This weekend we have a profile of an organization that helps low-wage workers in Los Angeles, what the Tea Party really represents, a Nobel Prize winner on affordable and high quality education, and more. (More)


L.A. Story – a profile Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a think tank, policy shop, and political organizing group that over the past 20 years “has become the nation’s most innovative and effective force for raising the incomes of low-wage private-sector workers.”

Tea Party Radicalism is Misunderstood – an argument that the Tea Party isn’t just a bunch of unhinged and uninformed populists, but instead is the latest incarnation of a mostly Southern and white conservative elite adopting new tactics to try to hold onto power in a nation that is becoming more diverse and more tolerant.

Could This 2013 Nobel Laureate Afford College Today? – Randy Scheckman, one of this year’s Nobel prize winners in medicine, is passionate about the opportunities that he had thanks to the availability of high quality, low cost public universities in California in the late-1960s, and about the importance of our creating such opportunities again today.

The Shame of Our Prisons – a review of the latest data on the inexcusably high levels of sexual victimization of adult and juvenile inmates in our nation’s jails and prisons

The Final Insult in the Bush-Cheney Marriage – an inside account of the rift between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney due to Bush’s refusal to pardon convicted felon and Cheney adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.