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We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

What are we so afraid of? It's easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States' sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist's fantasy. But in 2013 former NSA analyst Edward Snowden brought this...Show More Summary

Politics Shouldn't Stand in the Way of Accurate and Inclusive Social Studies

For social studies specialists across the country, an already difficult job is becoming more challenging thanks to increasing political pressure. With ideological groups turning up the heat on elected officials to change social studies...Show More Summary

'No Labels' Is Exactly What America Needs

An organization called No Labels, first established in 2010, has managed a political miracle: getting committed liberals and conservatives to come together to find common ground while maintaining their principles. One idea advanced by the group passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Obama in February 2013. Show More Summary

Does Your U.S. Senator Want to End the War on Drugs?

America's war on drugs is the world's war on drugs. And the world's war on drugs is codified and dictated by three international drug conventions: the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Drugs, and the 1988 UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Show More Summary

A Daughter's Plea to the Supreme Court: Let My Parents Keep Their Health Insurance

As a deeply concerned daughter, I write this plea about the upcoming Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, which will determine whether my parents are able to keep their badly-needed health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Show More Summary

Iran: Obama's Moment of Truth

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are in their eleventh hour. By Monday we'll know whether a resolution has been reached or a new crisis of the first order added to the conflagrations in the Middle East -- indeed, one that will exacerbate all the others. Show More Summary

Getting Covered is Good for Rural America

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care. On this National Rural Health Day, we celebrate the fact that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans. Show More Summary

A Reality Check on ISIS

During the current news cycle, any critical discussion about our policy toward ISIS, or about our foreign policy in the Middle East in general, will be subordinated or obscured by coverage of President Obama executive action on immigration,...Show More Summary

Stop Pouting and Get to Work! The President's Immigration Order Is Constitutional

This is the day for presidential headline and legal assessment of his claimed discretion not to deport on a case by case basis. Whether the envisioned scope of the President's discretion extends to suspending (until the end of his term...Show More Summary

A Master Plan Abandoned

Student fees have yet again been raised at the University of California, with the University of California Regents on the precipice of approving a plan to increase fees over the next five years, resulting in an eventual twenty-five percent...Show More Summary

Violence in Post-Verdict Ferguson: What We Should Really Be Worried About

Many reports out this week warn that if the grand jury sitting in the Darren Wilson case decides not to indict, there will likely be violence in Ferguson, Missouri. This, the media explains, is why Governor Jay Nixon has already declared a state of emergency. Show More Summary

Do You Know Where Afghanistan Is?

Almost 1 million people swarmed the National Mall in Washington DC on Veterans Day for the Concert for Valor. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees. The artist lineup was a once-in-a-lifetime event. And it was the perfect place to pull...Show More Summary

No Viable Alternative

In 1830-1831, our nation committed an atrocity against Native Americans known today as the Trail of Tears. Thousands of Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee, Seminole and Chickasaw Indians were uprooted from their homes in the Southeast U.S. and forced to move to areas beyond the Mississippi River. Show More Summary

Change Is Coming -- It Always Does

Progressiveness is on the right side of history. Our country has shown time and time again that we move forward, not backwards. This country has been built from our birth on progressive and liberal principles, step by step, striving to improve. Show More Summary

Getting Beyond Ferguson

Recently, the United States Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking undertaking to take on, squarely and directly, one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation. The National Initiative for Building Community Trust...Show More Summary

What Makes Washington 'Imperial'?

Sometimes, to see the big picture you need to focus on the smallest part of it, as Nick Turse does in the latest of his dispatches on the U.S. military in Africa, "The Outpost That Doesn't Exist in the Country You Can't Locate." He takes a look at that military in Chad. Show More Summary

The Outpost That Doesn't Exist in the Country You Can't Locate

A Base Camp, an Authoritarian Regime, and the Future of U.S. Blowback in Africa Cross-posted with Admit it. You don’t know where Chad is. You know it’s in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. Show More Summary

Transgender Day of Remembrance and the Transgender Movement

Today, Nov. 20, marks the 16th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. On this most important day on the transgender calendar, we memorialize and celebrate the lives of those transgender and gender-nonconforming persons who were murdered this past year simply because of their gender identities. Show More Summary

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Call to Action for Trans People and Our Allies Alike

The following is a transcript of my keynote address at Transgender Day of Remembrance Louisville. Before I talk about building a movement that is more inclusive of transgender people and our issues, including violence against us, I'd...Show More Summary

Guns and Cigarettes: How We Measure Liberty

The Tea Party and the hard Right have made it easy to dismiss their side of the national debate about American liberty. It's often hard to see through the birthers, the Obama-As-Socialist crowd, and the "legitimate rape" folks. That would be a mistake. Show More Summary

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