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.
Terrance Heath
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The Republican Immigration Position Just Got More Ridiculous

Boehner's attempts to blame Obama's lack of trustworthiness for the failure of passing immigration reform were completely phony. He trusts Obama just fine. It's the anti-immigrant bigots in his party whom he doesn't trust.
Bill Scher
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Waking Up To Our Broken Education Policies

Those tempted to jump into the fray of the education debate should be aware they're late to the scene and way behind the narrative. Grievances with adequate, equitable funding and lack of democratic control are driving the debate.
Jeff Bryant
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The Democrats’ Middle Class Jump-Start

House Democrats released their 2014 election year agenda Wednesday. It received virtually no news coverage. But it represents a first step in defining the terms of the election for voters on the vital issue of the economy.
Robert Borosage
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The Latest Crack in Our Broken Immigration System

It takes the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency an average of seven years to grant immigrants green cards. Some undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.
Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde
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Disabled Americans: Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?

Republicans are raising alarms about Social Security’s disability trust fund. But a staff member for one senator admits seeking to use the issue "to catalyze a broader discussion" about cutting Social Security benefits.
Richard Eskow
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North Carolina’s Moral Freedom Summer

They’ve outed the extremist governor and legislators who have cut taxes for corporations and the rich, while raising taxes on low-income people. Now, Moral Mondays is going after political kleptocrats in their districts.
Jim Hightower
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Julian Castro Must Now Uphold Fair Housing

One of Juliàn Castro’s first official acts as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should be to make concrete the Department’s duty to promote fair housing throughout its programs and activities.
Alan Jenkins
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It’s Not Your Boss’ Business!

The National Women's Law Center is asking you to: Tell Congress to support the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act and protect birth control access for all women, no matter where they work.

Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. Their program – conservative austerity – has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.
Roger Hickey
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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.
Terrance Heath
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Is Walgreens Trying To Leave The U.S.?

Walgreens receives a quarter of its revenue from health care programs funded by U.S. taxpayers, but is considering renouncing its U.S. "citizenship" to avoid paying taxes for the U.S. services it uses and customers it gets.

How To Leap Frog Carbon…

The world is going solar. It’s the only option we have if we want to save the human race from a climate disaster. So, let’s start treating it like that, by investing in a secure energy future for America, and the rest of the world.

A Deluded Consensus on Discrimination

A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination. That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch

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.
Terrance Heath
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Building The Full Employment Movement

The rallying point is Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers' Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act: "It's past time for our government to make creating jobs and full employment a human right."
Isaiah J. Poole
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Democratic Party’s Divide On Education Policy Gets Worse

The Democratic Party’s divergence from progressive values for governing our schools mostly went unnoticed in major media outlets until recently. Now clear divides within the party compel candidates and their supporters to choose sides
Jeff Bryant
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The Emerging Democratic Debate

Democrats, we're told, are united whereas Republicans are tearing each other apart. But beneath the apparent consensus, a fundamental argument is brewing between the Wall Street and the Warren wing of the party.
Robert Borosage
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Companies That Evade Federal Taxes Still Get Federal Contracts

Ingersoll-Rand, which changed its corporate address to Bermuda to avoid American corporate taxes, is one of at least a dozen such companies that together get more than $1 billion in federal contract dollars annually.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

The decision of the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court last week in the Harris v. Quinn case is another example of the one percent’s unrelenting erosion of the 99 percent’s economic independence.
Leo Gerard
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The President Sounds a Wall Street Warning. And Then … ?

It was good to hear President Obama say that reining in Wall Street’s high-risk behavior is an “unfinished piece of business.” It would be even better if this observation were quickly followed by action.
Richard Eskow
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