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How Automatic Voter Registration Can Transform American Politics

50 years after the Voting Rights Act, a quarter of Americans are still not registered to vote. 

In July 1976, while appearing with civil-rights icon John Lewis, Jimmy Carterproposed automatically registering to vote every eligible American once they turned 18, which he said would “transform, in a beneficial way, the politics of our country.”

GOP Candidates' False Statements on Planned Parenthood

The second GOP presidential debate took place on the eve of a new round of debate in the House over Planned Parenthood funding, and a potential government shutdown fight looms over the issue.

Most Republican 2016 hopefuls are falling all over themselves to appeal to the party’s anti-choice base and talk about how badly they want to defund Planned Parenthood. In the process, they’re making some blatantly untrue statements. 

Here are five of the most absurd comments about Planned Parenthood from the people who want to be the Republican nominee for president.

President Obama's Historic Interview with The Forward

President Obama talks about his bagel choice, and ways that the Jewish community has shaped him.

At the end of my interview with President Obama the morning of Friday, August 28, after he had defended with lawyerly precision the pending multinational nuclear agreement with Iran and voiced a determined optimism that the toxic relations between his administration and Israel will be repaired, I asked him a more personal question.

American Jews Must Unite Again for Israel

The summer has been an ugly one for the American Jewish community. What should have been a policy debate over the Ian nuclear deal devolved into something much more pernicious and overwhelming. The Iran deal, as important as it is, has become so divisive that the damage it is doing to American Jewry, and even world Jewry, is on the verge of becoming permanent. It has taken on the appearance of the war of the Jews, as if only our community has a stake in the debate’s outcome.

In 2016, Your Vote Counts for the Supreme Court

One of the campaign issues that went underdiscussed during the first prime-time Republican presidential debate should really be at the top of the list: the future of the Supreme Court.

Why? When the next president is inaugurated in January 2017, three of the nine Supreme Court justices will be 80 or older. Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote, and Antonin Scalia, the bombastic conservative, will be almost 81, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon, will be 83.

Planned Parenthood Defunding Vote Shows How Much the Right-Wing Fringe Owns Republicans

Hopefully, the fabricated “scandal” over Planned Parenthood will be wrapping up today. For the past few weeks, Republicans have been striking poses of outrage and disgust over a series of misleading videos created by the religious-right propagandists at the Center for Medical Progress. CMP claims the videos show illegal activity at Planned Parenthood, a claim that is, simply put, a lie. But Senate Republicans are performing outrage and pushing for a vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained -- Simply

International negotiators assembled in Austria have announced the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal. The purpose of the deal is to limit Iran's nuclear program to something that is small, safe, and peaceful — and to impose lots of invasive inspections to make sure Iran is keeping to its end of the deal. In exchange, Iran gets relief from some of the economic sanctions that have crippled its economy. Both sides, the thinking goes, also get to avert a war.

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