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Latest Work

Racism Just Isn’t Funny

The Compton Cookout was so egregious that the situation demanded a dramatic response.

Washington Must Pressure Israel to Stop Illegal Settlements

The U.S. has to start pressuring Israel to cooperate.

Many Palestinian Protestors Already Use Nonviolent Tactics

To find the Palestinian Gandhi or MLK, the first step is to look in Israeli detention centers.

Recipe for Fighting the Party of No

Obama should slim down his agenda to two things: health care and jobs.

Help Cure Sallie Mae’s Sugar Addiction

Let’s have the government make direct student loans through the colleges.

Did America’s Founders Want Government Small?

They wanted to limit what today’s conservatives celebrate–the concentration of wealth.

Let’s Sign the Tobacco Treaty

Smoking prevention is fundamental to the long-term efficacy of the health-care system at large.


Bipartisanship at last! (Between the Republican Party and the tea party.)

Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

The UN donors’ conference is an opportunity to help Haitians rebuild in a manner that respects their humanity and enables them to become more productive.

Health Care Is a Study in Greed

Only in the United States is health coverage still left to privateers.

Utah v. Women

We must insist that legislators focus on ensuring that every child in the nation is loved and wanted.

Taxpayers Are Getting Nuked

If the nuclear industry is a solid investment, then it should be able to receive the backing of Wall Street.

They Say They Want a Revolution

Right-wing extremists are on the rise.

Toyota: Japan’s General Motors

Dethroning GM cost the Japanese automaker its soul.

Free Those Corporate Slaves

Murray Hill Inc., wants to run for Congress.

How about High-Speed Buses?

Government doesn’t support intercity buses today, but why not?

Nuking Taxpayers

Obama offers $8 billion in loan guarantees to the nuclear power industry.

Imagination Crisis

The next time you feel hopeless and full of despair about the future, reach for a poem.

Avatar’s History Lesson

The blockbuster film’s storyline is far from original.

The Top 10 Reasons We Don’t Need More Nukes

Solar, wind, and geothermal power, combined with energy efficiency, can overcome our reliance on fossil fuels, provide energy security, and mitigate the climate crisis.