February

The gender card

Once again, we see that there are no boundaries when it comes to making outrageously sexist remarks with impunity. The latest example can be found in a nationally televised interview involving former Republican Congressman Dick Armey.

Charles Darwin at 200: Solidarity is the best survival strategy

The 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, Feb. 12, brought back memories of a college course I took in which the topic was “social Darwinism,” a philosophy that exalted dog-eat-dog greed in the name of “survival of the fittest.”

Guess what? The New Deal worked!

Since the economic crisis we're now in is being compared to the Great Depression, the solutions being offered are being routinely compared to the New Deal. Republicans in particular have been quick to pronounce the New Deal a failure as a way of justifying their opposition to the new stimulus package and any other federal response to our new Great Depression.

Is a progressive revolution possible?

“American history consists of one long battle between the forces of reaction and the defense of wealth and power, on the one hand, and the forces of progressivism and community, on the other.” That’s the premise of a new book The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be by Michael Lux.

Closing Guantanamo only a first step

Two days after taking office, President Barack Obama announced that the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be closed by the end of this year at the latest. This step, which was acclaimed worldwide, is only the first in what many hope is an effort to restore constitutional guarantees and the rule of law which the Bush administration had been busily dismantling, under the cover of the “war on terror.”

Whats it going to take to end corruption in Illinois?

CHICAGO – Tainted by the dark cloud hovering over lawmakers here after the recent impeachment of former Governor Rod Blagojevich who allegedly tried to sell President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat, many wonder if Illinois is the most corrupt state in the country.

600,000 jobs lost: How bad does it have to get for Republicans to act?

Original source: With today’s unemployment report showing nearly 600,000 jobs lost in January—worsening the U.S. unemployment rate from 7.2 percent to 7.6 percent—will obstructionist Republicans in Congress finally move the economic recovery bill?

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Black History Month book list

A sampling of suggestions from our readers and staff.