‘There Is No Alternative to Ashley Judd Right Now’

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Berry Craig: It’s hard to tell who is more worried that Ashley Judd will run against Mitch McConnell next year – Kentucky ’s senior senator himself or some Democratic Party bigwigs.

A Modest Proposal to House Republicans: Cut the Nuclear Weapons Budget

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Lawrence Wittner: How many nuclear weapons are needed to “deter” another nation from attack? In short, the vast and enormously expensive U.S. nuclear weapons production complex is a Cold War dinosaur.

How Do We Improve Public Schools?

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Elizabeth Walters: I believe that the education that can be received in public schools is the heart of the American dream.I believe that instead of starving those schools, we should work to improve them.

Our Century’s Emmett Till

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Tom Degan: Trayvon was a no-good troublemaker, the right-wing screamers say. The proof? He was once caught with an empty bag of marijuana. Really? Would someone please explain to me what constitutes an “empty” bag of grass?

Saturday Survey: Legalize Marijuana? — All Comments

All write-in survey responses to marijuana legalization survey.

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The Occupy Movement Needs a Good Fight

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Shamus Cooke: If the national Occupy Movement fought for a massive public jobs program and against cuts to social programs by massively taxing the wealthy and corporations, the vast majority of working people would join the movement until it was capable of actually winning these demands.

Slouching Toward a Double Dip, For No Good Reason

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Robert Reich: We are slouching toward a double dip because we’re getting the problem wrong. Despite what Standard & Poor’s says, notwithstanding what’s occurring in Europe, and regardless of U.S. budget projections years from now — our current crisis is jobs, wages, and growth. We do not now have a debt crisis.

More People Displaced In Americas Than Middle East

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Andrea Nill: As the drug-related violence in Latin America escalates, dealing with migration to North America may start to require addressing U.S. drug and gun policies along with the nation’s broken immigration system itself.

National Take A Muslim To Lunch Week

Muslim Americans

Tom Degan: How are we going to appear when historians look back on this era? Honestly, our chronic Islamophobia is gonna make us look awfully silly, don’cha think?

Goldman Sucks

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Tom Degan: It’s highly unlikely that any serious reform is going to be put forward until the Republican presence on Capital Hill has been significantly diluted if not eradicated. I do not believe that it is a given that they are going to gain major ground come Election Day. In fact there is every reason to believe that they will only continue to self-destruct between now and then. They can’t win without the section of the electorate who describe themselves as “moderate”. The moderates are taking a good look at the train wreck that is the modern GOP and by all accounts they’re becoming more and more disgusted by what they see.

Jerry Brown Ends Stealth Campaign

Paul Hogarth: There’s no good reason why Democrats cannot win the California governorship this year. Barack Obama won the state with 61% of the vote, not a single Congressional district has a majority of registered Republicans left, and Arnold’s legacy as Governor will be driving the state to bankruptcy. In other words, the real fight should have been the Democratic primary – and as long as progressives turn out the base in November, the Republican will lose.

Listening to Palin

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Robin Lakoff: Palin is a complex mix of preacherly earnestness and twangy cowgirl. She really cares about what she is saying and those she is addressing – but not in some heavy-handed do-gooder way – rather, like a cheery, natural gal. So she’s a mommy – but also a babe.

Why Would Progressive Congresswoman Woolsey Endorse Pro-War Blue Dog Jane Harman?

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Mike Copass: It looks like the netroots is not exactly pleased with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s recent decision to help raise money for Congresswoman Jane Harman’s re-election.

Europe’s Post-Copenhagen View of Obama

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Steven Hill: Mr. Obama isn’t delivering because he can’t deliver. The majorities needed for major policy changes are too high a threshold, even for someone with Mr. Obama’s political gifts.

Thinking Outside the Box: What Obama Could Have Said

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nstead of resorting to outdated thinking, what if Obama had drawn upon modern instruments of international and interpersonal relations? What if he had adopted a program of change in the way the United States relates to the world?

Low Voter Turnout: Are We Downsizing Democracy?

Leadership

The voter turnout numbers are an embarrassment. Throughout the country in nonpresidential elections, less than 30 percent of voters turn out for elections. In presidential campaigns, billions are spent and the media does focus on the national race, horserace style, which isn’t something to cheer about either. In nonpresidential elections, we are facing a political [...]

Interpreting the Failure of Prop 1A

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Immediately after the election, the Governor announced that the “voters had spoken” and that the defeat of Prop 1A “clearly” meant that Californians stood adamantly against any new taxes or fees. He must have been reading the leaves in the bottom of his tea cup in order to come to a favored conclusion, however, because [...]

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