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Giving A 'Head Start' To A New Generation

Stella Moga | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
Stella Moga

The American family has changed drastically since the inception of Head Start six decades ago. The policies have become rusty and outdated.

Preschool Education Issues In America

John Merrow | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Every American toddler should have the opportunity to attend a high-quality, free preschool. Whether they go or not would be up to their guardians, of course, but the opportunity should be there.

A Budget Proposal to Make Lives Shorter, Harder and Unhealthier

Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Maloney

The Republicans have proposed a plan that will change the daily lives of millions of women and children for the worse. And the hard cruelty of the cuts spans all ages, starting in the womb.

Changing the Tone in Washington

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama's approval-disapproval ratings are now about dead even again. However, if you want to identify a set of policies that are opposed by margins of three or four to one, try the Tea Party package.

As CEO Pay Soars, Many New Jobs Fail To Provide A Living Wage

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 06.01.2011 | Business

Despite a falling unemployment rate and encouraging signs of a healing economy, a new report suggests America is not adding the right kind of jobs. ...

The Kidnapper's Guide to Negotiating a Budget (or, Why We Need an Independent, Non-Party Movement)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In the bloodbath that is modern American politics, the courtly Dems still want to fight by Marquis of Queensbury rules, while their opponents pummel them with knives and brass knuckles.

The Republican Ignorance Agenda

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Perhaps conservatives realize that their attractiveness is dependent on ignorance at many levels: ignorance of the Constitution; ignorance of the importance of science; ignorance of their own ignorance.

Time for Real Tax Reform, Again

Pat Choate | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

The U.S. needs a major tax reform that can simultaneously lower taxes overall, produce more revenues and enable fewer if any program cuts -- as happened in during the Reagan administration.

End Tax Breaks for Profitable Corporations

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.27.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Before Congress cuts funding for Head Start, Social Security, and financial aid for college, we have got to make sure that large, profitable corporations are paying their fair share of taxes.

Pitchforks and Rainbows

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Liberals want to nurture the brotherhood of man while Conservatives deem this mythical brotherhood just another left wing conspiracy trying to separate them from their money.

Time to Hit the Budget Reset Button

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

There's just one week to go before the current budget agreement expires. If a new agreement is not found, we face the prospect of something no one wants: a government shutdown.

Cut Head Start But Keep Subsidies for Big Oil? Earth to Boehner...Come In!

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Creamer

Republicans say they need to make budget cuts because "America is broke." But at the very same time they voted to cut education programs like Head Start, they voted to continue $4 billion worth of subsidies to Big Oil.

The War on Women's Health

Deborah Burger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Burger

Unwanted pregnancies, whether they lead to abortion or children with health needs, have huge economic consequences. The purpose of such initiatives are social and ideological, not budgetary.

A Little Love for Ben Bernanke

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

It was downright amazing when, speaking before a New York City spending watchdog group, Bernanke made the case for continued investment in early childhood education.

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

2011-03-04-jw.jpgCutting programs that help the most vulnerable isn't going to get us out of financial trouble, or reduce the deficit in ways that we now need.

Kids Last?

David Kirp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Kirp

To describe the lawmakers' behavior as malign neglect is understating the matter. Smart investments in kids pay off big.

Budget Priorities: Putting Our Children First

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Charles Kolb

Americans are, if anything, pragmatic. We know that it is often the case that "you get what you pay for."

Dear Republicans, Your Media Is Making You Crazy

Edward Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Edward Murray

Republicans, we need you to come back from the brink of insanity. If the political divisions in this country continue to deepen throughout the 21st ce...

From Wisconsin to Washington, Budget Cuts Draw Battle Lines

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

It's remarkable how little the demonstrations in Wisconsin have to do with the budget battle that initially sparked it. The budget process turns out to not really be about cutting spending.

No, He Wouldn't -- Would He? House Speaker's State May Get $450 Million Extra

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Buried deeply in the 359 pages of ugly surprises in the House GOP's budget bill is a provision that would mean one community in America would do a lot better than all of the others.

Children and Deficits -- Cause and Effect

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day. John Milton, Paradise Lost Republicans have begun describing how the United States...

America's Priorities: Making Early Education Matter

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

We hear politicians talk about priorities all the time, especially leading up to elections, but once elected, the priorities suddenly shift and I wonder if they were ever really there in the first place.

Remembering Sargent Shriver

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

When Sargent Shriver passed away on January 18 at age 95, we lost a man whose life's work improved the lives of millions of people around the world.

Wanted: Modern-Day Sargent Shrivers

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

America lost one of its shining lights this week. Sargent Shriver, an unfaltering beacon for peace and an indefatigable bastion against poverty, was a tireless bearer of burdens of those less fortunate.

Sarge Changed Our World and Us

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bridgeland

Most people do not get to meet their heroes. I became friends with mine. Sargent Shriver inspired people around the world to believe in themselves and their capacities to solve tough problems.