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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Excessive CEO pay is a problem that affects all of us. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/imagedepotpro) Sarah Anderson
The Single Most Dramatic Driver of Our Country's Economic Divide: The Growing Gap Between CEO and Worker Pay
While working families are suffering under the pandemic, corporate boards have bent the rules to protect massive CEO paychecks.
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The U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Caroline Fredrickson
The Filibuster Should Be Abolished or Make Senators Pay a Price for Keeping It
Letting senators block bills in secret is anti-democratic and it needs to end.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
"Universal single-payer health insurance, or Medicare for All, would cover everyone with the same high-quality care, progressively financed." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ed Weisbart
The American Rescue Plan Does Not Fix Our Fundamentally Flawed Healthcare System. We Need Medicare for All.
Despite its life-saving importance, the American Rescue Plan continues to protect bloated corporations with our public dollars and does nothing to make healthcare more affordable for the nation.
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The Lempa River, whose watershed provides water for half of El Salvador (Photo: Shutterstock) Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Can We Protect the Very Thing That Sustains Life?
Americans will have to fight hard to protect their water from corporate greed. They can learn a lot from El Salvador.
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Participant seen holding a sign at the protest. Climate activists with Stop the Money Pipeline held a rally in midtown Manhattan first at BlackRocks HQ and then march to JP Morgan Chase HQ, -two of the worlds biggest funders of climate destruction in their opinion- to urge the two companies to end their support for the dangerous proposed Line 3 pipeline project, and stop funding fossil fuels and forest destruction. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Lana Pollack
Enbridge's Line 5 Needs to Be Shut Down to Protect the Great Lakes
Line 5, increasingly a threat to the Great Lakes and having repeatedly violated its Michigan issued permit, needs to be closed before it ruptures to the undying regret of both Canada and the United States.
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Individual students taking standardized tests in completely non-standardized environments would produce incomparable and totally subjective scores. (Photo: Pixabay/cc) Wayne Au
Even in Non-Pandemic Years, High-Stakes Standardized Tests Don't Accurately and Objectively Measure Teaching and Learning
Given the vast disparities of resources, participation and conditions of education during the pandemic, the results of any high-stakes standardized testing would be invalid—and the act of administering them would be an exercise in futility.
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Unlike coal, gas and nuclear, which use pricey fuels, solar panels convert free sunlight into electricity. (Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Solar Power That Led to Teacher Bonuses in Arkansas Exemplify Green New Deal
Let's give ourselves a raise and save the planet at the same time. What could be more satisfying?
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Members of the New York Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (NYCAN) gathered outside the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building in Manhattan on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the city of Hiroshima, to give notice to the New York City Council that it is time to bring Resolution 976 and INT 1621, known as the Nuclear Disarmament Legislation to the floor for a vote at the next Stated Meeting. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Tristan Guyette
Starve the Pentagon, Feed the People
It’s time we stop prioritizing weapons before citizens and re-evaluate our funding of nuclear weapons.
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Staffers place a sign on a podium in preparation for a news conference with House Democrats regarding H.R. 1, the For the People Act, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Jeff Milchen
The Burning Urgency of Passing the "For the People Act"
Our chance to preempt voter suppression could expire at any moment.
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Ford F150 trucks go through robots on the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant on September 27, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Robots Are Coming for Millions of Blue-Collar Jobs
CEOs urgently need euphemisms to soften the image of their constant hunt for ways to kill jobs and funnel more money to themselves and top investors.
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Along with all other social justice issues, healthcare justice reaches into every section of our lives and our communities. (Photo: @Public_Citizen/Twitter) Donna Smith
Rise and Shine: Medicare for All Saves Us All
Stand tall and with the power of our shared commitment and let’s teach more people to be active constituents who push their own Congressional members to co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act of 2021.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
After people protested police violence, lawmakers are making it a protest. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/SEAN GLADWELL) Will Bunch
Republicans Want to Criminalize Protest
Citizens in the affected states need to get out and fight these anti-democratic measures—while they still can.
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Government supporters are waving Venezuelan flags in a protest against the announcement of new US sanctions against the Venezuelan airline Conviasa.(Photo by Pedro Rances Mattey/picture alliance via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
The Ongoing Calamity: US Collective Punishment of the Venezuelan People Must End
Washington's agenda in Venezuela has unmistakably failed, and no amount of additional sanctions is likely to change the political outcome.
