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Anna Bennett


A Strange Thing Happening in Western Michigan

Anna Bennett | Posted June 26, 2012

A very strange thing is happening in West Michigan: while women across America run away from the Republican Party in droves due to its war on women's health, the local Democratic establishment is backing a candidate who cast a vote to completely defund Planned Parenthood.
Sir Christopher Meyer


The Euro - Going From Bad to Worse

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted June 26, 2012

The markets have steadied a bit after their loss of nerve on Monday. But you can't help feeling that it is a bit like a climber, sliding down a glacier to his inevitable doom, who breaks his fall for a while on a crumbling ledge that soon will give way.
Jim Clemente


Interrogators Speak Out: Did Torture 'Work?'

Jim Clemente | Posted June 26, 2012

Another round of torture debates is soon to ensue on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA agent notorious for destroying 'the torture tapes,' will release his new book, Hard Measures, on the same date.
Jerry Lanson


Burdening Our Children With a Mountain of Debt

Jerry Lanson | Posted June 26, 2012

The challenge of easing the debt burden can't be left to colleges or the taxpayers. At a time when banks are giving their customers savings interest worth nickels and dimes, there's no excuse for them to be raking in interest above the national inflation rate.
Anika Rahman


Mommy Wars: An Attempt to Disenfranchise Women

Anika Rahman | Posted June 26, 2012

In this election year, women are being thrust into the political debate and openly attacked as if we were a single hot-button issue like gun rights or fracking.


Exclusive: Washington Post's Kaplan and Other For-Profit Colleges Joined ALEC, Controversial Special Interest Lobby

David_Halperin | Posted June 26, 2012

Are you surprised to learn that these subprime schools joined the now-discredited ALEC, the secretive group that connects corporate special interests with campaign contribution-hungry state legislators?
Andrew Lubin


Sitting Judgment on Our Troops: Photo Controversies and the Media

Andrew Lubin | Posted June 26, 2012

But in today's highly politicized world the newspapers can't win: If they publish, they're called anti-American defeatists, yet if they don't publish they're complicit in a cover-up and tools of the Pentagon.
Camille Beredjick


'Two Granddaughters': What My Grandmother Taught Me About Marriage Equality

Camille Beredjick | Posted June 26, 2012

A few days after I talked to my grandma, she asked if I was going to marry my girlfriend, because that's what you do when you love someone: you marry them. She gets it. So can Illinois.
Jamie Merisotis


Paying for College: The Music Has Stopped

Jamie Merisotis | Posted June 26, 2012

Keeping college affordable while making the opportunity for college success available to the millions of Americans who need and want it is an enormous challenge.
Anthony D. Romero


Romney and Obama: Lost in the Arizona Desert

Anthony D. Romero | Posted June 26, 2012

I was inside the chamber as the justices indicated they were inclined to uphold at least part of Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070. It's tragic that we have even gotten to this point.
Stewart J. Lawrence


Is Florida's Marco Rubio the One? Sarah Palin VP Fiasco Still Haunts the GOP

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted June 26, 2012

The 2012 Republican "Veep-Stakes" are barely underway, and already two schools of thought are emerging on the wisdom of nominating Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's running mate.
Ben Zweifach


Keep Hating on Washington, D.C. We've Got Things to Root For.

Ben Zweifach | Posted June 26, 2012

As long as we can't turn on cable news without hearing our president, our representatives (if we had any) or our neighbor-who's-also-a-pundit crap on Washington, it's nice to have something to change the channel to. There hasn't been a brighter day for a D.C. sports fan in many administrations.
Theresa Payton


When Security and Privacy Wrestle, Who Is the Winner?

Theresa Payton | Posted June 26, 2012

There is a fight going on between security and privacy and it is your personal data and communications at stake.
Dave Johnson


Why Does It Seem Everything Republicans Say and Do Is a Trick Or Lie?

