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Education Reform

Replacing Public Schools

What We Lose When We Replace Public Schools with Charter Schools

Mark Naison: All too many charter schools see the communities they are located in as toxic and seek to insulate and to isolate children and families from their surroundings.

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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

Prop 47 Criminal Justice

Prop 47: A Call To Action

Frank McAlpin: Our collective movement for racial and social justice cannot let this moment pass by. We must harness the momentum of Prop 47 to push for continued reforms in the criminal justice system not just here in California but across the nation.

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The Body Politic

Post Election Stress

Surviving Post Election Stress Disorder

Treva Brandon Scarf: I am filled with the kind of dread, anger and worry that not even the stiffest martini will take away. I have “Post Election Stress Disorder (PESD),” and I’m pretty sure a lot of you progressives out there have it too.

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Immigration Reform

obama immigration announcement

Obama Goes Big

Randy Shaw: This first step toward broader immigrant justice came after comprehensive immigration reform repeatedly failed in Congress, and after the president kept his core political base waiting far too long for action.

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Middle East

Afghanistan Non-combat Mission

Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly: The Secretary General of NATO noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat on the part of Afghan forces.

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Ecomomic Justice

Bank of North Dakota

Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

Ellen Brown: What the Bank of North Dakota has done to sustain its state’s oil boom, a publicly-owned bank could do for other promising industries in other states.

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Progressive Issues

Remembering John F Kennedy

Mourning JFK and a Half-Century of Degraded Arts and Culture

Gary Corseri: He inspired as no political leader has since then. He was elegant in thought and demeanor. He made it acceptable, even “cool,” to be educated, learned, literate and erudite. He had a honed sense of irony, and could be funny.

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Law and Justice

Police Kill Akai Gurley

New York Police Kill Yet Another Unarmed Black Man

Cheryl Dorsey: So now we know that if you are a passenger in a car, a pedestrian on a public street, or an innocent person in a stairwell you just might end up dead at the hands of a police officer whom you may have angered, scarred, or startled.

NASA Loyalty Oath

A Question of Loyalty

Justin Chapman: JPL employees with dual citizenship say NASA ‘inappropriately’ questioned their allegiance to the US.

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Los Angeles

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.

How Wages Are Stolen

Wage Theft Confidential: How Your Earnings Are Stolen

Bobbi Murray: Every week Los Angeles workers get held up for $26.2 million through unpaid overtime, being pressured to work through unpaid breaks or off the clock; some employees are simply shortchanged on their hours or pay.

Los Angeles Global Warming

Warming Globally, Acting Locally

Vivian Rothstein: We must invest resources in the state and local water infrastructure, expanding storage and building in smart capacities such as water monitors. In the process we’ll be creating jobs for Californians.

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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

Why Did Democrats Lose

What Happened on Election Day?

Steve Hochstadt: Americans angry about the economy have turned to a party which forced an end to unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which wants to cut both welfare programs and taxes on the wealthy, which opposes doing anything to prevent jobs and profits from going overseas We’ll see how that turns out.

Way Ahead for Democrats

The Choice of the Century

Robert Reich: If you want a single reason for why Democrats lost big on Election Day 2014 it’s this: Median household income continues to drop.

Why Democrats Lost

Eight Hotly Debated Issues … From the Election That Never Was

RJ Eskow: It has been suggested that the Democratic Party can run and win on social issues in 2016, but that seems less likely after this year’s results. If voters can reject a personhood amendment and elect a far-right Republican on the same ballot, social issues aren’t likely to be the cure-all some Democrats are seeking.

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