California Goes Dark

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*+-View image | gettyimages.com “We had better share our bewilderments. By hiding them from each other we should not hide them from ourselves.” — C.S. Lewis he darkness now enveloping the state of California is not a result of a power failure. Rather, it is the result of too much power, concentrated in the hands […]

War on Drugs: End in Sight?

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*+-Selena Toji: Drug law enforcement should not be predicated on where a person resides. If the U.S. is beginning a process of divestment from the War on Drugs, we must do so consistently and with a critical eye to how policies are implemented locally.

The Foreclosure Crisis: Urgent as Ever and Could Get Worse

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*+-Carl Bloice: There are an estimated 3.5 million seriously delinquent mortgages out there. There were nearly 2.7 million foreclosure filings on about 1.9 million homes last year. That’s down from 2007, but it’s still about one out of every 69 homes in the country.

A Billionaire Comes A’Whinin’

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*+-Joseph Palermo: Apparently for the captains of industry and high finance it’s not enough for Obama to be a faithful servant of their narrow class interests, they also want him to bend down and kiss their rings.

HSPD12 Employees Wait to See How NASA Responds

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*+-In the wake of an 8-0 setback by the United States Supreme Court last week, the JPL plaintiffs in the HSPD12 case said they would now wait to see what NASA does in response to the decision. In a communication released to the JPL staff today the employees said “The ball is now in NASA’s court.

The Possible Prosecution of WikiLeaks

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*+-Ivan Eland: The U.S. Justice Department is apparently considering prosecuting Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which is a Web site that publishes classified documents from governments, under the rarely used Espionage Act of 1917. Such a prosecution would have adverse effects on the American people’s right to know what their government is doing in a republic that is supposed to be run by them.

SB-1070 Proponents Accuse DOJ for Not Going After ‘Sanctuary Cities’

*+-Andrea Nill: Proponents of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB-1070, have a new talking point: they are now arguing that if the Department of Justice (DOJ) is going to legally challenge SB-1070, it should also go after “sanctuary city” policies as well. “Sanctuary city” is a right-wing derisive term used to describe cities that have adopted community policing policies that prevent police from asking about the immigration status of or detaining and arresting immigrants solely for being undocumented.