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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Gays Are Coming To Take Your Guns: Rational Inquiry Into Prop 8 And DOMA

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“We are not endeavoring to chain the future, but to free the present. We are not forging fetters for our children, but we are breaking those our fathers made for us. We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. This, of itself, is an admission that we are not perfectly satisfied with all our conclusions.” – Robert Ingersoll FEAR AND FAIRNESS As fallible human beings, we are typically guided by either fear or fairness. Fairness is an inherently American concept that has animated and defined our country from inception. We care deeply about fundamental fairness. And what is…

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The Postal Service Is Not a GOP Target

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Congressional Republicans Just Want You to Think It Is. Unlike most Americans, many members of Congress have actually read the United States Constitution. They know what it would take to abolish the postal service and they do not intend to do it.

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Lessons In Steubenville

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The events in Steubenville, Ohio, bring different stories to our minds; stories of young boys and girls who see each other with humanity and compassion. Stories of parents, teachers, and other adults who have guided many teenagers to a place where they know rape is wrong and where, when someone is doing something bad, you do not stand by and let it happen. So why were the young men and women in Steubenville unable to act in a way that demonstrates even a modicum of compassion and respect for a fellow human being?  Two boys are convicted of the crime;…

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Who Got Screwed? Talking About My Generation

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My father always told me, “I want you to be better off than I am.” I wish it were so. My father died 21 years ago. When he was alive, I was getting close to doing better than him. Now, unfortunately, his dream doesn’t look like it’s going to come true. At the peak of his life as an appliance repairman for General Electric, Clarence Bernard was making about $40,000. So far, my best salary has been $52,000, but that was seven years ago. Since then, I’ve been laid off, but by cobbling a few part-time jobs together, I might…

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The Tree of Liberty and The Roots of All Evil

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And liberty and justice…for those who can afford it… Corruption. It’s one of the few issues that everyone, on every “side” simply detests. Regardless of the spin put on it or the arguments and justifications for its practice, most will agree there is simply no excuse for it. And while generally bandied like a partisan beach ball, with each side trying desperately to condemn the other for their influences and complicity, while bending over backwards to justify their own, so much is lost in the process. Despite this endless noise and outrage, the roots of corruption, the very mechanics of…

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Activist Supreme Court Judges Created Their Own Power

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The Constitution Does Not Authorize Judicial Review. Our teachers are wrong. The Constitution does not empower the Court to interpret the Constitution. The founders didn’t give that power to anyone. The Court decided that for itself.

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The Agony And The Ecstasy: Detroit To Rome In 1,000 Words

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On March 11, Detroit’s former Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, 68th man to hold said office, was found guilty of 23 federal criminal counts, including the 20-year-felony of racketeering; noting ‘detention is required in his circumstance,’ Judge Nancy Edmonds blocked the hubris-hurling Mayor from passing go, and sent him straight to jail pending sentence. 5,000 miles away and 48 hours later, the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, Rome, named the most holy and humble Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina the 266th successor to St. Peter. Both cities are on rivers. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The Bows Are Drawn…

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Let’s Stop the Redistribution of Wealth!

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Conservative, libertarian and neoliberal arguments often accuse progressives of trying to “redistribute wealth” by taxing the rich and giving the money to the poor. Let’s be honest, over the past few decades, there has indeed been a redistribution of wealth in USA, based in part on changing tax rates. A Wall Street Journal article from July 23, 2008, explained how there has been a trend in recent years where the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans have seen their income rise faster than any other group of earners in the country while at that same time, the tax rate for the top 1…

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Our Courts Are In Ruins (And Justice Is For Sale To Highest Bidder)

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For the purported most powerful and greatest nation on earth, we should feel shamed by the state of our judicial system. What is happening with our Courts is directly related to our self-absorbed and broken government. Riddle me this: how does a democracy function if two-thirds of its legislative-executive-judicial trifecta fails to function? As related to our Courts, we have a three-pronged problem. (1) Our Senate cannot confirm even pro-forma judicial nominees anymore; it has become that broken and that partisan. I won’t even mention who gets the blame on this (his name starts with Harry and ends with Reid)….

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Racial Entitlement, Only to Scalia

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defended his most recent comment, calling Voting Rights Act a “racial entitlement” by claiming “It’s been written about.” Scalia is right, and who talked about “racial entitlement” in 1995? Scalia. Like Don Quixote, Scalia has been alone in jousting at his windmill of racial entitlement for 18 years, and maybe longer. However, his most recent comment shows that he will use his obsession with perceived racial entitlement to explain an overwhelming congressional vote for a universally supported law such as the Voting Rights Act. His argument shows that Scalia would have no problem taking…

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Immigrants Are Coming!: Is Nativism Driving The Immigration Debate?

