By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
President Obama on Monday became the first president to use the word "gay" as a reference to sexual orientation in an inaugural address, declaring the movement for equality to be part of the pantheon of America's great civil rights struggles.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," the president said. "For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well."Read more »
By Ronnie Cummins, EcoWatch
A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And its led them to this sobering conclusion: our modern energy-, chemical- and genetically modified organism (GMO)-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming.Read more »
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By Sen. Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News
Despite such terminology as "fiscal cliff" and "debt ceiling," the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all about economic winners and losers in American society. It is all about the power of Big Money. It is all about the soul of America.Read more »
By Joseph E. Stiglitz
NEW YORK – In the shadow of the euro crisis and America’s fiscal cliff, it is easy to ignore the global economy’s long-term problems. But, while we focus on immediate concerns, they continue to fester, and we overlook them at our peril.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
It has become accepted economic wisdom, uttered with deadpan certainty by policy pundits and budget scolds on both sides of the aisle, that the only way to get control over America's looming deficits is to "reform entitlements."
But the accepted wisdom is wrong.
Start with the statistics Republicans trot out at the slightest provocation - federal budget data showing a huge spike in direct payments to individuals since the start of 2009, shooting up by almost $600 billion, a 32 percent increase.Read more »
By Robert Redford, Reader Supported News
The wake up call that Hurricane Sandy gave us was but one of many just in the last year. We can see that climate change is happening all around the country after the wildfires, droughts, floods and violent storms of 2012. So when President Obama said it was time to deal with global warming in his victory speech, that made perfect sense.
Why then would one of the first decisions after the election be to ignore the climate impacts of one of the dirtiest energy projects out there? That doesn't make any sense.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
It’s that time again: the annual meeting of the American Economic Association and affiliates, a sort of medieval fair that serves as a marketplace for bodies (newly minted Ph.D.’s in search of jobs), books and ideas. And this year, as in past meetings, there is one theme dominating discussion: the ongoing economic crisis.Read more »