National Politics


Obama Goes Big

Posted November 21, 2014 by

President Obama went big. More than eight years after the massive spring 2006 immigrant rights marches put the movement on the national political radar, President Obama has protected roughly five million immigrants from deportation. This first step toward broader immigrant
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Panda Should Stay Home

Pablo Sandoval’s Choice

Posted November 20, 2014 by

Yesterday was a harrowing day for San Francisco Giants fans. Tweets out of Boston and San Francisco had Pablo Sandoval on the verge of signing a potential $100 million deal to join the Red Sox. Inside sources said that Pablo
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Postal management is whittling down to the bone the infrastructure that serves first-class mail—catering instead to big corporate customers. Phase two hits January 5. Protesters braved sub-zero temperatures in Kansas City to call for a moratorium on cuts. Photo: Diane Krauthamer

It’s the People’s Mail that Will Be Slowed, Workers Say

Posted November 19, 2014 by Alexandra Bradbury and Diane Krauthamer

The clock is ticking on phase two of the postmaster general’s draconian cuts plan. Unless Congress passes the moratorium postal unions are seeking, we’re looking at slower delivery standards January 5—and 82 mail plant closures next year. That would mean
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Positive Environmental News? It’s true

Posted November 12, 2014 by Margie Alt, Environment America

With so much bad news flying around — ISIS, Ebola, Climate Deniers chairing key environmental committees in the senate — I thought it might be a good time to share some positive news. The public comment period on EPA’s proposed
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New Investigation into USA Swimming Sex Abuse

Posted November 11, 2014 by Irvin Muchnick

The most undercovered scandal in sports is the widespread sexual abuse of untold hundreds of early- and mid-teen female swimmers by untold scores of coaches. Money- and image-obsessed USA Swimming, the national governing body under the umbrella of the U.S.
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Politicians Are Self-Serving

Mainstream Media Tells Dems to Move Right

Posted November 10, 2014 by Peter Hart and Jim Naureckas

With the Democrats suffering substantial losses in the 2014 midterm elections, it is likely that the advice from pundits and political journalists will be the same as it always is: Move to the right. This has been the counsel almost
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Electronic polling

Why Americans Don’t Vote

Posted November 4, 2014 by

Today is Election Day, but millions of eligible voters will not cast ballots. I used to wonder why Democrats could not prevent such a significant drop off between midterm and presidential election turnouts, until I accepted that many voters quite
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