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Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, and a former Fellow with the Progressive Policy Insititute. He has also written for The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon and numerous other publications. He is the author of 2005's PPI report, Parity-Plus: A Third Way Approach to Fix America's Mental Health System, and is currently researching a book on mental health issues.

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Could a LA-Style Threat Assessment Team Have Thwarted the Isla Vista, Seattle or Oregon Shooting Sprees?

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 4:04 AM

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When Richard Martinez, the father of a young man killed in the Isla Vista, CA attacks, came to Washington last week to bring his gun control message of "Not One More" raised by the recent spate of mass shootings, it was actually...

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Maria Bamford Tells (Almost) All About Her Comedy, Mental Illness and Sloppy Psych Care Before The American Comedy Awards

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:08 AM

          On her way to becoming arguably the most innovative, unique and emotionally resonant  comedian in the country, Maria Bamford has seen her cult following grow ever larger, even if many people still only know her from her roles in the "crazy Target lady" ads or as the meth...

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Will You Lose Your Insurance By January? The Oct. 31 Deadline Insurers, Obama and the Media Aren't Telling You About

(172) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:13 AM

By now, it's becoming increasingly apparent that hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, with individual or self-employed health care plans could lose their current plans come January. Despite administration spin on this topic that the plans people may get will offer more benefits, greater...

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GOP, Chamber of Commerce and Fox News: Did They Play a Role in the Fertilizer Plant Deaths?

(53) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:11 PM

In his oration Thursday remembering the 15 people killed by the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas last week, President Obama said, "We give thanks for the courage, and the compassion, and the incredible grace of the people of West." But there was a...

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Maria Bamford, Erin Foley Triumph at Women in Comedy Festival -- Their Way

(3) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Consumer Warning: If you think Dane Cook and Chelsea Handler are brilliant comedians, please do not read this article. It is unsafe for you to consume and may make your head explode.


Maria Bamford has emerged over the last year as one of the...

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Nation 'Yawns' as the Sequester Attacks the Mentally Ill

(15) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 4:16 PM

The country has apparently reacted with a "collective yawn" to the $85 billion across-the-board cuts that began last Friday, the AP proclaims. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports, "The sword of Damocles turns out to be made of Styrofoam."

But the sword feels much sharper...

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Holiday Shopping Secrets: Three Money-Saving Tablet Tips Retailers Won't Tell You

(13) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:41 PM

The tablet wars are underway over brand new offerings from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Microsoft, Google and Apple. The pros and cons are ably described in a summary article at The Week magazine, concluding that of all the discount Android-based tablets, the Google Nexus 7 is the best....

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Ohio, Facing Vote-Rigging Lawsuit, Adds Voter-Purging Software: Are Dems, Liberals, Election Officials Ready to Safeguard Votes?

(111) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 5:35 PM

There's mounting fall-out from reports, first broken by The Free Press, that a Mitt Romney-linked company owns the Hart Intercivic voting machines used in key counties in Colorado, Ohio and other states. The stories have stoked new fears about a "stolen" election.

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Three Ways Romney Can Still Win the Election

(14) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Democrats, liberal pundits and progressives are nearly giddy over the damage caused by the worst few weeks any presidential candidate has suffered in modern campaign history. They've reveled in the notorious "47%" video leaked to Mother Jones and frenetic Libya smears that seem...

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Beyond Nostalgia: Jackson Browne Sings for "These Days," Too

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Jackson Browne, the iconic singer-songwriter frozen in the 1970s amber memories of baby boomers everywhere, is still creating and performing music as vital and ageless as he appears in concert. Forever thin, dark-haired and singing with a textured, plaintive voice that is as captivating when the public first heard...

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Romney Profits From Bain-owned Health Company Facing Wrongful Death, Neglect Allegations

(57) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Even amid the media firestorm over Mitt Romney, his tax returns and his involvement in the predatory tactics of Bain Capital, there's been less attention paid to how he continues to profit from Bain Capital investments that carry out his legacy: maximizing profits and revenues without too...

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Last Chance for DC Citizens to Ban Corporate Donations, Fight Sleaze

(4) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 10:18 AM

This week marks the  last chance for citizens to put on the ballot in November a ban on the corporate donations that have helped make Washington, D.C. perhaps the most corrupt current city government in the country. (So many officials have faced criminal investigations or arrests, you need a

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Sleaze City: Citizens' Revolt Launched to Ban Corporate Control of DC Elections

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 8:18 AM

The growing movement to undo the nefarious impact of the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate campaign spending finds its counterpart in a citizens' revolt against corporate control of local Washington, D.C. elections.

As a result, Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen,...

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Occupy DC: Are Police Giving Koch Allies the "Green Light" to Run Over Protesters?

(105) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 10:24 AM

Update: Police and Occupy DC protesters are offering sharply divergent accounts over the protesters hit by a car during Friday's protest at a Koch brothers event, prompting a march on police headquarters Monday demanding a thorough investigation.

The conservative Washington Times reports:

Protesters say police refused to...
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Songs for the New Depression: Americana Icon Gillian Welch Storms Charts, Brings Stark Songs to DC

(5) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 9:59 AM

With the economy teetering on collapse with the new debt deal, music fans can prepare for the mournful times ahead by listening to the sad, evocative songs of Gillian Welch, whose sound is steeped in Depression-era bluegrass but updated for today's hard times. Yet, in performance, her partner...

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Lucinda Williams Brings Blues, Heartache and Protest to Washington

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 4:39 PM

Lucinda Williams, perhaps America's greatest songwriter for just over two decades, is coming to Wolf Trap in suburban Washington this week singing a different kind of blues. The bruised and aching heart that lies embedded in her greatest songs is still very much there, but a new,...

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Will New Film on Gov. Rick Perry's Execution Scandal Kill His White House Chances?

(156) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 10:26 AM

Gov. Rick Perry, a likely GOP presidential candidate, faces a new burden: a searing documentary film, Incendiary, that looks at the railroading of a suspect for an arson incident that killed his children. The executed convict was Cameron Todd Willingham, but the new film and...

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GOP-Style Dems Moving to Sell Out Poor, Liberals: Lessons From the DC Budget Fight

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 10:31 AM

It's been less than two weeks since a guerilla campaign by local activists managed to restore about 20 percent from $131 million in budget cuts targeting Washington, D.C.'s neediest residents -- with little help from the mainstream media, which essentially ignored a looming shutdown of the...

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Progressives' Last Chance to Save Medicaid: Upshot of Ominous New Politico Report

(22) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 3:41 PM

Who is ringing the alarm on Medicaid in a way that will make Congress pay attention?

Outside of some blogging at ourfuture.org,  the fate of Medicaid in the current budget fight has been a  low profile priority among most broader liberal groups; health care advocacy groups haven't mobilized...

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High Noon: Tuesday Protests Take on "Fully Loaded" Chairman, GOP-Style Dems Over DC Cuts to Poor

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 9:50 AM

The scandal-plagued chairman of the DC Council, Kwame Brown, best known for asking city taxpayers to pay for a "fully loaded" Lincoln Navigator worth $2,000 a month, is joining with other GOP-style Democrats to slash city services for the poor. At the same time, they're...

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