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Reframing the debate over charter schools

College graduation rates, not good PR, should be the focus of urban education reform initiatives, writes Noliwe Rooks, associate director of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

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An offer to the president

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposes a quid pro quo to President Obama: Commit to doing what needs to be done in your second term, and your supporters will work tirelessly to get you reelected.

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‘All-American’ prejudice

For Sarah Wildman, the best possible outcome from Lowe’s lamentable decision to pull its ads from the TLC reality show is a national realization that Muslims are just as boring as the rest of us.

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The most important economic speech of Obama’s presidency

For Robert Reich, the president’s Kansas speech was the most important of his presidency in terms of connecting the dots, laying out the reasons behind our economic and political crises, and asserting a willingness to take on the powerful and the privileged that have gamed the system to their advantage.

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Arab Spring, Russian winter?

Joshua Foust asks if this past weekend’s contested elections will spur Arab Spring-like protests in Russia.

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An ambassador under siege

In the wake of the furor surrounding Ambassador Howard Gutman’s recent comments about anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe, Sarah Wildman defends the ambassador’s decision to initiate a nuanced conversation about what hate looks like, where it comes from and how it spreads in today’s world.

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The jobs report: Don’t break out the champagne

Today’s jobs report is a step in the right direction, but we’re not out of the woods yet, writes Robert Reich.

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The real global thinkers

Foreign Policy’s annual list of top global thinkers is almost as interesting as the people who failed to secure a spot in the prestigious lineup, writes Joshua Foust.

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Time for the Fed to take over in Europe

With Europe’s deepening debt crisis imperiling the global economy, economist Dean Baker argues that the U.S. Federal Reserve should step in to serve as the lender of last resort for eurozone countries.

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U.S. nuclear strategy for the 21st century

For Joshua Foust, Tuesday night’s GOP debate revealed the need for the U.S. to rethink its long-term nuclear strategy.

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Stop the austerity train wreck

Debt deal or not, Washington is on the road to making budget cuts that will slow the economy, increase unemployment and impose additional hardship on millions of Americans, writes Robert Reich.

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Defense spending in an age of austerity

For Joshua Foust, we must first decide what kind of role the U.S. should play in the world before we debate the size of our national security budget.

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Why we may be in store for a passionless presidential race

At the very time in American history when Americans crave inspiration, Robert Reich asks if we’ll be left with two presidential candidates who don’t inspire.

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Defining victory in Afghanistan

The real challenge in Afghanistan is that the American effort has focused almost exclusively on the military, while the Taliban has focused on politics. As a consequence, the Taliban is winning the war for hearts and minds, writes Joshua Foust.

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Greece’s choice and ours: Democracy or finance?

Rule by democracy or by financial markets? Based on what’s happened in America, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich makes a case for the former.

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Wall Street is still out of control, and why Obama should call for Glass-Steagall and a breakup of big banks

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich encourages President Obama to distinguish himself from likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney by condemning Wall Street’s antics since the bailout, and pushing for real reform.