The Age-Old Question: What’s Better for You, Coffee or Tea?

Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Some surprising facts about coffee and tea will make you happy. READ MORE»


10 Economic Trends that Spell Doom for America’s Workers

Alex Henderson, AlterNet

We’re becoming an industrialized nation marked by an ultra-wealthy minority and widespread poverty. READ MORE»




Matt Taibbi and Bank Whistleblower on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy and Avoid Prosecution

Amy Goodman, Juan González, Democracy Now!

A whistleblower reveals how JPMorgan Chase got away with cratering the economy. READ MORE»


Russell Brand: $4 Billion Spent on Elections, But Feeding the Homeless is Illegal

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

The British comic says homelessness can be ended with what Americans spend on Christmas decorations. READ MORE»


What the Midterms Mean for the Climate Movement

By Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence

This election further demonstrated how intertwined the climate is with issues of economic and racial justice. Here’s what organizers need to do about it. READ MORE»


What the Midterms Mean for the Climate Movement

By Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence

This election further demonstrated how intertwined the climate is with issues of economic and racial justice. Here’s what organizers need to do about it. READ MORE»

Just in: the new food revolution starts NOW

Tell President Obama it’s time for a National Food Policy.

Mr. President, we want a food revolution.

Our food and agriculture system is broken. A National Food Policy would transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all.

Tell President Obama: It’s Time for a National Food Policy


Have you heard? In this weekend’s Washington Post, UCS joined prominent food leaders Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Olivier de Schutter in a call to President Obama. It urges the president to do something bold and necessary: issue an executive order establishing a National Food Policy.

We all know our food and agriculture system is broken. For decades, UCS has demonstrated the costs of diet-related disease, the environmental toll of industrial agriculture practices, and the iron grip corporate giants have on information about what we eat. Government policies have contributed to this mess, and legislative attempts to fix it have been disjointed, lacked a clear direction, and often just made the problems worse.

A national policy for food, health, and well-being would, for the first time, define a comprehensive vision for our health, the sustainability of agricultural lands, and social and economic justice. It’s the first step toward the massive overhaul that we need to transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all.

This won’t happen overnight. But right now, the real work begins—with you.

Sign the petition today to tell President Obama that you want a National Food Policy.

Take Action

Ashley Elles
Ashley Elles
National Field Organizer
Food & Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Twitter: @acelles

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Ilya Sheyman, Political Action

Dear MoveOn member,

First, let’s get the horrible news—which you probably already know—out of the way: Republicans are taking control of another branch of the government, getting ready to unleash a wave of reactionary politics on the country, trigger more shutdowns, and hurt our chances of getting anyone good confirmed to the Supreme Court for years. That’s just a start. And it’s real. Losing is a punch in the gut.

But the important question is: What do we do now?

Do we sulk? Sit on our hands? Retreat?

Hell, no. It’s time to fight.

The elections last night were a setback—but we’ve been here before. We’ve been in far worse places before. Now is the time to get back up and get ready to fight for our progressive values.

We knew this wasn’t going to be easy. History tells us that—in the second term—the incumbent president’s party nearly always loses seats.

We chose to fight against the expected tide of history because we knew it was important. Because people’s lives were—and are—on the line.

And yes, we lost. But we built something real and powerful that won’t disappear with Election Day.

Together, we mounted a truly moving, inspiring, impressive effort. Volunteers made more than 6.75 million calls to voters—and thousands of progressives, many of whom had never volunteered before, took action together. We showed what we as a community can do.

Together, we helped progressive Senate champions Al Franken and Jeff Merkley win big victories. And voters approved ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in all four states where it was on the ballot; legalized marijuana in a number of places; and rejected measures that would have taken away a woman’s right to choose—even in states where they voted for a Republican senator.

So while Democrats lost in many places, it’s clear the Republican Party does NOT have a mandate to enact a right-wing agenda. There’s a hunger in the country for a bold, progressive vision.

We need populist, fierce, progressive champions to feed that hunger and take back the conversation in America. And together, we’ll organize to make that happen.

We need to give no quarter to Republican extremists. Democrats in Washington need to stand strong, and fight for what we believe in. In the weeks and months ahead, that’s exactly what MoveOn members will lead the way in demanding—from lawmakers and the president.

To do all this in the days and months ahead, we need you with us. There really isn’t a moment to lose. So take (a little) time to grieve, reflect, and recharge if you need it. But then let’s get back to action. Please don’t lose hope. And never, never, never give up. We’re in this together.

And thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For your work over the last two months, and for everything you’ll continue to do in the next two years and beyond.

Thanks, so much, for all you do.

