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Thursday, August 25, 2016

‘Guest column’ Archives

Death of the Middle Class

Death of the Middle Class

    The Middle Class Faces Extinction—So Does the American Dream Income inequality is now as high as it's been since the Great Depression, and the middle class is nearly extinct. By Steward Lansley This article first appeared in the  Los Angeles Review of Books. Inequality is now one of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States. Not that long ago, the gap between rich and poor barely registered on the political Richter scale. Now the growing income ... Full Story

Contraception for All

Contraception for All

Contraception for All: The Promise of the Griswold Decision Is on the Verge of Fulfillment   By Clare Coleman On June 7, 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court legalized contraception (for married people, at least) and held that women and men have the right to privacy in making decisions about their sexual health. The case recognized, in law, the principle that women and men—not government—should decide when and how to plan their families, and paved the way for programs ... Full Story

IRS scandal is phony

IRS scandal is phony

  IRS 'Scandal' Appears Nearly as Phony as Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones, ACORN 'Scandals' By Brad Friedman "Listening to the nightly news, this appears to be just the latest example of a culture of cover-ups --- and political intimidation --- in this administration," declared the opportunistic Republican Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee during a hearing today on the "scandal" related to the IRS use of Rightwing words such as "Tea Party" to help identify groups applying for ... Full Story

Blacks uninsured, unhealthy and unemployed

Courtesy of: Financesonline.com - Hot Financial News

Letter to Stubenville: MHP

Letter to Stubenville: MHP

  My open letter to the Steubenville survivor           Melissa Harris-Perry     Today, I have a letter to a young woman whose name I do not want any of us to know, because we already know too much about her. We already know how she was assaulted and photographed. We know she was shamed via social media. We know she has been bullied since the young men who raped her were found guilty. I do not want us to know her name because she deserves some modicum ... Full Story

Renewable Energy – Why Fossil Fuel and Nuclear

Renewable Energy – Why Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Interests Are Trashing It

          By Grant Smith   Courtesy of the American Forum   The makeup of the electric grid of the future is at stake as the fossil fuel industry continues to falsely lessen the impact of renewable energy. So it’s no wonder that the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Associations have recently rescinded their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has mounted a relentless attack on renewable ... Full Story

The KKK glorified as Confederacy grows in the South

The KKK glorified as Confederacy grows in the South

The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored   As Southern whites sink into economic despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past. January 28, 2013  | On a windy afternoon a few days ago I went to a depressed section of North Memphis to visit an old clapboard house that was once owned by a German immigrant named Jacob Burkle. Oral history—and oral history is all anyone has in this case since no written documents ... Full Story

Can We Have Sane Gun Control?

Can We Have Sane Gun Control?

Yes, We Can Have Sane Gun Control Without Trampling Gun Owners' Rights   The NRA is a problem for sane gun enthusiasts. By Joshua Holland, AtlerNet, December 14, 2012  | Editor's note: a version of this piece originally ran after the Minnesota Sikh Temple shootings in August. The United States is not the only country to experience the horrors of mass shootings. We are, however, the only society in which a serious discussion of tighter gun controls doesn't follow incidents like the ... Full Story

Neocon Nightmare:

Neocon Nightmare:

      The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel       By Arriana Huffington   If President Obama's second term includes decision making as bold and intelligent as his nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, his presidency might finally fulfill the promise of audacity and change that rallied so many to his campaign five years ago. In fact, the more ridiculous the claims being made by Hagel's critics become, the more the real reasons they don't ... Full Story

Will the real NRA please stand up

Will the real NRA please stand up

  The Suprising Unknown History of the NRA For most of its history, the NRA supported gun control laws and did not see government as the enemy. By Steven Rosenfeld January 13, 2013  | For nearly a century after, its founding in 1871, the National Rifle Association was among America’s foremost pro-gun control organizations. It was not until 1977 when the NRA that Americans know today emerged, after libertarians who equated owning a gun with the epitome of freedom and fomented ... Full Story

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