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Monday, February 8, 2016
Donna Smith
My Special Place in Hell, Courtesy of Unfettered Greed
The comments made by Madeleine Albright about the "special place in hell reserved for women who do not help other women" certainly caught my attention this weekend. While the implications were that...
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Bill McKibben
Getting Change Wrong
In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Sanders candidacy, one strand dominates. You find it woven through every sage piece from the old-school pundits of the Times and the hip...
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Ruth Conniff
Hillary, Bernie, and the Progressive Question
It was fascinating to watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders duke it out in the New Hampshire debate over who is a progressive. With young voters overwhelmingly supporting Sanders’s call for a “...
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Robert Kuttner
Generation Sanders
For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have under-estimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will...
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Richard Eskow
Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 1 Percent
Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the “1 percent” and the “99 percent.” Today the...
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Gareth Porter
US Position on Syria Tilts in Favour of Russian Intervention
The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought a corresponding shift in the Obama administration's Syrian policy. Since the Russian military intervention in Syria...
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Chris Hedges
Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water
What is in the mind of someone who knowingly poisons children and impairs their lives? Why did the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats who knew the water in Flint, Mich., was toxic lie about the...
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Tom Engelhardt
An "Exceptional” Failure: The US Military Bombs in the Twenty-First Century
Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “...
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Robert Reich
Why We Must Try
Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” We shouldn’t try for single-payer system, they say. We’ll be lucky if we prevent...
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Paul Buchheit
Who the Election Should Be For: The 7 Most Beaten-Down Americans
Wealthy Americans are afraid of too much change, the kind that might occur with a Democratic Socialist as president. But it's too late for gradual change. Only a popular uprising against big business...
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
Bill Laurance
The World’s Forests Will Collapse if we Don’t Learn to Say 'No'
An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of “core forest” — remote interior areas critical for disturbance-sensitive wildlife and...
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George Lakey
What Role Were you Born to Play in Social Change?
Bill Moyer was a street-wise, working class white boy from rowhouse Philadelphia, who — in the turbulence of the 1960s — went to Chicago to work for an anti-racist housing campaign. He wound up...
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Kevin Gosztola
The Absurd Identity Politics of Establishment Pundits Critiquing Bernie Sanders
The reason why Bernie Sanders has achieved so much success in the United States presidential election so far is because he is not a woman, argues Mark Joseph Stern, a writer on law and LGBTQ issues...
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Joe Lauria
Risking World War III in Syria
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in...
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Donna Smith
Young Women For Sanders Not to Be Underestimated
Normally, I would just stay silent if Gloria Steinem said something with which I did not agree. I admire her so much. She has shown so much courage on behalf of women's issues throughout the years...
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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ari Berman
Will You Have the Right to Vote in 2016?
As Iowa voters headed to their caucus sites Monday, 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton sat in the first row of a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, N.C., to witness the closing arguments of a trial...
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Rick Salutin
Sanders at Fulcrum of Debate on Progressives
Paul Krugman — Nobel Prize economist, New York Times columnist — does it regularly, especially when a U.S. election impends. He’s superb on his own beat; few are better at dissecting the negatives of...
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Jeff Bryant
An Emerging New Narrative For Education
The big news about education policy in the presidential race is that there is no news. As Laura Moser writes for Slate , “None of the candidates are talking about education. Like, at all.” At Salon,...
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Nick Meynen
The Epic Battle To Get Justice From Chevron
“We’re in front of the International Criminal Court now! We’re just about to get in. I’ll let you know when it’s done.” He hung up, went in and dropped the time bomb in an office. Forty minutes later...
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Sue Sturgis
NC Voting Rights Fight Moves From the Courtroom to the Streets
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its ID requirements — was getting...
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Eliza Relman
Pentagon Releases 198 Abuse Photos in Long-Running Lawsuit. What They Don’t Show Is a Bigger Story.
After more than a decade of legal battles and stonewalling, the Department of Defense released 198 photos relating to prisoner abuse by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos...
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Ralph Nader
They're Just Not Answering!
