IDEAS FROM THE 99 PERCENT. At the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement is an understanding that our political system has failed to address the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Where our politicians and pundits have failed, Occupy Wall Street has succeeded in bringing issues like inequality, corporate ownership of politics and prolonged joblessness to the forefront of public debate. Yet, some still trivialize, criticize or attack the Occupy movement for lacking specific demands. They clearly miss the point of its message. And they aren’t paying attention. To be sure, there’s no shortage of smart policy proposals to address the crises that beset us. As I’ve argued before, sane and humane policy solutions exist, such as those in the Congressional Progressive Caucus People’s Budget. Our special forum in this week’s issue takes stock of some of those proposals. In “Ideas From the 99 Percent,” diverse voices, including William … [Read more...] about This Week: Ideas From the 99 Percent. PLUS: Ending Corporate Personhood
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Is it time to downgrade expectations for the Iowa men’s basketball team?Maybe.It is it time for urgency to kick in?Absolutely.Starting Saturday, the unimpressive-to-date Hawkeyes face three of their biggest games of the season in a six-day stretch.Yes, I said it: big games in early December.By losing to Louisiana-Lafayette and South Dakota State in the Caymans, then getting pummeled by mid-range ACC team Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Iowa has erased a big chunk of its margin for error for attaining its minimum goal: an NCAA Tournament bid.Because of this season’s compressed calendar (with the Big Ten Tournament in New York City being a week earlier than usual), Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes open conference play Saturday against Penn State; then play Monday at Indiana; then next Thursday at rival Iowa State.If Iowa can go 3-for-3 in that stretch? Then things are back on track.If Iowa goes 0-for-3 or even 1-for-3? That’s troubling.There’s either good news or bad news … [Read more...] about Leistikow: Struggling Hawkeyes have plenty of Big Ten company
PISCATAWAY -- On Tuesday, Ryan Anderson became the first Rutgers football player to be named first-team All-Big Ten since the program joined the league in 2014. On Thursday, Anderson became Rutgers' first Big Ten individual award winner. The redshirt senior from DeWitt, Mich. was named the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year by the Big Ten on Thursday. This is the culmination of a season in which Anderson led the 14-team conference in punting average (44.4 yards), punts (79), and yards (3,508). His long punt of 70 yards on Nov. 18 at Indiana, was tops in the Big Ten this fall. Anderson's 44.4 yards per punt is a single-season Rutgers record, but is actually a decrease from his production last season at Division III Olivet (Mich.) College, where his 46.2 yards per kick set the Division III single-season record. Anderson spent two seasons at Olivet before transferring to Rutgers as a graduate transfer. "The way I've punted in my career, I haven't even scratched the … [Read more...] about Rutgers football: Ryan Anderson named Big Ten Punter of the Year
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 13 Michigan State (No. 12 CFP) at No. 11 Ohio State (No. 13 CFP).First place in the East will be on the line. Michigan State is coming into the game off a stunning upset of Penn State. The Buckeyes' hopes for getting to the college playoffs took a major hit with a loss at Iowa. Ohio State has won 10 of 13. This could be a wide-open game. Spartans QB Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards against Penn State, one week after throwing for a school-record 445 yards against Northwestern. He is the first Spartan quarterback to post consecutive 400-yard passing games and the third Big Ten student in the past 20 years to pull off that feat (Purdue's Drew Brees in 1998; Northwestern's C.J. Bacher in 2007). Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett has thrown for 2,374 yards and 28 touchdowns. J.K. Dobbins is on pace to become the fourth freshman in program history to rush for 1,000 yards.BEST MATCHUPWhile they won't be on the field together, the … [Read more...] about Michigan State goes for second straight vs. Big Ten power
A lot of big games this week, and I have some work to do after a poor showing last Saturday. Let's get to work.Last week: 4-2 straight-up, 1-4 against the spreadThis season: 44-18 straight-up, 27-29 ATSNo. 2 Alabama (-14.5) at No. 16 Mississippi State: I can see Dan Mullen dialing up a bunch of running plays that attack the linebackers, forcing the combination of young and banged-up veterans to have to make decisions and counting on Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams to make the right choices on those read-options. That's the best way to move the ball if you're MSU, at least. But without the passing game to go along with it, is that a winning strategy or just a way to keep the game close? My pick: Alabama 31, Mississippi State 17Louisiana at Ole Miss (-19.5): The Ragin' Cajuns are giving up 37.4 points per game, which is No. 119 in the country, and 6.19 yards per play, which is No. 103. Of course, Ole Miss is basically right there with them in both categories. But Ole Miss has done it … [Read more...] about The A-Gap: Some big games this week. Who’s going to win?
