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Political Agenda

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Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This? Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This?
by Elizabeth Ben-Ishai
Many small businesses do want to give their workers paid time off to care for new babies and sick family members, but lack the means. How a new bill could make it possible.
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massie
Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.
The Facts Are In: Austerity Politics Doesn't Work The Facts Are In: Austerity Politics Doesn't Work
by Sally Kohn
From England's double-dip recession to Portugal's spiking unemployment, there is now conclusive evidence of the complete failure of austerity.
"Escape Fire" Doc Explores the Fight to Rescue American Healthcare "Escape Fire" Doc Explores the Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
by Valerie Schloredt
Beyond the Affordable Care Act, the film explores how to make a healthier America.
5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone 5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone
Forget smarter! This infographic depicts the lifecycle of a cellphone, and points out non-toxic, conflict-free mineral responsible design.
Bill de Blasio: A Mayor for the New Economy Bill de Blasio: A Mayor for the New Economy
by Laura Flanders
New York City's new mayor has laid out a radically inclusive economic agenda.
Keystone XL Decision: Obama's Last Chance to Fulfill Climate Promises? Keystone XL Decision: Obama's Last Chance to Fulfill Climate Promises?
by Bill McKibben
A presidential block of Keystone XL could help reset the international negotiations that Obama allowed to go aground at Copenhagen.
3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid) 3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)
by Shannon Hayes
Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.
Is "Snowden Effect" Inspiring More Whistleblowers to Step Up? Is "Snowden Effect" Inspiring More Whistleblowers to Step Up?
by James Trimarco
For those in the intelligence community who want to come forward about government lawbreaking, Edward Snowden made it clear that they're not alone.
Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is
by Chris Sweeney
Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown
by Fran Korten
So unchecked campaign spending has played a role in today’s political chaos, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC could make things way, way worse. Now here’s the good news.
This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language
by Nur Lalji
With a string of powerful similes, poet Dylan Garity lets us know what life is like for Boston students who are trying to learn English.
Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia
by Nathan Schneider
Real anarchists aren't just for abolition of the state. They're for a society in which ordinary people can freely and democratically govern themselves.
White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers
by Christa Hillstrom
The Obama administration makes good on its promise to give direct care workers the same rights as nearly everyone else—and to top it all off, California follows suit.
Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists
by Christa Hillstrom
Lured from Mexico into forced labor at an American factory, Flor Molina’s human trafficking story was typical. What’s remarkable is what she did next.
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