Editorial Staff

Stop Freaking Out About ISIS

Now that Ferguson, Missouri, is not producing enough tear gas to keep CNN's attention, I couldn't help but notice Chuck Hagel bouncing in his chair, talking about how ISIS is a greater peril than anything mankind has faced since the saber-toothed tiger. Somewhere, just off screen, John McCain is preparing two lists: people we should have bombed, and people we should bomb now. There's a big CNN fear graphic on the screen right this moment asking "Does ISIS have cells in the US?" There's a queue extending out into the parking lot of politicos waiting their turn to shake a finger at President Obama for not rushing back to the White House to deal with this Urgent Threat of Unprecedented Proportion. While wearing a tie. As God intended.

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California Earthquake: Three Critically Injured As Governor Declares Emergency

Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday declared a state of emergency for the part of California’s wine country hard-hit by an earthquake that struck at 3:30am.

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Somali Group Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Nairobi Mall Attack

The armed group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Saturday, which killed at least 39 people and more than 150 injured, according to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The Common Core Corporate Scam

It isn't easy to find common ground on the Common Core. Already hailed as the “next big thing” in education reform, the Common Core State Standards are being rushed into classrooms in nearly every district in the country. Although these “world-class” standards raise substantive questions about curriculum choices and instructional practices, such educational concerns are likely to prove less significant than the role the Common Core is playing in the larger landscape of our polarized education reform politics.

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AlterNet Radio: How We Destroyed Iraqi Society; GOP Rebranding -- Lipstick on a Pig?

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy talks to Joshua Holland about efforts to rebrand the GOP after Republicans' fourth popular vote loss in the past five presidential elections.

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AlterNet Radio: 1,000 Ways Corporate America Rips Off Consumers Every Day; Does Rising Inequality Make Democracies Meaner?

We have a terrific show this week -- it's kind of a theme show!

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Radio: AlterNet's Adele Stan Debates Salon's David Sirota on Rand Paul, Drones and Mansplaining

If you've been following the weeklong flame-war between Adele Stan, AlterNet's Washington bureau chief, and Salon columnist David Sirota, you know that Sirota responded to Stan's blog post on the Rand Paul filibuster with an attack on Stan based on an apparently intentional misreading of her piece. (Stan calls it the straw-woman strategy.) Stan responded with an AlterNet essay, Bro-gressive Values Revealed: Attacking the Messenger by Any Means Necessary, in which she addressed the fan-boy culture on the left in which, she says, figures like Sirota move.

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AlterNet Radio: The GOP's Lipstick-on-a-Pig Project; Religious Right Infiltrating Our Schools; Florida Tea Partiers' Reign of Crazy

On this week's AlterNet Radio Hour, Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly joins us to talk about the craziness of the sequester. He also tells us why he puts little faith in Republican efforts to rebrand.

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