Written by guest author  Axel Caballero Agreed, the window of opportunity is wide open for the passage of substantial immigration reform. Immigration reform is, after all, the next big ticket item. It’s the coveted prize that allegedly holds the key to millions of Latinos nationwide who will soon fall in line with whatever the powers that be decide to pass as “immigration reform”. No matter what it is, just slap the word “reform” to it and you will keep the community happy. After all, would anyone in their right mind would want to anger the same community that just proved…

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Sequester On Sanity

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“Perhaps no words more accurately and succinctly illustrate the confusion about economics than “Monetary Sovereignty.” It is not a theory or a hypothesis or a philosophy. In its essence, it merely is a description of the way federal financing actually works.”  ~Rodger Malcolm Mitchell Back in 2011, the idea of “sequestration,” or the implementing of harsh spending cuts that would automatically go into effect on March 1st, was floated in an effort to force the two political parties to get together and make a deal to work towards decreasing government debt. A telling sign for many of the increasingly broken…

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An Open Letter to all People who Hate the President

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(Note: The views expressed in this editorial and the video below are those of the individual and not necessarily those of The Progressive Press, its editorial staff or its affiliates.) It’s fine to be a conservative who disagrees with Obama politically. He is a fallible human being. Like any politician, he deserves criticism now and then. Progressives criticize him all the time because his policies are more conservative than many thought he would be. If you would say “Obama is wrong on this issue and here’s why”, I could respect that. But it’s something else to be a hard-core Glenn…

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Explaining Socialism To Conservatives

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Guest Author: Pam B. Facebook.com/RealTruthNow Recently, I was talking with a new friend whom I’m just getting to know. She tends to be somewhat conservative, while I lean more toward the progressive side. When our conversation drifted to politics, somehow the dreaded word “socialism” came up. My friend seemed totally shocked when I said “All socialism isn’t bad”. She became very serious and replied “So you want to take money away from the rich and give to the poor?” I smiled and said “No, not at all. Why do you think socialism means taking money from the rich and giving…

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My Walk to Sobriety: A Pair of Clean Shoes

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Jeff Huffman Guest Author – Progressive Press As someone who has been in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction (heavy habitual use of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, speed and brown heroin), and has been clean and sober for over twenty nine consecutive years, you would think I would know that I’m a “rare breed.” However, until I was invited to tell my story, I really wasn’t aware of how few people who suffer from chemical dependency actually manage to stay sober for long periods of time. I did some research online, and while there are very few hard stats out there,…

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Tick-Tock, Ding-a-Lings

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As the clock runs off on the castor oil countdown aka sequestration, we find the White House, GOP leadership and the Washington press corps serving up a marvelous tableau of the entire manufactured chocolate mess; they can’t even agree on the date and time when the cuts actually occur. So then, in order to bring order to the tolling of democracy’s death, whenever that truly is, a brief frolic in the shallow end of the pool is indicated. You May Ask Yourself, Well, How Did I Get Here? While it’s a safe bet the POTUS has uttered David Byrne’s question…

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Godly Representatives: Pedophiles

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The Catholic Church was pushed under the media spotlight once again, with the recent decision by Pope Benedict XVI to step down from his position as the head of the Church. And as it was expected, criticism and speculations followed shortly thereafter. While it isn’t the intention of this article to elaborate on all the speculations surrounding the Pope’s resignation, it is to shed some light on a tragic subject matter that has been connected to the Catholic Church for many years: The child sexual abuse crimes committed by catholic priests and members of Roman Catholic orders. Over a decade…

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Tax Payers Fund For-Profit Charter Schools as They Fail Miserably

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Paolo Friere, in “Pedagogy of the Oppressed“, shows us the view of education as liberating and empowering, as a dialogue between teacher and students, and creating community through collaboration and empathy.  K12 Inc., a for-profit, public online school, shows us the view of education where public school districts are ‘liberated’ from their tax dollars for the phenomenal return of under performing students and underpaid, non-certified teachers. The private venture capital model of return on investment and maximizing profits holds empowering students toward greater insights and performance as the least important component of their model. And until recently they have been able to convince…

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So You Think Your Relatives Are Annoying?

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If you’re like me, you probably have some relatives with whom you’ve found it impossible to have any kind of civil political discussion. For me, the worst one is my brother, Tim. I’ve known since the Carter Administration that Tim was a conservative, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he suddenly became an extreme right winger.  He started by sending me long rambling emails with angry screeds about Barack Obama and the “Democrat” Party. At first it was the typical Kenyan/Muslim/Communist routine but then it expanded to whatever outrage-of-the-day was being spewed by his favorite right wing blog. I tried…

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Say Anything

There is a very disturbing trend occurring in our daily consumption of news and information. First, news is not really news. News used to be, oh, I don’t know, what’s happening on a given day in the war we’re fighting (which is rarely, if ever, covered anymore), or a report on a landmark Supreme Court decision, for instance. Now, it’s all BREAKING NEWS, which CNN’s never ending crawlus interruptus tells us is everything from Lindsay Lohan missing community service to President Obama’s golfing buddy to North Korea conducting nuclear testing. No, really. That’s the gamut. But there’s something else happening in…

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