National Politics

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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The Next U.S. War Should Target Poverty

Posted June 17, 2014 by

The U.S. media is eager for war. And while its target is Iraq, activists have a golden opportunity to reframe this into a debate about spending priorities. On issue after issue—education, housing, health care, transportation, student debt—the American people are
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Public vs. Private Sector Accountability at VA, GM

Posted June 17, 2014 by Suzanne Gordon

If anyone thinks that the private sector can serve the needs of the public with more efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability better than public sector programs, they should contrast two stories of mistakes made, acknowledged and corrected  that have dominated the
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The White Family: A Case for National Action

Posted June 17, 2014 by Sikivu Hutchinson

In the recent swirl of epic violence, mayhem and gun-besotted hysteria that has become the lifeblood of corporate media no one is asking about the problem of white families. In 1965, then Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan published 
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