National Politics

Ellen Pao leaving the courthouse

Three Cheers for Ellen Pao

Posted March 27, 2015 by

(Editor’s Note: A jury ruled Friday afternoon against Ellen Pao on all her damage claims against Kleiner Perkins) Jury verdicts can be a crapshoot, but to my mind Ellen Pao has already won. She has done more to expose Silicon
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'Current levels of Pentagon spending may not be able to support current defense strategy,' admits Hartung, but the answer to this problem is the simple one right before our eyes: 'cut the money and change the strategy.' (Image: Hawaii Independent)

Your Money at War Everywhere

Posted March 27, 2015 by William Hartung

Military strategy? Who needs it? The madness of funding the Pentagon to “cover the globe” President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama
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Study Finds Harsh Impacts of Family Evictions

Posted March 25, 2015 by Matthew Desmond, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro

Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship, and Health, recently published in the journal Social Forces, examines the short- and long-term effects of evictions on low income urban mothers. This is among the first studies to rigorously examine the effects of eviction in
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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, center, with NYC's Bill de Blasio on right

The Real March Madness

Posted March 23, 2015 by

The U.S. Conference of Mayors City of Opportunity Task Force meets in Boston today. Its focus is on “transportation, housing and inequality,” and how “federal policy can help close the wage gap and lift individuals and families out of poverty
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The Republican’s Raw Deal

Posted March 18, 2015 by Harry Brill

Our nation is engulfed in a major – in fact, a catastrophic – moral crisis.  The majority of our elected officials lack any empathy for those who are suffering most.  The current situation for the poor is dismal.  Families, including
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Remembering Another Voting Rights March and Icon

Posted March 17, 2015 by Peter Dreier

This month Americans commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Selma-to-Montgomery march, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrated in the new film Selma, that helped secure the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a major milestone in our
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