No Julian Castro without Mother Rosie Castro

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Cynthia Orozco: Julian Castro is a rising star in the Democratic Party after his rousing keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention. But Castro’s presence on the podium would not have been possible without the political work of a generation of too-often-forgotten Hispanic women. One of those women was his mother, Rosie Castro.

Trayvon Martin: When Fear and Hostility Drive Public Policy

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Sharon Kyle: At a minimum, let’s hope the Trayvon Martin tragedy — like the Emmett Till tragedy years ago — puts a spotlight on the danger of allowing fear and hostility to drive social policy.

Bachmann-Romney Overdrive

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Tom Degan: The very fact that poor old Mitt is neck-and-neck with Bachmann in the opinion polls tells me that there is some semblance of sanity left in that disgusting party.

Canada’s Prime Minister Finally Exposes His Christian Right, Anti-Abortion Agenda

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Charley James: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper always swore he had no interest in changing Canada’s pro-choice laws and abortion availability. But in recent days, he revealed his true, anti-choice, hard right, nature.

Would King Have Spoken Out on LGBTQ Justice?

Rev. Irene Monroe: Sadly, Bayard Rustin, the gay man who was chief organizer and strategist for the 1963 March on Washington that further catapulted Martin Luther King onto the world stage, was not the beneficiary of King’s dream.

UPDATE 5: “I Love Alaska So Much I Quit”

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Sadly for the country, compadres of this group run amok in the nation, blocking health care reform, trying to stop card check, fighting financial industry regulation and taking stimulus money for their state in one hand while slamming it with the other. The GOP once was the Grand Old Party; now, sadly, the initials stand for Goofy Old Poops.

Celebrity Sweepstakes: Sarah Versus Brüno

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Each is a polarizing figure in this head-to-head Celeb smackdown. And, while one of them bewilders with shocking statements, the other shocks with bewildering statements.

UPDATE 3: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Money Problems

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This morning’s New York Times which reports today that Governor Sarah Palin resigned because of the rising cost of her mounting personal legal bills

Get That Colonization Off Your Crown, Michelle

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From the time Barack Obama became a fixture on the national stage, I have eyed Michelle Obama with an uneven mix of appreciation and disappointment. It’s not about her fashion sense, though she’s been ridiculed for accentuating her hips and baring her toned arms by folks with twisted aesthetic sensibilities and outright hate. It’s not [...]

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