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Attention Democrats: Chris Christie Isn’t Your New Best Friend

Attention Democrats: Chris Christie Isn’t Your New Best Friend
Just because Christie criticized the most unproductive and unpopular House of Representatives in the history of the U.S. Congress doesn’t make him particularly brave, and it certainly doesn’t mitigate his more conservative policy positions.
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We Are Kitty Genovese

We Are Kitty Genovese
If you were to see some poor soul, let's say, taken from their home, brutally beaten down, robbed and humiliated by a gang of thugs whose only thought was to increase their own pleasure and personal gain, what would you do? Would you look away, draw the curtains and hope someone else would do the right thing?
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Robert Reich: It's Time to Break Up the Banks

Robert Reich: It's Time to Break Up the Banks
The biggest Wall Street banks are now far bigger than they were four years ago when they were considered too big to fail. The five largest have almost 44 percent of all U.S. bank deposits.
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Bernie Sanders: We Can Solve the Deficit Without Attacking the Elderly, Sick or Poor

Bernie Sanders: We Can Solve the Deficit Without Attacking the Elderly, Sick or Poor
Despite such terminology as "fiscal cliff" and "debt ceiling," the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all about the soul of America.
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Forget Assault Weapons – Texas Congressman’s Focus is on Hammers

Forget Assault Weapons – Texas Congressman’s Focus is on Hammers
Gohmert got his law degree at Baylor, which either goes to show that nobody is totally dumb or that just because someone’s a lawyer doesn’t mean they’re smart. Then he got himself elected judge, and all would have been fine if Gov. Rick Perry had never appointed him chief justice of an appellate court.
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Hurricane Sandy Relief: A Flood of Hypocrisy

Hurricane Sandy Relief: A Flood of Hypocrisy
Republican hypocrites have voted the federal flood insurance program into debt, and now are using that debt as an excuse to vote against relief aid for storm-battered areas of the East Coast.
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Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It's Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare

Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It's Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare
Three trillion dollars a year. That's how much the wealthiest Americans avoid through the system of subsidies and schemes and sweet deals that deprive middle-class workers of their earned benefits. That's three times more than the deficit. That's enough for a full-time job for every middle-class household in America.
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Paul Buchheit
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Congress Could Learn a Lot About Accountability From the NFL

America tried to fire congress on Election Day when Democrats won a slight majority of congressional votes, 49 percent to 48 percent, yet Republicans ended up with the second-biggest majority in 60 years. The most-ineffective, most-unpopular congress in American postwar history is immune to our votes.
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Jason Stanford
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Why It's a Privilege to be a Progressive in 2013

We enter the new year with a degree of optimism, because Americans, except for Congress and the uninformed, are beginning to realize that cooperation transcends self-centeredness as a means of national betterment.
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Common Cause: The Young Vote is Alive and Well

Poll data from this past election indicates an increase in millennial voter turnout; even as articles leading up to election day speculated that voter apathy and the “enthusiasm gap” would surely yield a lower percentage of young people turning out.
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