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Education Reform

John Deasy Resigning

Deasy Resigning! Are You Kidding Me?

Rosemary Jenkins: Deasy was so dismissive of the Board’s guidance (let alone input from the teachers, other school personnel unions, and the community) that he fashioned himself in the style of a dictator. And as a result, Calamity John became his own self-made disaster.

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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

NOLA to Angola

From New Orleans to Angola

Bruce Reilly: My ride was for the visitation to keep communities together, but my sweat on the free side of the wall is always for those left behind.

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Progressive Issues

GMO Labeling

10 Things You Should Know About GMOs and GMO Labeling

Carole Bartolotto: Questioning GMOs does not mean you’re a fear mongerer, denier, or anti-science and has no relationship to climate change or vaccines. It just means you’re cautious about a technology we don’t need to survive.

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Immigration Reform

Implementing AB 60

Getting California’s Undocumented Drivers on the Road — Legally

Joanna Amador and Yuny Parada: To inform local immigrants about this new opportunity, the ACLU-SoCal Pasadena-Foothills Chapter and other Pasadena-area community organizations organized an informational forum at Villa Parke Community Center last night.

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Middle East

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How Congressional Hawks Plan to Kill Obama’s Iran Deal

Trita Parsi: It’s very simple: If you prefer war with Iran over a deal with Iran – even one that would prevent it from building a bomb — your best and possibly last opportunity to kill the deal is immediately after the nuclear talks have concluded.

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Ecomomic Justice

Big Money in Politics

HR20: Reclaiming Our Democracy

Leila Pedersen: The Government By the People Act, would combat the influence of big money in politics, raise civic engagement, and amplify the voice of everyday Americans.

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Animal Rights

Pennsylvania Bans Pigeon Shoots

Gun Control Politics of Virtue

Walter Brasch: The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots.

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Law and Justice

Support Prop 47

Why We Must Support Prop 47

Rosemary Jenkins: If we really want to eliminate the root causes of many crimes, we need to recognize how this initiative will mitigate many of the issues that create them.

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Marissa Alexander Facing 60 Years If Convicted

Sharon Kyle: Marissa Alexander came to the nation’s attention around the time a spotlight was cast on another trial in Florida, that of George Zimmerman. But the outcomes couldn’t have been more different.

Chief Beck Fires Lyga

A Broken Clock Is Right Twice a Day: LAPD’s Disciplinary System

Cheryl Dorsey: Currently, there seems to be a lack of uniformity in the way discipline is administered amongst the rank and file. It would appear that if an officer has the right sponsor, exceptions can be made.

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Los Angeles

LAPD Detective Frank Lyga

Why LAPD Detective Frank Lyga Won’t Be Fired

Cheryl Dorsey: Errant police officers who have been found guilty of serious misconduct at a Board of Rights hearing have routinely been allowed to leave the department, in the middle of the night, under a cloud of mystery and suspicion. This is part of the LAPD culture.

Greek Theatre Contract

Big Change for the Greek Theatre?

Larry Wines: One obvious red flag is that Live Nation’s proposal includes a new “Greek Theatre Community Trust” — a fund controlled by Live Nation — “for the purpose of irrevocably receiving funds generated through a ‘special ticket sales program.'”

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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

Senate High Drama

Senate High Drama After Election Day

Brent Budowsky: If the runoff scenario unfolds, the potential secret weapon for Democrats is that Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) and Georgia candidate Michelle Nunn both have cutting-edge credentials to campaign as leaders in the battle to end the gridlock that is almost universally deplored by voters.

Overturn Citizens United Act

Vote NO on Kathryn Merkel Werdegar and Goodwin Liu

Michele Sutter: Californians should remove two of the Justices from the California Supreme Court who wrongly ripped Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act from the November ballot in a precipitous action that has resulted in the disenfranchisement of every voter in California.

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