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Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Spinning Straw (Polls) Into Gold

Chris Weigant | May 22, 2015 | Politics
It's one of those rare weeks in Washington where Congress deigns to actually do their job and vote on some stuff... before lapsing back into their default status, which is of course: "taking weeks and weeks off, on vacation."
Travis Bruner

Wyoming Fights for the "Right" to Pollute Our Waters

Travis Bruner | May 22, 2015 | Politics
As experienced environmentalists working in the West, we are not surprised when the government impedes our efforts to protect and restore precious wildlife habitat and popular recreation areas in public lands.
Stephen Spaulding

Justice Stevens Rips Citizens United, But Disagrees With Hillary Clinton's Litmus Test

Stephen Spaulding | May 22, 2015 | Politics
Showing off his trademark bow tie (and famously polite demeanor), retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens this week again ripped into the Citizens United decision but disagreed with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that overturning it should be a litmus test for a President when choosing Supreme Court nominees.
Ralph Nader

The Other One Percent

Ralph Nader | May 22, 2015 | Politics
History shows that it only takes a dedicated few to gain the momentum from many more to enact change. The major drives to give women the right to vote, workers the right to form unions and secure numerous protections, and farmers regulation of railroads and banks did not require more than one percent of seriously active champions.
Sara Warner

In Congress, NY's Silver Case Becomes Asbestos Reform Political Football

Sara Warner | May 22, 2015 | Politics
It will be months before Sheldon Silver, the ousted New York Assembly Speaker facing federal corruption charges, finally gets his day in court.
Christopher Brauchli

Banks and Punishments

Christopher Brauchli | May 22, 2015 | Politics
As the U.S. Supreme Court has explained, corporations are persons just like my readers. The only difference between a corporate person and a human person is that when a human person breaks the law, the human person depending on the offense, may go to jail.
Marian Wright Edelman

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | May 22, 2015 | Politics
Children who come into foster care often have been exposed to multiple traumatic events including the removal from their families, and may be at higher risk for mental health problems and emotional disorders. Too often multiple medications may be used without other kinds of effective treatments that might better address the underlying trauma children are experiencing.
National Museum of the American Indian

American Indians Serve in the U.S. Military in Greater Numbers Than Any Ethnic Group and Have Since the Revolution

National Museum of the American Indian | May 22, 2015 | Politics
On this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country while protecting the freedoms and ideals we hold dear, many of our fellow Americans remain unaware of the major contributions Native Americans have made to our nation's armed forces.
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Jeb's Climate Dodgeball

Heather Taylor-Miesle | May 22, 2015 | Green
What exactly is it that Jeb's dodging? I think he is trying to escape the "denier" label. He has constructed an extreme strawman in an effort to seem moderate. He addressed the word "denier" in this most recent interview, mocking those (like me, I suppose) who use the word.
Ernesta Redi

It Is Time for a Woman to Take the Helm at the UN

Ernesta Redi | May 22, 2015 | World
Hillary Rodham Clinton's announcement for entering the race to become the first female President of the United States has seen increasing calls to address a critical gender imbalance in world leadership.
Jonathan Byrd

What We're Really Fighting For

Jonathan Byrd | May 22, 2015 | Politics
This weekend, I'm thinking about the real value of the "cheap" gas we're burning, the real value of a small plastic bottle of clean water, the real value of an American soldier.
Cleve Jones

Remembering Harvey Milk and His Fight to End Job Discrimination

Cleve Jones | May 22, 2015 | Gay Voices
This week we celebrate Harvey Milk's 85th birthday and honor his role as one of the pioneers of the LGBT community, even as we await a decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court of the United States.
William Cheng

Meritocracy's Darker Notes

William Cheng | May 22, 2015 | Politics
It's easy to assume that Americans' growing disillusionment with meritocracy stems mainly from the blunt facts of financial inequality. But there's another explanation. I think many of us, deep down, find that the very terms of meritocracy sometimes ask us to give up too much of what we hold dear.
Arin Greenwood

How a Pit Bull Can Change the World: The Incredible Legacy of Ray the Vicktory Dog

Arin Greenwood | May 22, 2015 | Good News
I hear it's very exciting to meet a movie star or musician, for some people. In my waggy world, it's big shot dogs. And Ray is a titan.
Ryan Banfill

Obsession with Sideshow Takes Our Eyes off Revolution

Ryan Banfill | May 22, 2015 | Media
It will be interesting to see how the 2016 presidential campaigns operate in an environment where everyone is a reporter who can move information in real time.
Therese Rowley, Ph.D.

Conscious Politics: Hillary at the Helm

Therese Rowley, Ph.D. | May 22, 2015 | Politics
I was struck by how accessible she seemed. The veneer I am so accustomed to encountering in politicians was entirely missing.
Frank Clemente

Congress Rewards Corporations While Punishing the American People

Frank Clemente | May 22, 2015 | Politics
Voting to give corporations a huge tax cut without closing loopholes to pay for it is the height of hypocrisy. It represents an egregious double standard by conservatives: They increase the deficit by providing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations while they slash $5 trillion in spending that primarily benefits working Americans in order to reduce the deficit.
Peter Schwartz

Memorial Day -- But Don't Call It a Sacrifice

Peter Schwartz | May 22, 2015 | Politics
As an Objectivist, I oppose the idea that self-sacrifice is the right way for people to deal with one another. I don't believe you have a moral duty to subordinate yourself to others.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Let the Voters Control Congressional Districts

Rep. Alan Lowenthal | May 22, 2015 | Politics
Depending on how the Supreme Court rules in the next couple weeks, partisan gerrymandering could become the only way that congressional districts are drawn.
Paul Polman

A New and Powerful Tool for Achieving Sustainable Development

Paul Polman | May 22, 2015 | Impact
Ecosystems provide for a plethora of human needs, from nutritious food, to timber, fiber and fuel. Yet, over the past 50 years, humans have degraded ecosystems more rapidly than in any comparable period in history.
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