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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Valerie Strauss
Another Study Shows Charters Do No Better Than Public Schools
An examination of every score that Chicago students earned on state-mandated standardized tests last year reveals that charter schools — which Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) has been promoting — don’t...
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Marge Baker
Rigging the Electoral System for the Rich
A poll conducted late last year found that more than seven in ten voters think our election system is “biased in favor of the candidate with the most money.”
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Mona Funiciello, Don Kraus
The Carbon Tax: A Ready Solution to the Greatest Challenge of Our Time
Ben Franklin said it best — nothing is certain, “except death and taxes.” Like most Americans, we submit our 1040s to maintain the health of our nation. However, we’d personally rather decrease our...
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Jesse Hagopian
'Act of Conscience' as Teachers Vow Permanent Boycott of Common Core
Last spring I was invited to the Earth School in the East Village of New York City to speak at a forum about the lessons of the MAP test boycott that I helped to organize in Seattle.
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Emanuel Pastreic, John Feffer
America’s Homegrown Terror
The U.S.
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Dave Zirin
The UConn Huskies Win ‘NCAA Hunger Games Bingo’
Congratulations to the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program, which won its fourth championship in the last sixteen years all while holding up a mirror to the most corrupt, amoral entity...
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Nancy Goldstein
Obama's Epic Fail on Equal Pay: LGBT Need Not Apply?
President Obama just announced a couple executive actions intended to close the wage gap between men and women.
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James Besante
This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All
While much has been made of the 7.1 million people who bought new private health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act, and the additional millions who newly signed up for Medicaid, two...
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Martin Kirk
World Bank 'Development' Driving—Not Solving—Inequality and Poverty
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Robert Parry
When Is a Putsch a Putsch? (The US False Narrative about Ukraine Continues)
The mainstream U.S. news media, which hailed the Feb. 22 neo-Nazi-spearheaded coup overthrowing the democratically elected president of Ukraine as an expression of “democracy,” is now decrying public...
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Alison Kysia
A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
When I teach history related to Islam or Muslims in the United States, I begin by asking students what names they associate with these terms. The list is consistent year after year: Malcolm X, Elijah...
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Jim Hightower
Sniffing the Ethical Rot in Wall Street's Culture
Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would've been about some 20-year-old baseball player — an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an extra...
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Ira Chernus
Americans Still Blind to Israel’s Domination of Palestine
When Stephen Colbert looks at people he doesn't see skin color. He treats everyone equally because everyone is equally white to him. In the same way, Joseph Kahn, foreign editor of the New York Times...
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Robert Reich
Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour
Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure,...
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