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Protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Several hundred fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York gathered to pressure lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.10 an hour and let local cities raise it even higher. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
July 23, 2014 | Blog

When workers have limited social welfare benefits, they are cheap and compliant, and have no choice but to accept whatever job they are offered. Continue reading

Rick Perry at the Texas GOP convention in 2014
July 22, 2014 | On Democracy

In its official 2014 platform for Texas, the GOP has gone for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right instead of trying out real solutions to address real problems. Continue reading

Inner Harbor Water Wheel, Baltimore
July 22, 2014 | Blog

A new invention is helping to solve the city’s water pollution problem and clean up a city landmark. Continue reading

The Game of Village, http://www.thegameofvillage.com/
July 20, 2014 | Perspectives

Children at a unique day-camp program called ‘The Game of Village’ all over the country are learning how to be real and effective citizens. They give us some hope for the future. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 19, 2014 | Perspectives

Conservative members of the House Budget Committee showed up at a recent hearing on poverty to preach what they think they already know about people living in poverty. Continue reading

Rachel Fentin, left, 23, of Detroit, holds a sign denouncing water shutoffs as members of The People’s Water Board Coalition protest Detroit’s cutting off the water supply to some residents, in Detroit on Friday, July 18, 2014.
July 19, 2014 | Blog

As Detroit draws international criticism for shutting off water for low-income families, activists ask why people are being forced to pay while the Wall Street banks live large. Continue reading

Immigrant Children, Ellis Island, New York, ca. 1908 (National Archives)
July 18, 2014 | Blog

The Immigration Act of 1907 declared that unaccompanied children under 16 were not permitted to enter America in the normal fashion. But it didn’t send them packing, either. Continue reading

Bill de Blasio at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

In order to better the economic lot of their constituency, Democrats should do something they haven’t really contemplated, and have consistently avoided, since the 1930s: taking a side, with all that entails, in a class war. Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson at a Democratic rally in New York
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

The author of Dog Whistle Politics argues that naturalistic assumptions about race mislead liberals in their effort to fathom race’s astringent power, shifting the focus from social dynamics to inherited essences.
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William Temple, dressed as a Revolutionary soldier, attends Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
July 17, 2014 | Blog

Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Today, it’s becoming hard not to. Continue reading

Hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act (S.1696)
July 16, 2014 | Blog

For years the pro-choice movement has had to battle a wide array of restrictions passed on the state level. Continue reading

A Net neutrality protest. (Photo: Free Press)
July 16, 2014 | Activism

You now have until midnight, Friday, July 18, to tell the FCC what you think about the proposed rules on Net neutrality. Continue reading

Immigration activists with Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) demand the Mexican government take more measures to protect and respect the rights of unaccompanied minors and families crossing Mexico's territory, during a protest outside the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles Thursday, July 3, 2014. Activists demand support of migrant children and families Thursday, two days after U.S. Homeland Security buses carrying the migrants were routed away from American flag-waving protesters in Murrieta, Calif., and transported to a facility in San Diego. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
July 15, 2014 | Blog

Immigration case backlog has increased nearly 120 percent since 2006, and more than 30 positions for judges are still vacant. Here’s how the courts became so ill-equipped. Continue reading

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, in coronation robes, 1775 (Photo: Wiki Commons)
July 15, 2014 | Perspectives

Globalizing capitalism and its new extremes — rising prices and wealth inequalities — has a remarkable historical parallel in the events of the 16th century. Should modern-day capitalists be guarding the Bastille? Continue reading

Monty Python Receiving a Standing Ovation at the End of the Show. 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena, London, Britain - 01 Jul 2014 Celebrities joined an audience of 14,000 people to watch the surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python perform together in the UK for the first time in more than 40 years this evening Stars including comedian Stephen Fry and screenwriter Richard Curtis packed into The O2 arena in London for the first night of the eagerly awaited, multi-million pound show. Many members of the audience even dressed as characters from the comedy sketch show, with some wearing handkerchiefs on their heads to look like Gumbys. (Rex Features via AP Images)
July 14, 2014 | On Democracy

A nostalgic London trip for fun reminds that the power of money in politics corrupts both our democracies. Continue reading

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