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Resistance Is Not Enough - Progressive Leaders Launch Campaign for Sustainable Prosperity to Counter GOP

The resistance movement could well be Donald Trump’s greatest legacy. Led by women and people of color, Americans have built a vibrant citizens’ movement in all parts of the country that is standing up to Trump and defending the people and democratic rights he has attacked. It is also exposing how Trump, in office, is now doing the work of the corporate, big money Republicans, and pursuing policies that abandon a good portion of those who voted for him. This resistance movement could help Democrats take back the House (and perhaps even the Senate) in 2018 and win the White House in 2020. But many in the movement know they need an agenda that goes beyond resistance. We are now pledging to build a movement to rebuild America.

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A Newly Elected Democratic Socialist On How to Win in Trump Country

“I’d like to think of myself as ordinary,” says Ross Grooters as he describes his life in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, an eastern suburb of Des Moines. But then he corrects himself. “Most people’s passions or enjoyment are not going out and doing activist things, so that’s where I’m not an ordinary Joe.”

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Trump’s Immigration Ploy Is to Pit Black and Brown Workers Against Each Other

President Trump has resurrected an old canard in his effort to sell a new effort to restrict immigration into the United States. The legislation he backs, he said at a White House ceremony, was necessary in part to protect “minority workers competing for jobs against brand-new arrivals” under the current immigration system.

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There's a Pernicious Economic Theory Creeping into the Heart of the Democratic Party

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what’s the value of a single word?

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Penn And Stein: Two Rich Democratic Hacks Peddling Lousy Advice

“I mean, have you seen the other guys?”

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Elizabeth Warren Steps Up and Challenges School Privatization

Are charter schools a “progressive” idea for education? Some progressive sources would have you think so, but other progressives have challenged that framing.

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The False Promise of School Choice: The Result Is Often More Segregated Schools

As parents and students reenter public schools for a new year, they’re hearing a lot about “school choice.”

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'Marching Into the Class War': An Interview With Sarah Jaffe, Author of 'Necessary Trouble'

The first real conversation I had with Sarah Jaffe was on a school bus heading out for a series of direct actions—and a few brave arrests—in Washington, D.C., with 1,000 community leaders from National People’s Action and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. It was one of our biggest events of the year and leaders had come on planes, trains, and (mostly) automobiles to be there. For Sarah Jaffe, it was just another day of  doing what she does best.

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The Biggest Spender Backing Donald Trump? The NRA.

Why is Donald Trump pandering so hard to “the Second Amendment people”? Possibly because the National Rifle Association is the biggest financial backer of his campaign.

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Is Tim Kaine a Sign Democrats Are Leaving the 'Education Reform Camp?'

An education “reform” establishment that has enjoyed the complete support of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush may be getting nervous.

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Three Shadows That Are Haunting the Republican Party

As Donald Trump’s Republican Party convenes in Cleveland, three shadows will haunt the arena. They won’t talk about these shadows on television, but if you look closely you’re sure to see them.

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Exposing Trump’s Trade Appeal to Working-Class Voters for What It Is

Donald Trump is selling himself as the champion of working-class voters. He says Democrats and their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, are selling them out with trade deals. But Trump is just a fraud.

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Yes, Bernie Has Leverage - Deal With It

Some politicians and commentators say that Bernie Sanders is losing leverage because he hasn’t conceded the primary to Hillary Clinton. To believe that is to misunderstand both the candidate and his supporters. Sanders received a mandate in “defeat” that most politicians never achieve in victory.

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People’s Summit Attendees Leave Determined To Keep 'The Bern' Alive

After an intense weekend of speeches and discussion about the future of the progressive “political revolution” sparked by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, the People’s Summit ended Sunday with a charge to continue to keep “the Bern” blazing through a myriad electoral and justice campaigns.

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How Long Can Big Money Keep Democrats in the Charter School Camp?

It’s obvious 2016 is an election year when Democratic candidates need to draw a bright line to differentiate themselves from Republican opponents.

