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Apr 18th

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States deny food stamps, public assistance to drug offenders

ATLANTA- Each year, hundreds of thousands of people released from U.S. prisons after felony drug convictions discover that serving time isn’t their only punishment.  They are permanently denied the life-sustaining benefits of food stamps and other public assistance.
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Barriers to college completion

In recent years, much attention has been paid to K-12 student performance, and rightly so. The educational foundation our children receive in schools prepares them for life; we must devote significant resources to ensuring that education is strong and comprehensive. But we must not forget about our students after they leave high school. College graduates are critical to maintaining a successful American economy.
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Bush neglected civil rights

George W. Bush’s term as president ended nearly a year ago but America is still feeling the effects of his presidency: an economic recession, two wars that drain both human and financial resources and a less than stellar reputation in the international community.  Thanks to a recently released report, we can now count neglecting civil rights among the many injustices former President Bush and his administration inflicted upon this country.  
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Joe Jackson: Root of an All-American dynasty

No matter how mainstream media implies Joe Jackson should be ostracized from “proper society”, actions of the family continually contradict that view.  While a large percentage of the American population scorns “Papa Joe”, not so among the Jacksons.  Mainstream media’s publics’ rile has been up since Joe Jackson sought a $15,000 a month allowance from Michael’s estate.  Should Joseph Walter Jackson be bestowed $180,000 per annum from Michael Jackson’s estate?   Should Papa Joe be viewed as a rouge, or role-model?  
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The "public option" in the liberal-progressive tradition

One of the things I have come to lament about this and previous Democratic administrations is the failure to uphold and educate the American people about the liberal-progressive tradition that has produced so many milestone benefits for workers, the poor, the middle class and people of color minorities. It is as if the conservatives have totally intimidated the left into hiding from its history of successfully advocating for ordinary people in the face of the avaricious forces of profit and greed.
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Harry Reid and slavery

The classical poet A.E. Housman wrote, “For nature, heartless, witless nature…” He might have said the same thing about history which like nature is neither cruel nor kind, right or wrong; it is simply indifferent.  It has, as they say, no dog in the fight.
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Oprah's next big success

(NNPA) - When Oprah recently announced she would be leaving her syndicated talk show in 2011 to start her own cable network, I was reminded of the impact her phenomenal success has had on the lives of millions of people around the world. Her accomplishments are especially remarkable due to the fact that she rose from a childhood of extreme poverty, abuse and hardship to reign for 25 years as the queen of daytime television. Through her many ventures, including Harpo Productions, O Magazine and her movies, books and philanthropy, Oprah has established herself as an iconic force in the communications industry and an inspiration for people everywhere.
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