Why State Leaders Need To Back Away From School Takeover Agencies

Republican state lawmakers are seizing control of schools and school districts and overriding local governance of education. But if elected school boards are the problem, are state takeovers the solution? A new report says "No."
Jeff Bryant
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A Nation of Flints

We are living in a nation of Flints, thanks to racial bias, economic inequality, austerity, and conservative governance. We can’t afford to kid ourselves about what it will take to fix it.
Terrance Heath
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Is Bernie Sanders the Ronald Reagan of 2016?

As Bernie Sanders rises in the polls and does better than expected, the alarms about his electability in the general election grow in volume and intensity. But Insurgent candidates don’t always lose.
Robert Borosage
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New Hampshire: Populist Uprising

New Hampshire voters turned out in large numbers and sent a message to both parties: it is time for change. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won; the establishment candidates lost. The message could not have been clearer.
Robert Borosage
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Clipping America’s Hedge Funds

Getting the names and faces of hedge fund billionaires before the public can help us tell a vivid story of what’s gone wrong with our economy and our politics — and help us build a movement to slice away at that billionaire power.
Stephen Lerner
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Jeb Bush Really Said This About Climate Change

"If we don't adapt to the reality of a changing climate there could be serious repercussions ... I think the climate is changing. It is inconceivable to me that 5 billion people living on this planet don't have an impact on that."
Bill Scher
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TPP Would Further Emasculate America

As America’s tool makers and freight car builders are furloughed, their factories shuttered and offshored, America is wasting. Ill-conceived free trade deals, like the proposed TPP, are reducing it to a nation of stooped shoulders.
Leo Gerard
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Why Hillary Clinton’s Five Words On Social Security Matter

Her most declarative statement to date on the issue of where she would stand on various proposals to "reform" Social Security and ensure its long-term solvency comes in the context of a disconcerting history.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why We Must Try

Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” I understand their defeatism. But here’s the problem. There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat.

Political Poison

The Flint lead disaster exposed the callousness of people like Michigan’s governor, who blame the poor for all of their misfortune.
Jim Hightower
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Wingnut Week In Review: Everybody Hates Ted

Meet Ted Cruz, the Republican winner of the Iowa caucuses. He’s a liar, a jerk, and nobody who knows him remotely well — including his fellow Republicans and, quite possibly, his own family — appears to like him much.
Terrance Heath
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An Emerging New Narrative For Education

The current narrative about our public education policy – at least the one we’ve been hearing for the past 20 years – no longer works. Fortunately, a new narrative is emerging from outside the usual sources.
Jeff Bryant
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That Time Marco Rubio Tried To Accomplish Something

There was one time when Rubio tried very hard to accomplishment something, even asserting a leadership role: immigration reform. Not only did he fail to accomplish enactment of the bill, his leadership was a colossal disaster.
Bill Scher
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For the Student Debt Movement, JUBILEE is an Old Idea Made New

We have proposed a bold but simple solution to the student debt problem - to eliminate it altogether by declaring a “Student Debt Jubilee.” The concept is not new. It is part of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Roger Hickey
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What Is “Economic Freedom,” And Who Is It For?

The Heritage Foundation has released its annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” As we enter an election influenced by anger at an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, it’s time to ask: What is “economic freedom," and who is it for?
Terrance Heath
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Can The Democrats Survive This Primary?

It will be incumbent upon Clinton and Sanders to emphasize civil disagreement, but even that may not be enough to prevent lost voters in November. Which only matters if the general election is really close. Which it might.
Bill Scher
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Donald Trump Misdirects Real Worker Anxieties

Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
Leo Gerard
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The Iowa Winnow

The Iowa caucuses traditionally winnow the field. They give a hint about who is real and who isn't, and usually add their own nutty spice to the dish. Here's a brief rundown of last night's results.
Robert Borosage
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Labor For Bernie Is Booming In Iowa

Seeing workers in call centers, smelters at Alcoa, skilled trades workers at John Deere, or servers at the sandwich shops, the support is contagious and nearly universal.
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