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If Anything Can Unite the Democrats, It’s Climate

recent Gallup poll exploring issue priorities of Democrats and Republicans found that the “sharpest issue-priority disagreements,” by far, were regarding climate change. While 72 percent of Democrats deem climate an “extremely or very important issue to their vote this year,” only 25 percent of Republicans say the same.

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America's Schools Are Falling Apart - The Country's Public Schools Need Huge Investment

You’ve probably heard about the fierce battle over school bathrooms raging across the country. It’s an important story for sure because transgender students should not be blocked from entering facilities of their gender identity.

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Why Bernie Sanders Will Be a Significant Force at the Democratic Convention

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July seems set to continue the fierce nomination battle—and launch a major debate about what the party stands for.

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How We Must Face the Rise of the Radical Right

Throughout the developed world, extreme right wing politics have surfaced in ways not seen since the Second World War. In Europe, parties of the far right have levels of public support that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. In the United States, Donald Trump is the “presumptive nominee” of one of our two major political parties. His platform tries to mix the traditional hatreds of the racist right with the economic anxieties of America’s beleaguered middle class.

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Teachers Are Increasingly Frustrated, And That’s Bad For Students

The week before last was Teacher Appreciation Week. So some folks thought it might be a swell idea to ask teachers how “appreciated” they feel. The short answer? Not so much.

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Tell Republicans in Congress: Don’t Cut Free Lunches for Poor Children

Conservative lawmakers are well known for wanting to cut funding to public education. But just remember, every time they take a swing at public school budgets, they hit poor kids.

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Finally, Justice for Consumers Wronged by Banks Is Within Reach

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is on the verge of correcting a fundamental perversion of our justice system and restore to consumers their right to their day in court when they are wronged by a bank or credit card company.

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What the Testing Juggernaut in America's Schools Gets So Wrong About Education

T.S. Eliot told us that April is the cruelest month. In the world of K-12 education, that couldn’t be more true as the month ushers in the beginning of testing season in public schools across the nation.

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Bernie's Right: Wall Street's Business Model Really Is Fraud

I’ve said if the big banks don’t play by the rules, I will break them up.”
Hillary Clinton

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Sanders Soars: The Democratic Race Is Closer Than the Republican One

Bernie Sanders routed Hillary Clinton in three Western states on Saturday. He isn’t just winning; he’s winning with stunning percentages: Alaska 82-18; Hawaii 70-30; Washington 73-27. He’s taken five of six in the West, and chipped away Clinton’s lead in pledged delegates, trailing in pledged delegates by 1,243 to 975.

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Why Clinton's Attack on Bernie's Crusade for Universal Health Coverage Is Terrible Politics

As the Iowa caucuses draw near and as Bernie Sanders closes in on Hillary Clinton in the polls, Clinton has started “attacking” (media word) Sanders’ proposals for providing universal health care through a Medicare-for-All plan. 

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Why Ted Cruz Got 'Golden Grinch' Award from Senate Cafeteria Workers

Chanting “No justice, no peace,” dozens of federal food service contract workers on Tuesday marched out of the Dirksen Senate Office Building cafeteria and went to stage a sit-in at the office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). They also gave the senator a “Golden Grinch” award. 

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Go Ahead, Pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, but Don’t Celebrate It

On Wednesday afternoon, the House overwhelmingly passed the proposed Every Student Succeeds Act by 359 to 64. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure this month, and the White House has signaled President Obama’s willingness to sign it.

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Clinton vs. Sanders: How Their Infrastructure Plans Measure Up

“Investing in infrastructure makes our economy more productive and competitive across the board.”
– Hillary Clinton

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The Ugly Charter School Scandal Arne Duncan Is Leaving Behind

Arne Duncan’s surprise announcement to leave his post as secretary of education in December is making headlines and driving lots of commentary, but an important story lost in the media clutter happened three days before he gave notice.

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