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This Bus Is Transforming The Lives Of The Homeless Most of us have suffered through the frustration of needing to quickly get ready for work, only to have to wait for a roommate to finish his shower. Now imagine having to share that shower with not one or two other people, but hundreds. That’s precisely the situation facing San Francisco’s estimated 6,436 homeless residents, who currently have just seven places in the city where they can shower. Read the Full Story
Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation? The Vermont senator doesn’t want to talk about Hillary—or any ‘political gossip.’ But even as his fans pooh-pooh his 2016 odds, he has other ways of derailing the Democrats’ Chosen One. When Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to talk about something he doesn’t want to talk about, he pushes his chair away from the table, folds his hands in his lap, lowers his voice, and answers questions in short, Hemingwayesque bursts, his trademark Brooklyn patois reduced to a growling whisper. And the things the Vermont senator doesn’t want to talk are Read the Full Story
Immediate Action Needed! Stop Iraq Escalation!
Please act now! We need your Congress member's signature on the Lee-Rigell Letter opposing a military attack on Iraq. Consult the list (see below). If your member of Congress is not there, call the Congressional switchboard ASAP (before Close of Business July, 2nd) and ask them to sign on to the Lee-Rigell Letter. Republicans may be willing to sign on, so it's worth trying them as well. The Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Tell them to contact Rep. Barbara Lee's staffer Monica Pham at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Out of the Shadows: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Out of the Shadows: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is, as they boast on its website, the world's largest business organization, as well as the nation's largest corporate lobbying group. It is also a recipient...

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Corporations Divest Nearly $60 Million From Private Prison I…

Corporations Divest Nearly $60 Million From Private Prison Industry

Three corporations announced their divestment from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the two largest private prison companies in the United States, late last week. Scopia Capital Management,...

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States’ refusal to expand Medicaid is deadly attack on poor …

States’ refusal to expand Medicaid is deadly attack on poor Americans

We pledge allegiance to “One nation, under God.” When terrorists attack us, we unite as one to defend our nation and our countrymen and women. Yet, we allow the doctrine...

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My Turn: Get informed to change the healthcare debate

My Turn: Get informed to change the healthcare debate

“Juneau’s health care tops the nation,” reads the headline. It is serendipitous that the report appears on April Fool’s Day. We’ve all been taken, but it’s no joke. I believe...

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States Are Running Out Of Excuses For Refusing To Expand Med…

States Are Running Out Of Excuses For Refusing To Expand Medicaid

Accepting Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion could be a better financial deal for states than initially predicted, according to new data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Each step I take brings me closer to fulfilling my promise to help pass the Equal Rights Amendment. It’s a promise I made a decade ago to my late mother-in-law,...

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Wash U Sit-In Enters Historic 3rd Week: Peabody Moment of Tr…

Wash U Sit-In Enters Historic 3rd Week: Peabody Moment of Truth Arrives

In an emerging public relations nightmare for Washington University officials, the sit-in against Peabody Energy ties entered a historic third week, as students continued to press demands after a faltering statement released yesterday by...

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Bids to shorten prison terms get bipartisan support (and opp…

Bids to shorten prison terms get bipartisan support (and opposition)

As the Senate prepares to take up changes to federal sentencing and parole guidelines, some Republicans and Democrats break from their parties' traditional stances. For decades the Republican Party prided itself...

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