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Matthew Bershadker

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A Pivotal Law for NYC Pets

Matthew Bershadker | December 22, 2014 | Green
While these laws won't keep all puppy mill puppies out of New York City pet stores, it's a critical step in the right direction. Taken together they will deeply impact the lives of dogs in puppy mills across the nation, and further New York City's reputation as a leader in animal welfare and safety.
Richard Kirsch

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Chuck Schumer and the Democrats' Identity Crisis: Economic Policy vs. Rhetoric

Richard Kirsch | December 22, 2014 | Politics
Two weeks before Charles Schumer once again delivered for Wall Street with the omnibus budget deal, he gave a major speech in which he sounded like a progressive champion. He embodies the contradictions that will tear the Democratic Party apart over the next two years.
Russell Simmons

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Pat Lynch, You Will Not Wage 'War' on Our Communities!

Russell Simmons | December 22, 2014 | New York
I pray for unity in the city, as pain runs deep in many communities. But, we will no longer tolerate those, like Pat Lynch, who want to create more pain by attempting to divide the people and those who have taken an oath to protect and serve them.
Norm Stamper

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'Wartime Policing'

Norm Stamper | December 22, 2014 | Politics
Police officers are now poised to treat pretty much anyone as a potential assailant. Already, chiefs and sheriffs around the country are creating new policies, and urging their officers to become extra vigilant.
Opal Tometi

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Staying Focused in the Movement for Racial Justice

Opal Tometi | December 22, 2014 | Black Voices
We have to start imagining a new reality -- this will mean fewer police and more social workers and teachers. This will mean creating more economic possibilities and investment that preserves and does not displace our communities. This will mean confronting decades of disinvestment in our communities.
The Cut

I Tried to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Here's What Happened.

The Cut | December 22, 2014 | Women
Well, the acting-insane part I knew I could handle. It was the "ten days" that were problematic for me and -- let's be real -- the structural integrity of this movie. Quickly repulsing somebody would be a snap, but it'd also make for a short flick and a shorter article.
Emma Brodie

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Holiday Survival: Life Recipes for Office Parties, Winter Shoes, and Seasonal Drinks

Emma Brodie | December 22, 2014 | Women
Get up off that fainting couch. You're about to become the Banksy of winter footwear.
Les Leopold

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Runaway Inequality, Runaway Incarceration

Les Leopold | December 22, 2014 | Business
The vibrant public response to these police killings is heartening. We are taking to the streets, and rightly so. But where are our protests heading? What should we demand that adequately addresses this destruction of life and hope?
David Finkle

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First Nighter: Sting in "The Last Ship," Barney Josephson and "Café Society Swing"

David Finkle | December 21, 2014 | Arts
In his first-rate autobiographical musical The Last Ship, Sting -- also Gordon Sumner, son of a ship builder -- has come full circle, after a fashion.
HuffPost Radio

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Terrorism's Tour de Farce: Sony and Cheney

HuffPost Radio | December 21, 2014 | Politics
Shrum and Lowry discuss North Korea's film fatwa and Cheney's eagerness to become Mr. Torture. Then: If Nixon recognized China 25 years after its Communist Revolution, why shouldn't Obama do so with Cuba 50 years later? And can the third Bush beat the first woman?
Brian Levin, J.D.

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Blue Bleeds Too, All Lives Matter

Brian Levin, J.D. | December 21, 2014 | New York
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need is not hatred; what we need is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

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The False Choice of Protesting for Justice and Supporting Our Police

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | December 22, 2014 | Religion
Instead of pitting the deaths of Liu and Ramos against Garner and Brown; we can join them together, understanding them as martyrs whose live inspire us on both sides of the blue line to work for a more just, safe and united America.
Daniel Penchina

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Why Won't the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

Daniel Penchina | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
On 9/11, after the towers fell to ash, I headed toward the New York Blood Center. I faced one of the most acute moral quandaries I've yet to confront: Do I lie about my identity to help my fellow brothers and sisters, or do I stay true to myself and know that the Red Cross would, by law, dispose of my blood?
Carl Siciliano

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In Memory of Danny Garvin, One of the Heroic Homeless LGBT Youths Who Fought in the Stonewall Uprising (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
Danny was never able to forget what it meant to be a homeless teen. He overcame homelessness and built a good life for himself, but he bore the scars in his psyche, and in his body. He contracted hepatitis while he was homeless; it shortened his life.
Alyona Minkovski

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For a Media That Worships Power, Bush vs. Clinton Is a Dream Matchup

Alyona Minkovski | December 19, 2014 | Media
While technically we're still dealing with the hypothetical, the speculation-obsessed media doesn't seem all that bothered by the prospect either. That's what happens when we treat politicians like celebrities and exchange paychecks for access.
Heritage Radio Network

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Race in the Food System

Heritage Radio Network | December 19, 2014 | New York
We need to take a hard look at what is causing this income disparity. Is it prejudice? Is it lack of economic or educational opportunities? Is the system corrupt, and if so, where? And what questions need to be asked to change that?
Michael Brune

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New York's Grassroots Triumph

Michael Brune | December 19, 2014 | Green
In New York State, at least, sanity has prevailed. By banning fracking, Governor Andrew Cuomo has acted to protect his state's citizens from a rapacious industry whose presence would inevitably result in significant health and environmental consequences.
Nico Pitney

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This Awesome 16-Year-Old Wants To Be The Youngest African American Chess Grandmaster

Nico Pitney | December 19, 2014 | Black Voices
There were plenty of signs that 16-year-old Joshua Colas was a chess prodigy. "He told me one day, 'Daddy, I can play you blindfolded,'" his father Guy Colas recounted to The Huffington Post. "And I said, 'You sure? I've never seen you practice.'" Joshua was right; he could not only...
Andrew Lieb

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New York to Ban Fracking Based on Adverse Health Data (Lawsuits Likely to Follow)

Andrew Lieb | December 19, 2014 | New York
New York's move should motivate the Erin Brokoviches of this world to start their lawsuits against companies involved in fracking based on the plethora of adverse health data exposed.
H. A. Goodman

Why Is Katie Couric Giving Stephen Collins a Forum to Defend Sexual Abuse?

H. A. Goodman | December 19, 2014 | Media
Being on 7th Heaven and other shows shouldn't mean getting the royal treatment of sexual abuse interviews, especially when the subject matter is critical to the lives of millions of young people in our country.
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