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What if CCSF loses its accreditation?

Tens of thousands of students expect to enroll at City College of San Francisco next fall and are counting on the idea that its accreditation won't …

Obama Really Wants Republicans to Agree to Raise Taxes

Want to see how eager President Obama is for a grand bargain? Here's what the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports him being willing to accept:<p>The White House …

Can Gay Marriage Solve Our Adoption Problem?

So many kids in foster care are waiting for a forever home. Why not let gay couples adopt them?<p>During oral arguments over gay marriage, Justice …

11 Ways Rappers are Just Like Right-Wing Radio Hosts

Rick Ross’s half-assed apology for his date-rape song is just like ones offered by conservative radio hosts. And that’s not the only thing they have …

Facebook: Equality Meme Draws 2.7 Million Supporters for Marriage Equality

Some 2.7 million users changed their profile pictures to support marriage equality. By Marlow Stern.<p>At around 1 p.m. ET on Monday, the Human Rights …

Why Is American Politics So Religious and Divisive?

A new book says the Founding Fathers didn’t pay attention to the Gospels. Jordan Michael Smith on how politics became about Jesus.<p>On March 15, former …

The Coming GOP-Evangelical Divorce

It may take a couple of elections—but GOP moderation on social issues is inevitable. By Michael Tomasky.<p>What are evangelical conservatives going to …

America’s Depression Diagnoses Epidemic and How to Fix It

A new book reveals why a third of Americans convinced themselves they’re depressed—and what we can do to get sensible diagnoses. Historian Edward …

Climate Change is Here, Ready or Not. So What Now?

We need to stop debating and start accepting that climate change is happening. Eugene Linden on how adaptation and market forces might temper the …

Principal Murdered in Pakistan: Latest Assault on Girls' Schooling

As three children fight for their lives, U.N. special envoy for global education Gordon Brown says outrage is building.<p>As pupils gathered early …

David's Bookclub: Private Guns, Public Health

Adam Winkler's <i>Gunfight</i> documents how the Black Panthers asserted a radical new form of gun rights: fetishizing weapons as badges of freedom, carrying …

Public School Children Cheated By Perverse Performance Pay Incentives

Today’s cheating scandals aren’t about students, but the school administrators and politicians who stand to profit from rising test scores, writes …

Never Mind New Guns Laws—The NRA Keeps Weakening the Existing Ones

Recognizing that it may not be able to stop a new law requiring universal background checks for gun sales, the National Rifle Association is trying …

Why Democrats Don't Want Hillary for 2016

From my CNN column: why Democrats shouldn't want Hillary to run in 2016:<p>Democrats seem poised to choose their next presidential nominee the way …

Closing the Gender Gap

In a <i>New York Times</i> Room for Debate exchange, Christina Sommers argues that those who would close the male-female pay gap need to re-engineer women's …

Guns and Marriage, Guns and Marriage

You know the tune.... "go together like a horse and carriage." The one, powerful, potentially dangerous, a kind of terrible beauty, then the carriage, outmoded, ignored by most, no longer romantic.<p>So here's our fated country, embedded in a struggle over death and union, fear and justice, while the …

Progressive Love

There is power in having the courage to stand up for what you believe is right. I'm learning this fact as I go through my journey of navigating the politics of the Seventh-day Adventist church, fighting to make our educational institutions safe for LGBT students. I realize that, although we call …

Jack Montgomery, Gay Husband And Father, Pens Open Letter To Supreme Court On DOMA (VIDEO)

A gay father's poignant open letter to the U.S. Supreme Court is making the blogosphere rounds.<p>Jack Montgomery, who has adopted three children from Washington D.C.'s foster care system with his husband Kelly Vielmo, asks the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to "consider the lens and point of …

Chicago Shootings: 25 Wounded In Easter Weekend Violence, Homicides Down In March

Twenty-five people were wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago amid news that the city's homicide rate in March was down 69 percent from the previous year.<p>Two of the more than two dozen victims were fatally shot. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 23-year-old Eugenio Solano was …

Why Teachers Cheat

The indictment last week of 35 teachers and administrators in Atlanta for manipulating test scores is just the latest chapter in that city's long festering "teacher cheating" scandal. In turn, Atlanta is just one of many cities where evidence has surfaced that educators fudged testing data.<p>Perhaps …

Why Rich People Hate Talking About Inequality

<i>Ed. note: This is the third and final post in a TP Ideas symposium on Branko Milanovic’s</i> <i>The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic</i> …

Bombshell IMF Study: United States Is World’s Number One Fossil Fuel Subsidizer

Between directly lowered prices, tax breaks, and the failure to properly price carbon, the world subsidized fossil fuel use by over $1.9 trillion in …

Helping Working Women is Good Politics

A progressive agenda aimed at helping working and unmarried women makes for a strong political message, according to new research from Democracy …