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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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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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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“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.

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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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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Workers In The Sharing Economy Need Shared Security

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Sting

This week, wingnuts attacked Planned Parenthood, with deceptively edited video that would make James O’Keefe proud, got "trumped" again by Donald Trump, and freaked out over the Iran anti-nuke deal.
Terrance Heath
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Lighting a Legal Fuse

Climate action is finally gaining ground in Washington. No, not that Washington. Following their victory in a Seattle court, eight children are pressing Washington State’s Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon pollution.

The GOP Sugar Daddies of 2016

When Republicans finally choose their nominee for president, he or she will be already bought and paid, for by one or more of the GOP sugar daddies of the 2016 election.
Terrance Heath
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Jeb! Cracks the Whip

As a result of Bush’s “work harder” scolding, Americans know what that symbol is at the end of the name Jeb! on all his presidential campaign literature. It’s a whip handle and blood splotch. As President, he’d crack Americans into shape.
Leo Gerard
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Hillary Clinton’s Economic Story: Stuff Happens

Hillary Clinton presented what aides described as a framing speech for her economic policy on Monday. Her speech reflected both the scope and the limits of the populist advance in the Democratic debate.
Robert Borosage
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Seven Things You Should Know About Scott Walker

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has scored the biggest sugar daddies in the GOP presidential primary, but it may not be enough to get him the Republican presidential nomination, or the White House.
Terrance Heath
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Scott Walker Begins His 2016 Run for the White House

Scott Walker will announce for president today. After standing for 25 primary and general elections in 25 years, Walker has now set his eyes on the White House. Here is what you need to know about Walker’s record.
Mary Bottari
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Wingnut Week In Review: Lowering The Flag

The Confederate battle flag at South Carolina’s capitol was finally lowered today, after flying for more than half a century. Many American’s cheered as the symbol of hatred and bigotry finally came down. Wingnuts, not so much.
Terrance Heath
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Now That The Confederate Flag Is Down, We Must Banish Its Legacy

As of this morning, the Confederate battle flag no longer flies at South Carolina’s capitol. The work to remove this symbol of hatred from the capitol is finished. Now begins the work of exorcising the legacy of the past it represents.
Terrance Heath
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Careful How You Attack Jeb

Jeb's not wrong to focus on the problem of underemployment, and it does Democrats no good to mock him when he does. Where Jeb is vulnerable is that he offers no serious solution to the problem.
Bill Scher
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