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After decades of fighting, Democrats show unified front

Democratic National Convention

The famously fractious party that tore itself apart in the 1960s and 1970s over civil rights and the Vietnam War, that lost a series of blowout presidential elections in the 1980s and painfully reinvented itself in the 1990s, faces little of the infighting or self-doubt that for decades seemed as much a part of being a Democrat as worshiping FDR or watching the South, a former party bastion, inexorably slip away.


Togo women push sex strike to unseat president

The female wing of a civil rights group is urging women in Togo to stage a week-long sex strike to demand the resignation of the country's president.


Biden gives fiery defense of Obama at NAACP meeting

Vice President Joe Biden drew cheers from the nation's biggest civil rights group on Thursday with a fiery defense of President Barack Obama's record, and he warned that the election of Republican Mitt Romney could reverse years of economic and civil rights gains for blacks.


Mitt Romney low-key on civil rights, in contrast to his father

As governor of Michigan, George Romney pressed an aggressive agenda on the issue, putting himself at odds with Republican Party leaders. His son presents a different figure. In 1963, an explosive year in the quest for civil rights, George Romney appeared unannounced in the mostly white suburb of Grosse Pointe and marched to the front of an anti-segregation demonstration to stand beside black leaders.


Lesbian couple win Navy's 'first-kiss' honors

Lesbian Couple Kiss: Navy

For the first time, a lesbian couple today marked a time-honored Navy homecoming tradition in which a sailor is chosen to be the first off the ship to exchange a kiss with a loved one, The Virginian-Pilot reports.


Cubans Can Buy and Sell Property, Government Says

Cubans Can Buy and Sell Property, Government Says

The new law announced Thursday is the most significant market reform yet approved by the government of Raúl Castro, and one that will likely reshape Cuba’s cities and conceptions of class.

Senh: One of the things we take for granted here is finally available to Cubans. Although it's ironic that they're getting that right now when there's a housing crisis.


Opinion: Bachmann no gain for women

Her political career is rife with examples of ideological extremism and blatant disregard for civil liberties, civil rights and science.


U.N. passes 'historic' gay rights resolution

The U.S. lobbied intensively for the resolution, which supports equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The move "puts the issue squarely on the U.N.'s agenda," a U.S. official says.


Barbour defends his comments on race, but is the damage to his potential 2012 bid already done?

Barbour defends his comments on race, but is the damage to his potential 2012 bid already done?

Could Haley Barbour's comments on race doom his potential 2012 presidential run before it even starts? On Tuesday, the Mississippi governor sought to clarify his remarks to The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson about growing up at the height of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.


Feds: Bullying violates civil rights laws

Feds: Bullying violates civil rights laws

Bullying and harassment in schools often includes violations of federally protected civil rights, the federal government warned Tuesday in new guidelines for educators on how to address the problem.


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