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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 2:35PM

Russ Feingold, the Senate's True Maverick

by John Nichols

When Russ Feingold jogs onto the stage of the Barrymore Theatre on a Friday night in Madison, Wisconsin, a thousand old-school progressives—not liberals avoiding the L-word but heart-and-soul believers in a political ethic that traces back to the trustbusters and anti-imperialist… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 1:46PM

Houston, We Have a (Voting) Problem

by Chris Kromm

"The voting system is under attack now. The movements that are focused on voter fraud and the integrity of elections are crucial at this point.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 12:42PM

Making Sense of Poverty Numbers

by Barbara Ehrenreich and Diana Pearce

The Great Recession has hit those on the bottom most heavily, adding six million Americans to the ranks of the officially poor.

The number of officially poor is now higher, at nearly 44 million, than at any time

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 12:23PM

Coal Speaks for Itself

by Maria Gunnoe

Appalachia Rising is a movement led by the people of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.   People from all over America will come together on September 27th 2010 to demand the abolition of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal extraction in Appalachia.  We are not visiting DC to a/… Read full post »

by Dilip Hiro

“Make poverty history!â€Â  A catchy slogan, and an admirable aim, it was adopted by world leaders at the United Nations summit in New York on the eve of the New Millennium. A decade later, it is America which has made history -- even if in the/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 11:37AM

More Questions Than Answers in FBI Spy Case

by David Goodner

A Writers' Workshop graduate would have a hard time writing a story more Orwellian than this: A few dozen student and community peace organizers, known in Iowa City for their theatrical — if sometimes confrontational — direct-action street protests, become the subject of a ninRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 11:24AM

You Can Change Your School’s Food

by Ed Bruske

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.â€

So, how much time do you have to change the food your school serves?

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 10:26AM

No, Higher Consciousness Won’t Save Us

by Norman Solomon
Autumn 2010 is a time of disillusionment for many who deplore the USA's current political trajectory. Some who've been active for progressive causes are now gravitating toward hope that individual actions -- in tandem with higher consciousness, more down-to-earth lifestyles and healt/…

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by Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

 In April this year, Fortune magazine published an insightful analytical piece Fortune 500: Profits bounce back.  Two days ago as I went back to the Fortune website to read the piece again, I found something very interesting: sitting right next to it was the story Poverty inRead full post »

by Danny Schechter

As the November election approaches, the White House seems to be ending its Rip Van Winkle-like slumber and has begun crawling out of the bubble of its own making. Many fear it’s a bit late.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 9:25AM

Bleeding-Heart Republicans

by Jim Hightower
Who says that Republican congress-critters don't care about minorities in our society? Why, at this very moment, they are pushing hard to pass a $372 billion federal program to lift the economic fortunes of just one minority group - a far more generous proposal than Barack Obama has e/…

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 9:18AM

Stoned on Righteousness

by Robert C. Koehler

It’s not just about us. If Californians legalize marijuana on Nov. 2, maybe Mexico will end its horrific drug war.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 8:54AM

Good Riddance, Larry Summers!

by Matthew Rothschild

Good riddance, Larry Summers.

Obama’s top economic adviser is going back to Harvard by the end of the year, and Harvard can have him.

Summers has a resume of disaster.

As chief economist at the World Bank, he proposed dumping the West’s toxic waste on the Third World.

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by Ben Dandelion

Howard Zinn died this year. He is perhaps best known for his People's History of the United States, a book that has featured in The Simpsons and was recommended by Matt Damon's character in the film Good Will Hunting. This book, which offered a view of US history in/… Read full post »

by Zach Carter

Larry Summers is out, and President Barack Obama now faces a critical decision. He can focus on policy, naming a replacement who wants to ease the economic strains on American households, or he can focus on politics, naming a candidate who appeases the corporate executive class… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 2:09PM

The 'Rightwing Backlash' That Never Was

by Mark Weisbrot

Is America in the grip of a rightwing backlash that will hit the November elections like a hurricane?

This narrative is gathering steam. It is fed not only by the minority partisan rightwing media, but also its majority "liberal" counterpart, which loves a horse race and is… Read full post »

by Christopher Connell

Offering middle-school math teachers bonuses up to $15,000 did not produce gains in student test scores, Vanderbilt University researchers reported Tuesday in what they said was the first scientifically rigorous test of merit pay.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 11:57AM

Echoing at the Extremes

by Laura Flanders

This weekend, at a panel on the U.S./Mexico border in Marfa, Texas, GRITv friend, reporter Mark Danner discussed the "thinning out" and hardening of politics.

When there's insecurity, violence and threat, he noted, people flock to those who promise to deliver security and/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 11:49AM

Our Endless War

Bangor Daily News Editorial

Hardly any American can be comfortable with the assertion of a senior Pentagon planner, Brig. Gen. Mark O. Schissler, that “We’re in a generational war.â€

He predicted in 2006 that American conflicts would last another 50 or 100 years.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 10:19AM

Israel's Unreasonable Demand

by Omar Rahman

"The Palestinians must recognise Israel as a Jewish state." This is the mantra of the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been promoting this controversial idea as a condition of any peace deal.

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by Jon Walker

Democrats were extra proud when they put a requirement that insurance companies cover children with pre-existing conditions in their new health care law. Now, I bet the CEOs at the country’s largest for-profit insurance companies are even more proud of themselves for easily finding… Read full post »

by Van Jones

The Clean Air Act turns 40 this month. But if dirty energy proponents and climate-change deniers have their way, it won't survive intact for another 40 weeks.

Ever since the US Supreme Court agreed that the EPA has the right to regulate greenhouse gasses under… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 9:11AM

No Enthusiasm Gap in Coalfields

by Jeff Biggers

There have been a lot of excellent blogs recently on the enthusiasm gap among progressives, Democrats and even the Obama administration, and among climate movement activists in search of a play.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 9:06AM

Torture in Iraq Continues, Unabated

by Amy Goodman

Combat operations in Iraq are over, if you believe President Barack Obama’s rhetoric. But torture in Iraq’s prisons, first exposed during the Abu Ghraib scandal, is thriving, increasingly distant from any scrutiny or accountability. After arresting tens of thousands of Iraqis, o… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 8:47AM

'They' Are Not Taking 'Our' Jobs

by John Feffer

My neighbor two doors down flies a Confederate flag alongside his more conventional stars and stripes. He drives a pickup truck, sports a number of provocative tattoos, and is about as white as Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. I don't know if he… Read full post »