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Emily Schwartz Greco: Losing Their Grip

Jul 8, 2015

July 8, 2015 - Rainbows illuminated the White House, the Empire State Building, and other landmarks after the Supreme Court affirmed the right to marry from sea to shining sea. As most Americans basked in this milestone’s afterglow, conservative leaders stomped their feet, disparaged the nation’s most influential court, and howled.

“I will not acquiesce...

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Jill Richardson: Pixar’s Lesson for Kids — and Adults

Jul 8, 2015

July 8, 2015 - Pixar’s latest flick holds some major life lessons for kids — and adults, too.

Inside Out takes place inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, Riley, as she and her parents move from Minnesota to San Francisco. The main characters are cute personifications of the main characters inside of each of...

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Robert Reich: The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer

Jul 8, 2015

July 8, 2015 - The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.

The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of us – who will pay through the nose for the health...

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Bill Frelick: New U.S. policy of little help to Central American families who live in fear

Jul 7, 2015

July 6, 2015 - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced recently that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would finally discontinue long-term detention of families who have established eligibility for asylum. He went on to say: “Our larger hope is that Central American families will heed our repeated calls to find a safe and lawful...

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Wendell Potter: Coming health insurance mergers will cost consumers

Jul 7, 2015

July 6, 2015 - The number of health insurers competing for your business almost certainly will decrease in coming months as the big for-profit firms merge or acquire each other. The companies insist that the results will enable them to operate more efficiently through the elimination of redundancies. But don’t expect your...

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Andy Rowell: Shell to Drill in Arctic “Within Two Weeks”

Jul 7, 2015

July 6, 2015 - As much of the world is pre-occupied with the Greek financial crisis, oil giant Shell is quietly carrying on with its plans to drill in the Arctic.

According to press reports, the oil giant is expected to begin drilling “within the next two weeks.”

This is despite the fact that company still...

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Eric LeCompte: Austerity in exchange for financing doesn’t work

Jul 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, July 5, 2015 - In a referendum, Greek voters rejected a financing plan that could have provided funds for the debt-ridden country in exchange for austerity measures such as pension cuts. Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religio...

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Robert Reich: Overtime: Finally a Break for the Middle Class (VIDEO)

Jul 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold – what you can be paid and still qualify to be paid “time-and-a-half” beyond 40 hours per week – from $23,600 a year to $50,400.

This is a big deal. Some 5 million workers will get a raise. (See accompanying...

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John Kirakou: Why Won’t Greece Take a Deal?

Jul 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 - Greece is in dire straits. As a Greek American, it hurts to watch.

Without emergency loans from its European partners, Greece will default on its debts and likely be forced out of the Eurozone. That means tougher times ahead for Greece, Europe, and international financial markets.

In exchange for a short-term loan,...

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Olivia Alperstein: Flagging Hate Speech

Jul 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 - I’ve spent my whole life in the Northeast, but I have Southern roots. My late grandfather came from a long line of sharecroppers who toiled in the fields of Decatur, Georgia for generations. Their history of hardship was common in the South.

Where my grandfather grew up, poor whites often blamed...

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