Opinion

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A letter of hope to a nephew in prison

It's encouraging that a good number of people are in favor of reforming the criminal "justice" system, including the prisons.

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President Obama on immigration: How we got here and what's next?

Some categories not covered by the executive order need to be brought out of the shadows, perhaps under another order in the future.

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Op-Ed roundup: Failure of Republicans to act is why Obama must

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won't.

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A minimum program for a progressive majority

This is a framework of principles that left forces could use to unite majorities in competitive battles at, primarily, the local and state levels.

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When I say the word "capitalist"

Who I'm really talking about are people whose lives are based on the pursuit of profit by any means possible - and who fight creating a moral and democratic basis for that wealth.

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My top 10 for 2013: political, personal and fun

A couple of weddings, a few marches, sangria and football in snow: looking forward to new adventures in 2014.

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NBC's "Obama knew" charge on health care problem doesn't hold up

The debate was widely covered in the press as early as 2010, so it's unclear what exactly the NBC investigation unit has uncovered.

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Now is the time for action

A conference committee has been established, with a Dec. 13 report back date to propose a new budget. Republican Paul Ryan is already discussing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Top 10 reasons to love Obamacare

There are lots of reasons to love the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, experts say. If only states start to implement it.

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Pennsylvania politics continues to trump health and environment

The latest is how Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas.

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