Author Archives: Sandy Strauss

Support Single Payer Healthcare in Honor of Medicare’s 49th Anniversary

From Healthcare-NOW! (http://www.healthcare-now.org/): Today is Medicare’s 49th anniversary! Celebrate by calling your Representative and Senators and asking them to improve and expand Medicare to everyone, which would finally bring health security and peace of mind to the millions of patients … Continue reading

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#GetTheHouseInOrder on Immigration Reform During Recess

From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (http://www.civilrights.org): Take Action: When it comes to immigration reform, it is time to #GetTheHouseInOrder. This August when members of Congress are home for the summer break, flood their local offices and … Continue reading

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Inventor of Portfolio School Reform Confirms It Isn’t Working Well

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/inventor-of-portfolio-school-reform-confirms-it-isnt-working-well/ The portfolio strategy of school reform embodies the idea of school choice. The provision of a range of privatized charter schools and the elimination of assigned school attendance zones are central to the theory, which was developed … Continue reading

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Online Payday Lenders Agree to Pull Out of PA Market

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): July 25, 2014 Pennsylvania consumers who borrowed from several online payday lending companies may be eligible to get back money they paid on interest that exceeded state caps. The refund is one condition of … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic! We Can Expand Social Security and Medicare

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/29/dont-panic-we-can-expand-social-security-and-medicare Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 By Campaign for America’s Future Blog by Richard Eskow (Photo: flickr / cc / Robert Neff) Actuarial science is the art of prediction. And speaking of predictions, here’s one that hasn’t … Continue reading

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Pushing Release of CIA Torture Report, Senators Threaten Use of Special Rule

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/29/pushing-release-cia-torture-report-senators-threaten-use-special-rule Rarely-used resolution may allow Senate to declassify documents without presidential approval By Nadia Prupis, staff writer (Photo: Global Panorama) U.S. Senators are considering using a special rule to compel the White House to reveal the information from their … Continue reading

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Sign Interfaith Power & Light Petition to Stop Media Offering Equal Time to Climate Deniers

From Interfaith Power and Light (http://interfaithpowerandlight.org): Did you see recently that the BBC ordered staff to stop giving equal airtime to climate change deniers and other scientific experts with a “marginal opinion”? It’s time we encouraged the U.S. media, such … Continue reading

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New Study—The Benefits of Public Protections: Ten Rules that Save Lives and Protect the Environment

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): The air we breathe. The water we drink. The food we eat. The cars we drive. Most of us don’t give a second thought to the basic components of our day-to-day lives, and … Continue reading

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New Q&A on the Child Refugee Crisis

By Lecia Imbery July 30, 2014(AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool) There are many questions around the current child refugee crisis, including why the children are coming, what protections for them currently exist and what would happen if these protections are taken away, … Continue reading

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We Can Fix This. We’ve Done It Before. Re-imagining Government

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): by Katherine McFate, 7/23/2014 When I talk to people who work in Washington, DC these days, I’m struck by the resignation. The political/policy professionals with whom I interact regularly are discouraged by the … Continue reading

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