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Lawrence Lessig

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We Should Be Protesting, Too

Lawrence Lessig | October 1, 2014 | Politics
This week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned out to protest China's plan for bringing democracy to that city. Rather than letting voters pick the candidates that get to run for chief executive, Beijing wants the candidates selected by a 1,200 person "nominating committee." Critics charge the committee will be "dominated by a pro-Beijing business and political elite." Hong Kong's students have started that struggle -- for them, there. But their ideals are ours too, as is the flaw in the system they attack. We should be demanding the reform for which they are now fighting: an unbiased election, at every important stage.
Matthew Chapman

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Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking Four Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home?

Matthew Chapman | October 1, 2014 | New York
Why is he building a massive garbage dump in a fragile wetland on the waterfront of a residential neighborhood, right in front of public housing, next to an athletic facility used by 34,000 city kids and in the worst kind of flood zone?
Chris Weigant

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Democrats Cheer Kansas Ruling

Chris Weigant | October 1, 2014 | Politics
The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic Party to field a candidate in the race just essentially got laughed out of court, which means there will be no Democrat on the ballot at all.
Jon Sherman

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Rigging the Game for Wisconsin's Voter ID Supporters

Jon Sherman | October 1, 2014 | Politics
As long as the state is not required to justify its ID laws with facts and introduce evidence that its last-minute procedural changes actually cure constitutional and Voting Rights Act violations, they will always win. Always.
John Wellington Ennis

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Democracy in Ohio is Hard Enough Already

John Wellington Ennis | October 2, 2014 | Politics
How can you have democracy in Ohio when you can't even have democracy in the Ohio Democratic Party?
S. Georgia Nugent

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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About College Debt?

S. Georgia Nugent | October 1, 2014 | Education
Because we don't distinguish among types of higher education, many students don't know that undergraduate colleges can be much more affordable -- and lead to much less indebtedness -- than they realize.
Amanda Reiman

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Medical Marijuana in California: A Successful Treatment for a Wide Range of Patients

Amanda Reiman | October 1, 2014 | Politics
For years, opponents of medical marijuana have claimed that California's medical marijuana law is a giant con job. But now the data are in, and they suggest that medical marijuana is used by a wide variety of people in California with an almost unheard of success rate.
Ann O'Leary

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Predictable Schedules Offer Stability and Regular Pay to Hourly Workers

Ann O'Leary | October 1, 2014 | Politics
Across the country, 59 percent of all workers are paid hourly. Many of these workers get their schedules just a few days in advance, and sometimes that comes with a last-minute notice of reduced hours.
Sahar Aziz

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White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

Sahar Aziz | October 1, 2014 | Politics
While the threat of ISIL is real, Muslims in America should not collectively pay the price every time an individual or group engages in political violence in the name of Islam. Overtly targeting Muslims only corroborates what many Americans have suspected for decades -- systemic bias against minorities infects law enforcement.
Peter Dreier

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The War Over Wages, City by City

Peter Dreier | October 1, 2014 | Politics
The gridlock in Washington - where Congress hasn't boosted the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour, since 2009 - has catalyzed a growing movement in cities and states. Nineteen states now have minimum wages over $7.25 an hour.
Paul Stoller

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Global Politics, Global Health and the Anthropological Moment

Paul Stoller | October 1, 2014 | College
I can't imagine that the American people will soon follow the lead of the Afghans and elect an anthropologist to the presidency. But if we continue on the current path of applying old solutions to new problems, we will bequeath to our children and grandchildren a fatally flawed hellish world.
Tara Sonenshine

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The Age of American Impatience: Why It's a Dangerous Syndrome

Tara Sonenshine | October 1, 2014 | Politics
It means that peering into the future -- if the future is anything longer than a minute -- is onerous. Most meteorologists will only give you a five-day forecast. Explaining climate change or the fact that we might have trouble feeding 9 billion people in the future is a tough sell.
Ana I. Grande

The Plight of Private Residence Domestic Workers

Ana I. Grande | October 1, 2014 | Latino Voices
Every worker, regardless of their immigration status, should be protected by the law in so much that her well-being, her dignity as a person seeking the American dream for her family, is never at risk.
Ian Reifowitz

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Republicans Are in Corporations' Pockets on Tax Inversions -- Democratic Senate Candidates Should Hammer Them for It

Ian Reifowitz | October 1, 2014 | Politics
Sen. Schumer urged Congress to craft a stricter definition of inversion and enact a ban on "earnings stripping." Earnings stripping? You'll love this. Earnings stripping refers to a practice by which a foreign-based parent corporation loans large sums to -- wait for it -- itself.
William Hartung

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Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

William Hartung | October 1, 2014 | Politics
If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As America embarks on yet another war in the Middle East, Congress needs to act now to stop this unjustified bonanza for the Pentagon's contractors. The most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer an ominous example about what can happen when the rush to war is met with sharp spending increases coupled with little to no oversight or fiscal restraint.
Larry Hirsch

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Obama Is Right to Ignore Saber Rattlers on ISIS

Larry Hirsch | October 1, 2014 | Politics
The patient focused foreign policy President Obama has been developing is bearing fruit. If we are to defeat ISIS the only way to do it is as a leader of a strong coalition not as the lone cowboy.
David Garcia

Bringing Down the Barriers for a Better Education in Arizona

David Garcia | October 1, 2014 | Latino Voices
If we want to deconstruct the walls and instead build opportunities, then we must elect a state superintendent with the ability to recognize and address the specific needs of all students, including our minority and first-generation college students.
Susan E. Harley

Burger King: Being Your Way Is Not OK

Susan E. Harley | October 1, 2014 | Politics
In a move apparently to be more progressive, Burger King recently changed its motto from "have it your way" to "be your way." But the company's recent decision to merge with Tim Hortons and move its headquarters to Canada, which reportedly could score tax reductions for the company, is downright regressive.
Sanjay Sanghoee

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Why Narendra Modi's Critics Are Wrong

Sanjay Sanghoee | October 1, 2014 | World
Without economic prosperity and the lifting of the lower and middle classes, no amount of social justice will enable India to compete in the global marketplace; or its citizens, including minorities, to thrive and advance. Narendra Modi, having come from a humble background, understands this fact well.
Eric Farnsworth

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The Political Implications of Latin America's Slowing Growth

Eric Farnsworth | October 1, 2014 | Politics
The challenge for regional democracies will be to meet the rising economic and political expectations of their people within a framework of slowing economies, reduced growth, and growing global competition. The political implications are potentially large.
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