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A grassroots coalition is proposing to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to curb corporate power. Image courtesy of the National Archive and Records Administration.

4 Positive, Practical Steps for Responding to Citizens United

Riki Ott   |  Jan 22, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United was a major setback on First Amendment rights. What’s a true patriot to do?   MORE »

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court found that corporations have the right to contribute money to federal campaigns.  Photo by dbking

Whose Rights?

Thomas Linzey, Mari Margil   |  Jan 21, 2010

A new Supreme Court decision promotes corporate rights at the expense of the rights of citizens. What happens when the legal structure itself stands in the way of democracy?   MORE »


Renewable energy sources: report by IRENA

A Global Push for Renewable Energy

Alice Slater   |  Jan 21, 2010

With 142 member nations already signed on, the new International Renewable Energy Agency is promoting a fast, global transition to clean, safe, and renewable energy.   MORE »


A family of earthquake survivors finds temporary shelter in an encampment facing the near-collapsed Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo by Logan Abassi

Haiti Needs Aid, Not Militarization

Phyllis Bennis   |  Jan 20, 2010

In the rush to provide life-saving aid to the people of Haiti, the U.S. military needs to get its priorities straight.   MORE »

One year after his inauguration, many of President Obama's supporters are looking for more change. Photo by Thomas Frank

Year One: How Did Obama Do on Foreign Policy?

John Feffer   |  Jan 20, 2010

The Obama administration banned torture, worked toward nuclear disarmament, and lifted the global gag rule… but also escalated U.S. military operations. John Feffer gives it a C minus.   MORE »

In 1951, when the U.S. conducted this atomic test at the Nevada Test Site, the arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had recently begun and the Doomsday Clock was set at three minutes to midnight. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Turning Back the Doomsday Clock

Joe Copeland   |  Jan 19, 2010

The clock has moved one minute away from midnight—the longstanding symbol for the end of civilization—signaling the possibility that “we are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons.”   MORE »


With many Americans either unemployed or overworked, incentives for employers to offer paid time off could help provide balance. Photo by Ed Yourdon

Between Overworked and Out of Work

Dean Baker   |  Jan 15, 2010

Instead of having 10 percent unemployment, what if we worked 10 percent fewer hours?   MORE »

video of the week   

Tom Smith, a 20-year-old member of the United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition

We’re Not Done Yet

Jan 13, 2010

Copenhagen may have been an official failure, but for a new generation of climate activists, it was transformative.   MORE »

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