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3 HOURS AGO - New Statesman

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How the left can win in the 5-75-20 society

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again.  Ed Miliband at the Labour conference in Brighton last year. Photograph: Getty Images. For decades, social democrats in western Europe conceived their natural constituency as the "blue-collar" working class: the affluent middle class aligned themselves with Conservative parties. In the intervening decades, ...

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14 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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U.S. Army Approves ‘Humanist' Category As Religious Preference

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two years after first making his request, Army Maj. Ray Bradley can now be known as exactly what he is: a humanist in the U.S. military. “I’m able to self-identity the belief system that governs my life, and I’ve never been able to do that before,” said Bradley, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North ...

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19 HOURS AGO - Real Clear Politics

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The President's Cynical Keystone Strategy

Ed Rogers, Washington PostOn Friday, the State Department quietly released a notification that the Keystone XL pipeline decision is being delayed yet again. The president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Terry O’Sullivan, called the delay “another gutless move” by the administration. We could also dismiss the announcement as just more of the usual dithering from this White ...

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19 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Republican Activists Push Party On Gay Marriage

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues. This month, the Nevada Republican party dropped statements on marriage from ...

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APR 23, 2014 - New Statesman

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Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.  Gordon Brown addresses Scottish Labour activists at St Josephs on March 10, 2014 in Glasgow. Photograph: Getty Images. More significant than the content of Gordon Brown's speech at a Better Together event today is the mere fact of it at all. At ...

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