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Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare May Arrive in the Form Of Rep. Elijah Cummings

An agenda is taking shape that could have a paralyzing effect on the Trump administration, as Democrats on the House oversight committee begin to take decisive action in response to recent revelations and the conduct of the president.

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Alt-Right Leaders Have 'Fallen on Hard Times' - Here's Why Their Bigoted Movement Is in the 'Midst of a Resurgence'

In recent weeks, news stories have proliferated claiming the white supremacist alt-right is collapsing amid infighting between leaders and factions, evictions from internet platforms, and various arrests and lawsuits.

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To Close Slaughterhouses, We Must Open People's Hearts

On June 13, 2015, all around the world—in Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Delhi, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal—people gathered to March for the Closing of the Slaughterhouses.

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Investigative Report: Charter Schools Gone Wild

The just-released Network for Public Education (NPE) report, “Charters and Consequences,” documents charter school scams supported by wealthy “philanthropists,” powerful political interests and an assortment of entrepreneurs looking to make money off of education. Eleven studies look at the charter school assault on public education, from Oakland, California to Brooklyn, New York with stops in Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Operating “behind a wall of secrecy,” the dark side of the charter movement includes “mismanagement, failure, nepotism or outright theft and fraud” and “abuse of taxpayer funds.” The full report is available online. Unless otherwise noted, information in this blog comes from the report.

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Money For Incarceration But Not For Education

Every year, for the past 11 years that I have taught in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Chicago claims it doesn’t have enough money to properly fund its public schools. And every year there is some “justification” for not giving our students equitable funding.

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6 Things You Think You Know About Higher Education That Are Totally Wrong

Everything you know about higher education is wrong. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. This is not by accident. There has been a well funded and politicized movement to discredit institutions of higher education for years as part of a larger project to “help conservatives control the branches of state governments and alter state policy to lower taxes, shrink government and attack labor unions.” And it’s working. What is the answer? Stop falling for it. Stop believing these myths. Reinvest in public education. Stop viewing public employees as your enemy. Let’s start with the top fallacies dominating the narrative, as well as how Wisconsin serves as a useful case study for understanding how the dismantling of public education has happened:

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A Carnivore-Turned-Vegan Author Reveals Cruelty-Free Fast Food Secrets and the Government's Nutritional Lies

In his new book The Skeptical Vegan, former carnivore, ethical vegan advocate, and self-professed french fry addict Eric Lindstrom shares how moving from chicken wings to tofu wings changed his entire life—and handily includes a chapter on how to eat vegan in fast food restaurants.

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Atlantic City Votes to Protect Its Water From Chris Christie

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lounged on a closed public beach it was symbolic of his governing style. If you have money and power, you can do whatever you want—or as Christie said about his beach vacation, “That’s just the way it goes.”

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Education Publisher Pearson's Global Ambitions Reflects Scope of Privateers Now Upending Public Schools

Powerful forces are at work shaping global education in both the North Atlantic core capitalist nations and regions historically referred to as the Third World.

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America’s Charter Schools Have A Commitment Problem

It happened again. This time in Milwaukee. Students at the Universal Academy for the College Bound Webster Campus returned to find themselves in a completely different school, because a charter management company had decided they’d rather move on than finish out their contract for the year.

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There Are 3 Major Famines on Our Planet Right Now - Can You Even Name Them? The Media Is Virtually Blacking Out Human Tragedy

To be an American in the world today is to be a citizen of a country rapidly losing its place as a global leader in foreign aid, foreign assistance and even what we once might have considered the moral high ground. There are crises, it seems, in every corner of the globe, including refugee camps in the center of Paris and immigrant detention centers on our own borders. Our leaders are telling us these crises are impossible to solve diplomatically, complex in nature and beyond the scope of what we can or should handle. 

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3 Strategies for Solving the Intertwined Crises of Climate Change and Global Health

As a global community, we face significant challenges. Year on year, temperatures spike, surpassing previous records, with devastating effects on ecosystems and human health worldwide. Almost 800m people continue to end each day hungry or short of food, but a staggering 1.9bn of us are now overweight or obese. Associated diseases including diabetes and heart disease, known collectively as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), now kill more people each year than HIV, TB, malaria and all other diseases combined. Our oceans are being depleted and polluted, and forests cleared at an unprecedented rate. This is all in a bid to feed our growing populations – while we continue to waste an estimate 30% of the food we produce, worldwide.

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USDA Quietly Drops Plan to Test for Monsanto's Glyphosate Weed Killer in Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly dropped a plan to start testing food for residues of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer and the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s branded Roundup herbicides.

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'Soft Apartheid': Harsh Drug and Immigration Policy Is Just Another Means of Voter Suppression

Strong Republican pushes for harsher drug and immigration policies are in fact a disguised long-term strategy to permanently blunt demographic changes and maintain current voting majorities well into the 21st century.

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Paul Ryan Plans To Use Trump’s Chaos To Destroy Medicare, Medicaid And Social Security

Paul Ryan always gets more credit than he deserves.

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10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

In the world of marketing, image is everything. If you’re James Franco or Roger Federer or Taylor Swift, your name and face can be used to sell anything from phones to watches to perfume — even if you’re not necessarily famous for the your tech-savvy, your promptness, or the way you smell. 

