Bruce Melton, Truthout: Since 1986, we have emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the prior 236 years, yet climate policy has only become approximately 13 percent more stringent. New knowledge suggests currently proposed policy will likely cause more warming in critical short-term time frames than if nothing was done at all.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: When police officers say that they are in some kind of danger, homicide becomes “justified,” and the lives of black men become expendable, so the argument goes.
Mark Naison, Truthout: Current school reform policies represent a brilliant tactic to avoid dealing with the real causes of poverty and inequality, while making public school teachers and their unions scapegoats, writes Mark Naison, in the Progressive Pick book, Badass Teachers Unite.
Robin Marty, Care2: The reason work-arounds on birth control coverage via employer insurance aren’t working isn’t that they truly infringe on so-called religious liberties. It’s always been about breaking down the Affordable Care Act.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: If the Greek crisis is nearly over as the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the Greek government like to proclaim, what about the 27.2 percent of the population that remains unemployed and the widespread poverty across the nation?
Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Are the Market Basket grocery store chain strikes simply meant to bring back the employees’ ousted, popular boss, or are they leading to demands for broader changes?
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we’re serious about fighting poverty here in the United States, the best thing we can do is actually give people the resources they don’t have to pull themselves out of it. And yes, this means transferring wealth.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: The US government’s unwillingness to overthrow the Assad government in Syria should not be a litmus test of US commitment to promoting democracy and human rights in the Middle East.
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang, USA Today: Auto advertising in the United States often misleads about the actual fuel economy of a given vehicle. In response, the Federal Trade Commission is reviewing rules that give automakers great leeway in how they advertise gas mileage. Tougher controls are overdue.
Claudia Ciobanu and Silvia Giannelli, Inter Press Service: Thousands of people joined a human chain across Germany and Poland demanding that burning coal as a source of energy be left behind where it belongs – in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Shaking Down the Elderly for Student Loan Debt Should Not Be Allowed
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Why not just forgive the interest on all student loans owed by anyone receiving Social Security? Or, as a consumer attorney suggests, forgive the loans entirely for seniors in financial need?
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