L.A.’s Lost Opportunity for Job Creation

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*+-Madelaine Janis: It’s critically important that we build consensus among public officials across the country in the years ahead that job creation should be considered one of the primary criteria in the purchase of equipment for public use.

Republicans Double Down Against Occupy Movement

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*+-Randy Shaw: In case you missed it, the Republican Party has unified behind a budget plan that provides massive new tax breaks for the wealthy while cutting student aid, Medicaid, and nearly every federally funded non-military program.

My Barack Obama Problem

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*+-Mark Naison: The straw that broke the camel’s back, after many disappointments, was the image of the President regaling a $2,500 a plate dinner in San Francisco while Occupy Oakland was being attacked by an army of police.

Black Leaders Rebuke Obama

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*+-Sharon Kyle; President Obama has the wrong team Cornel West told a reporter. The poor, particularly blacks and browns are suffering under his leadership.

Mayors to Obama: Bring War Dollars Home

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*+-Peter Dreier: At its annual conference in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying that the money could be put to better use at home.

The Fight for Peace Heats Up

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*+-Tom Hayden: The fact is that Democratic constituencies and leaders, responding to overwhelming public sentiment against the war, have been uniting in recent weeks behind a call for “substantial and significant” troops reductions and a transfer of war funds to job creation at home.