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Stealing California, Stealing the Election

“Taking advantage of the frustration their supporters understandably feel about their powerless role in presidential elections, leading California Republicans are promoting an initiative to divide California’s slate of 55 electoral votes. Rather than all electoral votes going to the statewide winner, each U.S. House district in a state would elect one presidential elector, while the […]

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Missing the Real Story

“They all missed the real story and tragedy of Katrina: the naked face of poverty that shocked the world two years ago remains just as naked and shameful two years later. And Bush and the Democrats are to blame for it.”-Earl Ofari Hutchinson-Read Hutchinson’s article “After Katrina – Poverty is Still America’s Shame” here. Hutchinson […]

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PolitiFact Holds Prez-Wannabes Accountable

The St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, led by journalist Matt Waite, have teamed up to produce PolitiFact, a new site that tracks the claims made by presidential candidates and registers them on a “Truth-O-Meter.” Whereas the Annenberg Center’s FactCheck.org takes the broad approach in holding politicians accountable, PolitiFact solely focuses in on our presidential […]

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Inequality Run Amok

“New York is an especially bleak case study. The top fifth of earners in Manhattan now makes 52 times what the lowest fifth makes — $365,826 annually compared with $7,047 — roughly comparable to income disparity in Namibia.”-Dmitri Iglitzin and Steven Hill-Read more disheartening statistics regarding wealth disparitiy in Dmitri Iglitzin’s and Steven Hill’s “Inequality […]

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Making Things Better

“We cannot juggle anymore. The balls are dropped…We’re coming down to water (or) no water.”-Tommiw Vassel, New Orleans Water BoardVassel is talking about the inability to produce and deliver tap water in New Orleans due to an inefficient patchwork of temporary repairs that, at worst, could arrest the water supply to whole neighborhoods. Michelle Krupa’s […]

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Secret Santas

“In the 2008 campaign, only one of the six leading candidates (Barack Obama) is providing a list of his bundlers on an easy-to-find section of his campaign Web site. Two candidates (Hillary Clinton and John Edwards) maintain lists on Web pages that are very difficult to find from their main Web sites. The three leading […]

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When We Leave

“…this will not be the end of the conflict. It will, in fact, signal a phase of the war far deadlier and more dangerous to American interests…”-Chris Hedges-Hedges, author of “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,” offers more perspective on the war in Iraq:“The occupation of Iraq, along with the Afghanistan […]

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A Tragedy Continues

The Washington Post has a fantastic interactive page documenting the now five-year crisis in Darfur. The page includes Travis Fox’s video reports, an archive of recent articles and Q&A with such leaders as Simon Crittle, spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program. Check it out here. For more information visit one of these sites: United […]

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"Law or Lawlessness?"

“Mr. Bush and his entourage have not only broken the law, they flaunt it. Moreover, this group that now controls the executive branch even assumes to take the power of law brazenly unto itself; in some cases, even relying on their allies in Congress to change laws the administration had already broken, to retroactively shield […]

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Remembering Tiananmen Square

“With their college IDs as identification and their names out in the open, the students had to take responsibility for what they were doing, and to recognise their own positions of power as representatives of the student body. Under tremendous political pressure, as well as pressure of time and space, the student organisations encountered numerous […]

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Changing Girls’ Lives (One Bill at a Time)

“Every year in poor countries, millions of girls – preteens and teens – become the wives of older men…This custom is not marriage, but rather sanctioned sexual abuse and a human rights violation that destroys girls’ lives.”-Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn)-Rep. McCollum recently introduced new legislation that would authorize $100 million to be utilized over four […]

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Makes Me Sick

“Moore is laying out facts. The industries that profit so hugely from our illnesses spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, public relations and lobbying to ‘tell their side of the story.’ One month’s expenditure by the insurance industry for those activities substantially exceeds the cost of making ‘Sicko.’ And Moore doesn’t own a […]

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How We Celebrate the Fourth of July

“‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’ says the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Unless, of course, you are a friend of the president.”–Amy Goodman–In “The High Cost of Libby’s Silence,” Goodman explores why commutation is worse, for the cause of justice, than a pardon. As blogger Marcy […]

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Arugula & Activism

“Imagine having to organize politically for the right to eat slowly and well. The fast food economy has created a world in which we have to protect ourselves from it.”-Molly Schwartz-In “Watch Your Foodometer“, artist and activist Molly Schwartz discusses her experiences traveling across America…and trying to find a place to eat that isn’t McDonald’s […]

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New Alliance for Sustainable Trade

“But the farmers and producers (almost all in the developing world) who send their goods to us with fair trade labels represent only a portion of the number of farmers and producers wanting to join the network of international trade in fair and environmentally-responsible goods.”-Sarah Rich-Sarah Rich over at Worldchanging explores the latest on the […]

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