What 2013 Will Bring Politically?

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Randy Shaw: 2013 will lack the excitement of a presidential election year. But it is activism between elections that brings change.

Wall Street Agitates for Social Security Cuts

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: On the same day that Goldman Sach’s CEO issued his “balanced” demand for Social Security and Medicare cuts, a Wall Street-funded group published a poll precisely reflecting the wishes of Goldman Sach’s CEO. Coincidence? I report, you decide.

“Praying Away the Gay” Gets the Smackdown

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Sikivu Hutchinson: By banning so-called gay teen conversion therapy with his approval of SB 1172, California Governor Jerry Brown smacked down the forces of homophobic bigotry, psychological terrorism, and flat earth anti-science idiocy.

Bibi’s Graphics: Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

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Vijay Prashad: The bizarre, almost hand drawn, “bomb” in one of Netanyahu’s hands was complemented by the red marker in another: man enough, Bibi suggested, to draw his own red lines. He doesn’t need the Americans.

CSU Leaders Modeling “People’s University” After “For-Profit Education Sector”

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Lillian Taiz: Ex officio members of the CSU Board of Trustees—the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of education, and Assembly speaker—now need to send their own designees to Trustees meetings to participate in discussions and cast votes on behalf of the constitutional state leaders and the legislature.

Labor Needs a New Generation of Leadership

Randy Shaw: Labor rewards those who wait. But those whose advancement depends on their willingness to wait may not be the most visionary or talented.

The Place Where Family Happens

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Steve Hochstadt: Family is not just a sum of people. It’s a continuing chemical reaction among all the molecules, each person evolving through life by observing, copying, listening to, and sometimes even avoiding the others. In this family these reactions are multiplied and stimulated by the crucible of this place.

White House Press Corps Board Doesn’t Get It

Sylvia Moore: MoveOn and CREDO hailed the decision by the association’s board to deny FOX the center seat, but the fact that this nakedly right-wing propaganda outfit masquerading as a news channel now gets to sit in the front row is still an embarrassment.

Coming Soon: Corporate Town Halls against Social Security

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Shamus Cooke: The group organizing the national town halls is the “non-partisan and non-profit” America Speaks. But scratching the surface of this purportedly harmless group reveals a corporate snake pit. America Speak’s Board of Directors and National Advisory Board showcase an impressive list of corporate CEO’s, CFO’s, consultants, politicians, and elite law firms. Not a single voice from working people is to be found.

Edukashun, Texas Stile!

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Tom Degan: But other than those little candles in the darkness, I’m not particularly crazy about Texas. Truth be told, I believe it to be one of the nation’s glaring shames. Molly Ivins (rest her soul) once wrote that all Texans owe a deep debt of gratitude to Mississippi. But not for that state, Texas would be dead last in everything! And to think we fought a war over the place! I would suggest giving it back to Mexico but they have enough problems as it is. Why add to their burden?

An End to the Southern Strategy, But No Post-Racial America

by David A. Love Lee Atwater, GOP political operative and mentor of Karl Rove, was a Machiavellian conman and a purveyor of sleaze. And through the various political campaigns he ran, he not only won races, but also destroyed lives in the process.

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