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Diane Ravitch, fennel, and Cory Booker

Let’s start with a confession: I have a crush on Diane Ravitch. (Note: my wife knows!) Sure, it’s a (mostly) academic crush, but a crush nonetheless. One of the real thrills of my professional life was attending a dinner in New York City a couple of years ago in honor of Dr. Ravitch’s contributions to public education. I had a […]

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Assume Roe Dead – with special guest abortion rights journalist & activist Robin Marty

Assume Roe Dead – with special guest abortion rights journalist & activist Robin Marty

“If we wait until Roe is gone, it will be long past too late.” That’s Robin Marty‘s warning for anyone who cares about reproductive rights in America or anyone who just pretends to care about them to impress their Twitter followers. This may have been the worst week for non-billionaires since Trump became president and it’s no accident. We’re witnessing […]

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Please save us from self-appointed “education experts”…

Please save us from self-appointed “education experts”…

Mike Petrilli is one of the self-appointed leaders of the corporate reform of education movement, and also has a day job as president of the Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank with a focus on education. His bio says that “he is one of the nation’s most trusted education analysts,” so I guess he knows what he’s talking about. In his […]

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Progressive policies are so popular even a fake Democrat could win on them

Progressive policies are so popular even a fake Democrat could win on them

What the Michigan gubernatorial Democratic primary reveals about the thirst for progressive policies Two huge themes have preoccupied much of the coverage of the Democratic primaries this year: There’s the “drive to elect women” story and the “progressive policies are sweeping the party even if progressive candidates aren’t” refrain. These two themes collided Tuesday night with the primary victory of […]

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Organizations send open letter to Oscar Health: Stop transgender exclusions

Organizations send open letter to Oscar Health: Stop transgender exclusions

Oscar claims to be a “new kind of health insurance company” but engages in age-old discriminatory practices. Oscar Health seems to have an identity crisis. On the one hand, it is promoting itself as the kind of insurer that appeals to Millennials and does things differently — and seems to support LGBT equality with Pride Month-related messaging all over social […]

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Trump Appoints “Dance Mom” to Head National Endowment for the Arts

In yet another head scratcher of a move, President* Donald Trump has appointed self-proclaimed “Dance Mom” and Florida political consultant, Mary Anne Carter, to succeed musician and artist Jane Chu as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. In keeping with his penchant for valuing policy chops and qualifications more highly than PR potential and visibility, President Obama appointed […]

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To my fellow Muslims: 2018 is our wake up call

To my fellow Muslims: 2018 is our wake up call

The Michigan primaries are looming close and I have one request for my fellow Muslims: Please vote! With all that’s on the line and with all that is happening in our country today, the last thing we need is for our community to sit out another election because we feel that our vote doesn’t matter. Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election by […]

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Announcing our newest Eclectablogger, Ammara Ansari!

Announcing our newest Eclectablogger, Ammara Ansari!

I’m constantly on the lookout for new writers for Eclectablog and my eye is always on writers who bring a different perspective than we already have. We have three white men and two white women writing for us so we have those demographics pretty much nailed down and it’s important to me that we are a diverse group. Today I […]

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DOING IT RIGHT: Michigan Families for Economic Prosperity holds Congressmen Fred Upton & Mike Bishop accountable for healthcare repeal & #TrumpTaxScam votes in new ads

DOING IT RIGHT: Michigan Families for Economic Prosperity holds Congressmen Fred Upton & Mike Bishop accountable for healthcare repeal & #TrumpTaxScam votes in new ads

Michigan Families for Economic Prosperity is a coalition of advocacy leaders working to educate and empower Michigan voters about taxes and health care. They have two new ads out that highlight how badly two Michigan Republican members of Congress have betrayed their constituents and our state as a whole. The first, titled “Me”, features actual Michigan voters reading letters they […]

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The Trump Voters’ Socialist Paradise – with special guest Michael Grunwald of Politico

The Trump Voters’ Socialist Paradise – with special guest Michael Grunwald of Politico

The show notes for Episode 1 of The GOTMFV Show are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/06/the-trump-voters-socialist-paradise.html Michael Grunwald from Politico on Twitter: @MikeGrunwald Michael Grunwald at Politico: Generation Pickleball: Welcome to Florida’s Political Tomorrowland Michael Grunwald’s website: MichaelGrunwald.com Purchase Michael Grunwald’s new book The New New Deal – The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era HERE The Good: Dave Weigel at […]

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Are we headed toward a “Civil War”…or are we already there?

Are we headed toward a “Civil War”…or are we already there?

A recent op-ed in USA Today by Glenn Harlan Reynolds asks the provocative question, “Is America headed toward a civil war?” As evidence, the author offers the following points, which seem deserving of a response. 1. Because of Sarah Sanders being refused service at a restaurant, Reynolds asserts, “I think we’re at the beginning of a soft civil war. … I don’t […]

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