Director’s Note: The Girl

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David Riker: I began to think about what it means to live in the very epicenter of the American Dream, and feel not hope – but trapped. My focus shifted, and I began to imagine a film not simply about the borders of geography, but about human borders – of class, culture, attitudes, and ideas. This was the starting point for The Girl.

Why Hillary Would Clobber Sarah or Nikki in 2016

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Brent Budowsky: Hillary Clinton stands for equality and fairness while Palin and Haley represent the interests of elites who profit from unfairness and inequality.

Supercommittee Sins

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Brent Budowsky: The sin of the supercommittee is that it has merely mirrored the old-think politics it was created to rise above.

Micro Politics and the Fear of Small Government

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Mario Rivas: Bell will forever stand as a stark reality of what can happen when too much trust and power are given to small government in the hands of the corrupt.

Author Spotlight: Diane Lefer

Diane visiting friend Duc Ta in prison.

Dick Price: Aside from writing nine published books, Diane Lefer has picked potatoes, typed autopsy reports, surveyed parolees and drug addicts about their sex lives, and taught creative writing to gang-bangers.

Greece: Epicenter of the Debt Earthquake?

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Steven Hill: One of the qualities holding Greece back from enjoying the benefits of a more modern economy is its reliance on an informal economy of family and social networks which too often translates into nepotism, back room deals and tax dodging. But during an economic crisis like this, those networks become valuable

Haiti: Testimony From Camp Corail as Cholera Looms

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Georgianne Nienaber: On Monday, the Haitian Ministry of Population (MSPP) released new figures indicating at least 8,138 cholera patients and 544 deaths in five regions or “departments.”

Los Angeles: Epicenter of High School Dropouts — Or Are They Pushed?

Attorney Laura Faer

Diane Lefer: Most kids who don’t finish haven’t “dropped out.” They’ve been “pushed out” by a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, and removal that disproportionately affects children of color.

Haiti’s Fayette Villagers Forgotten at Epicenter

Landslide near Fayette on Momance River

Georgianne Nienaber: While Leogane is completely overrun with NGOs, Fayette gets visits from the occasional scientist, and the only camera lens focused on the village is aboard NASA’s EO-1 satellite. Villagers told us they have not seen any aid workers since the quake. Nestled in fertile, natural surroundings along the Momance River, the local population is self-sufficient. They are not requesting money, food or water, but they do not want to be forgotten, either.

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