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Five Years Back In D.C.

How we beat the 1 percent: This is how the moneyed classes get dethroned

People with money know how to speak money. To win the debate, we must first learn their language. Here’s how<p>At some point in the 1840s, a French liberal thinker called Frédéric Bastiat made a trip to his capital city and had an epiphany:<p>On entering Paris, which I had come to visit, I said to …

The Old Jim Crow

Black people: America's premier outlaw class<p>I'm still processing much of what was talked about here during our reading of <i>The New Jim Crow</i>. In continuing my studies this week, I picked up Randall Kennedy's book <i>Race, Crime, and the Law</i>. As I've said before, one insight that's stuck from Alexander's …

Too-ticky’s Guide to Life: Wisdom on Uncertainty, Presence, and Self-Reliance from Beloved Children’s Book Author Tove Jansson

<b>Tove Jansson</b> (August 9, 1914–June 27, 2001) is among the most imaginative, important, and influential children’s book creators of all time, an artist and writer of unparalleled creative vision and great sensitivity to life’s ineffable nuances. A recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen …

The Best Answer to "What do You Want to Be?" by Mardra Sikora - Liv, Laugh, Love

Marcus and I sat beside each other at our favorite Scooters coffee shop to write. We’re regulars at one particular Scooters, where they are nice to …

OIL AND GAS: Drilling's worker safety record bodes ill for public health

Some worker safety experts reject the idea of linking worker exposure to public health and the environment. The National Institute for Occupational …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Shares 3K<p>Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before …

I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.

If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World …

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

The ABCs Of Men's Fashion

Style school is in session.

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Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments

Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes?

<i>This post first appeared at</i> The Nation.<p>Rikers Island in New York (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)<p>Kajieme Powell told the St. Louis police to shoot him. He …

Obama and the Democratic Governors

The Democrats' Senate contenders don't want anything to do with the president, but statehouse candidates are rolling out the welcome mat.<p>When it comes to campaigning for their party's candidates, presidents usually go where they're wanted. For President Obama, that means shoring up Democratic …

Drinking Coffee, for Your Health

Research suggests that a person's consumption of the beverage is determined in part by his or her DNA—and that its benefits could extend beyond a caffeine buzz.<p>In college, when I worked part-time as a barista at a local coffee shop, I would often serve the same customers day in and day out. To the …

Courting Corruption: The Auctioning of the Judicial System

Don't believe the Citizens United pollyannas. Watching money flooding into elections for judges' seat shows how dangerous unregulated campaigns can be.<p>Every once in a while, David Brooks writes a column in <i>The New York Times</i> that makes one just cringe. That was the case with his "Don't Worry, Be …

Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?<p>At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6 percent–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen …

Obama to expedite U.S. entry for thousands of Haitians

Haitians eligible to receive green cards in two years soon will be able to wait it out in the United States rather than in Haiti under an expedited …

GOP using increasingly racist arguments against gay marriage

Republicans really need to come out with a consistent position on inter-racial marriage.<p>Because the way the GOP talks, it seems they’re a dead-set …

Amid Ebola fears, cruise ship quarantines worker, airline contacts travelers

Concerns about even remote chances of Ebola exposure rippled Friday from a U.S. airline to a cruise ship off Belize, with Frontier contacting hundreds who flew with an infected nurse and Carnival quarantining a health worker only tangentially linked to an Ebola patient's care.<p>The airline's move …

Long Sentences and No Federal Parole Deepen Crisis of Mass Incarceration

(Image: Mike Bitzenhofer / Flickr)After reading a newly published Fact Sheet about Mass Incarceration, on the top bunk in my 5 1/2 x 9 cubicle in …

007: Kevin Griffin

<b>0</b> Flares <b>0</b> Flares ×<p>Podcast: Download<p>This week on The One You Feed we have Kevin Griffin.<p>Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist author, teacher, and innovator in …

Your dentist may be ripping you off. Here are 7 tips to help you avoid it.

There's an invisible problem in dentistry: some dentists using "creative diagnosis" to perform unnecessary work in the interest of making extra money.<p>There isn't hard data on how often this occurs, but it's clear that it's a big issue — as highlighted by an op-ed by a dentist in American Dental …

Abortion Without Apology: A Prescription for Getting the Pro-Choice Groove Back

Only by reclaiming abortion as a fundamental right and normal part of health care can the pro-choice movement hope to win, writes Katha Pollitt in a …

A top scientist worries that Ebola has mutated to become more contagious

Peter Jahrling, one of the country's top scientists, has dedicated his life to studying some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet. Twenty-five years ago, he cut his teeth on Lassa hemorrhagic fever, hunting for Ebola's viral cousin in Liberia. In 1989, he helped discover Reston, a new Ebola …

5 Key Retirement Income Streams to Fund Your Future

Source: Flickr user Sarah_Ackman.<p>Not so long ago, most Americans looked forward to pension income in retirement, along with Social Security. Today, …