June 29, 2017

Bernie Sanders Has America Talking About Denmark

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If you were looking for a place where democratic socialism appears to be working, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Denmark. Read More »

Keystone XL Debate is Over, but Infrastructure Needs are Not

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Climate advocates are cheering rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, but both our fossil fuel and renewable energy infrastructure badly needs upgrading to tackle climate change. Read More »

The Rise of Halal Food Carts in NYC

Halal carts have seen a mushroom growth in New York City. (Photo by Tom Simpson, Creative Commons License)

The mushroom growth of halal carts have made their mark on New York City’s life and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. These carts are introducing Americans to cuisines of countries and regions which have traditionally been in the headlines for wrong reasons. Read More »

Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel in Puerto Rico

Two art students were working on a street piece in Puerto Rico. The country had shut down that week. (Photo by Queen of the Universe, Creative Commons License)

Policymakers have the tools to address the Puerto Rican debt crisis, Puerto Rico just needs to be allowed to use them. Read More »

Obama Calls for Limits on School Testing. Here’s Why

Why should schools need to moderate testing? (Photo by Innisfree Hotels, Creative Commons License)

President Obama's message has put issues around standardized testing back in the news. Here's what scholars have been saying. Read More »

Baseball’s Ethnic Tensions Run Deeper Than Bat Flips

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Why do white players seem so intent on preserving an unspoken set of rules? Read More »

Millions Spent to Influence TPP Outcome: Report

Rally To Oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal. (Photo by AFGE, Creative Commons License)

All told, companies and groups paid lobbyists $2.6 billion while TPP was on their agenda, though that figure includes the companies’ outlays to lobby on all issues listed along with TPP on each report. Read More »

How US Gun Control Compares to the Rest of the World

A gun shop in Fountain Valley, California. (Photo by Creative Commons License)

Other ‘advanced nations’ make it far harder for someone to get his hands on any kind of firearm. Read More »

Five-fold Upsurge in Super PACs, Dark Money Groups’ Spending

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Spending by political organizations working to influence the 2016 elections outside the party or official campaign structure registers a five-fold increase by this date in the last presidential cycle. Read More »

Carson’s Islamophobia Isn’t Just Hateful…

Dr. Ben Carson speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons License)

The purported theological and legal logic shoring up Carson’s claims is muddled at best, and completely nonsensical at worst. Read More »