Rights and Democracy

One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

It's now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought nearly a million people to the capital. Yet Congress is still dragging its feet on guns. While Republicans and Democrats...

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Don’t Make the Border a Wasteland

Don’t Make the Border a Wasteland

Some Americans think of the U.S.-Mexico border as a wasteland. In fact, the mountains and deserts of our borderlands are teeming with wildlife. Here you'll find large cats like the jaguar, the subject of my research. Jaguar sightings have been reported in New Mexico...

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Nurses Are Calling #TimesUp on Domestic Abuse

Nurses Are Calling #TimesUp on Domestic Abuse

Few people think of nurses like me as being on the frontlines of domestic violence prevention, but we are. Among the thousands of patients I’ve treated, I’ve seen countless women who were abused. When my decades of experience and instincts as an ER nurse prompt me to...

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What’s the Point of Satire Anymore?

Some might call the Trump administration a murderous mob. Specifically, they've been serial killers of the English language. The word "fact" was their first victim, assassinated last year by one of Trump’s mobsters who poisoned it with a toxic substance named:...

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Teachers Deserve a Raise. Here’s How to Fund It.

Teachers Deserve a Raise. Here’s How to Fund It.

Teachers are ready to revolt. That’s the message we should take away from West Virginia, where educators in every county went on strike recently. The teachers secured a major victory, including a 5 percent raise for state employees. The win couldn't be more...

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Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

For decades, big business leaders have warned that redistributing wealth is bad for business. Taxing the rich to pay for infrastructure and education, they say, will kill the goose that lays the golden egg. But what if it’s the opposite? What if decades of stagnant...

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Getting Real About School Safety

Getting Real About School Safety

Can we get real about school safety? Since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been at least 239 school shootings in the United States. 438 people were shot and injured in these shootings, and 138 people were killed. On Valentine’s...

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