–Ilya, Aiyi’nah, Alejandro, Amy, Anna, Ben O., Ben W., Bobby, Brian, Claudia, Corinne, Erica, Jadzia, Jo, Josh, Justin, Kate, Kristin, Manny, Maria, Mark, Matt, Milan, Nick, Patrick, Robert, Sam, Stephen, and Victoria

P.S. If you’re feeling too depressed right now to get right back in the fight, we get it. But if you’re ready to get back to work, let’s not waste one second. So how about it? Will you become a monthly donor today—and help us get to work?

Yes, I’ll chip in $5 a month.

No, I’m sorry. I can’t make a monthly donation right now.

We need to build more power in the grass roots. We need stronger, better candidates who aren’t embarrassed to say where they stand. We need to organize in red states, instead of just giving up on half the country. We need to get started today. And we need your ongoing support—because this is an ongoing fight.


Problems At The Polls


State Laws And Election Administration Errors Causing Problems On Election Day

***The polls are set to close in a few hours. If you have yet to vote, what are you waiting for? Vote! Click here to get all the information you need when you go to the polls. A number of state laws have changed and may have altered the required documents you need to cast a ballot.***

Throughout the course of Election Day, ThinkProgress has been reporting on the ground from seven states across the country. They have gone beyond the horserace to uncover how the election process is going for voters. And they are finding numerous problems, whether the result of new state voter suppression laws, election administration issues, or something else. Here are a few (and check out the liveblog for more):

  • North Carolina’s New Election Restrictions Are Turning Away Voters: At two polling places south of the city center, voters are turning up in steady numbers throughout the morning. But many of them aren’t casting ballots: they are being turned away because they aren’t at their correct precinct.
  • Georgia Voter Redirected To Polling Place 35 Miles Away: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office failed to process tens of thousands of voter registration cards — mostly in heavily African-American counties — before the election, and it’s causing confusion at the polls. Karl Ragland and his wife moved to Atlanta from Covington, Ga., earlier in the year and submitted a change of address form to the Board of Elections. But when they showed up at their new polling place in Atlanta, they learned that the form had never been processed. Karl now has to drive 35 miles to Covington to vote, causing him to miss up to two hours of work. “I am going to vote today,” Karl said.
  • Texas Voting Restrictions Sow Confusion At The Polls: At a polling site in Third Ward, a historically African American neighborhood in Houston, two voters have been turned away for lacking a photo ID. One had simply left it at home, and would have to make an additional trip to the polls. The other had to cast a provisional ballot, which has a much lower chance of being counted.
  • More Than 21,000 Kansans Could Be Blocked From Voting On Election Day: Tens of thousands of Kansans who registered to vote may find themselves ineligible on Tuesday as a result of a new law that “requires people registering to vote for the first time to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport,” the Wichita Eagle reported on Friday. As of Oct. 31, 21,473 registered voters had not sent in documentation showing that they are American citizens.
  • Atlanta Voters Are Being Required To Pay To Park: In one of Atlanta’s largest voting precincts, voters are complaining about being required to pay as they leave the parking lot next to Georgia Tech’s student center polling site, even though signs advertised free parking on Election Day. Advocates say that requiring people to pay extra fees during the process of voting essentially amounts to a poll tax.
  • Miami Man Waited More Than 4 Hours To Vote After Poll Workers Refused To Allow Address Change: Florida law allows voters to change their address at the polls on Election Day. But because poll workers have not been adequately trained on Florida’s Electronic Voter Identification System (EVID), some voters who have recently moved are having problems casting ballots in their new precincts. Opa-Locka resident Eugene Gonzalez arrived at his polling location at 8:30 this morning, but did not cast his ballot until 1 pm because poll workers mistakenly told him that he needed to vote in Broward County, where he lived previously and was still registered.
  • Alabama Voters With Public Housing, Shelter IDs Are Being Turned Away: At least three Alabama citizens apparently have been denied their right to vote thanks to the state’s voter ID law, a last-minute decision by the state that public housing and shelter ID’s are not valid proof of identity.
  • Longtime Voter Removed From Voter Rolls In Ohio: Jamil Smith, a producer for MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, reported on Twitter this morning that his father encountered a serious problem attempting to vote: “My father, who has voted in every election as long as he can remember, tells me his name wasn’t on the rolls this morning. He lives in Ohio.” It’s unclear how Smith’s father’s name was removed from the voter rolls, but Ohio was one of several states that signed onto a voter purge scheme devised by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) that developed a lost of voters under consideration for purging by simply finding people who share the same first and last name as a voter in another state.

BOTTOM LINE: These problems at the polls are just a few extremely concerning examples that should be immediately corrected — and could be illegal or unconstitutional. In response to this and other anecdotal evidence of barriers to voting, the Center for American Progress has issued letters to Secretaries of State in Kansas, North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia, urging them to take “immediate action” to rectify these concerns. Voting is a fundamental deomcratic right, and it should be free, fair, and accessible to all citizens.