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Charlotte Robinson


Maura Healey Returns to Talk Massachusetts Attorney General Primary Race and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | July 24, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week I revisited Maura Healey, who's running for the office of attorney general in Massachusetts and was recently endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Healey, who is openly gay, is currently leading the Democratic primary polls by a narrow margin.
Indira Falk Gesink

Iraq: Rise of the Gangster State -- Why We Need a Better, Bolder Response to ISIS

Indira Falk Gesink | July 24, 2014 | Politics
To those who say the U.S. should stay out of this conflict, I say that every day provides the U.S. with a new chance to at least try to get it right.
Lisa Graves

The Koch Brothers' Agenda and the Real War at Home

Lisa Graves | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Two of the richest men in the entire world are plotting to dominate our elections this fall, from congressional races to school board seats.
Sanford Jay Rosen


California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

Sanford Jay Rosen | July 24, 2014 | Crime
In 1960 the Supreme Court could have kept Caryl Chessman from being executed in San Quentin's death chamber. He was executed more than 11 years after his conviction, following countless state and federal post-conviction proceedings and appeals. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did not seize that opportunity.
Laura Barrett


Answers From Red States for Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Laura Barrett | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Left, right or center, few dispute that our criminal justice system is broken. But two new and thrilling victories this month are giving real hope to activists who want more effective and humane crimes policies.
Paul Heroux


Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles

Paul Heroux | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Imagine you are a parent who has overcome a disability; it could be physical or it could be psychiatric and requires you to take medication. Imagine that based on that diagnosis, a judge decides you are unfit for custody of your child.
Brad Burd


Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies

Brad Burd | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Two separate federal appellate courts issued contradicting decisions this week that could potentially impact how millions of people pay for health insurance.
Coleen Rowley


Petition to Congress: End Israel's Bombing and Blockade

Coleen Rowley | July 24, 2014 | Politics
As I wrote on Facebook and again on this petition, I just don't see what good can be gained in the horrific slaughtering of so many children!
Chin Jou

The Jim Crow North? Dining in New York City Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Chin Jou | July 24, 2014 | New York
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law is often recognized as a repudiation of racial segregation in the southern states. But this common association overlooks the reality of discrimination in public accommodations in the North, including in America's largest city.
Bob Greenstein


Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time

Bob Greenstein | July 24, 2014 | Politics
While some other elements of the Ryan poverty plan deserve serious consideration, such as those relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit and criminal justice reform, his "Opportunity Grant" would likely increase poverty and hardship, and is therefore ill-advised.
Brian Stull

It's Time for a Nationwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Brian Stull | July 24, 2014 | Politics
This entire story is a tragic one, and it should push us to admit that the path to justice simply cannot include more gruesome violence.
Elliot Mincberg

What Hobby Lobby Shows Us About the Supreme Court and Civil Rights Laws: Winners and Losers in the Roberts Court

Elliot Mincberg | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Comparing Hobby Lobby with the two rulings in civil rights law cases issued by the Court over the last year, the key factor that explains how the conservative majority ruled is not precedent, the language of the statute, or congressional intent, but who wins and who loses.
Allen Frances


Will $650 Million in Genetic Studies Solve the Mystery of Mental Illness?

Allen Frances | July 24, 2014 | Science
The horizon for breakthroughs in understanding mental disorders keeps drifting decades further into the future. The more we know, the more we know how little we know. It seems unlikely there will be any grand slam home runs or walks -- just singles and lots of strikeouts.
Olivier Blanchard


The Slow Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | July 24, 2014 | Business
The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are.
Keith Mestrich


Why I Love My Bank Regulator

Keith Mestrich | July 24, 2014 | Impact
Many financial sector executives are not fans of bank regulators -- to put it mildly. But I have a different perspective: I love my bank regulator. Here's why -- and why you should, too.
Tony Newman


Tell Young People the Truth: E-Cigarettes and Vaping Flavors Help People Quit Smoking

Tony Newman | July 24, 2014 | Politics
It seems like every day we hear a new attack - yet these products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco.
Edward Flattau


A New Election Climate

Edward Flattau | July 24, 2014 | Green
Climate change was a no show issue in the 2012 national election cycle. That won't (nor should) be the case when Americans go to the voting booths this November.
Elliott Negin


U.S. Nuclear Power Agency Still Playing With Fire

Elliott Negin | July 25, 2014 | Politics
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of a federal reactor fire safety standard, but it's doubtful anyone at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) broke out the Champagne. That's because 35 reactors -- more than a third of the U.S. fleet -- still don't fully comply with it.
Jane Fonda


Déjà Vu All Over Again: From Akin to Ellmers to Aiken

Jane Fonda | July 24, 2014 | Politics
North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who is running against Clay Aiken this November, urged the Republican Party, especially men in the party, to bring policy discussion "down to a woman's level."
Justin Frank


Don't Confuse Me With the Facts

Justin Frank | July 24, 2014 | Politics
The unconscious organizes itself to minimize internal conflict, because that can give rise to overwhelming anxiety -- especially when powerful emotions exist in mutual opposition.
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