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Art Levine
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.

Entries by Art Levine

In God We Don't Trust: Growing American Secular Movement Rallies in D.C. Today (Live Video)

(12) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 2:28 AM

They may be the most invisible interest group in American politics: secular Americans who now make up nearly a quarter of the American population, according to recent Gallup and Pew Research polls. But attendees of the "Reason Rally" at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, where as many as 30,00 atheists, agnostics,...

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Why Did L.A. County Inmate Unique Moore Die? Lawsuit, Investigation Raise New Questions About Women's Jail

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 8:51 PM


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Before breakfast on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Century Regional Detention Facility--or CRDF as the women's jail in the Los Angeles County system is most commonly known--an inmate named Unique Moore started coughing and...

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Exclusive: Hear Comics Adomian and Atamanuik Bring Their Trump vs. Bernie Show to DC Area (Audio, Video)

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 12:10 AM

The stunning rise of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders -- one by exploiting bigotry and resentment, the other tapping into a hunger for sweeping progressive change -- has been a boon not only for media outlets covering the primaries, but also for comedians.

Even though Larry David as...

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Kasey Chambers, Best Americana Singer-Songwriter Since Lucinda, Nears End of Triumphant U.S. Tour

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 11:34 AM

She may not get all the press in America that Lucinda Williams, and, lately, Jason Isbell, receives but Australian-born Kasey Chambers is drawing sell-out crowds at virtually all the clubs she's playing on a brief, 14-venue and rare U.S tour supporting a great, rave-reviewed new album, Bittersweet. She...

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With Gay Marriage Likely, HRC Fights Bigotry In States -- Launches DC Fundraiser Featuring Comic Erin Foley

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:05 AM

Erin Foley at the Funhouse, Portland 2013 /Oregon Music News/ Photo by John Rudoff

Even with the odds increasing after last month's Supreme Court arguments that the court will lift the ban on gay marriages nationwide, most states still...

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Feds Pay for Drug Fraud: 92 Percent of Foster Care, Poor Kids Prescribed Antipsychotics Get Them for Unaccepted Uses

(35) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:07 AM

Photo credit: Dai Sugano/The San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group

The release in late March of an alarming new report by federal investigators has confirmed in shocking new detail what has been known for years: Poor and foster care kids covered by Medicaid are...

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Where You Can See Great Women Comics Who Should Have Netflix or HBO Specials. Part I: Sue Costello in NYC Tonight

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 12:54 AM

With the boom in self-released, Netflix and HBO comedy specials, it sometimes seems there's too much of a glut of comedians unveiling their new shows. LIke the comedy club craze of the 1980s, it's leading to plenty of entertainment options for comedy fans -- but hardly all of...

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Abilify Is Top-Selling U.S. Drug -- But New Reports Question Long-Term Antipsychotic Use, Cite Need for Personalized Services

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 11:21 PM

Last month, the news broke that the anti-psychotic Abilify, thanks in part to direct marketing to consumers for depression, has become the best-selling drug in the United States, raking in roughly $7 billion a year. Yet as Jay Michaelson in The Daily Beast pointed out...

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How Bloggers and Comedians Are Telling Us More Than the Mainstream Media About the Ferguson, Garner Deaths

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Now it's happened again, this time in Phoenix -- a white cop has shot down an unarmed black man, supposedly mistaking a pill bottle for a gun. Don't expect any criminal prosecution or a legitimate grand jury investigation of this officer, either.

There are outrage...

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Guess Which State Does the Worst Job Protecting Kids From Death, Abuse, Alleged Rapes? It's NOT The Site of This Graphic Video

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Is Florida the most dangerous place in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families?

That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports in the Tampa Bay Times , Miami Herald and, last week,...

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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


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

(3) 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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