Westside Parents, Teachers Facing ‘Deasy’s Revenge’

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Sara Roos: “Deasy’s Revenge” is a maneuver of breathtaking vindictiveness. It disenfranchises the very spirit of the compromise language dictated by his own employers and our representatives, the LAUSD school board.

Hillary: The Next FDR

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Brent Budowsky: It is time to resume discussion about the possibility of a political realignment that would make Democrats the leading national political party for a generation.

Scott Brown Should Stand Down for John Kerry

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Brent Budowsky: It appears that Senate Republicans are nominating Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize put together.

Begun the Drone Wars Have

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Joseph Palermo: We need to put the pressure on the Obama administration to reel in the drone program and put the United States on the side of common decency in calling for a United Nations-brokered ban on these pernicious weapons.

Time to Bench Mitch McConnell and His Cronies?

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Joseph Palermo: Ending the filibuster is within the realm of possibility if only the Democrats had the guts to do it.

Danger: Talking Heads Exploding!

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Charley James: People heading to work outside Fox’s building on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan the morning after the election found themselves sidestepping bits of flesh and bone.

Erasing Dubya

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Robert Reich: While Bill Clinton stumps for Obama, Romney has gone out of his way not to mention the name of the president who came after Clinton and before Obama.

What the Rest of the World Thinks

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Steve Hochstadt: European newspapers have noted that Republicans portray Europe not as a kindred continent, but as the kind of dystopian society the US might become should the wrong person win.

Welcome to the New Normal America

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Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.

“If You See a Republican Lie, Get in His Face and Shout ‘Bullsh**’”

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Ted Vaill: Until November 6, when we find out if America is to become an oligarchy run by Romney and his plutocrats, or remains a democracy under Obama and the Democrats, if the Republicans want to play John Burton-style hardball, let it be so.

Why Leftists Should Support Obama’s Reelection

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An Open Letter to Fellow Leftists: Please Support President Obama’s Reelection On LA Progressive’s pages, I have read many articles and commentaries which threaten not to support President Obama’s reelection. Although I distrust political labels, I consider myself a liberal and progressive, and thus a leftist, but I differ from some of you in several [...]

5 Right-Wing Obstacles That Must Be Overcome

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Joseph Palermo: These powerful right-wing political obstacles that must be sidelined if progressive change can have any chance of success, whether Obama is at the helm or any number of the string of future presidents he now tells us we’ll probably need.

Looking Beyond Election Day

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Robert Reich: Political elites are worried about thunder on the right and the left, but they show scant understanding of what these growing anti-establishment forces signify. Meanwhile, the nation drifts.

Electoral Concern, Not Panic for the President

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: President Obama is not in full campaign mode. The President may have made a lot of mistakes and have his set of weaknesses, but if there is one thing he is good at it’s campaigning.

The Republican Weapon of Mass Cynicism

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Robert Reich: If we can’t trust government at a time like this, whom can we trust? Corporations? Wall Street? Bill Gates and Warren Buffett? Or is each of us now simply on our own?

The Next Presidential Election

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Ted Vaill: He went on to be nominated for President on the Republican ticket, exclaiming in his victory speech: “Extremism in defense of patriotism is no vice!”.

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Can Labor Confront Obama Over Jobs?

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Shamus Cooke: Hefty splits in the labor movement have already emerged on whether to support Obama’s reelection, based on his complete lack of action on creating jobs combined with his false promises in the 2008 election.

Plutocracy Rules

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Tom Degan: When Hunter Thompson killed himself in the late winter of 2005, I could never bring myself to write about it. Although his greatest work was years behind him I couldn’t bring myself to accept the fact that he was gone forever.

The Day the GOP Shot Ol’ America Down

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Ted Vaill: In less than a month, unless they relent in their effort to destroy the American (and the world) economy to curry favor with their Tea Party wing, the Republicans in Congress will cause the American government to default on its debt, on August 2, 2011 or thereabouts.

Manipulating Obama: Moving Left

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Anthony Samad: At the end of the day, Obama is going to have to look in the faces of his various bases, not those that voted for him because they didn’t have a better choice (they are already gone), but those who really believed in what he was trying to do.

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Clash of the Half Wits

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Tom Degan: Not only would the candidacy of Sarah Palin guarantee the reelection of Barack Obama, it would be a months-long holiday for political satirists everywhere.

What’s in a Label?

Nick Antonicello: Political labels do matter. That’s why Hahn has moved to the left in this effort to become politically acceptable to grass roots activists and rank & file party members.

A Disengaged Presidency

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Brent Budowsky: Obama’s political strategy is to position himself as the lofty leader above the fray, appealing to voters who tell pollsters that “we must work together” without risking his elevated image of possessing the hands-on executive leadership that is required to make hard decisions on tough issues in a divided government.

Why Obama Isn’t Fighting the Budget Battle

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Robert Reich: Obama won’t actively fight the budget battle if the current White House view of how he wins in 2012 continues to prevail.

Fearful “Liberals” Prolong the Corruption

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Jim Fuller: Rather than being genuine political liberals and/or progressives, those self-deluding, unquestioning Obama supporters are far more closely related to the members of the various Tea Party organizations than they are to anyone on the political left.

Obama’s ’12 Business Bet

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Brent Budowsky: Obama is making a riverboat gamble that by doubling down on courting big business he will unleash a surge of jobs and lead resurgent Democrats to a triumph in 2012. Whether this strategy works will determine whether the 2012 campaign resembles the Reagan reelection of 1984 or the chaotic election of 1968.

Orrin Hatch Calls Vote On Immigration Bill He Once Co-Sponsored ‘A Cynical Exercise’

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Andrea Nill: Hatch’s flip-flop may have something to do with the fact that he’s up for reelection in 2012 and has already been identified as the tea party’s next target.

Why Obama Should Learn the Lesson of 1936, not 1996

Robert Reich: Obama shouldn’t be fooled into thinking Bill Clinton was reelected in 1996 because he moved to the center. I was there. Clinton was reelected because by then the economy had come roaring back to life.

Republicans Threaten to Shut Down the Federal Government

Robert Reich: I am continuously amazed at the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of potential victory. It is the gift that keeps giving.

Reframing the Birthright Citizenship Debate with Facts

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Seth Hoy: The truth is that majority of immigrants come to the U.S. to work, to reunite with their families, or to flee persecution—not to have children.

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