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Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma Amid Warnings of ‘Inherent’ Fracking Risks


A 5.6-magnitude quake, one of the strongest in Oklahoma’s history, shook a seven-state area. And “it could have been prevented,” said a leading activist.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE
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Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People


Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE

How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty


To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE

The Democratic Convention Film on Hillary Clinton Lied to America


The short movie claimed that the Children’s Defense Fund was the essence of Clinton’s early career—and avoided the ugly fact that she betrayed the beneficiaries of that fund and all children in poverty, beginning as first lady of Arkansas.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Senator Who Thinks We Need More Incarceration


Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, argues that the U.S. isn’t putting enough people behind bars. He ignores the fact that when ex-felons are allowed to reintegrate into society as productive, tax-paying citizens with voting rights, they are far less likely to reoffend.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Reporting on Hillary Clinton Over the Years


Clinton has been in the public eye for four decades—and there have been investigative stories about her for nearly as long.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE

FBI Offers to Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Homicide Case


If the FBI succeeds, it will be the first time that the “backdoor” technology used in the San Bernardino case will have been used elsewhere—exactly the situation that Apple said it wanted to prevent.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE

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Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act


Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote


There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Jacob George


Tragic news of the young veteran received enormous attention over the past week. Friends and fellow veterans remember his warmth, wisdom and commitment to bringing the horrors of war to an end.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

Obamacare, Beyond the Label

The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas Democrat, to run an ad touting his vote for the health care law as a positive for the people of his increasingly Republican state.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Is Texas Spending $82 Million to Teach Creationism in Charter Schools?


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Texas is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment to teach a myth as fact in publicly funded schools, a Slate writer asserts.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

A Year After Sandy Hook, Are We Any Safer? In a Word, No


(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Since the massacre that was supposed to have changed the national debate over gun control, more state laws have been enacted that loosen gun restrictions than restrict them. So the lesson from Sandy Hook is that we need to change our name to the Insane States of America.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE

Exxon Lied About Oil Pipeline Rupture, Documents Show


Flickr/Steve Snodgrass

According to newly released documents, Exxon Mobil—the world’s most profitable corporation—knew that contamination from a tar sands crude oil spill in Arkansas this year was dangerous and yet, the company downplayed it anyway.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE

Koch Brothers Look to Expand Influence, Bachmann in Trouble, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including the husband of an Arkansas Republican Party official suggests shooting GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion and a New York state lawmaker advocates torturing the Boston bombing suspect.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE

Holder on Prosecuting Big Banks, Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban Enacted, and More

Eric Holder

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House votes to avoid a government shutdown and Gabrielle Giffords makes a plea for gun control at the place where she was shot two years ago.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

How Many Controversial Comments Can Arkansas Republicans Make in One Week?


AP/Arkansas Secretary of State, Lori McElroy

From defending slavery to advocating for the killing of disobedient children, there’s been a lot of crazy talk by some GOP politicians in the state of Arkansas recently.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE

West Nile Virus on a Deadly Tear in U.S.


James Jordan (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts 1,118 cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. through the third week of August in what is shaping up to be the worst year ever for the disease since it was first detected in the country in 1999. Forty-one people have died from the virus so far this year.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE

Fracking-Induced Earthquakes? Not Quite


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The number of significant earthquakes in the Midwest has increased almost fivefold in the last four years. Researchers with the United States Geological Survey set out to discover why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE

Wal-Mart 1, Women 0


Flickr / Lone Primate

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against a group that sued Wal-Mart over alleged sex discrimination in matters of pay and promotion in the name of up to 1.5 million women who worked there and at Sam’s Club since 1998. Monday’s decision reversed a California U.S. Court of Appeals decision. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE

Why All Those Blackbirds Died on New Year’s Eve


Wikimedia Commons / Kelly Martin (CC-BY-SA)

It wasn’t the sort of auspicious and augury-tinged event the folks of Beebe, Ark., wanted to have happen on New Year’s Eve, but it’s looking like the freak accident involving anywhere from 1,000-5,000 blackbirds dropping dead at once might be explained in mundane terms.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE

Toll at 18 in Arkansas Floods


AP / Glenwood Herald, Michael G. Fox

Update: Eighteen people have been confirmed killed after flash floods swept through a campground in western Arkansas early Friday morning. Authorities on Sunday said three people were still missing. Earlier reports had said dozens more were missing and feared dead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 READ MORE

Flash Floods Kill At Least 16 in Arkansas

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At least 16 people were reported killed by flash floods in western Arkansas on Friday after buildup from heavy rainfall caused flood waters to sweep through campgrounds. ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

A Loss Won’t Silence the Democratic Left

This week’s primaries should have been good news for Democrats. Instead, a stray comment from an Obama aide briefly threatened a civil war in the Democratic Party, which needs all the unity it can get.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE

There’s No Accounting for Taste in Arkansas


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Although she was trailing primary challenger Bill Halter in at least one recent poll, Arkansas Democrats decided Tuesday to give Sen. Blanche Lincoln another shot. Lincoln had been targeted by unions and progressive groups after she killed the pro-labor bill she once co-sponsored and worked to weaken health care reform.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE

