Brown Vetoes Drone Bill Bill Maher Attacks Muslims Climate Change Movement Cantor Goes to Wall Street Legalize Marijuana Use College Sports Reform Lady Maria Shriver Colorado Students Walk Out Silent Rabbis Justice on Trial Film Fest

Education Reform

College Sports Reform

Game Plan for College Sports Reform

Frank Fear: How about taking a page out of history? Let’s do in 2014 what happened in 1905: leaders take stock and make adjustments “for the good of the game” and—more importantly—for the good of American higher education.

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Climate Change

Climate Change Movement

With The People’s Climate March Behind Us, What’s Next?

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: TMoving to a carbon-free nuclear-free energy existence can be achieved by making homes more energy efficient and reducing energy use.

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Prison Reform

Justice on Trial Film Fest

Filmmakers Put Justice on Trial

Amy Patton: Founder and organizer of the festival, Susan Burton said the film festival screened documentaries that exposed “grave defects in the American criminal justice system.”

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Progressive Issues

Cantor Goes to Wall Street

Eric Cantor Chases Big Wall Street Bucks

Rev. Jim Conn: Cantor went from carrying water for the big financial institutions in Congress to carrying that same water to Congress. Only now he can make a lot more money for the service.

Ayn Rand Utopia

No Surprise: Ayn Rand-Themed Libertarian Utopia a Fraud

Richard Eskow: It’s greed, not government, which subjugates us today. Nobody wants to be an insect, but Rand and her followers want to turn society into a hive filled with sociopathic bees. When that happens, as the investors in Chile learned, somebody’s bound to get stung.

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Immigration Reform

Obama Immigration Betrayal

Obama’s Betrayal

Randy Shaw: Obama’s latest broken commitment to millions of undocumented immigrants and their supporters is a stab in the back to all activists working for social change.

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Middle East

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Beheading Reality

Tom Hall: If we look at the larger picture, what’s really happening here is that U.S. taxpayers are funding both (or all) sides of these civil wars, our war materiel suppliers are making out like bandits, and now we are being asked to, once again, ship our young men and women to be cannon fodder to feed the war industrial machine.

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Ecomomic Justice

Raising Most Wages

Raising Most People’s Wages

Robert Reich: The real job creators are members of America’s vast middle class and the poor, whose purchases cause businesses to expand and invest.

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Animal Rights

Ban Pigeon Shoots

The Politics of Animal Cruelty

Walter Brasch: Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate.

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Law and Justice

Legalize Marijuana Use

What Works Better: Decriminalize or Legalize Marijuana Use?

Mike Males and Lizzie Buchen: Given the consequences of marijuana arrest, including fines, jail time, a criminal record, loss of student loans and other federal aid, and court costs, getting arrested for marijuana use may be more harmful than the drug itself — at any age.

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Ferguson PD, I Am Scared of You

Cheryl Dorsey: Ferguson Police Department officers have been wearing “I AM DARREN WILSON” bracelets on duty . Ferguson police officers say, “I AM DARREN WILSON” however, what they mean to say is, “I WILL KILL YOU.”

Next Attorney General

What We Need From the Next Attorney General

Kevin Zeese: Someone who will enforce the rule of law, protect the Constitutional rights of americans and investigate the abuse of power by government and big business.

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Los Angeles

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L.A. City Council Passes Landmark Hotel Wage Ordinance

Joe Rihn: Amid cheers from labor and community supporters, 12 of the 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted Wednesday in favor of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for workers in large hotels to $15.37 per hour.

Raise LA Vote

Historic L.A. Wage Vote Tomorrow

Bobbi Murray: On the table: a $15.37 hourly wage for hotel employees at some of the biggest and most lucrative non-unionized hotels in the City of Los Angeles.

Hotel Workers Domestic Violence

Raising Minimum Wage for Hotel Workers Could Be Someone’s #whyileft Story

Lindsey Horvath: The overwhelming number of the lowest paid workers in this industry – housekeepers – are women, who also are the overwhelming number of domestic violence victims.

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Defense

Nuclear-Armed Submarines

Doom from the Depths

Lawrence Wittner: Taxpayers, particularly, might be concerned about the unprecedented expense of this new submarine fleet. According to most estimates, building the 12 SSBN(X) submarines will cost about $100 billion.

Is Military Power Useful

The Limits of Military Power

Lawrence Wittner: The lengthy and costly Vietnam War led to a humiliating defeat for the United States — not because the U.S. government lacked enormous military advantages, but because, ultimately, the determination of the Vietnamese to gain control of their own country proved more powerful than U.S. weaponry.

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Elections and Campaigns

Colorado Latino Democrats

Obama’s Immigration Calculation Hurts Colorado Dems

Mario Solis-Marich: As the “in the Beltway” crowd speculates about how practical and politically necessary it was for Obama to have delayed the immigration action, the political boots on the ground in Colorado may be experiencing a different reality.

Cynical Mitch McConnell

Mitch the Cynic

Berry Craig: Whatever their shortcomings, Cooper and Barkley were earnest servants of all Kentuckians, not just the well-heeled and well-connected folks whose dollars McConnell happily takes and whose bidding he gladly does.

Michelle Obama Campaigning

Michelle: Democratic Base Whisperer

Nia-Malika Henderson: Michelle Obama’s biggest attraction and biggest strength is that she is essentially the keeper of the Obama 2008 flame for the Democratic base; she even begins some of her speeches with the “fired up” line from 2008.

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