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Ralph Nader

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Democrats Are Doomed (Unless They Make the Minimum Wage the #1 November Election Issue)

Ralph Nader | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Here's a fact that might jolt some apathetic citizens into action, as well as make some members of Congress sweat: While tens of millions of Americans live on a poverty-level $7.25 per hour, their hired hands in Congress are making $83 per hour plus generous healthcare and pension benefits.
Vivian Norris

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9 Years After Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Recovery

Vivian Norris | August 29, 2014 | Politics
The group of citizens gathered today alongside the levee which runs the length of the Industrial Canal, in the Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest hit, the place where so many lost their lives. The names written on a banner reminded us of the lives lost.
Nathan Gardels

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Weekend Roundup: Where in Hell Did ISIS Come From?

Nathan Gardels | August 29, 2014 | World
What happens when the strategic fatigue of the West meets an energetic jihadist surge aimed at setting up a Syriaq Caliphate? That is the question The WorldPost asked our contributors to address this week. Writing from Beirut, the legendary former MI6 agent and "middleman of the Middle East," Alastair Crooke, examines the link between ISIS ideology and the puritanical Wahhabi sect of Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia. Graham Fuller, who was CIA station chief in Kabul at the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and later Vice-Chair of the CIA's National Intelligence Council, draws from his long experience to warn against a "tit for tat" response to the ISIS beheading of James Foley that would perpetuate instead of break the cycle of violence. Writing from Berlin, Joschka Fischer, who was Germany's foreign minister from 1998-2005, calls on Europe to help fill the vacuum in a brutal world as the U.S. tapers its power. Jane Harman, who for many years headed the House Intelligence Committee, laments a "feckless" U.S. Congress that has gone AWOL on American security policy. (continued)
Richard Javad Heydarian

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Philippines at a Crossroads: End of Aquino's Popularity?

Richard Javad Heydarian | August 29, 2014 | World
Aquino's purported flirtation with a second term in office is startling for at least two reasons. First and foremost, there is the issue of timing. Any astute political strategist knows that it is best to push for major constitutional changes, especially controversial ones.
Murray Fromson

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Guns, Guns, Guns

Murray Fromson | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Imagine what that child has to live with the rest of her life, having killed a man she didn't know, whom out of normal kindness was trying to help her. But what about the parents who recklessly took their young daughter to a gun range and allowed her to handle such a weapon?
Jackson Williams

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Wendy Davis' Opponent Is Afraid of Something. Very Afraid.

Jackson Williams | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Polling doesn't suggest that the race is neck and neck. It has tightened some, but Abbott still leads by 10 points and has a huge cash advantage for paid media down the stretch. Something has spooked his campaign.
Sean McElwee

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Republicans Won't 'Go Libertarian' -- Here's Why

Sean McElwee | August 29, 2014 | Politics
The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message.
NCLR Action Fund

Will Insult and Inaction on Immigration Cost Republicans the Senate?

NCLR Action Fund | August 29, 2014 | Latino Voices
It's a toss-up which party will control the Senate, but Latino voters will be a factor. And even if Republicans do manage to win the Senate, insult and inaction on immigration will likely hurt their chances to win the presidency in 2016.
Bill Ayres

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The Two Trillion Dollar Heist: The Perversion of Inversion

Bill Ayres | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Fiscal conservatives complain about how we do not have enough money to pay for Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, education, etc. Yet, they want to protect these companies which are stretching the tax rules and costing taxpayers who play by the rules billions of needed dollars.
Robert L. Borosage

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Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.
Michael Levin

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Smart Guns, Guts, and the NRA: Shoot-Out at the Massachusetts Corral

Michael Levin | August 29, 2014 | Politics
America doesn't have a gun control issue. It has an impulse control issue.
Rep. Alan Grayson

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Acknowledging the Reality of Police Brutality

Rep. Alan Grayson | August 29, 2014 | Politics
As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, move from headlines to history, I would like to say a few words about two very sensitive subjects: police brutality, and racism.
Sean McElwee

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Five Signs We're Not a 'Post-Racial' Society

Sean McElwee | August 29, 2014 | Politics
It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.
Shappal Ibrahim

My Time in Secret Detention in Syria: "We Could Hear the Screams of Torture Victims"

Shappal Ibrahim | August 29, 2014 | World
On May 29, 2013, one of the guards came to our cell and told me I would be released. I didn't believe him, I thought I was going to be executed. The guards shaved my hair off and I was sure I was going to die.
Inimai Chettiar

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The True Bounds of Executive Authority

Inimai Chettiar | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Any ambitious path of executive action must be conducted in a manner consistent with the law and the appropriate role of coordinate branches. But should we snap to attention when we hear hyperventilating about his supposed abuse of power? At least so far, hardly.
Marian Wright Edelman

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The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America

Marian Wright Edelman | August 29, 2014 | Politics
The cumulative and convergent toll of subtle, but discouraging, adult actions in schools and other child-serving systems they come into contact with too often impedes the success of children of color, especially those who are poor, and burdens them with an emotional toll they don't deserve.
Sheldon Filger

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Can the Islamic State, ISIS, and the Global Jihad Defeat the U.S.? The Answer Is Yes

Sheldon Filger | August 29, 2014 | Politics
Until and unless the U.S. has leadership that is as determined, disciplined and focused as is found in the newly established caliphate, we may find the 21st century being overwhelmed and subjugated by the 7th century.
Shenna Bellows

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | August 29, 2014 | Politics
When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.
Alexander Motyl

Russo-Ukrainian War Now a Reality

Alexander Motyl | August 29, 2014 | World
Now is the time for the West -- whether NATO, the United States, or individual European states --to provide or sell the high-tech weaponry Ukraine needs to defend itself effectively. The argument against such a move -- that it would provoke a Russian escalation--is no longer valid, now that Russia has escalated. A well-armed Ukraine could stop Putin from embarking on any of these more alarming scenarios.
Adam Kirk Edgerton

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The Invisible President

Adam Kirk Edgerton | August 29, 2014 | Politics
I was at the gym, minding my own business, when the President took over all of the televisions in the room to make his big announcement: The plan is...that there is no plan.
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