Rights and Democracy

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Panhandle for School Supplies

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Panhandle for School Supplies

Back to school! These three simple words used to leave America’s public school teachers giddy with anticipation. Now they leave them opening up their wallets and worrying. The problem? Teachers have been spending out of their own pockets for generations to decorate...

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Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Is Deeply Disturbing

Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Is Deeply Disturbing

During a speech to a group of police officers in July, President Trump returned to one of his favorite themes of the campaign season: violence. "Please don’t be too nice" to the "thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon," Trump advised the officers. Be...

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Not Even Robert E. Lee Wanted Confederate Monuments

Not Even Robert E. Lee Wanted Confederate Monuments

While our president's moral character seems stuck somewhere between boorish and brutish, it's only fair to note that he also has an aesthetic dimension. This surprising side of Trump popped out several days after the Charlottesville attacks by raging white...

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Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons!

Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons!

Next time you reach for a cold beer on a hot summer day, you'll have some uninvited drinking buddies: the beer barons. Two conglomerates now control 90 percent of U.S. beer production. They use their power to raise prices, squeeze out small brewers, and limit your...

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Trump’s Running Out of Friends, and It’s His Own Fault

Trump’s Running Out of Friends, and It’s His Own Fault

I hate to say this, but I'm starting to feel sorry for Donald Trump. He's only been in office for half a year, and already he's running out of Americans to attack. Of course, he came into office already having notched his AK-47 Twitter rifle with hundreds of hits on...

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White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

Our president has no trouble naming his enemies — CNN, Rosie O’Donnell, Nordstrom, immigrants, Muslims, the all-women version of Ghostbusters, etc. etc. But when it comes to violent white supremacists, his passive streak is impossible to miss. When neo-Nazis and...

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