Wingnut Week In Review: Cruzin’ For Bruising

Let’s be clear. Sen. Ted Cruz is not going to be president. Nor is he going to be the Republican nominee. But his wingnut tendencies will make 2016 a headache for Republicans, and more entertaining for the rest of us.
Terrance Heath
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Bad Reporting About Education Is Harming Schools And Students

Low-information reporters who tackle stories about education should consult with real education experts. But they often don't. The result: An echo chamber of garbage information that often contributes to bad policy.
Jeff Bryant
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McConnell’s Literal Scorched Earth Campaign

McConnell is executing a literal scorched-earth strategy: urging governors to adopt a quasi-nullification strategy and ignore federal authority ... ensure we fail to do our part to avert the baking of the planet.
Bill Scher
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Five Ways The GOP Budget Will Harm American Families

The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
Terrance Heath
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Koch Network Takes On Export-Import Bank

A New York Times op-ed calls for killing the Export-Import Bank because it helps American companies compete globally. A Times story reports that the anti-government Koch brothers network is behind the campaign.

The GOP Has Money to Kill

The Republican budgets mandate overtime for the Grim Reaper. Republicans want more money for war, resulting in more battlefield deaths. But they gouge healthcare spending, condemning Americans to die unnecessarily from untreated disease.
Leo Gerard
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The Populist Challenge: Moving On Up

Now the Boston Globe calls on Elizabeth Warren to run for president. A populist temper is spreading. People are looking for fundamental change, and that is driving the debate in the Democratic Party and the country.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: A Schocking Turn of Events

This week, the GOP representative whose name inspired almost as many puns as former Rep. Anthony Wiener, announced that he would resign from Congress, and avoid an ethics investigation.
Terrance Heath
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The Education Spring Goes To College

People with grievances about higher education policy differ in some important ways. But the unifying theme is the same – that We the People should be in control of our education destinies.
Jeff Bryant
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So IS Media Reporting The People’s Budget?

The Progressive Caucus held a news conference Wednesday releasing their "People’s Budget: A Raise for America." It would, among other things, create 8.4 million good-paying jobs by 2018. Did the media cover this?

Republicans Opt For Fiscal Suicide

Republicans will fully own this radical vision to "reduce [government] to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub." You might have thought Grover Norquist was joking, but these Republicans aren't.
Bill Scher
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How Corporations Run Congress: A Talk With Ryan Grim

The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
Richard Eskow
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Why Does Jeb Bush Keep Touting His Failures?

Jeb Bush is developing an odd habit of breezily touting parts of his record that don't look good up close. We've already had one President Bush who liked to say that up is down. Didn't work out too well.
Why Does Jeb Bush Keep Touting His Failures?
Bill Scher
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Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget

Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
Terrance Heath
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The GOP’s Big Squeeze

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s signing a right-to-work-for-less law, to lower private sector workers's wages, is part of a Republican pattern. They slash paychecks while cutting government services, squeezing the middle class and working poor.
Leo Gerard
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Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his backers could not give a damn about workers’ rights. His "right to work" bill is really about taking away workers ‘ freedom of contract in a way that will weaken their bargaining.
Dean Baker
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Free the Corinthian 15 – And 41 Million Other Student Debtors

There are moments in history when a new idea forms and takes hold. We believe that student debt forgiveness is one such idea, and that its time has come. If you agree, please join us.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Richard Eskow
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Four Reasons The Coming Congressional Budget Battle Matters

We need to be prepared to push back against trumped-up deficit hysteria, the refusal to adequately invest in our infrastructure, the continued assault on health care and the drive to cut taxes on the wealthy.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: Rapping On Racism

Americans were appalled this week, when video surfaced of Oklahoma University SAE fraternity brothers singing an incredibly racist tune. Wingnuts were appalled that the rest of the us were appalled.
Terrance Heath
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How We End The War Over Standardized Testing

A policy that encourages trust and collaboration but enforces verification that includes a two-pronged assessment system of student and systemic outcomes could resolve the testing war
Jeff Bryant
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