Dave Johnson | Posted June 26, 2012

In today's Progressive Breakfast: Republicans say student-loan interest rates are high because of "Obamacare." House Republicans are trying to block the Violence Against Women act, using a ruse. They oppose the Dream Act and offer a false compromise to make it look like they support the concept. And that's...
Dee Evans


Every Former President Has Campaigned for Re-Election on Air Force One. So Why Is Obama Different?

Dee Evans | Posted June 26, 2012

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office saying that President Obama has "crossed the line" by campaigning for re-election on Air Force One. Really?
Sanjay Sanghoee


Tax for Thought: Paying Less Is Not More

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted June 26, 2012

Given that the hot-button issue of taxes could sway the presidential elections and impact our future, it is critical to examine it more closely and dispel the absurd myths surrounding it.
Robert Teitelman


Rationalizing Walmart in Mexico

Robert Teitelman | Posted June 26, 2012

This was not really about the long-term good of Walmart, which will now undergo a long, expensive and destructive scandal that will also suck in a new generation of (possibly) innocent executives, employees and shareholders. This was about personal self-interest in the short term.
Rep. Charles Rangel


Making College Affordable

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted June 26, 2012

When I was growing up in Harlem, college was a remote possibility even for the most fortunate black and Hispanic students. But today's young minority men and women should expect nothing less from themselves than a college degree.
Chris Hurn


Fixes Abound for SBA Loan Programs

Chris Hurn | Posted June 26, 2012

I recently testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and shared some solutions to not only reduce the subsidy and solidify the SBA 504 loan program, but also enhance the 504 program.
Richard (RJ) Eskow


Burden of Proof: Geithner, the President, and Wall Street's Unpunished Crimes

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted June 26, 2012

The real problem is this: As long as bankers know they won't be prosecuted for committing crimes they'll commit them again.
Ken Blackwell


The Secularization of the MLK Monument

Ken Blackwell | Posted June 26, 2012

Even though Dr. King was a Baptist minister and his history-altering speeches about civil liberties are saturated with references to natural rights and profound theological constructs, all 14 quotes carefully etched into his stone monument completely eschew references to God.
Robin Koerner


Arizona v. USA: Hate Racism, Support Arizona

Robin Koerner | Posted June 26, 2012

The Supreme Court has just heard a day arguments on the case of Arizona v. United States, concerning Arizona's immigration-related bill, SB 1070. When it was originally passed, I was an immigrant resident of that state.
Christopher Brauchli


Stripping and Searching

Christopher Brauchli | Posted June 26, 2012

Things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the recent case of Florence v. County of Burlington.
Julie Stewart


Victim of an Unjust Law

Julie Stewart | Posted June 26, 2012

But because of Florida's inflexible sentencing laws, Marissa Alexander now faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in state prison, despite the fact that she did not harm anyone.
John Sullivan


Asking the Right Questions: What Should New World Bank President Focus On?

John Sullivan | Posted June 26, 2012

How has the unique economic history of different countries shaped them, what is it like to do business there now because of that legacy, and what lessons can they learn from other countries with a similar background?
Gary Ferdman


Back to the Future: A Blueprint for Progressives to Take Back Our Country by Large-Scale Organizing of the Unemployed

Gary Ferdman | Posted June 26, 2012

A national movement of unemployed workers with strong, active local chapters is our best hope to, in the spirit of FDR,"make Congress do it" or elect people who will. It should be progressives' most important priority.
Paul Szep


The Daily Szep -- A Broken TV

Paul Szep | Posted June 26, 2012

Bob Kerrey


Iran Invasion Would Be a Disaster

Bob Kerrey | Posted June 26, 2012

There's growing talk in Washington these days about invading Iran. It's not front and center -- yet. But there are folks in Washington building an under-the-radar case for an invasion right now, so I'm not waiting to speak out.
Rajan Menon


Wanted -- A New Cuba Policy

Rajan Menon | Posted June 26, 2012

Havana still rejects the principle of far-reaching political change as a precondition for scrapping the embargo. There's no reason to expect a change of heart, particularly because other major economic powers' willingness to trade with and invest in Cuba has made the American boycott less painful.
Dan Treadway


Obama's Appearance on Jimmy Fallon Is a Laughing Matter

Dan Treadway | Posted June 26, 2012

The unbridled willingness of Republicans to toss stones at Obama's appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to announce his support of a policy their candidate is in line with reveals a desperation that is rearing its head surprisingly early.


