How Debt Ceiling Crisis Reelects Obama

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Tom Hall: The mainstream media has had little to say about Obama’s accomplishments. Why would they? The mainstream media is owned by, and serves, a handful of huge corporations in New York.

Charter Schools Are Missing in Action

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Mark Naison: Both directly and indirectly, Charter Schools send the message that all that is of value exists outside of your community, brought in by missionary teachers and administrators.

A Note for My Father

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Bill Fletcher: Before I find myself unable to write, let me end this by noting that my father did not seek glory and fame. He sought to lead a good life, take care of his family and be a great friend.

A Hotel, A Phone Number, and a Song

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Michael Sigman: But while New York — and the nation — are obsessed about whether a certain cultural center should go up in lower Manhattan, few noticed that the Penn Plaza plan will bring down the legendary Hotel Pennsylvania.

Prediction: The U.S. Stays in Iraq

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Tom Hayden: It is becoming almost certain that the U.S. succeed in forcing Iraq to “invite” thousands of American troops to stay indefinitely in the latest imperial outpost of the United States in the Arab world

Why Back Marcy Again?

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Dick Price: I want someone who will stand on the corner and raise some hell. Lord knows, Washington has all the “go along to get along” it needs.

Gerry and the Glass Ceiling

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Tom Degan: That her heart was in the right place on most issues there can be little doubt. The pity of it all is that her biography will be forever littered with those damned “What ifs”.

The Gandhi None of Us Knew

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The deification of Gandhi intentionally eclipsed Gandhi the real man. andhi’s real life was overlooked and supplanted with a series religious myth.

Safety on the Cheap

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Robert Reich: G.E. marketed the Mark 1 boiling water reactors, used in TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, as cheaper to build than other reactors because they used a comparatively smaller and less expensive containment structure.

3D Decision-Making Model

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Ron Wolff: Robust cognitive ability, a healthy emotional outlook, and high ethical standards will combine to produce decisions fitting our complex society.

Ronnie at 100

Tom Degan: The sad, pathetic truth of the matter is that on the evening of Tuesday, November 4, 1980 I got so falling-down intoxicated, I voted for the man just as a joke. A failed, “B” movie actor in the White House? That ought to be good for a nice, long chuckle , I thought.

Bring on the Clowns

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Tom Degan: You thought the One-hundred and Eleventh Congress was beyond awful? OH, BROTHER! This one will be remembered as the worst in history. Anyone care to make a little wager on this point?

Why Inequality Matters

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The only alternative available to working people that offers real prospects for success are mass mobilizations in the streets and strikes – the kind of militant struggles that scored so many gains in the 1930s.

Alarmed & Angry at Christmas Time

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Carl Bloice: Reflect on the sudden, shocking awareness that that one third of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives are prepared to let 2 million people – victims of an economic crisis not of their making – face the holidays with no income.

An Uncanny Coincidence

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Ron Wolff: It was announced this week that the pullout of NATO troops from Afghanistan will be — 2014! Amazing as it might sound, 2014 is exactly the same deadline I have set for myself for the imposition of a low calorie diet. I’ve had this objective since 2002, but it’s always been part of a long-term strategic plan, not something I wanted to rush into prematurely.

Fetishizing School Chiefs Hurts Kids

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Randy Shaw: Unfortunately, the media’s excessive and irrational devotion to school chiefs as saviors for the nation’s schools ignores the reality that no school chief, can overcome inadequate school funding by running schools like corporate turnaround specialists, and fetishizing their importance distracts from schools’ real needs. Education seems to be the only field where rising to the top requires no experience. Careers spent in the profit-driven corporate world are now identified as the best backgrounds for public school leadership.

You’re a Dead Woman… In the Pink Ghetto

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Women have been the unsung and UNPAID heroes during key periods of societal change and transition. The Pink Ghetto, a term that was coined in 1983, describes the limits women have in furthering their careers. Our nation is clearly in the midst of change and transition. As we reboot, reset, and restart – let’s not, once again, leave women to live out their years in the pink ghetto.

Top “Tossup” House Race for Progressives: Raul Grijalva

Norman Solomon: Demagogues in the Republican Party, and their Democratic allies, will say this is about amnesty and open borders. No matter how many times they repeat it, it won’t be true.

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