Mitt Misses Middle Class’s Decline

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Robert Reich: January’s increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story – the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class.

God’s Body, God’s Plan: The Komen Foundation Furor and Abortion as Black/Latino “Genocide”

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Religious Right charlatans who preach an anti-government mantra are vociferously opposed to progressive health care, birth control, foster care and school discipline policies, as well as to repealing racist sentencing laws and prisoner reentry policies.

The Right to Shirk

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John T. Cumbler: Indiana ’s proposed “Right to Work” Act is not just anti-union, it is anti-democratic. Under the law if a majority of workers in a plant vote for a union, those who opposed the union would not have to contribute dues to the union.

Mitch Daniels Is a Scab

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Devin Griggs: His presidential hopes dashed by a “kinder, gentler” approach to hot-button social issues, Daniels has now joined the ranks of scab governors Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and Jan Brewer.

Does AA Really Work?

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Kevin Gray: Scores of studies have tried to analyze the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous. But statistics about the group’s success rates are contradictory and often surprising.

Why Jobs Still Matter More Than Budget Deficits

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Robert Reich: Government should extend unemployment benefits, and not cut spending until the nation’s rate of unemployment is down to 5 percent. Then, and only then, should we move toward budget austerity.

Jackie Speier Drops Breast Cancer Foundation Support

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Tanya Somanader: Wednesday, America’s most well-known breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen succumbed to right-wing pressure and ended its partnership with Planned Parenthood, causing Rep. Jackie Speier to drop her support.

How to Confront a Candidate

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Bruce Reilly: The key to getting your issue on the map is to ask the candidate in public, with voters and media in the room. Even if you are creating your own media, the key is to get them “on the record.”

Newt Gingrich and What Black People Need: Intellectualizing Racism

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Anthony Samad: By intellectualizing racism, Gingrich is leaving his signature card with Americans that still have a race problem with Obama. We can’t let it work.

California State Senate Kills Universal Health Care Bill

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The Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC) today denounced the failure of the California Senate to pass SB 810, the California Universal Care Act. The bill died when it remained two votes short of passage.

LA Times: Layoffs, Sabotage and Suicides?

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Steve Mikulan: Ed Padgett was driving in the rain to a union meeting when the L.A. Times called to tell him he was fired. The pressman, a third-generation Times employee, listened in shock.

Are Black Conservatives Simply Useful Idiots?

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David Love: Now, when the GOP is tea party-owned and steeped in 100% pure corporatism, greed, intolerance and white supremacy, black conservatives are simply useful idiots.

Romney Adopts Hard-Line Anti-Immigrant Campaign Posture

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Mitt Romney: GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney stole a page from the restrictionists’ playbook this week when he promoted the idea of “self-deportation” during a presidential debate.

Republicans Ramp Up War on Women

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Tanya Somanader: Republicans in Congress and across the country are introducing a variety pack of extreme anti-abortion bills — including personhood initiatives, heartbeat bills, and fetal pain bills — that saw some success last year.

Friday Feedback: Do Newt, Mitt and the Boys Even Like Most People?

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Friday Feedback: This week, an article by Steve Hochstadt, Do Republican Candidates Like Most Americans?, drew a series of comments, supportive and not. We’ll lead with Steve’s aggregate response, then include the observations by others he comments on.

Hazing or Hate Crime?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: We may never know if Champion’s beat down from “hazing” was an accidental homicide or an intended hate crime.

Replacing the Death Penalty

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Andy Love: Being on the front lines, capital defense practitioners have experienced first hand the unfairness, arbitrariness and unreliability of California’s capital punishment scheme.

Hey NBC, Monday’s Debate Panelists Need to Better Represent!

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Linda Milazzo: What’s truly needed in these debates are the images of a diverse blended America – not more monochromatic mirror images of the candidates themselves.

Friday Feedback: Attacks on Teachers

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This week, an article by Mark Naison, “How Attacks on Teachers and Government Workers Will Impact All Our Lives,” drew the following exchange between Ryder and Steve Wider.

The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues Off Death Row

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Hans Bennett: Abu-Jamal has asked for supporters to not just call for his release from the hole, but to challenge the very practice of solitary confinement and what are called in Pennsylvania “Restricted Housing Units.”

Dr. King’s Stance Against the Death Penalty

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David A. Love: Executions in the U.S. are part of a racially-coded system of retribution. Poor people and members of racial minorities are more likely to receive a death sentence, as are those who are charged with murdering a white victim.

US Immigration Seeking to Unify Families Facing Separation

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Michele Waslin: The Obama administration is proposing a rule change that will partially ameliorate one of the most contradictory rules of immigration law, thereby encouraging legal immigration and helping to keep U.S. families together.

Gingrich Distorts Food Stamp Facts

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With one statement on Thursday, Newt Gingrich, who constantly reminds voters about his past as a college professor, managed to mangle the facts while resorting to old-fashioned racist stereotypes to gain votes. With his poll numbers sinking, and his presidential campaign desperate, Gingrich told a crowd at a senior citizens center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, “I’m prepared, [...]

6 Things Obama Must Do to Bring Back Disillusioned Activists

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Mark Naison: It’s time that liberals stop trying to scare disillusioned activists with the prospect of a Republican presidency and start trying to scare the White House and the Democratic leadership into doing something to show they are worthy of activists votes.

Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks

Peter Dreier: The real “community”-wide solution to our health care crisis is universal insurance, which can only be achieved with government setting the rules and providing subsidies.

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

Walter and Rosemary Brasch: We really want to be able to write columns about Americans who take care of each other, about leaders who concentrate upon fixing the social problems. But we know that’s only an ethereal ideal.

Latina Moms in the 2012 Election

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Mamás will be a particularly important electorate for President Obama. While women across the board approve of the President at higher rates than men, the President’s approval is strongest among Latinas.

Top 10 Stories of 2011

The ten most read articles by LA Progressive’s readers in 2011 reflect both the breadth of our coverage and also several special focuses.

California Ending Funding of Child Prisons

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Bruce Reilly: I am not too troubled possible financial bankruptcy due to prisons, particularly child prisons. The possible moral bankruptcy, however, runs much deeper than any bottom line.

Friday Feedback: Ron Paul and Racism

This week, Val Eisman and Mark Halfmoon debate the merits of “Challenging Ron Paul’s Followers on Racism” by Mark Naison

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