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Signs give social distancing instructions at the Orange Circle at Glassell Street and Chapman Avenue in Orange, CA on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) Derrick Z. Jackson
From Texas to Mississippi, States Dismantle Covid-19 Safety Protocols at Our Peril
Fauci and Walensky are flashing a yellow light to us. Governors are dangerously close to running a red.
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Donald Trump-incited insurrectionist mob clashes with security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.  (Photo/ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Kevin Tillman
How Endless Wars Abroad Helped Spark the January 6 Attack at Home
What once might have seemed improbable for our democracy to suffer suddenly became a reality, one that had long been experienced by so many other peoples at our hands.
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 Migrants line up in a row in front of the border post in Ceibo. Dozens of Central American migrants stranded at the Ceibo border crossing between Mexico and Guatemala were taken by the Mexican authorities to detention centers for migrants in Mexico. Photo: Jair Cabrera Torres/dpa (Photo by Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Images) Robert Radin
Why the United States Calls Some Refugees 'Asylees'
Drawing distinctions between refugees and asylees is a political exercise, and a perilous one.
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If only it were true that a child raised in an impoverished home had the same life chances as children brought up in affluent homes, where food, medical care, and personal security are never in doubt. (Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images) Diane Ravitch
What's Your Zip Code? Why Poverty Matters in Public Education
Our society has not taxed itself to make sure that all kids have great schools.
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Protesters gather during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
The Right to Vote Is Essential to a Functioning Democracy
America has become increasingly polarized politically. But democracy—and the right to vote—must be above partisanship.
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Moderna, a U.S. biotech firm, announced on November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95% effective. (Photo illustration: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Forget about the Naysayers: Don’t Throw Away Your Shot
The other plague is ignorance. Shout it to the rooftops—take the vaccine.
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Monday, March 15, 2021
Previous administrations have misled the public and Congress about the extent of spying on Americans without congressional authorization or a court order. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Mark Udall, Bob Goodlatte
The Secrecy and Unaccountability of the Surveillance State Delegitimizes the Government and Undermines Trust
This warrantless mass surveillance of people in the United States—often capturing information on millions of innocent Americans, with disproportionate impacts on communities of color—fuels resentment against the government from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
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The Pentagon has plans to expand combat air patrols flights by remotely piloted aircraft by as much as 50 percent over the next few years to meet an increased need for surveillance, reconnaissance and lethal airstrikes in more areas around the world. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) Conn Hallinan
The Bloody Truth About Drones: We Need an International Convention on Drones
Drones are neither as cheap, targeted, or bloodless as advertised. They're ripe for international arms control.
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A customer pumps gas at a Shell gas station on July 30, 2020 in San Rafael, California. Royal Dutch Shell reported second quarter adjusted earnings of $638 million compared to a net profit of $3.5 billion one year earlier. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Woody Hastings
A Tale of Two Cities: One Planning for the 2050s, the Other for the 1950s
If a climate emergency resolution is to mean anything or is to be taken seriously, it must mean that the government in question puts a halt to the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure expansion within its jurisdiction.
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A Palestinian man is giving Palestinian flags to the people, during the demonstration in solidarity with Palestine, at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 14th, 2020. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images) James Zogby
US Policy Ignores Palestinian Human Rights
Israel operates with impunity, while Palestinian actions have been scrutinized and condemned and their protests ignored or silenced.
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Surrounded by Democratic House and Senate Committee Chairs, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sign the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill during a bill enrollment ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Lawrence Wittner
The U.S. Government Should Promote the General Welfare
After years of Republican governance or obstructionism, it's refreshing when the U.S. government actually lives up to its promise of promoting the welfare of the entire society, rather than a privileged few.
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Joe Biden signed into law the biggest expansion of government assistance since the 1960s—a guaranteed income for most families with children, raising the maximum benefit by up to 80 percent per child. (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/Images By Tang Ming Tung) Robert Reich
278 GOP Lawmakers Voted for Trump Tax Scam, But 0 Voted for Covid Relief
The political lesson is that today's Democrats can gain political majorities by raising the wages of both middle class and poor voters, while fighting Republican efforts to suppress the votes of likely Democrats.
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