Still Sequestered: DOD Furloughs Start

Remember the Washington Post article claiming that the "bad stuff" that was supposed because of the sequester didn’t, and thus sequestration can’t be all that bad? Well, the sequester is […]
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African-American Job Loss, Illustrated

In "Finishing the March: African-Americans and the Jobs Deficit," I attempted to explain how the disappearance of good jobs, with benefits, and livable wages hit African-Americans particularly hard.
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Oregon Takes a Step Towards Debt-Free Degrees

I got a check from the U.S. Treasury in the mail this week. It was both a surprise and a mystery. It was a surprise, because I wasn’t expecting any […]
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The Day After DOMA: What’s Next?

Waking up this morning, after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, is a lot like waking the morning after your wedding day/night. Something momentous and life-changing […]
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With DOMA’s Demise, We Are Citizens

We are citizens. That's what I said to my husband, when I called him moments after getting the news that the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
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No, Justice Thomas, Affirmative Action Is Not Like Slavery

As I wrote last week, I’m pretty much used to white conservatives peculiar relationship to America’s peculiar institution. Whether they’re defending it, or using it to define everything and anything […]
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Finishing The March: African-Americans and the Jobs Deficit

In “The Unfinished March,” the first in a series reports from the Economic Policy Institute, economist Algernon Austin outlines the “unfinished business” of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and […]
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How Conservatives LIke E.W. Jackson Damage Black Families

Republicans have a long and peculiar relationship with America’s “peculiar institution.” White conservatives can’t stop talking about it. One minute they declare that African-Americans should “get over slavery,” The next minute, […]
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Austerity Battle Heating Up In Greece

Protests in Athens and all across Greece have not abated since the ERT shutdown last week. If anything, they've intensified, into a genuine political crisis, raising talk of early elections as the ruling coalition struggles to avoid collapse
Austerity Battle Heating Up In Greece
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How The Few Have Chosen Inequality For The Many

The last couple of months in Washington have been punctuated by burst of excitement as policymakers and pundits reacted to what to them was good news for the economy. The […]
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Low-Wage Workers Strike In Seattle

Something’s happening out there, in fast food restaurants, retail shops, and other places where people work for minimum wage or minimal wages, and don’t earn enough to live on. It […]
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Offset This, Sen. Coburn

Even before the winds died down in his home state, Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn insisted that additional disaster relief be "paid for" by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. The truth is, there is already money in the budget to cover it.
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Sequestering The Next Disaster

President Obama has promised Oklahoma “everything that it needs right away” to begin the process of recovering and rebuilding, after the massive tornado touched down in the state on Monday, […]
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Rally For Good Jobs in Washington, DC

Low-wage workers organized by Good Jobs Nation are coming to Washington, DC to rally for living wages. It will take place on Tuesday, May 21st, at 12:00pm, at Columbus Circle, in front of Union Station.
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Milwaukee Fast Food Workers Walk Out

It's official. Minimum wage workers going on strike is no longer a mere trend. It's a movement. Not that there was ever any doubt, after minimum wage workers in several major cities walked off the job demanding better wages and treatment.
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Courting Disaster: GOP Obstruction and The Courts

Yesterday I wrote about how obstructionist Republican tactics are hollowing out our government, hobbling its agencies, and diminishing its responsiveness to the needs and concerns of ordinary Americans. Nowhere is […]
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Running On Empty: GOP Obstruction and Government Vacancies

Republicans in Congress have a new tactic for shrinking government: making sure that nobody’s there to run it. Well into the president’s second term, an alarming and unprecedented number of […]
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Fast Food Workers Strike Again, In Detroit

I told you so. When minimum wage workers in Chicago, IL went on strike, I said that the movement to raise the minimum wage would not go away. When fast […]
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St. Louis Fast-Food Workers On Strike

It started in New York City, and last month it happened again in Chicago. Today, the movement for decent wages is taking another big step forward in St. Louis, Mo., […]
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Sequestering Mental Health Care Is Insanity

Adam Lanza. James Holmes. Jared Lee Loughner. Seung-Hui Cho. These names instantly bring to mind some of the worse mass shooting massacres of the last decade or so. But they […]
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Sequestering the Friendly Skies

Here's one for the "We Told You So, Republicans" file. As it turns out, when you cut government spending arbitrarily and across-the-board it can affect things that your care about and rely on.
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Sequestered In West, Texas

Do you want to know what sequestration looks like on the ground, and where the real casualties will be found? Look to West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer […]
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FreedomWorks’ Same Old, Stale Deal

The “rebranding” of the Republican party crashed headlong into reality again yesterday. The setting was Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill.  The occasion was a FreedomWorks’ rally for the purpose […]
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FreedomWorks’ Same Old, Stale Deal

The “rebranding” of the Republican party crashed headlong into reality again yesterday. The setting was Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill.  The occasion was a FreedomWorks’ rally for the purpose […]
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Republican Rebranding Versus Reality

In 2012, the GOP's version of "reality" ran headlong into actual reality -- both electoral and otherwise. The collision shattered may Republicans' perception of reality, and lead to current efforts to "rebrand" the party.
Republican Rebranding Versus Reality
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A Budget To Keep America On The Road

If you were stuck on the Washington beltway during the evening rush hour yesterday, you might have suspected that the Washington Metro area’s crumbling beltway had already begun to collapse. […]
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