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A Gamechanger and a False Alarm

by Paul Rapp July 23, 2014

Net Neutrality update: Well, the FCC received well over a million comments on its “Notice of Rulemaking” to consider ways to destroy the Internet. Last week so many comments were coming in that the FCC’s ...

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Artists and Urban Renewal

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 17, 2014

  Conventional wisdom says that artists and gay people are tend to be pioneers in distressed neighborhoods, signs that change is ’a coming. While there have been some funny, and likely apocryphal stories about unlikely conservatives ...

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Hell to the Redskins

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

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Hey, it’s been awhile! Sorry, extenuating circumstances every which-a-way . . . Anyway, there was all sorts of rejoicing a couple of weeks ago when a panel of administrative judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal ...

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Small World

by Stephen Leon July 6, 2014

  A Saturday morning sometime last season in the TV room, tuned in to the English Premier League. I’m watching Manchester United with two or three of my sons. Wayne Rooney and co. are being challenged ...

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Actually United States

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 3, 2014

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  Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country ...

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Dry Detroit

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 26, 2014

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  Water is a human right: Even the much beleagured CEO of Nestle, who has been accused of trying to privatize the water resources of poor communities for the benefit of its bottled-water profits, officially agrees. He ...

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Small, Gritty, and Equitable

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 19, 2014

  At the United Tenants of Albany annual dinner last week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan spoke about her “equity agenda” for the city of Albany. We’re only as strong as our weakest neighborhoods, she said. We have ...

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The Real Benghazi Scandal

by Katrina vanden Heuvel June 12, 2014

  Copyright ©2014 The Nation; distributed by Agence Global The illogic of the Republicans’ obsession with Benghazi—and with Hillary Clinton’s role in the tragedy—has been documented ad nauseam, and suffice to say that five investigations, 50 briefings, ...

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Making Reparations

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 5, 2014

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  I bought my house with the help of a downpayment from my parents. My parents got help to buy their house from my father’s parents. At the time when my father’s parents bought their house, ...

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Higher Borrowing

by Michelle Chen May 30, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global With tuition costs more than doubling over the past generation, and student debt now exceeding $1 trillion, everyone knows the cost of college is too damn high. About ...

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Who Owns the Land?

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 22, 2014

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  When I was a 20-something my family received a copy of the board game Monopoly as a gift. Being all varying levels of anti-capitalists, but certainly united in not being fans of rich guys in ...

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Digital Amnesia

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

  Well, the net neutrality crisis I talked about last time will take a long time to play out, but it’s sure started playing. A couple of weeks ago, it was leaked that FCC Chairman Thomas ...

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Calling Don Draper

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 8, 2014

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  Many years ago, I took a humor writing class in New York City. It was one of the most rigorous, challenging classes I’ve taken. (And for those who don’t know, I was a biochem major.) Unfortunately, ...

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Welcome to the Information Low-Way

by Paul Rapp May 1, 2014

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  A little over two years ago we beat back SOPA/PIPA, legislation that would have allowed Big Media to control the Internet. The defeat was stunning. The bills were flying through corrupt and know-nothing congressional committees, ...

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Imprisoned America

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 24, 2014

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  I recently served on my first jury. It was a fascinating and challenging experience, which happened to involve a brawl around the corner from where I live. We as the jury took our job very ...

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I Wanna Live With the Digital Girl

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2014

  Neil Young has long railed against digital music, particularly MP3s. He once observed that listening to an MP3 was like looking through a screen that only allowed one color through each hole. And of course ...

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Reverse Robin Hood

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 10, 2014

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  Last fall I was at a conference in Detroit held in a hotel attached to a casino. “Did you go onto the casino floor?” my boss asked me. Along with our room keys, we were given ...

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Money Shouts

by John Nichols April 3, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation – distributed by Agence Global Any doubts about the determination of an activist United States Supreme Court to rewrite election rules so that the dollar matters more than the vote were ...

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What Democrats Could Learn from South Dakota

by John Nichols March 27, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global South Dakota has sent Democrats to the Senate on a reasonably consistent basis for 50 years, and it has on an even more consistent basis over an even ...

Everything That Rises Must Settle

by Paul Rapp March 20, 2014

  Well, lookie here. The other day I was loathing having to write this column this week. A combo of late-winter malaise, persistent sickness, and catastrophic car trouble had reduced my spirits to a level even ...

Public Education Is Under Attack

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 12, 2014

  Yesterday, public school advocates rallied at the New York state capitol to call for full state funding of public education. Participants held “R.I.P.” tombstone signs of the programs, classes, staff and resources that their schools ...

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It’s Getting Weird Out There

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2014

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  Last week, Saratoga Springs blogger John Tighe (Saratoga in Decline) was arrested on child-porn charges. His computers had been seized by the New York State Police five months ago as part of an investigation about ...

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Off the Page

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 27, 2014

  There are a lot of complaints out there about the state of  journalism these days. And indeed, there’s plenty to bemoan. But there are some bright spots too, from the turn back to long-form that ...

A Whole Latte Nothin’

by Paul Rapp February 20, 2014

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  You probably saw something about this fly by over the weekend. You thought “huh?” and moved on to more productive things. Yes, I’m talking about the “Dumb Starbucks” store that opened briefly in Los Angeles. ...

High Time for a Robin Hood Tax

by Katrina vanden Heuvel February 20, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global In the video, it’s 2024 and a group of four European bankers appears on a talk show to assess the impact of a financial transaction tax (FTT) enacted ...