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The subject of poverty finally makes its way into the presidential campaign

As I’ve mentioned before, I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the day before Robert Kennedy arrived there to begin his tour of Appalachia. I don’t know that it explains why, over the course of my life, I’ve been so drawn to Kennedy, but it’s an odd coincidence, I think, and I find it hard to […]

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Bernie Sanders on the threat of oligarchy and why we need to push Obama harder on reform

I know I should be typing up my notes about last night’s 10th anniversary party, but I’m watching Bill Moyers interview Bernie Sanders, and I’m finding it difficult to work up the motivation to do anything more than just sob and gnash my teeth. You can find the whole transcript by following this link, but […]

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Winning in November isn’t enough, says Van Jones. We also have to mobilize against Obama.

I know he’s a big hero to many on the left, but Van Jones sometimes rubs me the wrong way. He’s too smiley, or something. Maybe it’s a reaction to having been taken in by John Edwards, but I now prefer my heros to be a bit more wonky, and bit less telegenic. But, at […]

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The apparent end of public education as we know it in Philadelphia

We’ve talked at length on this site, over the past several years, about the coordinated campaign to dismantle public education in the United States. Sadly, Michigan is often at the forefront of this national conservative movement. Images of pregnant teenage girls being arrested as they try to keep their schools from closing and boys picketing […]

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Obama’s fiery response to the Republican budget

President Obama delivered an uncharacteristically fiery speech the other day, at an Associated Press luncheon. You’ll find the video below, but, first, here’s a clip from an editorial about the speech that ran in yesterday’s New York Times. President Obama‚Äôs fruitless three-year search for compromise with the Republicans ended in a thunderclap of a speech […]

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