Bucca Camp We Are Our Choices McConnell and Koch Brothers Obama Taking On Isis Beating Black Children Hiking Los Angeles Trails Structural Poverty

Education Reform

Epi Pens

Ouch! Are California Teachers Really That Greedy?

Karen Wolfe: When did we start judging the value of something by whether we can inspire enough devotion among volunteers, rather than by whether we were willing to devote the necessary resources to it?

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Climate Change

Climate Change Threat

Climate Change, Not ISIS or Putin, Is the Threat

Juan Cole: You are much more likely to die falling in the bathtub or being struck by lighting than to be killed by terrorists or by Vladimir Putin, much less by Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

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Prison Reform

Millions Behind Bars

Can We Be Optimistic with Millions Behind Bars?

Sarah Rothbard: The way Americans talk about prisons has shifted. The nation’s policies have yet to catch up.

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Progressive Issues

Beating Black Children

Beating Our Black Children Furthers Slavery’s Legacy

David Love: Everyone in the black community either has heard of or experienced firsthand the grandma who ordered the child to go fetch the tree branch.

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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

Bucca Camp

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Kathy Kelly: When U.S. politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the U.S. public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened.

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Ecomomic Justice

central banks buying stocks

Preparing To Asset-Strip Local Government?

Ellen Brown: Municipal bonds have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral assets, so banks are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds.

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Animal Rights

Santa Monica Council Ponies

Santa Monica Council Shuns Tethering of Ponies

Marcy Winograd: Santa Monica can now move forward in a more positive and humane direction, offering our children uplifting activities like painting, poetry, and drama.

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Law and Justice

Even though LAPD and LASD argued that the records were collected as part of investigations into stolen vehicles and other crimes, the plate scans are not triggered by any level of suspicion at all.

Police Can Keep License Plate Data Secret

Peter Bibring: The court held that the license plate data qualifies as the kind of investigative record police can keep secret and that the harm to law enforcement investigations from disclosing data outweighs the value to the public of seeing what data police collect on them.

Who Are Police Killing

Who Are Police Killing?

Mike Males: In the late 1960s, nearly 100 young black men under age 25 were killed by law enforcement every year.

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Los Angeles

Cheryl Dorsey

An Insider’s View of the LAPD

Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: “LA wouldn’t fare much better than New York in terms of disproportionate rates of stops and frisks and use of force when dealing with black and brown young men.”

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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

GOP Overconfidence

Did GOP Peak Too Soon?

Brent Budowsky: The chorus of predictions of GOP victory have led swing voters to more carefully consider how to vote and Democratic base voters to more urgently consider whether to vote.

Hillary Latino Vote

Is Hillary Ready for Latinos?

Mario Solis-Marich: The path undertaken by the official Hillary included an unnecessary book tour that was rife with bad press and now a trip to Iowa for which the un-candidate was un-prepared.

McConnell and Koch Brothers

Mitch’s Mum Moment

Berry Craig: The Birchers are still around. But they’ve been eclipsed by the Tea Party and like-mined white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion.

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