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Elements of the develpoment of U.S.A. society
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Don’t do it, Hillary! Joining forces with neocons could doom Democrats

Clinton's Iraq vote kept her from the presidency in 2008. Staying hawkish could harm the party for decades. Ask LBJ
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Now That’s Rich

Big surprise! Hedge fund managers make a lot of money. But there are some lessons there.
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The State of Arizona

What went down over a state bill and a governor’s veto was weird, but it means something.
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Maybe we have reached a critical historical juncture. Struggles for human rights always begin with brave men and women who stand up, isolated, against the forces of oppression. But, in the United States, victory really arrives on the glorious day when the people with money decide discrimination is bad for business.

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Bargain for billionaires: Why philanthropy is more about P.R. than progress

Charity is great, but it won't bring real change — and worse, it perpetuates the myth that we need the ultra-rich
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David Brooks' Utter Ignorance About Inequality

Occasionally David Brooks, who personifies the oxymoron “conservative thinker” better than anyone I know, displays such profound ignorance that a rejoinder is necessary lest his illogic permanently...
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‘Sarah’s Uncertain Path’

Profiling a pregnant teenager in Missouri, this short documentary provides a window into rural poverty in America’s heartland.
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We Saw 'Wolf Of Wall Street' With A Bunch Of Wall Street Dudes And It Was Disturbing

The finance crowd cheered at the most grotesque moments.
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Is the United States a 'Racial Democracy'?

The disparities in our criminal justice system threaten our core political values.
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Starting in the 1970s, the United States has witnessed a drastic increase in the rate of black imprisonment, both absolutely and relative to whites. Just from 1980 to 2006, the black rate ofincarceration (jail and prison) increased four times as much as the increase in the white rate. The increase in black prison admissions from 1960 to 1997 is 517 percent. In 1968, 15 percent of black adult males had been convicted of a felony and 7 percent had been to prison; by 2004, the numbers had risen to 33 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

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Boeing's hollow victory

The narrowly approved contract agreement between Boeing and its Washington state workforce will be hailed by some as a victory for the canny, hardball brinkmanship of Boeing's management and the knuckle-under economic pragmatism of the...
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Boeing's case epitomizes that sharp economic divide. For just as the company was wringing concessions from its workers, its board of directors approved a 50% increase in the company's stock dividend and a $10-billion stock buyback that will richly reward investors and executives who get paid in Boeing shares.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-smith-boeing-20140107,0,975063.story#ixzz2pwnq5HXf

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Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas

The state’s economy is in terrible shape after huge income-tax cuts — another case of big money selling bad ideas.
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And I do mean for the wealthy. While ALEC supports big income-tax cuts, it calls for increases in the sales tax — which fall most heavily on lower-income households — and reductions in tax-based support for working households. So its agenda involves cutting taxes at the top while actually increasing taxes at the bottom, as well as cutting social services.

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Oligarchs and Money

Are class interests perpetuating high unemployment?
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what’s good for oligarchs isn’t good for America.

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The Court Follows the Money

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Five justices voted to eliminate sensible contribution limits to federal campaigns, giving those few people with the most money the loudest voice in politics.
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A Lone Ranger of the 401(k)’s

A lawyer’s string of cases highlights a corporate responsibility to monitor the costs and fees in employees’ retirement plans.
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Revelations by AOL Boss Raise Fears Over Privacy

AOL’s chief, Tim Armstrong, set off a firestorm among American workers by publicly revealing information about medical costs for two babies covered by company health plans.
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How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul

Our tendency to equate wealth with inner worth invokes deep psychological responses.
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The Populist Imperative

This is why we’re likely to hear a lot about inequality and social justice from President Obama next week.
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Fifty States of Fear

Is our government trying to minimize our worries about terrorism, or manipulating them to consolidate its power?
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A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies

In some states, campaign cash from sophisticated donor networks has helped accelerate or arrest the natural drift toward one party or the other, defying national election trends and voter registration advantages.
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