I’ve mentioned here before that I spent most of my childhood in LaGrange, Georgia, a town that was dominated in a profoundly feudal sense by Callaway Mills, one of the stalwarts in the fight against unionization of the southern textile industry. In the public schools there, we began classes each year on Labor Day, an impressive gesture of contempt for the American labor tradition. Read more
Robert Livingston hasn't performed an abortion in years, but at one point he had no qualms about flouting his disobedience of the laws that made providing safe abortion care illegal.
Today's political climate, on the other hand, is so emotionally charged and dangerous, he had stopped talking about his past all together.
This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, a look at the stand-off over Julian Assange, whom Sweden wants to answer to allegations of sexual assault. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador, but denied safe passage to get there by the UK -- he remains in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.
We're joined first by Sarah Kinosian, a free-lance journalist who's normally based in Medellin, Colombia, but has been in Quito this week covering the story as it relates to Ecuador's domestic politics. Read more
When Mitt Romney walked down the aisle toward the stage Thursday night, among the people whose hands he shook was the conservative billionaire and major political donor David Koch. But it was a moment missed by the tens of millions of viewers at home. While Democracy Now! was there on the floor and captured the handshake on video, the networks cut away just before the handshake to show footage of two enthusiastic young women supporters and then an overhead shot of the convention center. Read more
Another House Republican is raising eyebrows for suggesting that women who are raped are less likely to become pregnant — just weeks after Rep. Todd Akin (R-MS) sparked controversy for his “legitimate rape” remark. Read more