This week in OtherWords, Donald Kaul, William A. Collins, and I weigh in on sequestration, Elizabeth Rose calls for closing the gun show loophole, and Jim Hightower praises a GOP platform.

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  1. Getting Small Arms Out of the Wrong Hands / Don Kraus
    The NRA shouldn’t be allowed to derail Senate support of a new global weapons agreement.
  2. Close the Gun Show Loophole / Elizabeth Rose
    Some weapons are too dangerous for civilian use.
  3. Carbon Divestment / Andrew Korfhage
    Already, the California Teachers’ Pension Fund, the state of Vermont, the city of Seattle, and students across the nation are working on divestment campaigns that will speed the transition to renewable energy.
  4. Big Can Be Beautiful / Donald Kaul
    Smart government is better than small government.
  5. The Luxury Fortress in Your Future / Sam Pizzigati
    Income gaps in the United States are approaching Brazilian levels, and that’s not good.
  6. Perturbed by Pesticides / Jill Richardson
    Eco-friendly solutions cost much less than you’d pay the exterminator.
  7. The GOP’s Pitch-Perfect Platform / Jim Hightower
    Holy Koch brothers, share the wealth?
  8. Stalling the Incomplete Recovery / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Sequestration is likely to throw many lives off course, but it may also mark the beginning of the end of the bloated Pentagon budget.
  9. NRA Lesson Plan / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    NRA Lesson Plan, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    NRA Lesson Plan, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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