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Karen Lewis to Headline May 1 Rally To Defend Public Education in Madison!

Do you live in Madison, Wisconsin? What are you doing this May Day?

Help us raise the roof at the Monona Terrace! Join The Progressive for the "Rally to Defend Public Education,"which will be headline by two compelling speakers.Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and John Kuhn, a Texas school superintendent. They have been fighting to save our public education system fro the privatizers and profiteers in two diverse corners of America.

Condoleezza Rice Is All Wrong on Ukraine Crisis

Condoleezza Rice has reemerged in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and she is offering unhelpful advice.

Rice, who served as national security adviser and then secretary of state under Pres. George W. Bush, is taking the neoconservative line on Ukraine.

She is repeatedly criticizing Pres. Obama for not responding more aggressively to Vladimir Putin.

This is reckless talk.

UN Panel: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has left zero doubt that we humans are wrecking our climate.

It also effectively says the problem can be solved, and that renewable energy is the way to do it, and that nuclear power is not.

The United Nations’ IPCC is the world’s most respected authority on climate.

Scott Walker Announces Reelection Bid in Typical Fashion

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker opened his 2014 reelection campaign this morning in typical fashion: At a campaign donor’s private business with a handpicked audience and select members of the press. Information about the location was not available to the public, nor was it made available to The Progressive, despite a request to the campaign for details of the event.

How the Ukraine Crisis Could Pose a Nuclear Threat

As the crisis in Ukraine reaches new levels, the tension between Russia and the United States is rising dangerously.

After Putin’s moves to take over the Crimea, the United States sent six 5-15 fighter jets on NATO air patrols over the Baltic and delivered 12 F-16 fighters to Poland. It also deployed a U.S. destroyer to the Black Sea.

On Monday, a Russian jet came near that destroyer.

A Reporters' Guide to the Koch-funded Rich States, Poor States ALEC Report

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is slated to roll out its annual "Rich States, Poor States" publication this week. The document, whose lead author is economist Arthur Laffer, is sold to the press as an objective, academic measure of state economic performance, but should instead be viewed more as a lobby scorecard ranking states on the adoption of extreme ALEC policies that have little or nothing to do with economic outcomes. This year, leaked documents revealed that the report is directly funded by the Kochs, on top of longstanding Koch support for ALEC itself.

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The Right Jumps the Shark in Wisconsin

It's not good news for Scott Walker that Wisconsin Republicans plan to debate a proposal on secession at their state party convention in early May.

The Wisconsin Governor, who is widely seen as a 2016 Republican Presidential hopeful, told reporters on Friday that, for the record, he does not favor Wisconsin seceding from the United States.

We Don't Want You to Swim in the River

In early April, 2014, the U.S. Navy unveiled its Mach 7 Magnetic Mangler, “a railgun straight out of Star Trek that can take out targets at 100 miles with a projectile flying at nearly 7,000 feet per second.” So far, the U.S. military has spent $240 million developing the railgun over a period of ten years.

Walker Asks WI Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign has asked the state Supreme Court to review the legal basis for the John Doe campaign finance probe looking at coordination between his campaign and third-party groups. And, a separate federal challenge to the investigation filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth will move forward, after the judge hearing the case denied a motion to dismiss it.

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Judicial Ruling Disastrous for Americans

A federal judge made a serious error recently in throwing out an important case about whether the U.S. government can kill U.S. citizens abroad without due process.

Three U.S. citizens (Anwar al-Awlaki, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan) were executed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen in 2011. Their families brought a lawsuit to obtain justice.

The government’s case against Anwar al-Awlaki was that he posed an “imminent threat” to the United States, and that it was impossible to capture him, so extrajudicial assassination was necessary.

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