This week we have articles on workplace safety, the out-of-touch 1%, debunking the myth of presidential arm-twisting, growing rejection of the education “reform,” and the regulatory hurdles facing President Obama’s first term successes. (More)

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Death on the Job Report – in honor of Workers Memorial Day on April 28, here is the AFI-CIO’s annual report on workplace health and safety and what we can do to improve it

Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans – an interesting study on just how out of touch the wealthiest 1% are with the views of the rest of the country when it comes to issues of economics, taxes, regulations, and the safety net.

Obama and the Myth of Arm-Twisting – an essay pushing back on the widespread argument that President Obama should have been engaging in more direct one-on-one horse trading and arm twisting of Senators in order to get gun safety legislation passed.

The Coming Revolution in Public Education – a report on a growing movement of teachers and communities rejecting overuse of standardized testing and other failed policies promoted by the incorrectly named education “reform” movement.

He Who Makes the Rules – a look at the significant hurdles that President Obama’s first term achievements, such as the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, now face in the rule-making process.