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Friday, August 16, 2013
Robert Reich
Why Congress’s Gridlock Doesn’t Paralyze Government but Gridlocks Democracy
Congress began its summer recess last week and won’t reconvene until after Labor Day. You’d be forgiven for not noticing a difference. With just 15 bills signed into law so far this year, the 113th...
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Jamie Henn
You Can't Put Solar Panels on the White House and Still Justify Keystone XL
The Obama Administration's announcement that they are installing a new set of solar panels on the White House roof is good news for the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Kevin Gosztola
There Are People Who Should Have to Plead for Mercy from a Judge—None Are Named Bradley Manning
There are people in this world who should find themselves in a position where they must sit on a witness stand, look up to a judge and make a statement pleading with the judge for mercy so they are...
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Alexa O'Brien
The Ethical Consistency of Bradley Manning's Apology
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Jay Rosen
When You’re in a Fourth Estate Situation
As things stand today, the Fourth Estate is a state of mind. Some in the press have it, some don’t. Some who have it are part of the institutional press. Some, like Ladar Levison and Edward Snowden,...
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Laura Flanders
Workers ROC the Restaurant Industry
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a hard time pronouncing “Jayaraman,” but he’s been getting some practice.
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Matthew Rothschild
Governor Walker’s Cop Nabs Me for Being a Reporter
I went to the Wisconsin capitol again today to report on the Solidarity Singers, as I’ve done many times before. I was not intending to get arrested. Nor did I want to get arrested. But that’s what...
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Cindy Cohn, Mark M. Jaycox
NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen
With each recent revelation about the NSA's spying programs government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government—the Executive branch, the Judiciary...
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Jim Harkness
Big Meat Imitates Big Tobacco in Fighting the Public’s Right to Know
Eight meatpacking industry groups recently sued to stop implementation of the popular Country of Origin Label (COOL) law ( supported by 93 percent of Americans) that was passed back in 2008.
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David Sirota
School Reformers Give a Lesson in Corruption
Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here’s one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools...
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Richard Eskow
The “Bankization” of America
The share of our national income which goes to corporate profit is the highest it’s been since they started tracking it in 1929, while the share going to people – as salary and wages – is the lowest...
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