Commentary

Democracy Program Director Steve Carbo discusses the truth about vote suppression and system failures in communities of color.

The tactics are more subtle than in the old days, but suppression of votes in minority neighborhoods is very much alive and well.

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President Miles Rapoport highlights how the 2004 election confounded those who have blamed the flaws in our democracy on apathetic voters, apolitical young people, and a generalized culture of disengagement.

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Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin says that Bernard Kerik's 'nanny problem' highlights the issues of underpaid childcare providers and exploited immigrant labor.

Since one-third of American families with young children earn less than $25,000, it does not take a Nobel Laureate in mathematics to figure out that child care has become prohibitively expensive for many working families. The cost of child care has been rising at about 3 percent to 8 percent annually for several years, outpacing overall inflation.

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Senior Fellow David Callahan suggests that the steroid scandal in sports points to such deeper problems in American society as economic inequality and Social Darwinism.

One big reason for more cheating today is that we live in an age of vast income gaps, where the carrots for winners are bigger than ever.

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The problem for the administration, already clear from the cries of "hypocrisy!" with which his "freedom strategy" is being met in some quarters, is that there is a startling gap between the president's welcome rhetoric about democracy and a policy that allows for unilateral invasion of other countries when the U.S. feels threatened, whether or not it has actually been attacked. It is this tension between democratization and preventive war that is at issue in Iraq.

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President Miles Rapoport writes how in the last day of the election season, he is highlighting the positive aspects that are contributing to a foundation for a new reform agenda.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins argues that real reform of the banking industry is unlikely to occur no matters who wins the 2004 election.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins on how runaway fraud and corruption are costing jobs, pensions and the future prosperity of the middle class.

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The word "values" has moved to center stage again this election year. Democratic candidates John Kerry and John Edwards clearly aspire to recapture the moral high ground from Republicans, and they have spoken about values at nearly every campaign stop. Meanwhile, President Bush and the GOP have done everything they can to maintain the Republican advantage on moral issues that they have held since the Reagan presidency.

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NEW YORK -- Trying to stir up images of the 1960s freedom rides, MTV's bipartisan Rock the Vote Bus Tour to galvanize young voters rolled into Chicago last weekend, complete with politicians, community leaders and, of course, celebrities and corporate sponsors.

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