A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE

Unions Punish Lincoln in Arkansas

Bill Halter
Flickr / AFL-CIO (CC-BY)

Sen. Blanche Lincoln helped sink the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, which would have made labor organizing much easier. Now the Democrat is headed to a primary runoff against Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (above), thanks in part to a massive multimillion-dollar campaign effort by the AFL-CIO and the SEIU ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE

Primaries Show Off Dems’ Diversity

This year’s elections may exacerbate the difference between our two political parties, but not in the way most people are talking about.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE

Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart


lincoln.senate.gov

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE

Palin Still Gets Huckabee’s Vote (Against Obama)

Couric and Huckabee

Strange but true: Even after leaving office this summer well before her term as Alaska’s governor was over, Sarah Palin’s “executive experience” still strikes Mike Huckabee as valid evidence of leadership that would put her above Barack Obama in the former Arkansas governor’s estimation, were he to be faced with those two choices at the polls.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Shady Deal Showered Top Blue Dog With Cash


AP / Susan Walsh

Rep. Mike Ross has been one of the leading opponents of health care reform in Congress. Guess who coincidentally sold property to a pharmacy chain for hundreds of thousands more than it was worth? Ka-ching!

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE

They’re Here, They’re Queer, and They’re ... Well-Organized

AFA video

The town of Eureka Springs, Ark., is held up as a cautionary example of how “well-organized” squads of homosexuals are taking over God-fearing hamlets across America in this instructional video promo.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Democratic State Boss Shot to Death


arkdems.org

Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney, 49, was murdered in his office Wednesday. His assailant was later chased down and shot to death by police. Authorities have yet to determine a motive for the killing of Gwatney. Update

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE

More Tornadoes Hit the Heartland

Yet another round of ferocious weather pounded parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and nearby states Saturday, with tornadoes that reportedly killed at least 18 people just a week after deadly storms hit Arkansas.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE

Arkansas Slammed by Deadly Storms

Arkansas storms
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

Emergency response teams faced a busy weekend helping Arkansas residents cope with the aftermath of another round of severe weather that pounded the Southern state Friday with heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes. Eight lives were lost, raising the state’s storm-related death toll for the year to 24.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE

The Wal-Mart Videos

Hillary Clinton and Sam Walton

Hillary Clinton has, for obvious reasons, tried to distance herself from her time on the board of Wal-Mart, the Arkansas company that, for many Democratic voters, emblematizes globalization and all those jobs that were shipped overseas that the candidates keep talking about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Huckabee Yells Out for a Debate, but the Press Goes Deaf

Huckabee
newsweek.com

How quickly the tides turn for would-be presidential nominees. Just a few weeks ago, a former Arkansas governor was grabbing headlines, and it wasn’t Bill Clinton. Now, Mike Huckabee is calling for a debate with GOP front-runner John McCain and almost no one in the media is taking note except the six reporters still assigned to trail him.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE

Huckabee Hangs On

Huckabee supporters
AP photo / Orlin Wagner

If one thing is clear after last week’s Super Tuesday craziness, it’s that candidates who seemed to score big want to claim victory as a foregone conclusion, while others who didn’t show quite as strongly—like Mike Huckabee, for example—want to challenge the finality of the results.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE

Fact-Checking Clinton’s ‘35 Years of Change’

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wsvn.com

Hillary Clinton has made much of her “35 years” of “working to bring positive change to people’s lives,” but when McClatchy’s Washington bureau investigated the claim, it found that the “bulk of her career” was spent “at one of Arkansas’ most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE

Huckabee on Homosexuality and Other ‘Aberrations’

Huckabee

As the primaries loom ever closer, presidential candidates are contending not only with each other, firing and deflecting accusations at a furious pace, but with themselves—scrambling to “put into context” (i.e., rationalize) things they have said, or written, as in Huckabee’s case here.

Posted on Dec 31, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Huckabee’s Sermons Off Limits

Huckabee
motherjones.com

The Huckabee campaign has refused to give the media much more than scraps of the candidate’s religious speeches, leaving his 12 years as a pastor relatively shrouded in mystery. We already know he doesn’t believe in evolution, thought at one time that AIDS patients should be quarantined and isn’t ashamed “to let you know that I believe Adam and Eve were real people,” so what is he hiding?

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE

Huckabee v. Huffington

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msnbc.msn.com

The gloves are off in a throwdown between Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington over a low point in Huckabee’s career as governor of Arkansas.  The controversy concerns the Huffington Post’s coverage of the part Huckabee played in the release of serial rapist Wayne Dumond, whose time in prison clearly didn’t rehabilitate him.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE

White House Blasted Justice Officials for Revealing Rove Cronyism

An e-mail contained in a batch of documents released to the Senate on Tuesday exposed a searing rebuke from then-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor, who criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for revealing that a U.S. attorney in Arkansas was fired to make room for a Karl Rove protege, not because of performance.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE

Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

Mike Huckabee
washingtonpost.com

Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE

Do You Heart Huckabee?

Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, a Baptist evangelical who is keeping loyal distance from Bush on the war, may just pull off the hat trick of blending religious conservatism with policy pragmatism.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE

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