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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.
"It's Unstoppable": Washington's GMO-Labeling Campaign Picks Up Where California's Left Off "It's Unstoppable": Washington's GMO-Labeling Campaign Picks Up Where California's Left Off
by Erin Sagen
If Initiative 522 succeeds, it could push manufacturers nationwide to begin labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms.
Voices from Turkey’s #OccupyGEZI Movement Voices from Turkey’s #OccupyGEZI Movement
by YES! online staff
Filmmaker Deniz Tarsus brings you into the occupation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park in this new short film.
Why I Got a Bad Score on the GRE—on Purpose: Taking a Stand for Real Education Why I Got a Bad Score on the GRE—on Purpose: Taking a Stand for Real Education
by Dan Marion
What I learned from saying what I really thought in the essay section of an important standardized test.
 What’s Next for Moral Mondays? What’s Next for Moral Mondays?
by Sue Sturgis
The movement to push back against North Carolina’s ultraconservative state legislature is in its 13th week, and still growing.
“Stand Your Ground Isn’t What Put the Bullet in Trayvon”: Voices from Florida’s Occupied Capitol “Stand Your Ground Isn’t What Put the Bullet in Trayvon”: Voices from Florida’s Occupied Capitol
by James Trimarco
Daniel Agnew, Melanie Andrade, and Jabari Mickles are members of a group that occupied Florida’s capitol building after the Zimmerman acquittal.
Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers
by Amy B. Dean
The AFL-CIO’s community affiliate, Working America, is expanding its work online and off.
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