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Hillary Needs Collective ADD With This News

William Bradley | Posted 09.04.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton had better hope that few are paying attention over the long Labor Day weekend and that those who are quickly forget. And that the news...

Friday Talking Points -- As The Turd Tornado Turns...

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The week began with a speech Donald Trump read off a TelePrompTer. And in a stunning development -- are you sitting down? -- he then did not stomp all over his message by saying monumentally stupid things for the rest of the week. No, really!

Mugged by Reality

Dan Rather | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
Dan Rather

The venerable George Shultz, Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State, and arguably one of the most distinguished public servants in post-­World War II America, uses "mugged by reality" to describe what he thinks of the current crop of presidential candidates in his beloved Republican Party refusing to believe in the reality of global climate change.

Mr. Bush, We Have Some Folks You Can Talk to About Climate Change

Mark Reynolds | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Mark Reynolds

I found his statement both reassuring and unsettling. It was comforting to see that Mr. Bush acknowledges the climate is changing. Reading between the lines on whether humans are to blame, however, implies that there's little or nothing we can or should do to mitigate the damage.

The Keystone Veto: You Want Jobs? Try This

Mark Reynolds | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Mark Reynolds

Forty-two thousand jobs, even if they're temporary, is nothing to sneeze at. The reality, though, is that Keystone XL is not happening anytime soon. So if this Congress is "going to keep sending bills to his desk," there is legislation the president would likely sign that will produce way more than 42,000 jobs -- 2.1 million jobs over the next decade, in fact.

Battling Polarization in Politics: Why Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, Ralph Nader and the Tea Party Are Working Together

Bill Shireman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

From Van Jones, Ralph Nader, and Joan Blades on the left, to Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, and George Shultz on the right, advocates from both sides of the political divide are gathering in the Bay Area, exploring ways to combine forces.

Here Are the Jobs!

D. R. Tucker | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
D. R. Tucker

Far from killing jobs, this policy would create jobs and protect lives. When House Speaker John Boehner asks, "Where are the jobs?", advocates of market-based emissions-reduction policies can point to this study and say, "Right here!"

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared 'Hitler' Card

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War, facile and wildly inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Adolf Hitler have served the interests of politicians hell-bent on propelling the United States into war. Often, those politicians succeeded. The carnage and the endless suffering have been vast.

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

A Republican Secretary Of State Urges Climate Change Action

| David Biello | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green

From David Biello: (Click here for original story) As Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, George Shultz helped negotiate the most su...

Susan Rice on Nuclear Weapons

Joe Cirincione | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Susan Rice does not speak very often on nuclear policy, but behind the scenes she played a major role in shaping Barack Obama's nuclear weapons positions in the 2008 campaign.

Can Paul Ryan Be a Progressive Hero? How Romney's Choice Could Win the Left, the Right and the White House

Bill Shireman | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Bill Shireman

How can Romney-Ryan attract the center and left, while maintaining the conservative base? By taking one more bold step, and telling the nation three simple truths.

Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011

Rob Kampia | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

The following list comprises the 10 most significant, positive developments relating to marijuana policy reform in the U.S. in 2011.

We Need a New Drug Policy

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

The day of total drug legalization will come -- just as it did with alcohol. The question is: how many more multiple billions of dollars will we spend before we finally see it's the logical way to go?

Friday Talking Points [169] -- Weiner Roast

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.

Has California's Reform Moment Arrived?

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Has California's big reform moment arrived? It sure seems as though it should have, but Jerry Brown only has half a budget deal. Even though the chronic crisis is still more glaring than before.

Reagan the Abolitionist

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

One of Ronald Reagan's most powerful and living legacies was his dream of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is worth remembering this upcoming sixth of February, the centennial of his birth.

Obama, Arnold, Jerry, and the Big Green Dream

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The latest UN global climate summit is underway in Cancun with little progress in store, despite 2010 turning out to be perhaps the hottest year on record. That makes the moves underway in California even more significant.

National Security Experts vs. Forces of Delay

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty should be a no-brainer: it's a renewal of a treaty originally negotiated by Ronald Reagan and it will make America safer.

The Terminator Targets Nukes, 'Idiots' Who Want Them

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) delivered a powerful endorsement of the New START treaty while mocking those who try to pump up their manhood with nuclear weapons.

Man on a Mission: Billionaire Hedge-Fund Manager, Tom Steyer, on Why Californians Must Protect Their Landmark Energy Law at the Polls Next Week

Matthew Dakotah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Dakotah

Steyer is an unassuming, fist-pounding man of conviction who deftly defies the stereotype of ruthless financier. I sat down with him to debate the issues and hear his closing argument.

Six Lessons Mr. Donilon Could Learn From Reagan's Six National Security Advisers

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

If the president and his chief of staff are old Irish buds, no amount of experience or competence is likely to persuade the boss to tell his chief of staff to change the way he does business.

Expendable Arnold: What's Ahead for Schwarzenegger?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

It seems clear that movies are in Schwarzenegger's future. But there's plenty of politics to come before he's done being governor next January, and plenty after as well.

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Wallis

Nuclear disarmament is a job for faith -- and for the kind of social movements that faith at its best has always inspired.

New Consensus on American Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

In a hopeful sign of growing bipartisan support for nuclear reductions, former military commanders and national security officials announced their support today for quick approval of the New START treaty.