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    Single-Payer Health Care For the Win?

    It’s been awhile since Obama’s proposal for universal health care was replaced by a compromise known as the Affordable Care Act. Despite detractors from the right and left, Obamacare’s sell–that the Act would give millions of uninsured Americans coverage–appeased many. But now, as we ...

    It’s Time to Come Together to Reject Compromise

    We ought to put aside our extremism and come together to find common solutions, goes the conventional wisdom—and you can see where that kind of thinking has gotten us.Well, it’s time to reject this middling middle-of-the-roadism and take a stand, writes Paul Starr in The American Prospect. ...

    Literary Execution

    According to journalist Anna Clark, last week’s decision by Governor John Kitzhaber to put a moratorium on executions in Oregon “is the latest step in the accelerating movement to abolish capital punishment in the U.S. through state-by-state moratorium’s and voter initiatives.” Blogging ...

    Morning Twitter Finds: 11.16.11

    Some of the best stuff from the Twitter feeds we follow...The Nation (@thenation): Robert Reich eviscerates the Supercommittee's skewed priorities, draws a cartoon. See more at The NationMother Jones (@MotherJones)Chart of the Day: How Not to Create Jobs mojo.ly/vy6C5eChuck Marr of CBPP notes ...

    One and Done?

    Andy Serwer has some bad news for Barack Obama supporters out there: The economy’s not going to heal enough in the next year for him to ride a wave of recovery back into the White House the way Ronald Reagan did in 1984. “Reagan won re-election in a landslide, telling voters that it was ...

    The Best in Politics

    Our library contains 1,300 publications—a feast of magazines, journals, alt-weeklies, newsletters, and zines—and every year, we honor the stars in our Utne Independent Press Awards. We’ll announce this year’s winners on Wednesday, May 18, at the MPA’s Independent Magazine Group ...

    A Portrait of the Author as a Publicist

    “[T]he electronic highway is for bulletin boards on esoteric subjects, reference works, lists and news….Nobody is going to sit down and read a novel on a twitchy little screen. Ever.” Few have ever missed the mark quite so badly as Annie Proulx did in 1994 with the quote above. Across the ...

    ACLU Prepares To Defend Clones, Cyborgs

    Science fiction has long been a safe harbor for extreme politics. From Robert A. Heinlein’s amphetamine-jacked libertarian utopias, to Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic conservation-centric future history of Mars, to Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin’s radical feminism, alternate universes ...

    The American Prospect Turns 20

    The September issue of The American Prospect opens with an essay from Robert Kuttner, one of the magazines founders, analyzing the first two decades of the magazine’s existence. Kuttner sees “gains and losses to the liberal project” that is at the heart of the magazine.In the win column ...

    A Safer, Simpler Bank Account

    Millions of people in the United States lack bank accounts, relying instead on predatory pay-day loan stores and check-cashing shops for their financial needs. Conventional wisdom has been that it’s an issue of access—banks don’t invest in low-income neighborhoods, therefore low-income ...

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