The Florida prosecutor who bungled George Zimmerman’s prosecution leads the state in death sentences against black men. She’s also trying to put Marissa Alexander behind bars for 60 years. Several organizations are mobilizing to tell Gov. Rick Scott to get rid of her as state attorney.
An abortion doctor and former colleague of George Tiller’s wins a victory in her fight against a conservative medical board in Kansas.
Americans like to think of our country as a land of opportunity where every man, woman and child has a shot at success. With hard work and dedication, anyone can make it.
The growing income gap belies the idealistic rhetoric. There are many straightforward ways in which low-income people struggle–if you aren’t making enough money, feeding and housing your family can be difficult to impossible. But beyond meeting these basic needs, there are also fundamental rights we as Americans like to think are income blind. The reality is quite different.
Pictures from the South show the ridiculousness of Clarence Thomas’s claims that the years of his childhood weren’t “race conscious.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is working to take decisions about prosecution of military sexual assault out of the chain of command to ensure justice for survivors. Or, according to Republican Mike Turner, “getting a whole lot of attention for a debate that’s over.”
Characters who have, or just think about having, abortions in movies and TV often die.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: “The desire to put a history of American racism, which is to say a portion of America’s roots, in a corner is a kind of wish-fulfillment.”
President Obama draws attention to unjust application of drug laws, noting, “We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”