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Actress Cynthia Nixon Could Take Down New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Over Education

Should a state with extreme wealth and extreme poverty use public education to even the playing field so all children have an opportunity to improve their conditions?

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Marching Backwards For Freedom

In 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. led marchers to the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama to demand their right to vote.  When they got there, they were arrested. That arrest, and the police brutality that followed it, galvanized the nation and forced passage of the Voting Rights Act.

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Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party

Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump?

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How the School Privatization Agenda Turns Public School Parents into Feeling Like They Are Criminals

In researching an upcoming article I’m writing about the St. Louis school system, and the district’s ongoing funding crisis, I came across an astonishing example of who wins and who loses in current approaches to government budget balancing.

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What Progressives Should Demand from the FBI

Many Americans are rightfully outraged at the firing of FBI Director James Comey, just as they were shocked at Comey’s ability to influence political events. But what can we do about it?

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Who’s Behind the Billionaire PAC Targeting Elizabeth Warren?

America Rising, a billionaire-backed conservative group, is targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as she tours the country in support of her new book, according to a memo obtained by Politico.

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Tax Reform Should Begin With Making Polluters Pay

As we begin our national conversation about tax reform, why don’t we start with low-hanging fruit—the things we can all agree are right? Why not reinstate the Superfund tax, which used to make polluters pay to clean up their own mess?

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Gorsuch’s Approval Would Put Vulnerable Students At Risk

Students with disabilities already face a difficult path through our nation’s education system, but President Donald Trump appears determined to add to the disadvantages these students already face. His nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is yet another sign his administration is less than eager to uphold the rights of these students.

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Trump and DeVos Hatch a Deceptive Scheme to Push School Vouchers

Since President Donald Trump picked Betsy DeVos to be his new Education secretary, there’s been lots of talk in the media that his administration, with his secretary out front, will push for vouchers so parents can withdraw their children from public schools and get money to pay for tuition at private schools, even religious ones.

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Trump's Team Is a Major Threat to Public Schools

If you want to get an idea of what kind of education policies to expect from a Donald Trump administration, Wall St. has a clue for you.

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Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016

This is the time of year when people try to make sense of the preceding twelve months. It’s a fool’s errand, in one sense. A year is an arbitrary division of time. We decide what it means in retrospect, and we never get it exactly right. But the meaning we give it will guide our actions in the future, in thousands of conscious and unconscious ways.

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Warning: This Trump Hire Is Hazardous to Your Health (And Not Just Your Medicare)

Donald Trump’s latest cabinet pick endangers the health and well-being of millions of Americans. From tax cuts to surgeons’ income, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia — Trump’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services — has repeatedly fought for the wealthy and privileged at the expense of ordinary Americans.

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Who Will Lead the Anti-Trump Resistance?

The Donald Trump Administration hasn’t even started, and the President-elect is already unpopular. Only 42 percent of those polled in this “honeymoon” period approve of Trump. Voters were split (46-45 percent) on their approval or disapproval of his transition process.

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Anti-Privatization Education Victories We Can Rally Around

Sorting through this week’s humiliating defeat by Donald Trump at the polls, Democrats are having a hard time finding any bright spots in all the darkness. But Trump’s victory was a very close one (he lost the popular vote) and may be easy to reverse in 2020 with a better campaign.

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The Biggest Problem with Obamacare (It's Probably Not What You Think)

It’s true: the Affordable Care Act is having problems. But Republicans who say those problems are caused by “big government” have it exactly backward. Obamacare’s current difficulties are grounded in our country’s political fetishization of the private sector—a fad that began in the Republican Party, but has unfortunately spread to much of the Democratic establishment.

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The Last Debate: How Low Will It Go?

What’s worse than a political debate that fails to give voters the information they need? One that misinforms them, while at the same time demeaning the democratic process. The final 2016 presidential debate takes place Wednesday night, and expectations are low.

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John Oliver Slams Charter Schools and His Critics Totally Miss the Point

Sometimes it takes a funnyman to make sense.

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What Your Back-to-School List Reveals About Our Underfunded Schools

“You can exhale now,” the headline in Salon reassures, because “kids have more money than ever to spend on school stuff this year.”

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The Incredible Shrinking Populist: Trump's Tiny Economic Vision

On Monday, Donald Trump talked about the economy on television for an hour. That may have exceeded the graduate-level curriculum at Trump University. But the biggest lesson I learned is that Trump contradicts himself more, and becomes more typically Republican, with every passing day.

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American Greed: Trump's Economic Team Is a Who's Who of What's Wrong

“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.” Donald Trump hears America singing too. But where Whitman heard men and women, masons and carpenters, Trump hears only the unvarying monotone of rich white males like himself.

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Can Clinton Convince Skeptical Voters She’ll Fix the Economy?

Hillary Clinton offered a strong economic platform at last week’s Democratic National Convention. She promised to boost employment and wages with large-scale investments in infrastructure and green jobs. She declared her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), said she would expand Social Security, and proposed tuition-free education for the middle class.

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9 Photos That Reveal America's Obscene Division of Wealth

Many people don’t understand our country’s problem of concentration of income and wealth because they don’t see it. People just don't understand how much wealth there is at the top now—so much that it's beyond most people’s ability to comprehend.

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7 Corporations That Pay Their CEOs More Than They Pay in Taxes

This week leaders in Congress are trying to decide what action to take on a set of “tax extenders” – a hodge-podge of tax breaks that range from the arguably meritorious to the patently absurd that could cost the government as much as $590 billion if Congress adopted a package favored by House Republicans.

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5 Worst Things Republicans Have Promised to Do to Americans

The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do.

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Top Corporate Tax Cheats: Corporate Behavior So Bad Even Fortune Magazine Can’t Stomach It

Fortune Magazine is out with its list of “Top American corporate tax avoiders,” members of the S&P 500 that “sure seem American—except when it comes to paying taxes.”

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Our Elites Are Extremely Isolated from Real Life in America -- and That's Dangerous

In 10th century Japan a “pillow book” was a form of diary, a place to gather notes, lists and other scraps of paper and reflect upon them before retiring to bed. A “court lady” to the Empress used hers to depict life in the royal household, and today “The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon” is considered an invaluable record of a pampered and long-vanished Imperial court’s customs and beliefs.

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'Horror Stories' Show How Privatization Loots Taxpayers

This article originally appeared on Blog for Our Future, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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5 Things Terribly Wrong With the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

The Beltway breathed a huge sigh of relief with the announcement of the budget deal cobbled together by Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan.  It is the deal, not the substance, that is being applauded.   If it overcomes opposition from a hostile right and largely resigned liberals, it could provide a two-year truce from the budget wars, hostage taking, and threatened government shutdowns.  But business as usual is hardly a virtue when that business isn’t addressing what needs to be done.

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