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Activist Poets! Activist Poems! Calling All Voices!!

Activist Poets! Activist Poems! Calling All Voices!!
TheContributor.com wants to bring poetry into what has to date been a prose and photo journal focused on solution-driven thinking, open data, transparent democracy. Our large network of political bloggers, journalists, and activists are playing important functions bringing information and resources to other progressives around the world, but we'd like to add the voices of poets who seek social and environmental justice. Won't you please Contribute?
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Bernie Sanders: 'I am Running for President'

Bernie Sanders: 'I am Running for President'
In an interview with the news agency, Sanders jumped right into a discussion about his populist mindset and progressive agenda while issuing an additional message for those doubting that he—a self-described democratic-socialist—can compete in a national campaign against the early Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton or take on the Republican Party's field of candidates.
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Is Bernie's Hat Going Into the Ring?

Is Bernie's Hat Going Into the Ring?
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest-serving independent member of the U.S. Congress, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, Vermont Public Radio reported on Tuesday. He will release a short statement and hold a campaign kickoff event in subsequent weeks, the radio said, citing several sources. The senator's office did not respond to a request for comment.
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Anger Translator Reveals Obama's Real Feelings: Video

Anger Translator Reveals Obama's Real Feelings: Video
Journalists, politicians, and celebrities gathered for the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner. Journalism awards and scholarships were presented, with the assistance of First Lady Michelle Obama. President Obama and comedian Cecily Strong made humorous remarks about politics and the media. 
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NJ's Abrupt Shuttering of the Izod Center: Corruption & Economic Travesty

NJ's Abrupt Shuttering of the Izod Center: Corruption & Economic Travesty
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) yesterday in a Blue Jersey post, Transparency & The NJSE, raised six important questions about the abrupt closure of the Meadowlands Izod Center Arena. She has good reason for her concerns. She is seeking answers and is known for her persistence and success.
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Rep. Winkler, MN GOP Square Off on Campaign Finance In Tense Debate: Full Video

Rep. Winkler, MN GOP Square Off on Campaign Finance In Tense Debate: Full Video
Minnesota mailboxes will likely continue to be flooded with campaign flyers, many of them negative, that don’t disclose who paid for them because of what Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) calls “campaign finance law loopholes.”
“The public deserves to know if you’re on their side or only care about the people who bought your election,” Winkler said, introducing his campaign finance disclosure provision that he said requires disclosure of “who is paying when you are trying to get somebody in office or out of office.”
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TPP: A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It

TPP: A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It
The “fast track” trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even sees it. Unfortunately, the Senate bill does not specify firm and sufficient objectives to make TPP a trade bill that could work for 99 percent of Americans.
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Homebrew: Rage Boils in Colorado’s Boom Economy

Homebrew: Rage Boils in Colorado’s Boom Economy
The Colorado economy is growing. Some people enjoy the windfall; others are furious about shoddy development.
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Smile! You're In Jamaica :-)

Smile! You're In Jamaica :-)
President Obama traveled to Jamaica on Thursday and part of his visit included a trip to the Bob Marley Museum.
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House Dems Defend Obama Immigration Orders in Court Brief

House Dems Defend Obama Immigration Orders in Court Brief
Colorado’s three Democratic members of Congress joined 178 of their colleagues in signing onto a 50-page brief in a court case that has temporarily halted President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced last November, which halted deportations of immigrants without documentation who were brought here as children or who are parents of U.S. citizen-family members.
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