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Students Talk Poverty on National Tour

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At a stop of liberal pundit Tavis Smiley and activist Dr. Cornel West’s “Poverty Tour 2.0” at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann spoke with students about their crippling experiences with poverty.

Truthdigger of the Week: Ron Thomas
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A former Marine and sheriff's deputy, Ron Thomas, this week's Truthdigger of the Week, believes there was no excuse for the use of police force that led to the death of his mentally ill son, and he has vowed to seek justice.Ron Thomas, a former sheriff's deputy and father of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who died after a violent encounter with police in Fullerton, Calif., is our Truthdigger of the Week.

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Tavis Smiley is a tenured public broadcaster; Cornel West is a tenured professor at Princeton University. Together like Voltron, they form the new public radio show, "Smiley & West."

The Obscenity of War

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President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

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