Young, Black, And Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The New York Times informed us that Michael Brown was “no angel.” When being young and black is to be guilty until proven innocent, black children must be “angelic” just to be worthy of living.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Love TKO

In the biggest elevator video since Beyonce and Jay Z, the world saw Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knock his fiancé out cold. While the NFL dragged its feet on a response, right-wingers lost no time blaming the victim.
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“Put A Ring On It” Is Not An Anti-Poverty Program

Conservatives say marriage is the “ultimate anti-poverty program,” and claim that most of our economic woes would vanish if more people got hitched. A new study suggests "putting a ring on it" barely makes a dent in poverty.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Orange the GOP’s New Black

With so many convictions, indictments, and investigations concerning corruption, it’s beginning to look like orange may be the new black for some of the brightest stars in the right-wing firmament.
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Beyond Ferguson: Sanders To Propose Youth Jobs Bill

At Michael Brown’s funeral, Rev. Al Sharpton lamented that America has “money to give military equipment to police forces,” but not to train and employ young people. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making good on a promise to remedy that.
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Fast Food Strikes Are Back, Bigger Than Ever

Today, workers in 150 cities will take to the streets to demand livable wages for themselves and their families, the right to organize, and a better economy for all of us.
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Wingnut Week In Review: “No Angel”

Michael Brown was finally laid to rest in Ferguson, Missouri this week. But don't think for one minute that means that wingnuts and right-wingers will let him rest in peace.
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Beyond Ferguson: Tell The President To Take Action

The tensions that fueled angry protests still fester below the surface, in Ferguson and beyond. Tell President Obama to act swiftly to address the issues of police and community relations with communities of color across the country.
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From Ferguson To Raleigh: The March For Jobs And Freedom Continues

Fifty-one years ago, thousands of Americans gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Today, events in Ferguson, Mo., and North Carolina show how much work remains, and how to carry on the mission of the March.
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“Carbon” Introduces Short Film Series on Climate Crisis

If you want to know how bad the climate crisis is, and what you can do about it, check out “Carbon”; the first in a series of short films aimed at exploring crucial issues related to the climate crisis.
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Ferguson Edition

For most of America, the shooting of yet another unarmed, young black man laid bare the way that racism and inequality play out in our streets. For wingnuts, it was another chance to appeal to the basest of the GOP base.
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Ferguson And The “War On Whites”

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks thinks there's a "war on whites" in America. In the streets Ferguson, Missouri — where a white police officer killed an unarmed, young black man — it's the other way around.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Speaking Ill Of the Dead

Two tragic events this week gave right wingers an opportunity to show some humanity and decency. As usual, wingnuts did not exactly cover themselves in glory. Instead of rising to the occasion, they sank to new lows.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Rand On The Run

Sen. Rand Paul turned tail and ran away when confronted by undocumented DREAMers. But the GOP has a “Latino problem” it can’t run from, and right-wingers seem determined to make it worse.
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The “Perfect Storm” Behind Toledo’s Toxic Tap Water

The crisis that made the water in Toledo, Ohio, unsafe to drink this past weekend is over, for now, but the “perfect storm” that created it rages on: pollution, conservatism, corporate lobbying and climate change.
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Wingnut Week in Review: Nutso?

House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "Nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?
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What I Learned From My Minimum Wage Job

Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
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America’s Border Crisis of Conscience

In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 60 bodies lie in a heap on the floor of a morgue – the body count for just one day. Can we in good conscience send children back there – when we helped create the conditions they are escaping?
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Wingnut Week In Review: Plane Paranoid

Thank heaven for American wingnuts’ short attention span. The apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine gave everyone a brief respite from the usual sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic rantings.
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Arrested for Being Too Poor To Afford Child Care

There's no margin of error for low-income working parents. There's no “plan B,” because there's barely enough resources for “plan A.” If just one thing goes wrong, “plan A” crashes and burns, taking the rest of someone’s life with it.
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Wingnut Week in Review: The GOP’s Borderline Personality Disorder

Ugly Americans ran amok as right-wingers showed off their patriotism by screaming at children, and Republicans promised to block the president's efforts to stem a border crisis that fires up the basest elements of the GOP's wingnut base.
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What’s The Matter With Kansas Now? Tax Cuts.

What’s the matter with Kansas? That's the question posed by Thomas Frank’s 2005 book and the eponymous documentary about how the state became a hotbed of extreme right-wing conservatism. So, what's the matter with Kansas now? Tax cuts.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Hobby Lobby and “Beyoncé Voters”

Just in time for mid-term election campaigning, the Supreme Court handed conservatives the perfect opportunity to remind Americans that their number 1 obsession is policing women’s sex lives by any means necessary. Wingnuts rejoiced.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Mississippi, Goddam!

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”
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FIve Steps To A Family-Friendly Economy

As the White House holds a Summit on Working Families today, here are five policies with broad popular support that could make a family-friendly economy a reality.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Scott Walker’s “Criminal Scheme”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
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Conservatives Feign Concern For Working Families

The White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on Monday, and Republicans are trying to get in on the action with a fake agenda meant to distract us from their lack of real solutions.
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Wingnut Week In Review: So Long, Eric Cantor

As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
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Meet The Genocidal Dead Colonialist The GOP Wants to Make A Citizen

Republicans can’t pass immigration reform, but they can take time out from obstructing anything that might remotely do the economy some good, to confer citizenship on a genocidal colonialist who’s been dead for over two hundred years.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Benghazi to Berhgdahl

The safe release of an American POW is usually a cause for celebration. But there will be no yellow ribbons on the right for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal, who was released after being held by the Taliban for five years.
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