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First gay, Latino inaugural poet speaks of 'One Today'

January 21, 2013 - The poet for President Obama's second inauguration was Richard Blanco, the child of Cuban exiles who was raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University. Blanco is the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be chosen as the inaugural poet. At 44, he is also the youngest.

The reality of the U.S. violence epidemic beyond Sandy Hook

December 17, 2012 - The shocking massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut last week has led to calls for policy changes to curb gun violence. But in order to confront the problem honestly, we need to remember that the most likely victim of the U.S. violence epidemic is an African American living in poverty in the South.

The outlook for 'Obamacare' in two maps

November 8, 2012 - After Tuesday's election, President Obama's health care plan remains alive. But its future is uncertain, with many Southern states still uncommitted to creating insurance exchanges and others rejecting federal funding to expand coverage for the poor.

Recounting in the battleground states

November 5, 2012 - A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice examines recount procedures in 10 key tipping point states for the presidential election. With polls showing President Obama and Mitt Romney in a virtual deadlock nationally, those procedures may be an important factor in determining the winner.