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Bringing social justice to scale means using those institutions that can set and enforce equity standards on race, gender, sexuality, and more.

From mass incarceration to Hurricane Katrina, the federal government has failed communities of color. So why do black Americans trust it more than whites?

No one who has succeeded in America actually did it on his or her own.

Mitt Romney

With the 2012 elections projected to be the priciest ever, we must rein in the billions of influence-peddling dollars flowing toward Washington.

Perpetuating the idea that the government can’t do its job is but a half-step away from excusing the government when it fails us.

Research exaggerating the costs of social safety nets has been used for decades to launch unwarranted claims against government programs.

Dozens of proposed laws might reduce the power of money and mischief in the political process. But will they help to restore confidence in government?

Finding the right “frame” will not magically change people’s attitudes about government. We must speaks to--and act on--our common goals.

By giving people a direct voice in shaping regulations, we can make agencies more responsive and accountable, and give citizens a direct stake in policy-making.

Employment office

The federal government has the unique ability, and thus responsibility, to set baselines for citizenship, economic security and market rules.

Blogs

The FCC has opened a debate on Net Neutrality. Activists must raise an outcry to assure it does not lead to a pay-to-play Internet.

May 14, 2014

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

May 14, 2014

A bill considered among the strongest of several competing bids to curb government spying has passed a major legislative hurdle—but not without significant trimming. 

May 8, 2014

Forget holding a vote: GOP leadership won’t even allow a hearing on long-term jobless benefits inside the Capitol. 

May 6, 2014

The same day Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA, a judge finds Wisconsin’s voter ID law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters.

April 29, 2014

The FCC is mistaken—and democracy is threatened—when commissioners fail to embrace their authority to protect a free and open Internet. 

April 24, 2014

Whatever setback they’ve encountered, poor people don’t need more “incentives” to lift themselves out of poverty.

April 9, 2014

What is the point of congressional oversight if the committee charged with it allows itself to be pushed around by the agency it oversees?

April 8, 2014

Lopez’s acts of mass violence distinguish him from his fellow service members; still, he appears to have shared with many others the experience of coming home to a country unprepared to meet his needs.

April 3, 2014

The neverending story of a nonexistent conspiracy.

April 3, 2014