Post-Newtown, Mental Health Advocates Have Their Say, Too

Even as the debate over gun control captures the spotlight in discussions over the response to last month’s massacre of children in Newtown, Conn., mental health advocates also are working hard to press for their reforms, as well. Michael Fitzpatrick , executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness … Continue reading

Eric Holder Hero, Not Villain, Sen. Leahy Says

He may be facing a contempt-of-Congress vote next week in the House of Representatives, but Attorney General Eric Holder deserves praise — not contempt, according to one prominent Senate leader who oversees federal law enforcement. The full House is expected to vote next week on whether to find Holder in … Continue reading

The Jackbooting of the Fraidy Cats (with video)

But three (and perhaps now FOUR) prank phone calls, no matter WHO made them — your granny or Charlie Manson, it doesn’t matter — are NOT cause for a national wave of fear, nor are they a legitimate news story… Continue reading

Voter ID Laws: Could They Backfire?

Although Democrats and progressives worry that a net of restrictive state-level voter ID laws could prevent millions of Democratic-leaning voters from casting ballots this fall, the national outcry against these new measures could at least blunt their effect. Indeed, have these laws — usually enacted in states controlled by Republican … Continue reading

Advocates Call ‘Paltry’ Bank Deal Just The Beginning For Wronged Homeowners

Critics of the fraud committed by the nation’s largest banks in the so-called “robo-signing” scandal are calling Thursday’s settlement deal just the first step in achieving justice for wronged U.S. homeowners. State and federal officials announced the $26 billion settlement over the banks’ fraudulent foreclosure practices which led to wrongful … Continue reading