Commentary

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky tackles how taser guns have become a favored control device for local law-enforcement officers, but something's gone wrong with this "nonlethal" weapon. In Sacramento, the dead bodies are mounting and news reports from around the country, as well as a growing number of lawsuits, suggest it is often precisely the people most at risk of fatal complications who get Tasered.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins tackles the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in revisiting a bill from the summer that cut $8.7 billion from higher education financial assistance programs. Prins outlines how slicing programs hits hardest those who most require aid, contributing to the growing chasm in opportunity for millions of Americans.

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Tamara Draut, Director of the Economic Opportunity Program, exposes the truth behind the new Bankruptcy Bill. A new national household survey, sponsored by Demos and the Center for Responsible Lending, found that households are using credit cards when the car breaks down, when they lose a job or to pay for medical care — not for careless spending. Rather than cracking down on average hardworking Americans, Congress needs to stop the abusive practices of the credit card industry.

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Kudos to Sasha Abramsky for proving that western empire has not caused Islamic empire seekers to murder us at random.
 
Progressives, however, should go further than being saddened "by how utterly incapable were those same arguments of generating responses to the fanaticism of our time."

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky outlines how the stakes are too high for progressives to underestimate the threats posed by groups such as Al Qaeda. Abramsky discusses how the left needs to grapple with the challenges facing the Open Society, and not risk sapping the will of liberal countries to stand up to totalitarian-think.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky explores what happens to already economically depressed, deindustrialized rural communities when gas prices suddenly skyrocket and workers struggle to get by on $7 or $8 an hour jobs. In these areas, driving isn't a choice, it's a necessity — people are now spending a huge percentage of their small incomes or borrowing money to get to work.

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Last month, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The act was a victory for the civil rights movement and added momentum to the War on Poverty. Together, these efforts initiated decades of progress.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky discusses how America's small-town psychology is changing post-9/11. Effort to create illusory appearances of security through public actions such as the Border Patrol are really generating a Potemkin Village-like facade, a simulacra of anti-terrorism activity that nets a large number of visa-overstays from countries not linked to terrorism.

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Director of Research and Senior Fellow David Callahan and John E. Schwarz write about abortion and how there are no absolutes on the abortion question for liberals or conservatives.

When it comes to abortion and the law, we're all relativists. The only question-especially with public opinion so divided-is which relativists can acquire more power.

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Forty years ago this month President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. The act was a great victory for the civil rights movement, signaling change and adding momentum to the drive for equality.

But while we celebrate the anniversary of this victory, we cannot lose sight of the fact that change still is not complete and opportunity still isn't equal. And we need to be looking ahead.

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