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In Trumpland, the Motto Is Privatize Everything - and Make Money Off of It

Amid the many controversies attending the election of Donald Trump is one easy to overlook: the mounting assault on “public goods” — public education, public lands, public information and public health, among them. The worldview of Trump and those he’s bringing into government is one in which seeking private interest is paramount, not only as a business aspiration but as a governing ideology. Of all the attitudes of the new administration, this may be the most threatening to democratic practice.

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Important Assumptions About Trump: What He Says Will Likely Be False; What He Does May Very Well Not Be in the Interest of the Country

Now that a majority of electors have cast their ballots in favor of Donald Trump, he will have the lawful powers of the presidency, as prescribed in the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Legal authority is not equivalent, however, to political legitimacy, moral authority, or entitlement to civic respect.

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'Pantsuit Nation' Clinton Facebook Group Is a Sham

Tuesday morning, Pantsuit Nation founder Libby Chamberlain announced in the Pantsuit Nation group that she had secured a book deal under the group’s name. Most of the world didn’t actually find out the news from Chamberlain herself; in fact, an article in the New York Times explained more of the details, including that the book is coming out in five months under the Flatiron label.

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If the Election Is Disputed, Don’t Bet on Congress or the Supreme Court to Decide It

With luck the U.S. presidential election results will be decisive on November 8. There will be a clear winner and no election disputes will emerge.

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5 Ways to Have a Better Relationship With Food

We’d bet you spend quite a bit of time and effort nourishing your relationships, whether it’s with your significant other, your pals, your parents, your kids, or all of the above. Relationships take work and the more work you put in, the more it becomes clear that your efforts are rewarded with strengthened bonds.

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How Greed Is Destroying Our K-12 Education System

We now know the results of rampant greed among the politicians in those states that are cutting education budgets in their K-12 school systems. They would rather preserve the wealth of the wealthiest one percent than see any value in governments or governing of any kind. The cuts are for the most part in red states, causing their educational systems to crumble, which destroys the seed-corn of our democracy: educated children.

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Why Massachusetts Is Ground Zero in the Battle Over Charter Schools

Massachusetts is probably the most liberal state in the United States and by many measures its public school system is also the best in the nation. According to the 2016 edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts report Massachusetts schools received an overall grade of B+, no state received an A, and the national grade was C. The report grades states and schools on the opportunities students have for success from birth to adulthood, K-12 achievement, and equitable school funding.

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5 Ways to Eat Healthier Even When You’ve Failed Before

We would all love to consistently have a perfectly healthy diet, but life often seems to get in the way and we are quick to forget our commitment to improving our diet.

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Taking A Stand On Social Security: Clinton’s Bold Proposal vs. Trump’s Hidden Agenda

AARP has asked all candidates to take a stand on the vital issue of Social Security. In fact, Hillary Clinton and the 2016 Democratic Party Platform have taken a powerful pro-Social Security stand. For that matter, Donald Trump and the Republican Party have taken a Social Security stand, too, though a disturbing one, which they seem to want to keep hidden from view. Their stand, once understood, should concern every Social Security beneficiary now and in the future.

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Enough With the Metrics: Why I Want Education 'Reformers'' Hands off My Granddaughter's Schooling

My granddaughter Maddie is five and just started kindergarten. She loves her doll Molly, her several kitchens, her playhouse, her little brother, her parents, her grandparents and lots of other people and things. She is an energetic, curious and loving child.

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Opioid Companies Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

Our next several blogs will catalogue the various ways drug companies have ruthlessly promoted our nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. This first installment on just the latest outrage- political lobbying to block the legalization of medical marijuana. Future blogs will each tell other aspects of this sordid story.

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Big Soda Is Prioritizing Profits Over Your Health - Again

Big Soda is playing games with your health. Again.

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How the TPP Special Court Crushes Domestic Laws and Plunders the Public

A secretive super-court system called ISDS is threatening to blow up President Barack Obama’s highest foreign policy priority.

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Whales Win Yet Again on Sonar: Why Does the Navy Refuse to Get It Right?

On social issues, the military has often seemed the last to know. Ending racial discrimination took decades. Outlawing discrimination based on sexual preference took just as long. This year, the role of women in combat is finally being recognized. In every case, the military’s rationale for resisting change has been that military readiness would inevitably be compromised.

But significant progress has been made in recent years on all of these issues without adverse impact on our preparedness. By contrast, progress has been frustratingly elusive in persuading the U.S. Navy to care about the health of our oceans. After over two decades of adverse federal court orders - and over five decades since the “Save the Whales” movement focused widespread public attention on the plight of these magnificent animals - the Navy continues to resist the common sense proposition that needless infliction of harm to whales and other marine life in training with extraordinarily loud, high intensity sonar and heavy explosives is neither reasonable nor legal. 

But as two recent court decisions make clear - issued in different cases by different courts — the Navy’s intransigence is based on more than its concern for national security. In fact, much of the blame lies with the government regulatory agency whose mandate it is to protect our oceans. It lies with the failure of the National Marine Fisheries Service to do its job.

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Are Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon, and Roger Ailes Cooking Up a Post-Election Media Empire?

Before he became the chairman of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Goldman Sachs. For the past year, Bannon has merged Breitbart News with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, hoping to acquire more and more influence as a frequent Trump advisor and, as of last week, as the campaign’s CEO.

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