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It’s Time to Cut the Contractors Loose

It’s Time to Cut the Contractors Loose

How much of your paycheck do you plan to hand over to corporate Pentagon contractors this year? The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes in 2017. And that’s not even including the taxes that every working person pays to take care of...

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Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks

Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks

Teachers across the United States are having a moment. Educators are building on the momentum from West Virginia, where striking teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for state employees. Now the protests have spread to Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and the nation’s...

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Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

This spring, an estimated 800,000 Americans gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the "March for Our Lives" organized by the teenage survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Thousands more attended 800 sister marches across the nation and around...

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‘Modernization’ Is Media Code for Military Build-Up

‘Modernization’ Is Media Code for Military Build-Up

One of the most effective rhetorical tools in normalizing massive military budgets is to treat spending billions — and sometimes trillions — of dollars as something one has to do in order to be "modern." "Modernization" is, after all, an attractive label. Who doesn’t...

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It’s Up to Grown-ups to Stop Bullying, Not Kids

It’s Up to Grown-ups to Stop Bullying, Not Kids

Bullying's been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting. In response, some people suggested that school children themselves should befriend kids who get bullied to prevent school shootings. Others say this is victim-blaming. I'm not thinking...

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Betsy DeVos Needs an Education on Ethics

Betsy DeVos Needs an Education on Ethics

Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, imperiousness, and incompetence? Answer: Betsy DeVos. She's Donald Trump's multi-billionaire education secretary, who hates public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over democracy. DeVos is...

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In OtherWords: April 4, 2018

In OtherWords: April 4, 2018

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. In OtherWords, my colleague Jessicah Pierre explains that the late civil rights leader's legacy is both broader and deeper than many of us realize. Without deep changes, King predicted,...

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King’s Dream Included Economic Equality, Too

King’s Dream Included Economic Equality, Too

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. American history...

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It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen

It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen

We’re helping fight someone else’s war in Yemen — and the blood is on our hands. Since March 2015, the United States has supported a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that's intervening in a civil war in Yemen. The war has...

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