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Suing over executive orders: Politics as usual

There’s an adage that all politics is local. It makes a lot of sense; most issues are bread and butter ones that occur in the neighborhoods and the households where we live. But like all aphorisms, it’s not always true. The current dispute between House Speaker Boehner and President Obama about who is most faithful…

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Iraq: Who is behind ISIS?

Mainstream media tells us that ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham) is a sort of “al Qaeda Gone Wild”—an army of well-equipped, radical Sunnis who crossed the border from Syria and invaded raq. We are told that in the city of Mosul, the Iraqi army, 30,000 strong, upon seeing the 1000 member ISIS army in their…

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Solutions Journalism Network: Beyond the traditional five W’s

“To innovate and change, we need to know what’s broken and how it needs to be fixed,” says the Solutions Journalism Network website. “The media does a good job of covering the problems: In fact, most hard news reporting is about problems and crises. That kind of reporting is essential. But we believe it’s time…

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Justice Ginsburg dissents on Hobby Lobby, big time

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued what has been described as a “scathing,” 35-page dissent to the Court’s ultra-conservative, June 30, 2014  ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. In its 5-4 decision, the Court  declared that most companies do not have to cover contraception for their employees if the company has a religious objection to…

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Who am I? Guess the progressive

  Can you identify this person? Occasional Planet’s “Who Am I” series features people who have made important contributions to liberal thought, progressive politics, human rights, enlightened education, and “small-d” democratic principles–both in the US and internationally. The abbreviated bios in our “Progressive Hall of Fame” only hint at the scope of our hall of…