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Jacob Remes on the student strikes in Quebec; plus, a well-deserved prize for Katha Pollitt

Emily Douglas on NARAL president Nancy Keenan, and Daniel Denvir on Philadelphia’s attack on public schools

Peter Kornbluh on Obama and Cuba, Salamishah Tillet on boycotting marriage, George Zornick on Eric Griego v. Wall Street crooks, plus a new project on poverty by Barbara Ehrenreich and the Institute for Policy Studies.

Richard Kim on Obama and same-sex marriage, Connor Guy on the truth about Tasers, Hannah Murphy on Activist New York

George Zornick on Al Armendariz and the EPA, John Nichols on Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Katrina vanden Heuvel on Russia’s Pussy Riot case

Elizabeth Whitman on participatory budgeting, Jessica Valenti on dirty tricks against Planned Parenthood, Scott Sherman on the fight over the New York Public Library, plus: the death penalty on trial

John Nichols on a big win against ALEC, Josh Eidelson on the killing of labor activist Aminul Islam, Melinda Tuhus on Connecticut's abolition compromise

George Zornick scrutinizes Obama’s stance on campaign finance reform, Laura Bolt reports on the Supreme Court’s strip-search ruling and the editors congratulate John Nichols on winning the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

John Nichols on a new anti-ALEC coalition, Jeremy Scahill on WikiLeaks, Syria and Libya, Liliana Segura on The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, Ebtihal Mubarak on Saudi political prisoners.


Opponents included all the statewide Democratic candidates, and the Obama administration.

November 3, 2010

Your guide to the most important politics and media hits and misses for Wednesday, September 29, plus some humor, and a music video of the day.

September 29, 2010

Today's collection of media and politics hits and misses from a variety of sources, plus fun videos and music.

September 16, 2010

The first since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, which lifted a ban on direct corporate spending—the 2010 elections are being bought by the highest bidder.

September 14, 2010

On Charlie Rangel, the world's worst songs and right-wing hypocrisy.

August 12, 2010

Obama needs to win the deficit vs. investment battle in order to stop joblessness from leaving deep scars in our country, Katrina vanden Heuvel tells Fareed Zakaria.

June 28, 2010

Sure, Obama has had a few achievements over the past year and a half, but perhaps there are larger reasons such as outsourcing jobs and rampant unemployment that explains a disgruntled America.

May 18, 2010

President Obama has labored to unite different political factions with policy compromises and conciliatory speeches. But it was Obama's incisive grappling at the Republican retreat last week that really lit a bipartisan fire, drawing politicos and commentators of all stripes to call for more questions sessions for the President and the opposition party.

February 3, 2010

A contemporary State of the Union address is less an assessment of our national circumstances than it is a collective Rorschach test: an inkblot given meaning by the viewer more than by the subject. The televised pageantry of applause and ovations has little to do with the President's articulation of a policy agenda and far more to do with how his partisan allies and opponents read the electoral viability of his phrases.

January 28, 2010

There's lots of progressive backlash in the blogosphere to the announcement that the president is going to call for a multi-year freeze on "non-security discretionary spending," in the State of the Union. The anger is totally justified, but let me talk about the politics.

January 26, 2010