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Education Reform

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Koch Brothers, ALEC Threaten Campus Democracy

Roshan Bliss: Florida State University poised to appoint former ALEC Legislator of the Year John Thrasher as new president after “sham” presidential search and Koch funding scandal.

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Climate Change

Save the Planet

Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street.

RJ Eskow: Today’s blatantly amoral capitalism is an anomaly in modern history, a throwback to the days of the Industrial Revolution. But it is an anomaly we can no longer afford.

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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

Figures of Speech

Dialectics of Dialect

Robin Lakoff: Between playin the whoopee necessary to produce two children concurrently by two women, and the whoopins, it’s hard to imagine where Mr. Peterson finds time to play football.

Scotland Stays United

That Scottish Play: Still Stuck in a Loveless Marriage

Kathleen Wallace: The possible split kept being framed in terms of marriage, so by that thought process….. Scotland has opted to stay in this loveless marriage because it is just plain easier that way.

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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

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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

Refusing to Provide ID

Can You Be Arrested in California for Refusing to Provide ID?

Hector Villagra: We think it’s clear that because California has no stop identify and statute — and, therefore, in the words of the Supreme Court, has not created a legal obligation requiring a suspect to answer questions — you cannot be arrested for failing to provide identification when detained by a police officer.

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Police Abuse Driven by Primal Instincts

Charles D. Hayes: What is happening when we witness an officer beating on someone who is clearly no longer resisting is that emotion has taken over and the incident is running on instincts being driven by hormones.

Beaten Black Children

Black Children: Beloved and Beaten

Rev. Irene Monroe: Having enslaved parents beat their own children was a prophylactic method to protect children from hasher beatings they would otherwise get from white slavers.

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Los Angeles

Public Bathroom Cleanliness in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Bathroom Workers Organize

Marcy Winograd: A group of beach maintenance workers in Santa Monica just signed Industrial Workers of the World petitions to collectively bargain with the city of Santa Monica

Living Wage for Immigrants

Finding a Nexus between Immigration Reform and Living Wage

Victor Narro: The Raise LA policy is a model of a living wage that would help a large immigrant workforce, mostly women, win dignity and respect in the workplace.

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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

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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