Bill Knight

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Bill Knight – November 20
4:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In Remembrance of a Progressive Champion

Lane Evans (right) with President Barack Obama. Evans was an early supporter of Obama's campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the White House.
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Lane Evans had an easy smile, but downstate Illinois’ progressive champion for working people and veterans was a bit bashful and didn’t often laugh out loud.

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Bill Knight – November 13
6:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Americans Re-elect an Unpopular Congress

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After last week’s midterm election, Washington’s Republican leaders imagine their future as “Interstellar.”

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Bill Knight – November 6
6:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Ditching the Myths about Clean Water Rules

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The public-comment period on a new rule about water ended two weeks ago, but the uproar over a “government takeover” of ditches remains.

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Bill Knight – October 30
4:47 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

No Sure Bets for Wall Street

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Wall Street seems like a casino where the problem gamblers ARE the House, and they only bet on sure things. “Wall Street hates uncertainty,” analysts say.

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Bill Knight – October 23
6:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Power of Pushing Back

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Organizing can achieve results, and collective strength sometimes overcomes powerful interests.

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Bill Knight – October 9
6:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Big Money Influencing Elections in Several Ways

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Many Americans are worried about the influence that for-profit corporations and the rich have on elections, but will that concern translate unto a healthy turnout for the Nov. 4 election?

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Bill Knight – October 2
10:39 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Labor and Progressives Should Work for Justice in Ferguson

Protestors outside the Ferguson Police Department
Credit Jamelle Bouie/flickr

Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson last week apologized to the family of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown.

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Bill Knight – September 25
12:55 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

The Gray Economy – Inequality for All

Workers who used to be on the edges of the economy – day laborers and temps, freelancers and adjuncts, independent contractors and contingent employees – are closer to the core.

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Bill Knight – September 18
5:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

My Life with Dogs

An English pointer
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This week I’m one of the Baby Boomers who’ll be added to the ranks of the program that’s the closest this country has to universal health care: Medicare. Whew! Made it! I almost feel winded, like I should be panting.

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Bill Knight – September 11
4:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Facts Making Fiction in Politics

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The mere accumulation of facts doesn’t always lead to good conclusions, judgment or wisdom. Too many of us, progressive and conservative alike, can fall victim to extrapolation or correlation.

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