was one of 2014's best-reviewed films, but when nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced last week, "Selma" was only called twice: Best Picture and Best Original Song. That meant DuVernay, star David Oyelowo (who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the film), cinematographer Bradford Young, editor Spencer Averick and a host of other talented ...

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JAN 22, 2015 - American Prospect

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When Liberals Were Organized

This article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, one of Speaker Newt Gingrich’s earliest moves was to end the public funding for the Democratic Study Group (DSG), a caucus of liberal Democrats that had been created ...

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JAN 21, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Louie Gohmert Wishes Obama Led Like His Black High School Basketball Coach

WASHINGTON -- In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama touched on the turmoil in many cities where African-Americans have been protesting unjust treatment by the police. "We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York," Obama said. "But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can't walk home without ...

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JAN 21, 2015 - Huffington Post

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States Fear The Supreme Court Will Eliminate This Key Anti-Discrimination Tool

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Many cities and states fear the U.S. Supreme Court is about to strike down a provision of the 46-year-old Fair Housing Act they have frequently wielded as a weapon ...

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JAN 21, 2015 - Mother Jones

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Is the Supreme Court About to Gut Another Civil Rights Law?

In June of 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, making it more difficult to enforce that landmark civil rights law. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about another 1960s law combating racial discrimination—and civil rights advocates fear the Court is poised to gut it as well. The question before the ...

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