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Elizabeth Warren: Change will happen when enough people say “I’m mad as hell”

At a recent conference of media and tech influencers, a member of the audience asked Elizabeth Warren a simple question. Her spontaneous and passionate answer was breathtaking. It’s always breathtaking to me when someone speaks the truth—that Washington DC, the White House, and Congress, primarily serve the rich and powerful. Warren says, with great emotion,…

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Ferguson bus tour: Beyond the riot-porn

There’s a lot more to Ferguson, Missouri than what we’ve seen in the media. After Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson cop, and during the uprising sparked by his death, the media swooped in: West Florissant Avenue and nearby streets became clogged with satellite trucks, police vehicles, miked-up reporters and every imaginable configuration of…

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's prosecutor, announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.

Black power can only do so much to solve our racial problems

One of the interesting differences between the discord following the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore is to what extent African-Americans are full participants in the police and justice system in each community. In Ferguson, justice was certainly delayed, if not denied, because of a white power structure that did not…

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Kansas raises taxes…reluctantly and nastily

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback [R]—who started the whole mess—knows it. The Republican dominated Kansas legislature—who gleefully made it happen—knows it, too. The radical, right-wing economic experiment in tax reduction that they imposed on Kansas citizens has failed—miserably, ignominiously, publicly—to do what its theoreticians promised it would do: magically stimulate the Kansas economy through that good-old,…

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New rules for Medicaid managed care: What do they mean for Missouri?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released new rules, the first in over a decade, for Medicaid managed programs. These rules “would cap insurer profits, require states to more rigorously supervise the adequacy of plans’ provider networks, encourage states to establish quality rating systems for plans, allow more behavioral healthcare in…