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Today, Obama will deliver the State of the Union address, which will focus on inequality, which he has previously called, “the defining issue of our time,” and which was recently highlighted by a proposal by Chris Van Hollen. In anticipation of his speech, he has put forward a proposal to increase...
01/20/2015
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The same day President Obama was at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference deriding and lambasting voter ID laws, I was on a plane with the pro-voter ID blogger J. Christian Adams. Between the two of us, you won’t find two people at farther opposing ends of the voting rights spectrum....
04/15/2014
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We hear so much about polarization these days, that it can be easy to forget that Americans are actually quite unified around certain core values -- most notably, the importance of work, community, and individual responsibility. That's one finding from interesting new research on the American Dream...
10/02/2012
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A few weeks ago Bob Herbert sat down with 20 students from a public school in the Bronx and asked them to talk about their lives -- young lives lived in poverty. Kids aged 13 and 14. Their stories were shocking.   Herbert wrote about the interview in these pages, and about our nation's failure...
05/31/2012
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"Higher education cannot be a luxury.  It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." That is one of the messages that President Obama delivered in speaking Monday about the priorities of his 2013 Budget. It is a message that anyone would have a hard time...
02/13/2012
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Pres. Obama waves to people gathered along the motorcade route from Osawatomie High School to Osawatomie-Paola Municipal Airport in Osawatomie, Kan. The speech bears repeating. After Pres. Obama's address to Congress on September 8th, Demos president Miles Rapoport commended the shift in...
12/12/2011
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Beyond the specific proposals, there were two themes of the President's jobs speech that I believe are critical to the fight for our country's future, and one question that hovers over the speech and the weeks ahead. First, he made the centerpiece of his speech the struggles of ordinary...
09/08/2011
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As progressives sift through the entrails of the budget deal, there is some guarded optimism on two grounds. First, despite claims by House Speaker John Boehner, it turns out tax increases, or other revenue enhancements such as loophole closings, would count towards the $1.5 trillion dollars in...
08/16/2011
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