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Subsidizing Idle Rich While Poor Kids Go Hungry

To hear some politicians tell it, America’s welfare system is facing a grave crisis: Millions of poor people, they say, ...

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Nebraska Executes its Death Penalty

In a stunning vote last month, Nebraska became the first Republican-led state in more than four decades to abolish its ...

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Fight for Better Policing and Greater Accountability

Freddie Gray wasn't the only person to die at the hands of the police in April.

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Refocusing Our Affordable Housing Goals

A non-profit is refocusing its affordable housing goals and bringing folks back into the city.

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A Crusader for a Tax on Inherited Fortunes

Republican lawmakers celebrated Tax Day by voting to repeal the estate tax. If they get their way, the multi-millionaires and ...

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Opening a New Door and a New Set of Challenges

Your life’s journey—and its achievements—does not end here. Celebrate, because you’ve earned it; bask in your well-earned feeling of accomplishment ...

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

On any given day nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication — ...

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Anti-gay Leaders Reach for Extreme Rhetoric

A lot of conservative religious leaders say people of faith are being “silenced” or “persecuted” here in the United States. ...

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Arming Police at PSU and the Coming Conflict

On the campus where I teach, Portland State University, there has never been a mass shooting. Indeed, as long as ...

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Presidential Candidates Lose Touch with Reality

Hardly a day goes by that another candidate doesn’t announce his or her intention to run for the presidency. One ...

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Fitness with ‘JJ’

Working out with a friend has its benefits. You are not lonely, you have someone to hold you accountable, and ...

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Never-Ending Cycle of Debt, Poverty and Jail

‘Held captive” was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation. For more and ...

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People of Faith Must Do More Than Pray

The moral urgency of criminal justice reform is crystal clear. We are called to not only “pray” for those directly ...

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Baltimore Rising: Women at the Frontline for Justice

I applaud these women, and all women—and men—who are fighting for justice for Freddie and, by extension, for us

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Being Accountable for Our Military Interventions

The United States must accept responsibility for the damage its military actions have caused and recognize there are alternatives for ...