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Education Reform

Real Education Reform Progressives

Separating Real Education Reform Progressives from the Fakes

Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: The self-proclaimed Progressives talk about “failing” schools, punishing children and teachers with testing, Common Core, school closures, the financing of the privatization agenda, and increased charters.

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Climate Change

Global Warming Hoax

The Global Warming Hoax

Steve Hochstadt: Who believes politicians paid by ExxonMobil instead of scientists, doctors, and conservationists? Gullible people who want to believe. That’s what makes hoaxes work.

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Prison Reform

Children with Incarcerated Parents

Children with Incarcerated Parents: Trauma, Toxic Stress, & Protection

Diane Lefer: Today, approximately 2.7 million American children are separated from a parent because of arrest and lockup in prison or jail. Do we simply accept that these kids will be collateral damage in our culture of mass incarceration?

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The Body Politic

Pot Big Business

What’s Pot Doing In A Fitness Column?

Treva Brandon: Here’s the bottom line with pot: you don’t have to smoke it, eat it, use it, or even like it. But if you’re pro-business, enjoy tax revenue, and prefer a natural way to medicate, then just make sure you vote for it when it comes to a ballot box near you.

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Immigration Reform

Undocumented Drivers License

To Apply or Not to Apply? That Is the Question

Daisy Vieyra: As someone who was left stranded on the side of the road when I was a child with my parents because neither of them had a license, I know the hardships that arise from being an unlicensed driver – car impoundment, hefty fines, missing work because you don’t have your car.

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Middle East

Enhanced Interrogation

Why the CIA Tortured

Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic momentum, the desire to be ‘important’, helped drive torture program to point where officials involved had too much to lose to call a halt.

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Ecomomic Justice

Russian Ruble Crisis

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives?

Ellen Brown: The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

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Progressive Issues

Republican Demise Greatly Exaggerated

News of Republican Party’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Joseph Palermo: Washington Republicans have shown a willingness to damage the country so long as they see it as politically advantageous to their party. The belief that changing demographics are going to thrust the Democrats into a dominant position in national elections might be wishful thinking.

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Law and Justice

All Lives Matter

Which Black Lives Matter? Don’t All Lives Matter?

Ralph E. Shaffer: The slaughter of young blacks by other civilians, often by fellow blacks, is a greater threat to the safety of black families in Southern California than the loss of life by police misconduct. Why are there no massive demonstrations against that?

Police Traffic Stops Gone Bad

Harvard Grad Enters “Contempt of Cop” Zone

Cheryl Dorsey: Here’s what contempt of cop looks like. A police officer finds you guilty of offending his sensibilities; you get smart; and then you pay. “Pay” can mean a traffic ticket, a trip to the hospital after a use of force incident, three-hots-and-a-cot after being booked for assault on a police officer, or death.

1971 Cointelpro Burglars

1971 FBI Burglars Visiting Glendale College

Agnessa Kasumyan: The burglary led to the discovery of COINTELPRO, a counter-intelligence program that targeted activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and aimed to disrupt groups that the FBI, particularly Hoover, deemed a threat to national security.

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Los Angeles

LA Ferguson Protests

LA Ferguson Protests: The Best of Humanity

Eleanor Goldfield: It was the best of humanity. It was people taking to the streets, peacefully, organized – the evolution of anger, a pointed protest against a system that does not serve nor protect, that doest not offer justice but injustice.

LAPD Officers Surveyed

Have LAPD Officers Had Enough?

Cheryl Dorsey: An internal LAPD survey completed amidst a chorus of unfair discipline by its officers and at the behest of Police Chief Charlie Beck shows that LAPD officers feel the Chief is biased on discipline issues.

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Science and Religion

What War on Christmas

What War on Christmas?

Rev. Irene Monroe: Some see the war on Christmas as an assault on Christianity. It feels to these Christian holiday revelers that the country, in its effort to be politically correct, is moving toward religious intolerance.

Is America Christian

Thank Secularists for Christmas

Tina Dupuy: We’re a nation of mainly Christians but not even really good Christians. We go to church as much as Europeans, we just lie about it more. Churches are closing down and filing for bankruptcy, yet Americans tell pollsters they’re in church every Sunday.

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Elections and Campaigns

Elizabeth Warren Running

Get Ready for Elizabeth

Brent Budowsky: The major reason Democrats were annihilated in the 2014 midterms was that millions of Democratic-leaning voters stayed home because they did not believe voting for Democrats would improve their lives.

dog whistle politics

The Elephant Is Still in the Room

Berry Craig: Race is the elephant in the living room and not just in Dixie, and much of the supposedly liberal media chooses to ignore it or make little of it.

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