Articles of Interest

By RICK LYMAN

In a strongly worded decision, a Pennsylvania state judge on Friday struck down Pennsylvania’s 2012 law requiring voters to produce a state-approved photo ID at the polls, setting up a potential Supreme Court confrontation that could have implications for other such laws across the country.Read more »

While more Americans support upholding 'Roe v. Wade' than ever, the Tea Party and the Christian right have teamed up to pass hundreds of restrictions eviscerating abortion rights in GOP-controlled state legislatures across the country

by JANET REITMANRead more »

Exhibit A: Daily Kos diarist "dharmafarmer" writes on Jan. 11 about the chemical spill in West Virginia, the disaster that has left hundreds of thousands of people without fresh water.* It's a hop, skip, and jump to link Freedom Industries, the source of the spill, to Koch Industries.

In 2008, Freedom Industries was specially selected by Georgia-Pacific Chemicals as a distributor of G-P's Talon brand mining reagents for West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Kentucky and Michigan.
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Reprinted from "It’s Not You"

The media loves to crow that smart, liberated women are hopeless in romance. Actually, the opposite is true

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By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seeds, foiling an attempt to challenge the company's frequent lawsuits against farmers.Read more »

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

Almost a year ago, during my first banking committee hearing, I asked several federal regulators a simple question: When was the last time you took a Wall Street bank all the way to a trial for breaking the law?

The regulators were stumped. After some hemming and hawing, they said they didn't need to take the biggest banks to trial for breaking the law because settlement agreements were tough enough to enforce the law.

I was little skeptical.Read more »

Suddenly it’s O.K., even mandatory, for politicians with national ambitions to talk about helping the poor. This is easy for Democrats, who can go back to being the party of F.D.R. and L.B.J. It’s much more difficult for Republicans, who are having a hard time shaking their reputation for reverse Robin-Hoodism, for being the party that takes from the poor and gives to the rich.Read more »

That “good” news you may have read last week about the Food and Drug Administration’s curbing antibiotics in animal feed may not be so good after all. In fact, it appears that the F.D.A. has once again refused to do all it could to protect public health.Read more »

This movie was released last year but can now be streamed online. It's one of the best summaries of a growing problem we have in this country that is totally solvable.

By Barbra Streisand.

Why the Health Care Law Will Make Our Nation More SecureRead more »

By Ruth Rosen, Open Democracy

As the 2014 midterm elections loom on the horizon, American Republicans fear they may lose a sizable female vote because they have spent the last eight years vilifying women and voting against their major concerns.

Now that it's 2014, American political analysts, strategists, and operatives are revving up for the November midterm elections. High on the Republican agenda is the goal of convincing women to counter President Obama and vote for their congressional and gubernatorial candidates.Read more »

One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a “redistributionist.” Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward, from average working people to the owners of America.Read more »