Michael Bourg

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I’m one of the worst teachers in my state

<b>(aimy27feb, bogdan ionescu via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>We must hate teachers. I’ve won awards, my kids thrive. But thanks to crazy tests, I’m being shamed by Florida<p>Simone Ryals<p>March 31, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>I didn’t think I’d like teaching, but instantly loved it when I gave it a shot, and was immediately …

Turkey’s online censorship just took a sinister Orwellian turn

Over the weekend, Google reported that Turkey had intercepted traffic to its public domain name system (DNS) service—part of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly draconian crackdown against the social media networks that are being used to distribute damaging information about him.<p>To …

The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

The right yearns for an era when churches and local organizations took care of society's weakest—an era that never existed and can't exist today.<p>Ideology is as much about understanding the past as shaping the future. And conservatives tell themselves a story, a fairy tale really, about the past, …

For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season

If a politician from Iowa is going to commit a gaffe, it's probably best if it doesn't involve farmers. Or if he represents Kentucky, it's best if college basketball isn't at the heart of it. Both are home-state icons.<p>That explains why Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa was so quick to apologize …

High Court Considers Definition Of Domestic Violence In Gun Case

Law enforcement, domestic violence organizations and gun control groups won an important victory in the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.<p>The justices ruled unanimously that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses are barred under federal law from possessing a gun, even though some states …

Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her

It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the …

"This is the era of the empowered 'one percenter'"

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Watch MoJo's Andy Kroll discuss super PACs, the Koch brothers, and the 2014 midterms …

GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government

If we learned nothing else during the 2012 election, it is that some of us are makers, hard-working folk solely responsible for America's prosperity, and others are takers, who want the federal government to pay for luxuries like food and health care.<p>What may come as some surprise is where these …

The Best of Hobby Lobby Versus the Supreme Court's Women

Hobby Lobby went to the Supreme Court yesterday as part of the craft company's ongoing quest to deny its female employees …

Ron Paulies Are Batshit Conspiracy Theorists, Chapter 794

Ron Paul and his think tank don't want the U.S. to get embroiled in an overseas war with Russia over its recent annexation of Crimea. That's …

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‘Ukraine’ or ‘the Ukraine’? It’s more controversial than you think.

By Katie Zezima<p>Katie Zezima<p>National reporter covering vice<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When speaking about Ukraine, three seemingly innocuous letters can make a huge impact: the.<p>In recent weeks, politicians including President Obama and Mitt Romney have used the construction "the Ukraine" while speaking about …

A terrifying precedent: Woman to be tried for murder for giving birth to stillborn

A new “fetal harm” case could open door for women to be prosecuted for everything from miscarriage to abortion<p>Nina Martin<p>March 22, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>Rennie Gibbs’s daughter, Samiya, was a month premature when she simultaneously entered the world and left it, …

Republicans losing it over new Obamacare data: Why their position is collapsing

<b>Eric Cantor, Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Kevin Lamarque/AP/Paul Sancya)</b><p>Obamacare enrollment could hit 7 million before the midterms; meanwhile, GOP still has no answer for beneficiaries<p>Brian Beutler<p>March 25, 2014 11:43am (UTC)<p>It's a complete accident of legislative and …

Map: How much stimulus spending did your district receive?

By Christopher Ingraham<p>Christopher Ingraham<p>Reporter covering all things data<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Back in 2009, conservative commentators were quick to cry 'Pork!' as the House and Senate debated the $800 billion stimulus bill known as ARRA - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A year later the …

Court Decision Could Slow Expansion of Rail Trails

Ruling states that land must revert to original owner when railroad ceases to exist.<p>Amber Travsky has run the Medicine Bow Rail Trail since it was first laid out along a former Laramie, Hahn's Peak and Pacific Railway right-of-way through southern Wyoming.<p>She particularly loves it in the autumn, …

If Hobby Lobby Wins, It Will Be Even Worse For Birth Control Access Than You Think

Next week, the Supreme Court will take up the issue of contraceptive coverage, hearing arguments in a closely-watched lawsuit against the Affordable …

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Measles Is Spreading In Our Largest Cities Because People Aren’t Vaccinating Their Kids

New York City is currently grappling with a measles outbreak. Health officials have identified 16 cases of the highly contagious infectious disease, …

Ron Paul Is Supporting Russia’s Illegal Occupation of Crimea

In the Crimea crisis, it seems Ron Paul thinks that libertarianism stops at water’s edge.<p>The former Republican congressman and libertarian icon has …

Yoga Shot: Balance

Ben Carson: America today is “very much like Nazi Germany”

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>The former neurosurgeon and current Tea Party favorite seems to think being called an idiot is a form of oppression<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 12, 2014 8:42pm (UTC)<p>Speaking with Breitbart News on Monday, former celebrated neurosurgeon and current Tea Party darling Ben Carson once …

Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

What is Vladimir Putin up to? The crisis in Ukraine, brought to a boil when Russia’s president sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, has created …

Your 60-second guide to the Crimean War

A major European conflict of the 19th century, the Crimean War saw an alliance led by Britain and France challenge Russian expansion...<p>Dr David …

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This Is The United States Of Comcast, Depressing Map Shows

Forget the United States of America: This is the United States of Comcast.<p>Comcast's $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable is going to give it an enormous share of the nation's market for Internet service, if maps produced by the blog WebpageFX are any guide.<p>The map, based on an analysis of web …

I got 30 months in prison. Why does Leon Panetta get a pass?

The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't …

The Great U-Turn

Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?<p>I remember. My father (who just celebrated his 100th birthday) earned enough for the rest of us to live comfortably. We weren't …

The zombie walks: Yet another GOP attack on Medicaid

House Budget CommitteeChairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., obviously is a great adherent of the adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." On Monday his committee released another attack onMedicaid, one of the linchpins of theAffordable Care Actand one that for some reason is especially …

Why Conservatives' Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy — Setting Working Class Against the Poor — Is Backfiring

<i>This post first appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.</i><p>For almost forty years Republicans have pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy intended to convince …