Talking to Kids About 'Gay'

Amelia | Posted June 26, 2012

The truth is that explaining to children (or anyone, for that matter) what being gay means isn't difficult. It only gets complicated when parents and other adults try to deny the parts about being gay that aren't related to which body part gets put where.
Rev. Chuck Currie


John Edwards Is a Sinner, Yes. But a Criminal?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted June 26, 2012

As a husband, he failed. As a father, he failed. Yet these seem to be issues best left to be resolved between Edwards and God, not a court of law. There is every reason to believe the case against Edwards is overreach.
Suzanne Langlois


Connecticut Repeals the Death Penalty

Suzanne Langlois | Posted June 26, 2012

The Nutmeg State has become the 17th state to abolish capital punishment, replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Mike Lux


Right-Wing Craziness Keeps Getting Crazier

Mike Lux | Posted June 26, 2012

While Mitt "Etch A Sketch" Romney and other Republicans are back-pedaling as fast as they can, the right wingers who control the Republican party are digging in, questioning the whole idea of whether the government should even be involved in student loans.
Abbe Land


Feds List LGBT People Among Priority Populations Affected by Health Disparities

Abbe Land | Posted June 26, 2012

A big development seems to have flown under the health care radar. For the first time ever, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been identified as a priority population affected by health disparities.
Irene Monroe


How Anti-Sodomy Laws Were Sunk

Irene Monroe | Posted June 26, 2012

Told from the perspectives of the plaintiffs, arresting officers, attorneys, judges, and prosecutors, Flagrant Conduct is a detailed account of the 2003 landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas, in which the U.S. Supreme Court made same-gender sexual activity legal.
Lisa Wexler


Stop Wasting Our Money

Lisa Wexler | Posted June 26, 2012

One listener to my radio show told me that when he voted, he was the sole person at the voting booth, but counted 38 other workers at the station. Most are volunteer, but some are paid to be there.
Michael Brenner


Obama's I.T. War Against Suppression

Michael Brenner | Posted June 26, 2012

Barack Obama announced a new war on atrocity and genocide at the Holocaust Museum in Washington this week. There, he declared a renewed American dedication to act decisively and in a timely fashion wherever the threat of either might raise its head. An ambitious package of pledges, policies...
Andrew Winston


Growth Isn't Going to Last Forever

Andrew Winston | Posted June 26, 2012

Aside from tiny Bhutan and their pursuit of Gross National Happiness, every country bases economic policy on the pursuit of endless GDP growth. But nothing can grow forever, and thus national goals alike have a sizable blind spot.
Pepe Escobar


A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC

Pepe Escobar | Posted June 26, 2012

So this twenty-first century world of ours is shaping up right now largely as a confrontation between the U.S./NATO and the BRICS, warts and all on every side.
Richard Trumka


Is Walmart Too Big, Powerful, Influential to Obey the Law?

Richard Trumka | Posted June 26, 2012

This week's reports about Walmart's practices in Mexico are breathtaking. The Times found "credible evidence that bribery played a persistent and significant role in Walmart's rapid growth in Mexico."
Ben Cohen


Uncovering America's Generous Side

Ben Cohen | Posted June 26, 2012

There are certain aspects of America that I find enormously attractive -- the openness and friendliness of the people, their generosity and the lack of a stifling European-style class system. However, there is a side to America that I find extremely unsettling -- the relentless fixation on money.
Anthony Gregory


Only One Way to End the Indecencies of War

Anthony Gregory | Posted June 26, 2012

The attempt to ascribe this indecency to a handful of soldiers or poor leadership is a distraction from the full indecency of war itself, much like the Abu Ghraib photos were used to deflect attention from questions of U.S. detention policy.
Leslie Sheridan


