The Threat to Programs for Poor Families.

George W. Bush discusses welfare reform in 2002.

Liberals have always had a hard time dealing with fatherhood and family programs designed for low-income families. On the one hand, some of the arguments behind the creation of programs for low-income families that demonstrate healthy relationships and encourage fathers to be emotionally involved in their [...]

Rand Paul Is Opposed to Discrimination (and Stopping It, Too).

A completely hypothetical Rand Paul would have been opposed to racial discrimination at all those government-run lunch counters, like the one pictured above.

Since delivering a thorough mollywhopping to Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for Kentucky’s Senate seat, Rand Paul has become something of a media favorite, an easy avatar for the [...]

Dogwhistling through Megaphones.

I mean, Conor Friedersdorf is right. Why are conservatives held to a different standard when it comes to issues of race? I just can’t figure out why…

Leftovers: Kinda Like a Big Deal.

*What the new health care law does right away, and how it addresses income inequality. (Here’s a calculator to see how it affects you, specifically.) Insurers will probably still try to raise premiums. Republicans said they’d run on repealing the healthcare law, but some of them are getting skittish. Democrats go on [...]

There is No Racism in the Republican Party (a Continuing Series).

Over the past week, there have been at least two glorious instances of hilariously racist rhetoric.

Last week, Arizona Rep. Trent Franks suggested that African-Americans were better off under slavery, given the abortion rate in black communities. Shani deals with the problems inherent in that argument in her piece for the American Prospect. I’ll [...]

Posted With Minimal Comment

In the midst of a lengthy Facebook debate about the State of the Union address, one of my old high school classmates encouraged me to share the following video with my friends.

Actually, he said, “This is something every black american needs to know.”

We’ll see about that:

I don’t know about you, but [...]

Blaming it on the Blacks.

Instead of letting Lindsey Graham prattle on and on about the “sleazy” deals that were made to provide affordable health care for tens of millions of people or very seriously complain about how the legislative process is a “joke,” I would much rather someone ask the good Senator from South Carolina what he meant by [...]

Technology Gets RNC in Trouble, Again.

You’ve probably already seen the picture of President Barack Obama eating fried chicken with the caption, “Miscegenation Is a CRIME against American values… Repeal Loving v. Virginia,” that was hastily removed from the Republican National Committee’s Facebook page.

In this case — along with the e-mails of watermelons in front of the White House [...]