Bernie Sanders Tackles Immigration and Race

Some critics say presidential candidate Bernie Sanders struggles on the campaign trail when confronted with issues of race. He had a chance to make a better impression at an interview before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Emily Foster
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Congress’ Transportation Stall Is Our Chance to Mobilize

This time short-term congressional paralysis offers the chance to prevent a long-term disaster. Progressives gets three months to break the momentum of a corporate tax giveaway and get a better transportation bill.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Creeping Out of the Foxhole

At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to attack Donald Trump. How noble of them.
Donald Kaul
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Sandra Bland, My Father, and Me

For African Americans like Sandra Bland, simply asserting our citizenship, or expressing mild annoyance as our rights are violated, can be deadly. In almost 400 years, that much hasn’t changed.
Terrance Heath
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The Money Primary

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s corporate-friendly Citizens United ruling, running for America’s highest office in our democratic republic has been perverted into a gold rush.
Jim Hightower
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Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave

Close to 200,000 people on Social Security are having their Social Security checks garnished by student debt creditors. It's time to forgive education loans for people on Social Security.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Roger Hickey
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Sizing Up Clinton’s New Climate Message

If you want a presidential candidate who supports a carbon tax you should vote for Bernie Sanders. If you want a presidential candidate that has thought through how to best communicate on climate, Hillary Clinton may be your best bet.
Bill Scher
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Even If Sandra Bland Did Commit Suicide…

Does it really matter whether Sandra Bland committed suicide while in police custody or was murdered? Look at how she got there in the first place. Then ask: Would she have been pulled over if her skin color was different?

Two Major Victories for Fair Housing

It’s a rare moment when two branches of our federal government take major steps to expand opportunity for all Americans. But, with relatively little fanfare, that’s what’s happened over the last few weeks in the critical area of housing.
Alan Jenkins
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Jeb! Bush Vows To Cripple Government

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush gave a speech Monday at an event organized by a corporate lobbying group in which he vowed to cripple our government. So who gets to be in charge if he succeeds?

Hillary on Quarterly Capitalism: Big Challenge, Timid Reform

Hillary Clinton has opened a "conversation" about what she calls "quarterly capitalism," the perverse incentives that lead corporations to focus on the short-term over the long. Her reforms, however, don't match her rhetoric
Robert Borosage
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Sanders Speaks Out On Sentencing Reforms

After over two months as an announced presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) for the first time came out for substantive sentencing reforms, in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday,
Joshua Ferrer
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Republican Candidates On Raising The Minimum Wage

We rounded up of the opinions of the Republican presidential candidates on the minimum wage. A few see the light, but most of them oppose supporting American workers with a wage increase. A few even advocate getting rid of it altogether.
Joshua Ferrer
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Wingnut Week In Review: Bully For The GOP

The barely-a-billionaire bully has taken over the GOP’s presidential primary playground. The Republican presidential debate will now take place after school, by the flagpole.
Terrance Heath
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Get Ready For The Next Wave Of Education “Reform”

As anti-democratic pressures on school governance appear to be easing on the federal front, states across the country are enacting the next form of education “reform” that may be as bad or worse
Jeff Bryant
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What Will America Lose If Scott Walker Wins?

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker says that he, out of all the GOP candidates, will be “a president who will fight and win for America.” His record as governor shows how much America stands to lose if Walker wins.
Terrance Heath
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Federal Workers Demand $15 and a Union

Yesterday, thousands of federal workers – led by Senate cafeteria workers – walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, decent benefits and union. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined them, as pressure builds on President Obama to act.
Robert Borosage
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The Norquist Roadblock Leads To a Social Security Raid

When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
Isaiah J. Poole
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“I’ll Light You Up”

My advice is this: imagine how you would act if you were confronted by a gang banger with a gun and conduct yourself in exactly the same way when you are in the presence of the police. Your "rights" do you just a much good in that moment.
Digby
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Why Progressives Must Stay United

It’s impossible to overcome widening economic inequality in America without also dealing with the legacy of racial inequality. And it is impossible to overcome racial inequality without also reversing widening economic inequality.

What You Need To Know About John Kasich

Ohio governor John Kasich, the 16th candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, is neither the moderate Republican nor the “compassionate conservative” he pretends to be, but he still won’t get the nomination.
Terrance Heath
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Who Said This About Conservative Warmongers? Obama, or Reagan?

Who said this? "I think that some of the people who are objecting the most and just refusing even to accede to the idea of ever getting any understanding ... down in their deepest thoughts, have accepted that war is inevitable."
Bill Scher
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Cheaters Never Win … Unless the SEC Lets Them

Dodd-Frank was an attempt to make sure executives could not profit from cooking the books, but unless the SEC cracks down on accounting fraud, executives still have every incentive to fire up their burners.
Cormac Close
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Bank Reform Five Years Later: Still Incomplete

Today is the fifth anniversary of the passage of Dodd-Frank, the complicated legislation designed to reform Wall Street after it blew up the economy. With finance still bloated, much more needs to be done.
Robert Borosage
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