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  • Fight over Edmund Pettus Bridge simmers

    Alabama: It's complicated. How else to explain a state where the white Republican governor takes down the Confederacy's many flags and declares it time to raise taxes while a black Democratic congresswoman argues against changing the name of a bridge...
  • Carl Leubsdorf: Democrats aim to overturn laws that curb voting

    Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's call for an automatic national voter registration system has attracted predictable criticism ranging from doubts about the constitutionality of a federal standard to charges it's a partisan ploy to help the...
  • US Capitol's Confederate statues prompt renewed debate

    Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he...
  • Battle flag controversy extends to statues

    WASHINGTON Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy, declared shortly after secession in 1861 that the new nation's "corner-stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man." Stephens is also one of...
  • US lawmakers are popular commencement choices

    Congress' most popular commencement speaker this year is Rep. John Lewis. By the end of graduation season, the Georgia Democrat will have spoken at six ceremonies, including one Saturday at Antioch College in Ohio. At Virginia's Hampton University on May...
  • Now it's a slow track for Obama's plans on trade

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's stunning loss on Capitol Hill Friday could spell more trouble for his ambitious plans to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the centerpiece of his economic agenda and a plan that he has spent his entire presidency...
  • Rep. John Lewis to Hampton grads: Get in the way, get in trouble

    Rep. John Lewis to Hampton grads: Get in the way, get in trouble
    Rep. John Lewis, the Democratic congressman from Georgia, told the 847 graduates at Hampton University's commencement on Sunday to get in the way and to get in trouble. Like he did one Sunday afternoon in 1965. Lewis described it as "a beautiful...
  • SunRail finishes first year $27.2 million in the red

    SunRail finishes first year $27.2 million in the red
    The SunRail commuter train finished its first year of operation $27.2 million in the red, bringing in $7.2 million while spending $34.4 million. The shortfall was covered by taxpayers through the state Department of Transportation, which oversees the...
  • Dramatic, inspiring 'El Poeta' targets Mexico's War on Drugs

    Dramatic, inspiring 'El Poeta' targets Mexico's War on Drugs
    Other countries' problems come to us like poor radio signals — emerging from the static when something exceptionally sensational occurs and then sinking back into the white noise of bad business as usual. So it is with Mexico's 9-year-old War on...
  • 'Road to Freedom' photos span 50 years of racial division

    'Road to Freedom' photos span 50 years of racial division
    In 1965, Stephen Somerstein was a 24-year-old student photographer in New York City when he boarded a chartered bus rolling toward Selma, Ala., where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was about to lead a march of 25,000 to demand voting rights for African...
  • 'Never Givin' Up' recites MLK's 'Letter' to call for justice

    'Never Givin' Up' recites MLK's 'Letter' to call for justice
    Anna Deavere Smith, whose documentary theater offerings have investigated the Rodney King riots ("Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992") and the crisis in U.S. healthcare ("Let Me Down Easy"), among other societal flash points, has been hard at work on a new piece...