Commentary

Robert Kuttner is a distinguished senior fellow at Demos and Senior editor at The American Prospect. Here he writes about the reemergence of the labor movement.

THE NEW York Times recently reported that the earnings gap is now the widest since 1928, with the richest 1 percent of Americans having captured most of the economy's 2005 growth, and the bottom 90 percent getting nothing.

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Senior fellow Sasha Abramsky writes about the Employee Free Choice Act as an important pro-union bill.

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Senior fellow Sasha Abramsky considers why "California governors reject parole decisions, even when an inmate has been rehabilitated?"

For well over a decade, now, I've written about criminal justice issues in the United States. One of the lessons I've learned is that it's rarely the morally easy situations that define institutions; usually, it's the grey-zone cases and questions that prove the most interesting, that say the most about a society's values.

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Senior fellow Sasha Abramsky writes, "States are passing medical marijuana laws, and the drug can ease suffering. So why is one terminally-ill women being federally prosecuted?"

Iraq? Terrorism? Nuclear proliferation? Epidemic levels of poverty and lack of health care coverage ? Global warming? No, stupid, the real problem is pot. Thank God the administration's priorities are so rooted in common sense. Where would we all be without such clear-headed, non-dopey thinking?

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Robert Kuttner is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and Co-Editor at The American Prospect. Here he writes that, "the most influential figure setting the economic course of the Democratic Party is banker Robert Rubin. But his counsel isn't likely to help either the Democrats, their constituents, or the economy.

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In Colorado, a debate over illegal immigrants has led to the re-emergence of leasing prisoners for work. According to Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky, this is not a good thing.

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Tamara Draut is the Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos. He she comments on the financial obstacles facing young people today.

The story of declining economic mobility and security confronting young workers is certainly related to decimated state of unions in the labor market today.

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Senior Fellow Algernon Austin comments on the failure of America's war on drugs and its effects on communities.

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New Haven Register

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky comments on the rising competition from online news sources and its consequences, including an increasingly ill-informed public.

Apparently, despite Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other places in which America is so directly enmeshed at the moment, it's a money-losing proposition for newspapers to invest the time and energy in setting up bureaus in these locations.

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Robert Kuttner is a distinguished senior fellow at Demos and co-editor at The American Prospect. Here he writes about Dick Cheney's recent humiliations and the continued danger of his lawlessness.

As more details of the serial assaults on the Constitution emerge, one could make a good case that Cheney and Bush deserve impeachment at least as much as Richard Nixon did. Contempt for the rule of law is just what the framers had in mind when they devised impeachment as an extraordinary remedy.

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