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How Apple is Hurting the American Taxpayer

It's the holidays, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anything else, there's one thing that we all have in common.

Corporate America wants us all to buy stuff, lots of stuff.

Our Obsession with Having Strong-Man Leadership is Un-American

If you’ve watched any the Republican debates this election cycle, you’ve probably heard one of the candidates say something about how we need a big strong leader in the White House.

This idea, that America needs a strongman type leader, is very popular right now among conservatives.

More than half of Americans are flat broke.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a family of four needs an income of at least $60,000 dollars a year to reach a “adequate but modest living standard.” But, fifty percent of all Americans make less than half that amount.

Paul Buchheit over at Alternet reports that new Social Security Administration data shows that one out of every two Americans is living in – or damn near close – to flat out poverty.

The Republican Path to the Dark Side

"Fear," a great Jedi master named Yoda once said, “leads to anger,” which leads to hate, which leads to suffering, which, of course, leads to the Dark Side.

And while Yoda’s warning was directed at the long ago problems of a galaxy, far, far away, we’d do well to take it in stride right now in America in 2015.

The Media Is Ignoring the Most Important Issue of Our Time

If you feel like you haven't seen much, or any news, about Bernie Sanders and the democratic primary race, it's not just in your head.

Over the weekend, the Tyndall Report revealed that mainstream nightly news shows, through the entirety of this year of 2015, have spent only 10 minutes of total coverage on Bernie Sanders, as opposed to 234 minutes of total coverage of Donald Trump.

Reclaim America's Moral High Ground by Prosecuting Bush & His Cronies

For almost a decade and a half, the people behind the Bush administration's shameful treatment of terrorism suspects have avoided punishment for their crimes.

But that may be about to change.

The courts have had their say and have ruled that former Bush administration officials can, in fact, be sued for how they conducted the War on Terror.

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Bernie introduces a bold new plan for Climate Action!

Vermont Senator and democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders announced his energy and climate plan for the United States early Monday.

The plan - called "People Before Polluters" calls for a revenue-neutral carbon tax - a path to 100 percent renewable energy and an end to fossil fuel lobbying and tax breaks.

#You Ain’t No Muslim Bro...the Best Way to Fight ISIS

Muslims all over the world are fighting extremism, and if we really want to stop ISIS, we need to work with them, not against them.

This is not, of course, what Republicans think.

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, they’ve ramped up their usual fearmongering about Muslims and Islam, a religion practiced by 1.6 billion people with a rich 1,500 year history of scholarship, art, and culture.

The Racial Bias Hidden in our Credit Reports.

Every day, Americans are approved or denied for jobs, loans, and apartment leases based on the information contained in their credit reports. While this is a problem that needs to be address in every community, it has had a particularly devastating effect on minority communities.

Cities criminalize homelessness - and now the homeless are fighting back!

Cities around our nation have criminalized homelessness, but now, the homeless are fighting back.

According to a recent article over at The Think Progress Blog, four homeless men in Manteca, California have filed a suit against the city, saying that the anti-homeless ordinances violate their constitutional rights.

Climate denial in text books??

California school children are being taught with misleading textbooks. According to a recent article in the Guardian Newspaper, the science books used by sixth-graders in that state express doubt about whether climate change is real.

Florida cops are taking tons of people's property!

The ACLU wants Florida cops to stop seizing people's personal property. In a recent press release, the civil rights group is calling on the Florida Legislature to address that state's out-of-control civil asset forfeiture practices.

Republicans try to derail Paris Climate Summit.

This week, leaders from around the world are meeting in Paris to work out the future of global climate action.

But, while our President is overseas trying to come up with climate solutions, Republicans back in the states are undermining him at every turn. And, their typical obstruction could pose a threat to the entire Paris summit.

Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics


On Friday House Republicans joined their Senate colleagues and approved a measure that will allow them to repeal Obamacare using a process known as budget reconciliation. Meanwhile, the pressure is growing on them to come up with some kind of replacement plan.

Unfortunately, they still don't have one.

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