In Copenhagen, the Radical Left Just Beat the Danish Social Democrats for the First Time Ever

The dominant story of the Western left in the last two years has been decline from the high watermark of post-crash electoral radicalism. From Syriza to Podemos, parties have fallen short of either winning power or delivering in office — or, in the recent case of Germany’s Die Linke, slid backward from already weak positions. Left organizations are dealing simultaneously with the rapid escalation of structural crises from public health to the environment to geopolitics, huge changes in their operating environment, and the limits of their current support base.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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Supply Chain Issues and Inferior Technology Negatively Impacting Coronavirus Fight

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Many Americans have found great comfort in getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Whether you are for vaccination or not, most people will agree Covid-19 is going to be part of our landscape for years to come and the more people who develop a defense against the virus’ most dangerous outcomes the better.

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Prices for food and gas are rising sharply. Is health care next?

Inflation is on the rise, driving up the price of gas and food. One sector of the US economy is behaving particularly strangely: For once, medical prices have been increasing at a significantly lower rate than prices in the overall economy.
In October 2021, according to the nonprofit health care analysis group Altarum, prices for health care services rose at a 2 percent rate year-over-year, compared to a 6.2 percent rate for all consumer products.

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A Thanksgiving of not just what we have, but what we are committed to protecting

OPINION:
Thank goodness for Thanksgiving! So much of the year is spent dealing with negative news, but we understand and accept the importance of knowing about forces arrayed against us. It’s valuable because it signals something that we need to be aware of for the safety of ourselves, our family, and of course, for our country.
In our great nation, every day, we experience reminders about the vital importance of gratitude. Gratefulness can be as powerful and valuable as warnings about the malevolent.
Most of us make a point of reminding ourselves about what we are thankful for.

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This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for a President Who Believes in Science

President Joe Biden speaks about Covid-19 vaccinations, Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Susan Walsh / AP Photo)

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A Look at How Unions Lift Workers

This article is published in partnership with The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank.

Laura Asher, a former combat medic who was working as a hospital aide, saw her pay jump when she entered her union’s apprenticeship program to become a crane operator. Her pay is now more than three times what her hospital job paid.

Gregory Swanson, a charter school teacher, was hugely frustrated that his school’s top official assigned him a salary far below his level of experience. But his union contract changed that, requiring the school to follow a pay scale based on years of experience.

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A Look at How Unions Lift Workers

This article is published in partnership with The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank.

Laura Asher, a former combat medic who was working as a hospital aide, saw her pay jump when she entered her union’s apprenticeship program to become a crane operator. Her pay is now more than three times what her hospital job paid.

Gregory Swanson, a charter school teacher, was hugely frustrated that his school’s top official assigned him a salary far below his level of experience. But his union contract changed that, requiring the school to follow a pay scale based on years of experience.

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Remote Work Won’t End Exploitation

Among the many transformations to people’s ways of living since the start of the global pandemic, none has received as much attention from the media as the increase in the prevalence of remote work. The World Economic Forum has observed that the opportunities to work remotely are not equally distributed: well-paid workers in “high-skilled” industries are more likely to work from home than their service-industry counterparts. So worrisome is this trend that economists have gone as far as to refer to it as a ticking “time bomb for inequality.

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Remote Work Won’t End Exploitation

Among the many transformations to people’s ways of living since the start of the global pandemic, none has received as much attention from the media as the increase in the prevalence of remote work. The World Economic Forum has observed that the opportunities to work remotely are not equally distributed: well-paid workers in “high-skilled” industries are more likely to work from home than their service-industry counterparts. So worrisome is this trend that economists have gone as far as to refer to it as a ticking “time bomb for inequality.

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