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Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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In short, two very distinct worldviews have both come to the same conclusion: we need to provide a basic universal income that allows people to live in dignity and unleash their creative potential toward their own interests. It’s a bipartisan view.
— David Atkins, writing for The Washington Monthly (Bipartisan consensus for universal basic income)

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The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it.
— Elizabeth Warren, speaking to an audience of progressive activists in Minnesota during a rally for Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton. 

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

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The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me… I think it is appropriate to ask whether this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation’s history, among them the high value Americans have traditionally placed on equality of opportunity.
— Excerpt from Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s groundbreaking speech on income inequality, delivered earlier today in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

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I have to say to the government of Israel that if they are losing people like me, they will be losing a lot of people.
— Conservative MP (Member of Parliament) Richard Ottaway, the chairman of the House of Common’s Foreign Affairs Committee, explaining his decision not to oppose a symbolic motion recognizing the State of Palestine.

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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Elected officials shouldn’t get to choose who gets to choose elected officials. Look: People marched and fought and died for the right to vote. And they want to legislate away that sacrifice to stay in power? Not on my watch, baby!
— Comedian Lewis Black, raging against Republican schemes to suppress the vote in a video for the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

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I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap. I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work.
— Microsoft’s Satyar Nadella, in an email to Microsoft’s staff, taking back comments about women’s pay which he said were “inarticulate” and “wrong”.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Most news organizations are covering the trial straight, as if it were a deadly serious affair. It is, in fact, an absurdist comedy, rich in ironies, worthy of the Marx Brothers or Mel Brooks. Rather than dispatching its legal correspondents to write about it, newspapers would do better to send their comic-strip artists.
— John Cassidy: The AIG trial is a comedy (The New Yorker)

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn’t quite say, a big deal.
— Paul Krugman: In defense of Obama (Rolling Stone)

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I wouldn’t say I reject my identity as Chinese, because I’ve never felt Chinese in the first place…The younger generations don’t think they’re Chinese.
— Twenty-year old Yeung Hoi-kiu, a student protestor in Hong Kong, speaking to the New York Times about what he feels his identity is.

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