National Politics

The Homeless Issue the Media Won’t Touch

Posted July 2, 2014 by

The San Francisco Chronicle tried again to explain homelessness this week. Once again, it gave lip service to the macro problem—the lack of state and federal funding— while prioritizing the micro—individual stories of how people leave homelessness or are trapped
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Supreme Wake-Up Call for Democrats

Posted July 1, 2014 by

The Republican Party’s Supreme Court wing has been busy this week. It ruled against unions and women in decisions that ignored case precedents and showed unbridled judicial activism. These rulings again show that while Republicans are playing for keeps, national
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How the US Government Helps McDonald’s Sell Junk Food

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kiera Butler

The feds also helped bring you the Taco Bell Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla and several other fast-food gems (Via Mother Jones)   The USDA’s MyPlate program recommends going easy on fast food: “People who eat out more often, particularly at
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Who Won Iraq?

Posted June 20, 2014 by Tom Engelhardt

Lost dreams, lost armies, jihadi states, and the arc of Instability As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer
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Making Schools Poor

Posted June 19, 2014 by Diane Ravitch

Last week, Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu in Los Angeles ruled that five California statutes protecting the job security of schoolteachers were unconstitutional. Likening his brief, sixteen-page ruling to the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision
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