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The Edwards Scandal: Sexual Ethics and the Other “Two Americas”

| August 10, 2008

As yet another sex scandal broke involving a powerful male politician, I found it mind-boggling that this too familiar scenario was unfolding once again. In an age of constant media surveillance, didn’t anyone learn anything from the feckless Gary Hart, oh, so long ago? More »

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Obama and Women Leaders Get Down to Business

| August 8, 2008

Barack Obama got a lot of advice from more than 30 leaders of national women’s groups when he met with them in late July. Some columnists have written caustically about the need for Obama to pacify angry feminists who had backed Hillary Clinton. More »

Immigration: Waiting for Leadership

| August 7, 2008

Once touted by conservatives as the number one wedge issue, immigration has slipped off the table in these 2008 presidential elections. In part, this is because conservative candidates across the country lost when they tried to make immigrant-bashing a winning issue. (Witness the 2006 losing campaigns of Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and John Hostettler of Indiana, as examples.) More »

Making Strides in Politics and Online

| July 30, 2008

Jehmu Greene, a legendary grass roots organizer, plans next to “look laser-like at organizing young women. More »

Delving Further into Foreign Policy in Afghanistan

| July 22, 2008

After a grueling 18-month primary campaign, the race for the president of the United States has begun. True to form the candidates have come out sparring. More »

Military Women—Ready to Rock the Boat

| July 18, 2008

For women in the military, this election season has the potential either to focus a spotlight on long-neglected needs or to continue rendering us invisible. Due to our military training, we often struggle to exercise our right to speak out, but now we need systemic and systematic change both to do justice to service members and to create healthier communities for everyone. More »

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Ground Zero of the Housing Crisis: Report from Miami

| July 16, 2008

As the Bush administration unveiled a publicly financed plan to "save" mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, local residents at a town hall forum in Miami were calling for criminal prosecutions of the loan-shark mortgage brokers and investment firms that profited from poor people's housing despair. More »

“This Constantly Pulsating Fear”—Feingold Talks FISA with Brian Beutler

July 9, 2008

Living up to predictions by Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold of "the caving of very large numbers of Democrats [on] an awful piece of legislation," the Senate remains poised to pass the Protect America Act (PAA) in a form that will allow telephone companies and internet providers immunity from prosecution for forking over consumer information to government spymasters. The bill confers immunity that would be retroactive to the first days of a warrantless spying program originated by the Bush administration following the 9/11 attacks. In an interview with The Media Consortium's Brian Beutler, Feingold attributed Democrats' weakness to "this constantly pulsating fear of being accused of being soft on terrorism." More »

Goodbye To All That (#2)

Goodbye To All That (#2)

| February 2, 2008

“Goodbye To All That” was Robin Morgan's (in)famous 1970 essay breaking free from a politics of accommodation especially affecting women. During her decades in civil-rights, anti-war, and contemporary women’s movements, she's avoided writing another specific “Goodbye . . .” But not since the suffrage struggle have two communities—joint conscience-keepers of this country—been so set in competition, as the contest between Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) and Barack Obama (BO) unfurls. So... More »

Ready to Govern

Ready to Govern

| January 5, 2007

As the future administration takes shape in Washington, D.C., women come to the table with impressive credentials and the backing of national women’s organizations. More »