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.

Iowa’s Big Winner: Senator Bernie Sanders

The results of the Iowa caucuses won't be known until late Monday, but we already know the big winner: Senator Bernie Sanders. The "fringe" candidate has shown he is for real. He leaves Iowa with momentum.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Out With A Whimper

This week two major right-wing crusades that started out with pretty big bangs -- the Oregon Standoff and the Planned Parenthood sting -- ended with disappointing (for wingnuts) whimpers.
Terrance Heath
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Conservatives Turning Their Backs On The Poor

The latest wave of people being cut from the federal food assistance program is the latest chapter in a misguided ideological campaign to "end welfare as we know it."
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Republican Trumpless Debate

Fox News hosted its Republican debate last night without Donald Trump. He was both missing and missed. Fox focused on the right-wing fixations – and left out most of what concerns America.
Robert Borosage
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The Washington Post’s Curious Swipe at Bernie Sanders

On Thursday morning, the Washington Post editors took a swipe at Bernie Sanders, painting him as "like a lot of other politicians." Would that it were so. The editors indict the crusader because they don't like the crusade.
Robert Borosage
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The School Choice We Have Vs. The Choice We Want

National School Choice Week is staged this time of year to elevate charter schools and vouchers. What we see in Detroit is increasing evidence of the “school choice” American communities really have. What kind of “choice” is this?
Jeff Bryant
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The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election

If you’re working harder but getting nowhere, and understand that the system is rigged against you and in favor of the rich, you don’t care about the details of proposed policies and programs. You just want a system that works for you.

Ford Leaves Japan and Indonesia, Blames the TPP

Ford Motor said this week that it will close operations in Japan and Indonesia because it sees "no reasonable path to profitability." Last year GM pulled out of Indonesia. This is in spite of the coming Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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