National Politics

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Lessons from Gay Marriage

Posted June 30, 2015 by

When a movement for progressive change win such a mammoth victory as has occurred with gay marriage, we must ask what other campaigns can learn from this success. Some, like the immigrant rights movement, have already applied the hard won
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A coal fired power plant on the Ohio River just West of Cincinnati. (Photo: Robert S. Donovan/cc/flickr)

US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health

Posted June 30, 2015 by Lauren McCauley

Campaigners warn that power plant ruling threatens to delay critical safeguards, fails to account for savings to human health and environment. Placing the interests of Big Coal over public health, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to back the
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Several cities are experimenting with traffic light technology that would sense cyclists and make the road safer for them. Photo: GibsonPictures/iStock

Cities Are Exploring Innovative, Bike-Friendly Traffic Light Tech

Posted June 29, 2015 by Stephen Krcmar

Austin, Denver, and London are investigating devices that can detect cyclists to address the growing number of riders on the road. Many traffic lights don’t recognize cyclists. They rely on inductive loops—basically giant metal detectors—buried underground that are set to
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Fading American Dream for Texas Hispanics

Posted June 25, 2015 by Juan H. Flores and Rogelio Saenz

The American Dream is fading for many Latino families today and for their children tomorrow.  This is especially true in Texas where many Latinos face significant barriers to building wealth and future opportunities for their children.  As a result, over
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The violence we should be most worried about is the violence from within. (Photo: Tony Webster/flickr/cc)

Armed Violence in the Heartland: Our Jihadis and Theirs

Posted June 23, 2015 by Tom Engelhardt

Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I’m waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I’m done,
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An Ode to the Gay Best Friend

Posted June 16, 2015 by Valerie Haberman

I phone my (overbearing but entirely loveable) Jewish grandmother roughly once every two weeks. Each time, it is a brief and familiar conversation. How is work? Are you still travelling a lot? Are you still exhausted? When are you coming
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Five Key Lessons from Europe’s Vision Zero Success

Posted June 11, 2015 by Leah Shahum

From the moment that Vision Zero began capturing attention in American cities, we’ve heard many admiring references to its success in Europe, particularly in its birthplace of Sweden. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to research those experiences and their
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The Curious Way NY Times Columnists Are Covering Hillary Clinton

Posted June 11, 2015 by ERIC BOEHLERT

Promoting his latest column deriding Hillary Clinton for being chronically unethical and a lot like Richard Nixon, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni took to Twitter to suggest the Democrat’s campaign constituted “psychological torture,” which definitely sounds bad. Unsubtly headlined
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