Opinion

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Obama speech heralds new era

The preident laid out confidently - at times defiantly - a list of policy choices anathema to Republicans who tried to block every piece of progressive legislation during his first term.

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2012 countdown: Time for the left to step to the plate

For the past year the left has debated the merits of participation in the election process. As you might expect, not everyone is on the same page.

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Jailed in the land of the free

In the middle of last year, due to a traffic violation, I spent a few months as a guest of our local county correctional facility.

A plutocrat epiphany: All votes needn’t count

America's billionaires have realized they really don't have to bother convincing a majority of people to vote their way.

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Ryan and Akin serve notice of imminent threat to democracy

Every inch of social progress secured in the course of struggle over the past several decades is subject to reversal in the event of a government takeover by the Republican Party.

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Bernie Sanders, 2012, and fighting the oligarchy

Democracy was never a gift bestowed on the multitude by the top layers of our society, either at the country's founding or in its subsequent history.

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Today in history: Voting age lowered to 18

President Richard Nixon, under popular pressure, formally certified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Watergate was only one of Nixon's five wars

Forty years after the news of the Watergate burglary, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein take on certain historical revisionists who claim Watergate was nothing more than a misguided political caper. 

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