Here's to the State of Arizona: A Song in Protest of S.B. 1070

Leslie Sheridan | Posted June 26, 2012

Oh, here's to the rights you've torn out the heart of Arizona find yourself another country to be part of!
Mariska Hargitay


Violence Against Women Act Helps Restore Lives

Mariska Hargitay | Posted June 26, 2012

VAWA has protected, improved and restored lives. Reauthorization sends the message that our communities, our families -- and all people -- must be safe; that survivors must have the tools to heal and reclaim their lives; and that breaking the cycle of violence is an unassailable national priority.
Lincoln Mitchell


Romney's Running Mate Dilemma

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted June 26, 2012

It is a sad reflection on the state of the Republican Party, but nonetheless true, that nominating somebody with a basic knowledge of the economy, foreign policy and history was not a given.
Nancy K. Kaufman


Israel's Founding Pledge

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted June 26, 2012

As Israel celebrates its 64th birthday, many pro-Israel women cannot help but wonder what its founders would say about the uproar over the increasing examples of gender segregation on buses and in certain public spaces.
Michael R. Bloomberg


Improving Financial Stability in America's Cities

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted June 26, 2012

Public-private partnerships have been critical to New York City's ability to pioneer innovative new policies and programs. We hope that giving people the tools they need to help themselves is not only a compassionate policy, it's a smart investment in our future.
The Center for Public Integrity


Top 10 donors make up a third of donations to super PACs

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted June 26, 2012

By John Dunbar and Michael BeckeliWatch NewsContrary to expectations, the much-criticized court decisions...
Stuart Schoffman


A Jewish Athens, Not Sparta: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Stuart Schoffman | Posted June 26, 2012

For the Love of Zion, call me whatever you will, it won't change what I am. Liberals like me, walking and talking like Zionists, are Zionists. That's a truth the "authorities" cannot duck.
Lyle Denniston


Counting to Five for S.B. 1070

Lyle Denniston | Posted June 26, 2012

It seems likely that the final ruling will not emerge until late June -- no doubt, placing it in the midst of the federal election campaign already in progress.
Jared Bernstein


Principal Reduction: But One Tool for Home Repair

Jared Bernstein | Posted October 25, 2012

Suppose you are going to repair your damaged home and your only tool on hand is a roll of duct tape. Your resourceful neighbor points out that you could probably also use a hammer, a drill, and a saw. If you're the FHFA, you tell him, "I can do a better job with just my duct tape, so thanks but no thanks." That, in a nutshell, is the problem with the most recent analysis by this key regulator of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when it comes to adding the tool of principal reduction to their anti-foreclosure toolkit. They've made progress in their evaluation of the costs and benefits of loan forbearance and loan forgiveness, but, somewhat bewilderingly, they appear to be comparing the two as if they were mutually exclusive.
Ted Kaufman


New Gangs in Politics

Ted Kaufman | Posted June 26, 2012

There are some new gangs in our political neighborhoods called "super PACS" and they distorted the outcome in a number of states during the Republican presidential nomination campaign.
Brent Budowsky


Elizabeth Warren Will Lead

Brent Budowsky | Posted June 26, 2012

In a Washington full of revolving-door sellouts who effortlessly glide between special-interest sinecures and government jobs earning personal fortunes on the payroll of the 1 percent, Elizabeth Warren will never sell her public conscience for private wealth.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar


Why We Must Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now

Sen. Amy Klobuchar | Posted April 26, 2012

Domestic violence is not a partisan issue. We need a system that encourages victims to come forward. Not a system that discourages them from seeking help, or one that intimidates victims into staying in the shadows.
Robert Scheer


Halfway Through the Lost Decade

Robert Scheer | Posted June 25, 2012

Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon? Housing values are in the cellar, the Fed foresees unemployment remaining unacceptably high for the next three years, and national economic growth is predicted to be, at best, anemic.