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Education Reform

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Confession of a Standardized Test Proctor

Steve Singer: Working in a poor school district like mine, you hear a lot about accountability. If administrators don’t enact this reform, or teachers don’t do that paperwork or students don’t score this high – they’ll close us down.

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Africa

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On the Ground in Africa: Saturnalia by Justin Chapman

By embarking on a journey of self-discovery and survival, Chapman explores what Africa really has to offer, and in the process, discovers surprising and unexpected relationships between people and places.

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Animal Rights

Pony Rides Dispute

In the Name of Free Speech: Winograd Fights Back — UPDATED

Marcy Winograd: Thursday, in the late afternoon, I filed my anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a meritless law suit challenging my right to express my OPINION that tethering ponies, butt to nose, to a metal carousel, forcing them to walk in circles on concrete for 3.5 hours is abusive.

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The Body Politic

Favorite Fitness Hacks

My 15 Favorite Fitness Hacks for 2015

Treva Brandon Scharf: If you despise the gym, don’t despair. There’s a hiking club, tennis court, running group, or bike path near you. You’ve got no excuses, so get your ass up and get involved.

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Immigration Reform

Undocumented Drivers License

To Apply or Not to Apply? That Is the Question

Daisy Vieyra: As someone who was left stranded on the side of the road when I was a child with my parents because neither of them had a license, I know the hardships that arise from being an unlicensed driver – car impoundment, hefty fines, missing work because you don’t have your car.

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Labor

AFL-CIO and Democrats

What the AFL-CIO Did Not Say About Raising Wages

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The Democrats will have nothing to do with a $15 minimum wage because their handlers, the 1%, as a rule firmly reject it.

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Ecomomic Justice

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Capitalism and Hillary

Brent Budowsky: A good opposition research team could create a powerful plan to lump together Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton as royal family candidates and run against them all in Democratic or Republican primaries, from the right or from the left.

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Progressive Issues

Charlie Hebdo Lessons

Satire, Tolerance, Humility, Terrorism, Islam — and Charlie Hebdo

Walter Moss: The wisest humor is tolerant, humble, and compassionate, not the kind of put-down humor often characterizing ethnic jokes that inflate our egoism by implying our own superiority. Satire can reflect wisdom if we use it to further the common good.

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Law and Justice

Fired TSA Worker

US Supreme Court Vindicates Whistleblower

Cheryl Dorsey: Almost a decade after his struggles began, the US Supreme Court in a 7-2 opinion ruled in favor of the fired TSA air marshal, Robert McLean, who challenged his termination for having disclosed what he saw as lapses in aviation security.

CIA Officer Trial

Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence

Norman Solomon: Many of the two-dozen witnesses from the Central Intelligence Agency conveyed smoldering resentment that a whistleblower or journalist might depict the institution as a bungling outfit unworthy of its middle name.

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Race, Leaks and Prosecution at the CIA

Norman Solomon: Condoleezza Rice made headlines when she testified Thursday at the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — underscoring that powerful people in the Bush administration went to great lengths a dozen years ago to prevent disclosure of a classified operation.

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Los Angeles

Captain Phil Tingirides

Did Michelle Get the Wrong LAPD Guests?

Cheryl Dorsey: While crime may be down in the Jordan Downs Project and community relations maybe improved, we need to understand another important role Captain Tingirides and his wife played in the LAPD.

Cleaning Up Venice

The “Cleaning Up” of Venice

Deb LaShever: LA City is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to criminalize and harass unhoused people. This does not solve anything!

Minimum Wage Increases

LA City Council Candidates Must Stand Behind Minimum Wage Increases

Rev. Dan Hooper: Lifting the wage at the local level, and any lasting change to overcome economic inequality, happens only when we have courageous elected officials willing to commit to goals and to turn them into law.

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Science and Religion

Understanding Selfhood

What Is Man?

Robert Fuller: Twentieth-century science has shown that humans, like other animals, function according to the same principles as the cosmos and everything in it.

Religious Intolerance

Deadly Religious Intolerance at Home and Abroad

Tom Hall: The French murderers apparently believed that their killings were necessary, godly. And like so many others in history, they find inspiration and justification in the American example.

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Gay Rights

LGBT Predictions for 2015

LGBT Folk Look to 2015

Carl Mathes: I predict that Pope Francis will continue to challenge all in the Catholic Church to accept his view “that homosexuals have gifts to offer the Church,” repeating Catholic teaching that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

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That Day after Christmas

Rev. Irene Monroe: As Americans we cannot become unconscious and numb to the use and abuse of the power and currency the “n-word” racial epithet still has in our society.

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Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe: Just as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people transformed the pejorative term “queer” into a positive word of self-reference, Christians transformed the word “Christian” into one of self-reverence.

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