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Friday, February 14, 2014
Ralph Nader
Now Presenting.... The Activist Awards
The annual Academy Awards GALA, viewed by one billion people worldwide, is scheduled for the evening of March 2, 2014. Motion pictures and the people who act in and produce them are center stage...
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Richard Eskow
10 Reasons To Call For More Than $10.10 as a Minimum Wage
President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for some federally contracted workers to $10.10.
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John Nichols
Merging Cable Giants is ‘an Affront to the Public Interest’
When it comes to media, bigger is not better.
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William Greider
Why the Federal Reserve Needs an Overhaul
The Federal Reserve is celebrating its 100th birthday with due modesty, given the Fed’s complicity in generating the recent financial crisis and its inability to adequately resuscitate the still-...
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Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins
GMOs Are Killing the Bees, Butterflies, Birds and... ?
“It is ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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Peter Hart
Good Leaks and Bad Leaks
The fall of the United States in Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index seems attributable mostly to the war on whistleblowers.
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John Atcheson
On Assessing Keystone XL: Set Wrong Standard, Get Wrong Answer
Recently, the White House reiterated that the test for approving the XL Pipeline was, “ … that this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” which is what the...
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Clarence Lusane
Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved
Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and challenges of the major...
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Robert C. Koehler
Asphyxiating Education
“The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students...
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Michele Simon, Saru Jayaraman
The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children
Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it’s advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers’ rights or curbing marketing to children. For each of these issues, there...
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Jeff Biggers
Will Illinois Coal Rush Spread West Virginia Disasters?
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