Wingnut Week In Review: Call It What It Is, Or Be Complicit

Even as the rest of the country reeled from the horror of the shooting that killed nine at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the right-wing began its shameful spin of what can only be called an act of terror.
Terrance Heath
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Exposing The College Accreditation Ripoff

Positive university ratings from accreditation agencies often don't reflect reality. That has prompted Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to ask sharp questions.
Emily Foster
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Walmart’s Huge Tax Dodge

Who pays when companies like Walmart are able to dodge taxes by pretending their profits are made elsewhere and keeping the cash outside of the country? There is a better way.

They Are Trying To Sneak Fast Track Past Us Again

Wall Street and the big corporations don't like to lose. It looks like The Money has told the Republicans to try again to get Fast Track through and they are preparing to vote before we can rally and organize people to try to stop it again.

Can The Pope Give Republicans Religion On Climate?

Twenty years ago Pope John Paul II delivered an encyclical urging a "culture of life," which Republicans readily embraced. Today, Pope Francis delivers an encyclical on climate. Republicans may have a harder time with this one.
Bill Scher
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We Must Write A Different Ending To This Greek Tragedy

Three European leftist party leaders are appealing to lawmakers and activists in the United States to push the International Monetary Fund to stop the imposition of austerity policies in Greece.
Cormac Close
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How Walmart Evades Taxes: 78 Subsidiaries in 15 Tax Havens

According to an Americans for Tax Fairness report, the company has at least $76 billion in profits in locations around the world where it has no stores. The only plausible reason is to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Isaiah J. Poole
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President Obama Should Make Rebuilding America His Legacy

Federal investment to rebuild America needs a champion. President Obama could give running room to the members of Congress and progressive activists with bold plans for the nation's infrastructure.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Fed Should Wait For Wages To Rise

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Who’s The Real Populist In This Presidential Campaign?

In the early stages of any presidential campaign, the race for money is accompanied by an “ideas primary.” What’s striking about the salad days of the 2016 race is that populism is leading the ideas primary of both parties.
Robert Borosage
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Justice Gets Delivered To FedEx Workers

The company will pay $277 million to resolve the claims of workers who were victims of worker misclassification – bossed around like employees, but without the rights and benefits of an employee.
Emily Foster
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Calls Mount For A National Moratorium On Charter Schools

Government officials for years have pledged to make public education more accountable. Yet that accountability didn't seem to apply to charter schools. A coalition of organizations now says this has to stop.
Jeff Bryant
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Seven Things You Should Know About Jeb Bush

In an attempt to revive his already-faltering campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Jeb Bush has officially announced his candidacy. Here’s what you should know about Dubya’s younger brother.
Terrance Heath
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Scott Walker: Stadium Socialist

Walker is beginning to lose conservatives over his support for $250 million in taxpayer funds on a new basketball stadium benefiting the billionaire owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, who don't even live in the state.
Bill Scher
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Hillary’s Relaunch

The setting was electric. The speech was solid. In the first major public rally of her campaign, Hillary Clinton proved she gets the populist temper of the times, and will champion liberal – but limited – reform.
Robert Borosage
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The 28 Democrats Who Voted For Fast Track

On Friday 28 Democrats sided with Wall Street and the multinational corporations against 99 percent of Americans. They voted to pass fast track trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These are their names.

Robert Reich Joins the Call for Debt-Free College

In an interview with Capital & Main, Reich calls for moving to a system of free higher education. And he, along with the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, offers common-sense ways to make that possible.
Emily Foster
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Carbon Tax Gets a Hearing at a Conservative Think Tank

Two senators tell the right-wing American Enterprise Institute that making polluters pay for the carbon they release into the atmosphere is based on "core conservative principles." It's still a hard sell.
Joshua Ferrer
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Education Policy Descends Into A Sad Proxy Battle

As the policy battle over mandatory testing is waged across the nation, new evidence of a real civil rights concern is being completely ignored by federal leaders and the policy elite in Washington.
Jeff Bryant
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Push Comes to Shove on Fast Track

The vote on fast track is slated for Friday. It is too close to call. The backroom dealing is frenzied. But the choice is simple: Will we continue our ruinous trade policies or will Congress set a new course?
Robert Borosage
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Obama’s Climate Summer

Obama moves to protect the climate. The congressional GOP moves to block him, even urging states to break the law. But some Republicans are complicating the climate deniers' message.
Bill Scher
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Government by Bagmen

Our experiment in self-governance has spawned a highest-bidder-take-all bazaar. This hiring of former members of Congress as bagmen isn’t an exclusively Republican phenomenon. It’s the name of the game.
Donald Kaul
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Police Violence Against Blacks Has An Economic Context

Police violence against unarmed African Americans occurs against a too-often-ignored backdrop of economic disparity that both fuels and informs the resentments and racial tensions behind the events.
Terrance Heath
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