Iraq’s brutal crackdown on suspected Islamic State supporters could trigger civil war

Family members of Sunni men and boys in Iraq accused of supporting ISIS hold up pictures of their arrested relatives. AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo Large portions of the Islamic State in Iraq have been either killed, captured or forced underground over the past three years. Eleven years after the U.S. invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, triggering […]

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One-party rule in 49 state legislatures reflects flaws in democratic process

Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho. AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi, File Across the U.S., Republicans control 30 statehouses and the Democrats control 18. That is the largest number of one-party controlled state legislatures since 1914. Minnesota is currently the only state where there’s not one party in control of the state legislature – Republicans have a […]

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The death penalty, an American tradition on the decline

George Stinney, a 14-year old wrongfully executed for murder in 1944. M. Watt Espy Papers, University at Albany, CC BY-ND Capital punishment has been practiced on American soil for more than 400 years. Historians have documented nearly 16,000 executions, accomplished by burning, hanging, firing squad, electrocution, lethal gas and lethal injection. An untold number of […]

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Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism

Virginia is home to America’s original contradiction – the peculiar juxtaposition of slavery and freedom. The recent “blue-ing” of Virginia has obscured a sobering political reality: Racial progress and racial bigotry can exist at the same time. Those contradictions were on display when Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recently admitted to, and subsequently denied, being […]

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Senate vote could end US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen

Severe malnutrition, like this Yemeni boy experienced, is one of the results of the Yemen conflict. AP/Hani Mohammed The U.S. House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to deny further military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote for the bill was a repudiation of the Obama and Trump administrations’ […]

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Senate vote could end US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen that spans Obama, Trump administrations

Severe malnutrition, like this Yemeni boy experienced, is one of the results of the Yemen conflict. AP/Hani Mohammed The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to deny further military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote for the bill was a repudiation of the Obama and Trump administrations’ support […]

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Why Maduro is blocking Venezuela-bound humanitarian aid when so many people in his country need it

Venezuelan soldiers stand guard on the bridge linking their country and Colombia, under orders to obstruct U.S. humanitarian aid. AP Photo/Fernando Llano Relations between the United States and Venezuela have been strained since the late Hugo Chávez rose to power two decades ago. They got worse when the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó […]

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