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The long-term rise of the urban American west

The largest city in the United States has always been New York, from the first census to the Census Bureau’s update this week. By a wide margin. The focal point of the Bureau’s announcement, though, was that there are now 10 U.S. cities with a population of over 1 million, San [...]

Money and time is running out for VA’s Denver hospital

With the clock ticking, the Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping that the Senate approves a deal to keep funding the half-built, $1 billion over budget VA Denver hospital, as a shutdown of construction of the troubled hospital looms this weekend. Congress reached a deal on Thursday th [...]

The working poor. They do exist, really.

In both Maine and Missouri, lawmakers have proposed bills this year that could limit what food aid recipients can buy with their SNAP benefits, federal aid often informally described as food stamps. A Wisconsin bill winding its way through the legislative process aims to create an “ [...]

Marriage Equality in Ireland?

Of all the many signs of a huge shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage, the biggest yet could occur far from the legal and political barricades of this country, in today’s referendum on marriage equality in Ireland. That’s right, Ireland. At the Atlantic, Mo Moulton summ [...]

Obama Interview on ISIS, Iraq and Syria

The Atlantic has a new interview with President Obama on ISIS, Iraq and Syria. He doesn't think “we're losing.” He calls Ramadi a “tactical setback.” ISIS continues its attacks today. It is also taking credit for a suicide bomb attack at a… [[ This  [...]

Six Officers Indicted for Freddie Gray Death

The six officers allegedly involved in the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury. The charges are similar to those brought by Maryland proscecutor Marilyn Mosby. For the most part, the indictments closely track the charges the… [[ This is a content summary only. V [...]

Ireland Rejects Extradition of Terrorist Due to Supermax Conditions

A court in Ireland has refused to extradite accused terrorist Ali Charaf Damache to the United States finding that the conditions of Supermax are overly harsh and would violate his rights under Ireland's constitution. The Court ordered him… [[ This is a content summary only. Vi [...]

Republicans’ ‘Josh Duggar’ problem

Great to visit w/ my friend @GovMikeHuckabee this morning in DC. Thankful to have his voice on the #2016 stage! pic.twitter.com/qN2FiyadVf — Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) May 16, 2015 Until Thursday, Josh Duggar was a popular man in the Republican party. From former Arkansas governor Mi [...]

Winnowing By Spots on the Stage

So two parallel stories in the GOP Invisible Primary this week have been the rules set for the first two candidate debates, and the game of hot potato being played over who will and won’t participate in the Iowa GOP Straw Poll on August 8. In examining why Mike Huckabee is skipping [...]

US Sending Weapons To Iraq To Use Against Weapons US Previously Sent To Iraq

Pentagon: Fall of Ramadi to ISIS a 'failure of leadership' http://t.co/vMlhFu1tb2 pic.twitter.com/9uMjBZxb86 — The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2015 It’s almost like war is a business. The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the United States would be sending 2,000 AT-4  [...]

Inattention, Stupidity, and Forgetfulness: Indispensable to the Powers That Be.

Go to Source : Inattention, Stupidity, and Forgetfulness: Indispensable to the Powers That Be.

MayDay! MayDay! The Rapture is Just Around The Corner, Warns Billy Graham’s Daughter

Go to Source : MayDay! MayDay! The Rapture is Just Around The Corner, Warns Billy Graham’s Daughter

Jeb Bush claimed that the science is unclear as to how much humans contribute to global warming. The United Nations climate change research [...]

The Progressive welcomes two terrific new staff members! The great editor and investigative reporter Bill Lueders joins the magazine as  [...]

The Big Banks Are Corrupt — and Getting Worse

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Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent Education

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Here We Go Again: The Debacle That Bites Back

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Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. Under the measure, Vetera [...]