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"Activist organization" is a much more powerful, much more energetic term than "nonprofit." Instead of talking about what we're not, I really want people to think about how we think about ourselves and how other people view us. I want us, as foundations and charities, to think of ourselves as proactive and successful.

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Student success is particularly jeopardized by staffing policies that make it impossible for many instructors to commit themselves full-time to their profession.

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Lawsuits have mounted against efforts to deny the vote to U.S. citizens.

The GOP's brewing calamity is the drip-drip-drip sequence of eye-popping disclosures that Republicans have been mocking "values" with a rainbow of corruptions -- from outright lies to accepting bribes-while simultaneously feeding blindly loyal evangelicals outright lies.

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Gen Y is the first generation to really bear the weight of college expenses through loans instead of grants and other financial aid. This, combined with credit card debt, is leaving cash-strapped college grads in bleak financial situations ... often ending in bankruptcy.

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He also called for the state to implement same-day registration in elections and improve voting access for citizens who do not speak English.

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Student cheating at all levels has reached a new zenith with the use of the Internet, cell phones, i-Pods, laptops, preprogrammable calculators, etc.

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Can the mainstream media be fixed? Would a new ideal of transparency rather than objectivity help? Is there a way to stop the reflexive coverage of politics as a horse race, which neglects policy and promotes cynicism?

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THOMAS FRANK: There's a book that came out a few years ago called THE CHEATING CULTURE. This is well before the Abramoff affair. He focused a lot on things like Enron and WorldCom, where you see a lot of the same kind of forces at play, and a lot of people rationalizing the things that they were doing.

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"Americans have long been tolerant of cheaters in business," Callahan said. "We admire the rich, even if they broke a few rules to get rich."

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