Is GOP Al-Qaida’s Best Friend?

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Jerry Drucker: The Tea Party’s reckless government shutdown game is causing their al-Qaida brethren terrorists to jump with joy, rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the huge damage the GOP is inflicting.

When Government Becomes a Circus

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Bill Fletcher, Jr.: If the political Left were a stronger force in US society, we might actually be talking about contending for power. But at present the alternative systems tend to be arising on the political Right and are deeply authoritarian and racist.

Really? John Boehner Wants to Lecture Us on How Government Works?

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Julie Driscoll: Boehner is probably not the best one to be lecturing the American public about how government works; it’s like getting relationship counseling from a serial killer.

Government Shutdown: It’s All About Partisanship

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are really that Americans will now discover the advantages of the ACA. Then their made-up statistics about job losses will evaporate into thin air.

Why Progressives Should Take Heart

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Michael Sigman: Voter suppression is the last refuge of scoundrels, and they are still swinging for the fences. But in the 2012 elections, highly successful efforts were waged to fight back against these efforts, and the pushback was successful.

Green Eggs and Scam

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Tom Degan: The funniest thing about Ted Cruz’s nearly day-long tirade was the fact that when his time was up, he proceeded to vote for funding the very thing he had been wailing against all through the day and all through the night.

The False Allure of Gridlock

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Charles Hayes: When ideology becomes immersed in identity and fuses with the notion that we are right simply because of who we are, the process is no longer democratic.

House Republicans: “Yee-Haw! We’re Shuttin’ Down the Gov’mint!”

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Joseph Palermo: With a little luck there will be a point reached when the GOP’s paymasters among the giant corporations and billionaires get nervous about closing down a government which functions as a cash cow for them.

Governor Jerry Brown Surprises Us Again

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Randy Shaw: Brown retains his stubbornness on prison and state fiscal issues, but in his strong support for addressing income inequality he has surprised Californians again.

De Blasio, Syria, AFL-CIO: America’s New Direction?

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Randy Shaw: Collectively, grassroots activists have had quite a week. And those still on the sidelines should consider legendary organizer Fred Ross Sr.’s advice: “strike while the iron is hot!”

Villaraigosa and Herbalife: Made for Each Other?

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Michael Sigman: Taking a job at a multi-level marketing firm would be a tacky signpost of any first-tier politician’s professional trajectory. It’s especially unsightly when that politician is Antonio Villaraigosa

Why Mass Marches Still Matter: 2013’s March on Washington

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Mark Vorpahl: When hundreds of thousands come together to protest with the hope of winning their demands and they begin to get a taste of collective power, that experience is not so easily derailed.

Are We in a Golden Age of Activism?

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Randy Shaw: I have always believed that successful activist campaigns provide a roadmap for future struggles. But the mainstream media rarely credits activists’ movements with winning struggles against big moneyed interests. This has left many activists unaware of these victories and unable to use the lessons of these successes to their own struggles.

A Warning to Mitch Daniels: My Book Is Dangerous, Too!

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Peter Dreier: Surely as the head of a prestigious university and as a concerned citizen, you will want to warn your university’s board of trustees and professors about my book.

Five Things Republicans Have Repealed

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Tina Dupuy: Republicans repealed empathy the same way they repealed compromise, by making it akin to treason—or possibly Hitler!

Republicans in Congress Should Listen to GOP Governors

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Last week at the National Governor’s Association meeting governors, in particular Republican governors, stated their disapproval of the Republican’s threat to shut down the government.

Fighting the GOP’s Hateful Agenda Without Hate

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RJ Eskow: The GOP’s policies are horrifying. But the word “evil” is like a dangerous spell that can turn on the one who uses it. It can quickly turn righteous anger into inchoate rage, which makes a person less effective and occludes moral clarity.

A-Rod Hammered At Last

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Dave Zirin: Alex Rodriguez is the weakest link and that’s exactly why he’d get Marvin Miller’s most fierce support. The union, in that tradition, should grit their teeth and stand with A-Rod.

Have Congressional Republicans No Shame?

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Walter Moss: House Republicans once against demonstrated why they so well deserved the contempt of most Americans and why the question “Have You No Shame?” is so appropriate.

For Shame for Poor-Shaming

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Tina Dupuy: The aim of poor-shaming is to get the marginalized to fight over scraps instead of demanding more from their country.

The Residue of Honor

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Charles Hayes: A genuine sense of moral objectivity becomes possible only when we delve deeply into the genealogy of our beliefs and discover things that, had we known earlier, would likely have caused us to honorably change our viewpoint.

Weiner, McDonnell: Shut Up and Go Away!

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Steve Hochstadt: They want to be the center of attention, even if that attention focuses on their egotistical creepiness, their greed, and their colossally bad judgment.

A Conversation with Alan Grayson

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In this half hour interview, Lauren Steiner, a political activist and frequent contributor to the LA Progressive, talks to US Congressman Alan Grayson.

Kill Gerrymandering, You’ll Fix Congress

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Tina Dupuy: Why is Congress so horrible? Why is the Ebola virus held in higher esteem in most polls than the Legislative Branch? One word: Gerrymandering.

Missing: Republican Senators Who Care about Democracy

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Robert Reich: Harry Reid may now be able to summon 51 votes to abolish the filibuster, at least for cabinet officials and other high-level policy makers. But that shouldn’t be considered a victory. It’s a sad commentary on where we’ve come to.

Me the People: Public Good, Private Greed

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Rich Broderick: If the current objectives espoused by many of today’s American politicians had prevailed between the end of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century, if the political leadership of that day had demanded that public policy reflect Ayn Rand-ian tropes of makers and takers, moochers and producers, there never would have been anything like Minnehaha Falls for us to enjoy in 2013.

These Prying Eyes

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Walter Brasch: With the ubiquitous use of computers, every person who ever bought anything online, or even searched for anything online—product or information—can now be identified, their web addresses stored for use in target marketing campaigns.

Wheat and Chaff: Paranoia and the Potomac

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Brad Parker: We must walk the fine line of repudiating the tragicomic primping of the right wing entertainment complex, while forcing the Democrats and the President to confront the real threats to democracy that they pose with their continued partnership with the Military/Industrial/Prison Complex.

Betrayal Wthout Remedy: The Unwinding of the Postal Service

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Mark Jamison: The post office is in the Constitution, but that hasn’t stopped some members of Congress from trying to undermine the idea of postal services and the postal network as basic fundamental infrastructure.

Save the US Postal Service, Not Just the Buildings

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Lauren Steiner: Maybe, if we’re lucky enough, the new private owner will be a restaurant or some other entity that will preserve the historic lobby of the building for members of the public to see – at least those members willing and able to pay for a meal.

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