or most of the first 200 years of U.S. history, our rate of incarceration and our prison population was similar to that of other industrialized nations. For about 200 years the U.S. incarcerated something close to 100 per 100,000 of its citizens. But sometime around 1980 things changed. Today we incarcerate more than almost all […]
Robert J. Burrowes: ‘We do not torture’ is endlessly repeated while victims are waterboarded, hung from the ceiling with their hands bound behind their backs until their chests are crushed and they die, or they are raped with chemical light sticks. But ‘is this really torture?’ politicians ask.
Angela James: As the crowd around me roared, “no justice, no peace, no racist police,’ I watched my son as he engaged in social protest.
Peter Dreier: But in any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word “moderate” or “moderate conservative” to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.
Peter Laarman: Almost nobody with a soapbox, and (sadly) none of our religious leaders, talks about broader GOP campaign to strangle what remains of the welfare state.
Brent Budowsky: What I suggest is high-stakes poker for a man who is rightly thrilled by the chairmanship he now holds and is being drafted for a position he does not want.
Danny Murillo: I feel blessed to be in a position where I am able to be a resource to formerly incarcerated students who seek to transform their lives through education, in the same fashion that my support system at Cerritos College did for me.
Darlene Lancer: It’s all or nothing with narcissists. For Donald Trump, there are winners, like himself, and losers, and he “doesn’t like to lose.”
Tom Hastings: So, NRA and all those who love their guns more than they love to protect children, this is war. We get it. Guns v people.
Rosemary Jenkins: Coming from humble beginnings, Boehner forgot the lessons from his youth as he climbed the political ladder—lessons that had taught him about deprivation, adversity, and misery as well as the rewards from hard.
W.J. Rorabaugh: The Sixties counterculture, its beliefs and practices, its odyssey into the Seventies, and its many legacies as it became integrated into mainstream culture help explain the United States today.
Larry Wines: Soon-to-be ex-Speaker Boehner, who is Constitutionally third in line for the Presidency, threw in the towel because bitter, rancorous, divisiveness within his own party has made consensus — even dialog — impossible.
Tina Dupuy: There are more Americans convinced the Rapture will commence before 2050 than feel global warming is a concern.