Iowa's stunning, 55-24 upset of then-No. 3 Ohio State kept the Hawkeyes' slim hopes alive for a West Division title in the Big Ten Conference.Before you get too excited, though, it really is a long shot.At 3-3 in conference play, the Hawkeyes trail division-leading Wisconsin (6-0) by three games with three left to play. And Northwestern (4-2) is also ahead of Iowa and pocketed a head-to-head victory vs. Iowa on Oct. 14.So, yeah, it's tough. But here are the three things that would need to happen.Control what you can control. The Hawkeyes (6-3 overall) travel to 9-0 Wisconsin for Saturday's 2:30 p.m., ABC-televised game. They must beat the third-ranked Badgers, who are listed as a 13-point favorite, then finish with wins vs. Purdue (Nov. 18) and at Nebraska (Nov. 24) to complete their regular season at 9-3 overall, 6-3 in the Big Ten.This is probably the toughest ask of three. But Iowa can hand Wisconsin its first loss this week. Then the Badgers host No. 22 … [Read more...] about Yes, Iowa can still win the Big Ten West. Yes, it’s a stretch.
NEW ORLEANS — The Sugar Bowl created instant controversy last month when it took a pass on Boise State and invited ACC at large Virginia Tech and Big Ten at large Michigan to play in its BCS game. But Michigan's 23-20 victory overtime victory over Virginia Tech here last night, which ended when Brendan Gibbons kicked a game winning 37 yard field goal, provided enough high drama to hold the attention of a crowd of 64,512 at the Super Dome. No one is saying the 11-2 Wolverines are ready to contend for the national championship yet, but they took a giant step toward re-establishing themselves as a force in the Big Ten this season and their fans knew it, singing the school's famed alma mater, "Hail to the Victors" after the trophy presentation. It wasn't an artistic masterpiece. Michigan only had 184 yards of total offense, but quarterback Denard Robinson, who fumbled twice, was sacked three times and threw an interception, came out of hibernation long enough to throw a pair … [Read more...] about Michigan Wolverines re-establishes itself as force in Big Ten, caps year with sweet overtime win over Virginia Tech Hokies in Sugar Bowl
COLTS NECK - Residents living near Naval Weapons Station Earle could feel the ground shake and hear loud explosive noises this week but should not be alarmed, authorities said.The station will be conducting explosive demolition training April 4 - 8. The overcast weather could cause the noises to travel farther and be louder, officials warned. Most of the detonations will take place in the afternoons but could be rescheduled for the mornings due to weather conditions. MORE: Lacey man charged in sex assault caseThe exercise is part of periodic training. Karen Yi: 732-643-4277; [email protected] … [Read more...] about Don’t fear Earle’s big booms this week
The Michigan women’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the Big Ten this season by conference coaches and tied for second with Maryland by the media in the league’s preseason rankings released Monday.Led by reigning Big Ten coach of the year Kim Barnes Arico, the Wolverines return three starters from last year’s team that won the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and set a single-season program record with 28 wins, highlighted by senior guard Katelynn Flaherty and junior center Hallie Thome.Flaherty and Thome were unanimous selections to the preseason All-Big Ten team. The two led Michigan in scoring last season, with Flaherty averaging 20.2 points and three assists a game and Thome adding 16.2 points and 7.1 rebounds.Michigan State’s Branndais Agee was also named to the All-Big Ten team by the coaches. The senior guard averaged 10 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2016-17.Flaherty and Thome were first-team All-Big Ten honorees last season while … [Read more...] about Flaherty, Thome, Agee earn preseason Big Ten honors
BLOOMINGTON – Michigan State is the class of the Big Ten this year, with at least two of the league’s 10 best players and one of the conference’s best national title candidacies in recent memory. Of that, I am sure.Of nearly everything else, I am not. So, when it came time to draw up a Big Ten ballot, things got hinky.My all-conference vote was authored with a little more confidence, though that too is presented with some trepidation. Anyway, I participated in both the Big Ten’s poll, which asks simply for a preseason player of the year and 10 all-conference nominees, and an informal beat writers’ poll, which asks for a POY, an all-conference first team and a 1-14 finish. ►MORE: Purdue Insider Nathan Baird's All-Big Ten ballotHere we go. Projected finish1. Michigan State: The Spartans should be unanimous preseason favorites, honestly. They have a little bit of everything, from a star (Miles Bridges) to a potentially dominant post man (Nick … [Read more...] about Big Ten basketball: IU Insider Zach Osterman’s preseason predictions