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Chamber Of Commerce Takes Down Ad Depicting GOP Candidate As Crying Baby
It should be possible to say that we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on some of our most vulnerable citizens. So as we move toward legalization, let's put the science front and center.
We face significant uncertainty about the timing, magnitude, and full consequences of the enormously complex phenomenon of climate change. That uncertainty, however, is an argument for doing more and doing it sooner, not for delaying action further.
Here's a prediction that hasn't been wrong yet: No matter what new data emerge about Social Security and Medicare, the well-funded opponents of those two worthy programs will always insist that we're on the brink of catastrophe -- unless something is done right now to slash their benefits.
If the title of this article is vapid to the point of absurdity, that's because it is indeed a trite and possibly ludicrous way to describe the bloodshed in Gaza. Sadly, it's the truth, and the reality that both Hamas and Israel are to blame for the civilian deaths in Gaza is something neither side wants to admit.
To some, Jason is simply the latest in a long line of journalists who have been treated terribly by the Iranian government. To others, he's recognizable from sporadic in-person encounters or his Washington Post byline. But to me, he's J -- my good friend that also happens to be a stellar journalist in Iran.
It's hard to imagine the law's vocal supporters intended that it would result in student boycotts of school lunches, higher meal prices, food wasted or discarded and school districts scrambling to identify funds to comply with unfunded regulations.
If we could do this on U.S. policy towards Iran, why couldn't we do this with respect to ending the violence in Gaza and lifting the economic blockade?
It is pitted as a battle between the First Amendment right of free speech and the Second Amendment right to bear arms, christened by court observers as the "Docs v. Glocks" case.
When 200 New York City fast-food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012, their demand of $15 an hour seemed like a fantasy. But over the weekend, as more than 1,000 fast-food workers from 50 cities gathered in Chicago for the first-ever nationwide fast-food workers convention, the workers' call for $15 looked prescient.
Too many American corporations have recently sought to renounce their corporate citizenship and reincorporate as a citizen of another country in order to avoid paying a fair share of taxes. The technical term for this practice is an "inversion," but it really is a perversion of our tax laws.
Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.
A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans -- 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau -- have a debt in collection. But as you can expect, there is always someone profiting from poverty.
No one knows how the current war will play out. Even if Israel clears out every last Hamas tunnel, how long will it be before it is forced to back in to dismantle Hamas' rebuilt terror infrastructure?
Our political leaders are drifting radically off course, abandoning values we've embraced for generations. Don't let the voices of the powerful few outweigh the interests of the majority of us who know the importance of conserving biological diversity in our country.
We need to start demanding a little more patriotism from these corporations. If they want to keep benefiting from everything our great country has to offer, they need to start showing a little more loyalty to the people who live and work in America.
Religious beliefs are not a license to discriminate, nor to make health care decisions for someone else. But our focus right now is on minimizing the damage created by the Hobby Lobby decision.
The biggest problem with Ryan's plan, besides its potential to become a bureaucratic nightmare, is that it was tried once before under President Bill Clinton in 1996 with welfare reform and was met with mixed results.
On behalf of Democrats everywhere, I would like to ask you to impeach President Obama. Please. I implore you. Nothing would make us happier. You know you want to.
From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.