National Politics

Obama’s Defining Moment

Posted July 22, 2014 by

President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. By doing so, Obama immediately renders
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When It Comes to School Reform, Make It Up

Posted July 21, 2014 by dianeravitch

This letter came from an anonymous source in San Francisco whom I know to be trustworthy. Why the anonymity? The usual reason: fear of being fired for blowing the whistle. It raises the question of why some people teach under
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Hijos de las Guerras–(law children Wars)

Posted July 17, 2014 by Tom Hayden

The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy. By comparison with the Central Americans, tens of thousands of Cubans have
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Teamster Vision

Posted July 16, 2014 by Vivian Rothstein

With his pressed jeans, vegan diet and runner’s frame, Jeff Farmer could be a high-tech entrepreneur. But his heart is with low-wage parking attendants, taxi drivers and truckers instead of corporate profits. As the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ national organizing
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How the Media Promotes Failure

Posted July 15, 2014 by

NY Times columnist Paul Krugman has observed (“Obamacare Fails to Fail,” July 14) that the media was far more interested in the Obamacare website snafu than in reporting on the program’s striking success. This is no isolated case. From new
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Will Oscar Pistorius Get Off?

Posted July 15, 2014 by Lisa Bloom

The defense has rested and all evidence is in for the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. If a trial were merely a lawyering contest, we could easily call the case for the prosecution and go home right now. Here, the top
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