The Republic of T.

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February 12, 2015
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Obama’s Right: Shame On Staples. Shame On The Republican House, Too.

The president is right. Staples is cutting workers’ hours (and paychecks) to avoid providing health insurance. Shame on them, but that’s only half the story. Earlier this week, Buzzfeed reported that the office supply giant Staples, Inc., has begun limiting … Continue reading

November 20, 2014
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs? As it waits to hear whether the grand … Continue reading

November 5, 2014
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Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives Deliver Progressive Populist Victories

In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention. Going into the 2014 mid-term election, the odds — and deep-pocketed billionaire donors … Continue reading

October 10, 2014
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The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do

The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles,” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do. Twenty years after Newt Gringrich launched the “Contract With America,” Republican Party Chairman … Continue reading

October 7, 2014
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Historic Court Decision Weds Marriage Equality To Economic Justice

Yesterday, the Supreme Court made history, by deciding not to make history. The Court rejected appeals in the marriage equality cases set to appear before it, and left intact appeals court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, … Continue reading

October 3, 2014
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Corporations Abandon ALEC’s Agenda, Some States Are Still Stuck With It

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made news on Monday when he told NPR’s Diane Rheem that Google was dropping its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because of the organization’s environmental policies — especially its climate denialism: “Everyone … Continue reading

September 5, 2014
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Beyond Ferguson: Sanders To Propose Youth Jobs Bill

At Michael Brown’s funeral, Rev. Al Sharpton lamented that America has “money to give military equipment to police forces,” but not to train and employ young people. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making good on a promise to remedy that. While … Continue reading

August 29, 2014
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Beyond Ferguson: Tell The President To Take Action

Michael Brown has been laid to rest. The National Guard has begun “systematically withdrawing,” and calm has returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. With no more dramatic scenes, and no major news to cover unless or until investigations lead … Continue reading