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In OtherWords: November 12, 2014

Donald Kaul sizes up the 2014 elections.

This week in OtherWords, we have a treat for Donald Kaul’s many devoted fans: He’s taking a break from his medical leave to size up the 2014 midterms.

Don’t miss Kaul’s column, in which he writes: “There’s talk now in Washington of a new spirit of cooperation between the two major parties. This talk is generally between people who start drinking before noon.”

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  1. Taking Stock of the Money Midterms / Marge Baker
    The 2014 elections exemplified everything wrong with the nation’s campaign finance system as a movement to make it right gained steam.
  2. Who Killed Gilberto Soto? / Ron Carver
    It’s time for the State Department to stop backing Latin America’s oligarchies.
  3. A Bigger Threat to U.S. Health than Ebola / Nicole McCann and Anna Meyer
    Factory farms are breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  4. How Did We Get Here? / Donald Kaul
    Democrats are paying heavily for their political failures — and for ditching the working stiff.
  5. Leave No Generation Behind / Chuck Collins
    A tax on inherited wealth could eliminate student debt while reducing growing inequality.
  6. Blocking the Vote / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Lackluster Democratic campaigns, coupled with vote-suppressing maneuvers, gave the GOP its edge.
  7. Silicon Valley Shakedown / Jim Hightower
    Tech giants are sinking to new lows as they squeeze their workers.
  8. Berkeley Beats Big Soda / Jill Richardson
    Prevailing over a flood of industry money, one California city just passed the nation’s first tax on sweetened beverages.
  9. Statue of Free Enterprise / Khalil Bendib Cartoon

    Statue of Free Enterprise, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    Statue of Free Enterprise, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org @ESGreco