Editor's note: This post, which was first published July 23, 2012, has been updated with new developments.Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws — which 30 states have now enacted in some form — are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see them as a tactic to disenfranchise voters. We've taken a step back to look at the facts behind the laws and break down the issues at the heart of the
An updated, dramatized version of Taylor Mali's "What Teachers Make." Again, be advised that there is one word that probably wouldn't be heard on "The Andy Griffith Show" and a well-placed one-finger gesture. I've never heard a piece that better describes the passion and rage teachers feel in our current anti-teacher climate.
Affordable Care Act Cartoon
I think SNAP -- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- to call it by its actual name and not something that Newt Gingrich thinks is politically punchy – serves an important purpose. The purpose -- largely -- is to prevent children and old people from going hungry. About half of recipients are children. About ten percent are elderly. SNAP doesn’t provide them with some fancy perk from an out of control, free-spending government. It provides poor kids and the elderly with food. You cannot redeem food stamps at Tiffany's, which may be another reason I guess Newt Gingrich thinks they are bad. Of recipients whose race we know, 22 percent of SNAP recipients are African-American. And 34 percent are white. Because hunger knows no race, or religion, or age or political party. Hunger is color-blind.