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Benjamin Powell

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Children at the Border Are Not a Crisis for Americans

Benjamin Powell | July 29, 2014 | Politics
The unaccompanied children arriving on our Southwest border are not causing an immigration crisis for Americans. Politicians, as usual, are sensationalizing the facts for their own partisan agendas.
Kathy Ko Chin

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Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

Kathy Ko Chin | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered in a new American era, creating a social compact that would withstand generations when he signed two hallmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, into law.
Rep. Mike Honda

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Climate Change Education Works for Students

Rep. Mike Honda | July 29, 2014 | Politics
While some members of Congress debate the scientific facts of climate change, students are weighing the evidence and deciding for themselves.
Harry Leibowitz

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Dereliction of Duty

Harry Leibowitz | July 29, 2014 | Politics
According to the Brookings Institution there are some 47,000 unaccompanied children in the USA from Central America, almost all of whom arrived this year. There is no question that the numbers have overwhelmed an already out-of-date system and there is no question, or should not be any question,...
Jarrah Hodge

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Crap, I'm Ineligible for Public Office

Jarrah Hodge | July 29, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
We have to call bullshit on those who think something like talking about masturbation or being in a sexy photo is shameful or even relevant to holding the vast majority of public offices.
Shannon Watts

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View the Facts: All Moms Should Support Bill to Protect Victims From Gun Violence

Shannon Watts | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Some have called the new ad "dramatic" others have said it was "chilling," "haunting" or "grisly." I call it real. In an average month, 48 women in this country are shot to death by current or former intimate partners.
James R. Marsh

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Vast Majority of Federal Child Pornography Criminals Pay ZERO Restitution to Victims

James R. Marsh | July 29, 2014 | Crime
No longer will victims be relegated to a handful of defendants paying token amounts in just a few dozen cases per year.
Bob Cesca

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Minuteman Militia Planning "Operation Normandy" to Deploy 3,500 Men to Stop Border "Invasion"

Bob Cesca | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Seriously, what part of the law permits heavily armed civilians to militarily deploy along a 2,000 mile front with high-powered rifles (and lord knows what else) aimed at families and children?
Mark Weisbrot

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Carvajal Case Reveals Splits Within Obama Administration on Latin America Policy, Once Again

Mark Weisbrot | July 29, 2014 | Politics
The Obama administration last week embarked on a path to break diplomatic relations with Venezuela. But the drama was cut short last night when the Dutch government announced that it would not allow the extradition of Hugo Carvajal, a Venezuelan retired general and military officer whom Washington wanted to bring to trial in U.S. courts.
Justine Sarver

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The Cost of Playing Defense on Women's Health

Justine Sarver | July 29, 2014 | Politics
The cost of fighting these attacks over the last 10 years has been significant. All told, women's health advocates have spent over $43 million playing defense on ballot measures. That's a staggering amount. But the true cost is even greater.
Leeat Granek, PhD

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What to Do With Our Grief Over the Mid-East Crisis?

Leeat Granek, PhD | July 29, 2014 | Impact
Turning that grief into aggression, rage, revenge and anger in the form of hateful posts, violent protests, or further divisiveness among people and nations is not the way to go if you care about human life, human rights, or peace.
Arianna Huffington

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This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time -- not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country's history, 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 adolescents and young adults. So as we move toward legalization, let's put the science front and center.
Nick Desai

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Climate Change and the American Way

Nick Desai | July 29, 2014 | Green
Other than drilling deep into the ground and burning fossilized hydrocarbons, we've invented better ways to do everything. At time when America's economic superiority is facing unprecedented challenges, are we really willing to believe that the 100-year-old way we get our energy is the best we can do?
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

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WATCH: Israeli Refusenik, Udi Segal, Sent to Jail for Refusing to Enlist in the Israeli Military

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | July 29, 2014 | Politics
As much of Israeli society -- our society -- is swept up in the fever of the most recent war on Gaza, there are those voices that refuse to accept a present or future of war, hostility, occupation and violence. One of those voices belong to Udi Segal, a 19-year-old Israeli from Kibbutz Tuval.
Frank Islam

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The Export-Import Bank Debate: Tempest in the Tea Party Pot

Frank Islam | July 29, 2014 | Business
The charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank or Bank) must be reauthorized by the end of September. Given the current heated debate it is likely that its fate will not be determined until the 11th hour.
Wendy Lazarus

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Express Lane Eligibility: A Common Sense Policy That Works

Wendy Lazarus | July 29, 2014 | Politics
More uninsured parents and children are getting health care coverage. That's a very good thing. But implementing policies like Express Lane Eligibility that can help get those with limited resources access to health care in a streamlined and efficient way while generating administrative savings, well, that's a great thing.
Peter Van Buren

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Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 US Consumers in Debt Collection

Peter Van Buren | July 29, 2014 | Politics
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.
Clay Calvert

Florida Court Tells Doctors to Shut Up About Guns

Clay Calvert | July 29, 2014 | Politics
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.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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The Rebbe's Prophecy About Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | July 29, 2014 | Religion
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?
C. Nicole Mason

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A Pathway to Nowhere: Why Paul Ryan's Plan Will Not Reduce Poverty Now or Ever

C. Nicole Mason | July 29, 2014 | Politics
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.
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