Steve Leone, editor of the Concord Monitor —the second largest newspaper in New Hampshire—makes me long for the good old days of old-fashioned communications. He actually, personally, answers his own...
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Christopher Brauchli
Children
Suffer little children to come unto me. . . . —Gospel according to St. Luke In Brazil it is caused by the mosquito. In Flint it is caused by the politician. The one is not completely understood. The...
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César Chelala
The Public Health Impact of Domestic Violence
Intimate partner violence is the most common kind of violence experienced by women worldwide, both in developing and in industrialized countries. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report...
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Trevor Timm
Bernie Sanders Lacks Foreign Policy Experience, But Also His Rivals' Errors
As Bernie Sanders has risen in the polls, he has been taking increasing heat for some of his apparently vague foreign policy positions and the fact that his campaign does not have a team of...
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Friday, February 5, 2016
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine
There's no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex. The idea that she is bad on the corporate...
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Charles P. Pierce
Here's What Happens When Hillary and Bernie Try to Out-Progressive Each Other
DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE—As it should be obvious by now, the next nothingburger on the Clinton side of the menu is, "Release the transcripts! Why won't you release the transcripts? What do you have to...
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Karin Kamp
What, if Anything, Can America Learn from Norway?
Who would have thought that Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, would give Hillary Clinton such a run for her money in Iowa. As journalist Ann Jones describes in “ After Living in...
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Fran Quigley
Corporations Killed Medicine. Here’s How to Take It Back.
Along the path toward the creation of a global capitalist system, some of the most significant steps were taken by the English enclosure movement. Between the 15 th to 19 th centuries, the rich and...
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Frida Berrigan
Time Spent in Guantánamo is Time No One Gets Back — Whether Soldier or Prisoner
I love my local paper. The Day is locally owned and based right in downtown New London, Connecticut. They publish an actual, physical newspaper every single day and have a first rate photo department...
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Robert Borosage
At The New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate, Populism Wins
The face-off between Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton last night in New Hampshire highlighted the strengths and vulnerabilities of both. Both put in impressive, strong...
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Jim Shultz
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
In case you didn’t notice, the new blockbuster Star Wars film, The Force Awakens , ends pretty much the same way the first one did when it came out in the summer of 1977. The bad guys build a Death...
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Danny Glover
Sanders Campaign Is a Genuine Progressive Social Movement for Democracy
Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began...
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Garry Leech
Terrifying Ted and his Ultra-Conservative Vision for America
Perhaps nothing captures the imperialist arrogance of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz more succinctly than his campaign’s statement declaring, “What is best for America is best for the...
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John Atcheson
Progressive 3.0: Beware the Latest Version of Hillary Clinton
Listening to Hillary last night trying to pass herself off as a progressive is like watching a chameleon change colors to match its surroundings. Not quite the same, however. The chameleon’s move is...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Mehdi Hasan
Thank You Obama for Your Mosque Speech
It only took him seven years. But maybe it was worth the wait. On Wednesday afternoon, the president of the United States mounted a podium inside a Maryland mosque to give a much-trailed speech...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I’m a Progressive Who Gets Things Done"
In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself “a progressive who gets things done.” I had to laugh. And it wasn’t just because former President Bill...
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Aviva Chomsky
How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers
In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world of the Internet is replacing the “real,” material world, as...
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Richard Heinberg
Carbon Tax: The Low Oil Price Opportunity
Carbon taxes constitute a widely discussed policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing humanity’s headlong rush toward catastrophic climate change. Taxing energy from fossil fuels...
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Dave Johnson
Sanders Vows To Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton?
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free-trade” agreement was signed in New Zealand by representatives of the 12 participating countries, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly...
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John Feffer
The Candidate Our Foreign Policy Deserves
It’s often said that, in democracies, we get the leaders that we deserve. In the current slugfest masquerading as a presidential race, it looks as though we’re getting the leader that our foreign...
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David Cay Johnston
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Liberty
Economic theory holds that removing trade barriers among nations should increase global wealth. But the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Congress must soon give a straight up-or-down...
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Roberto Savio
Europe is Disintegrating While Its Citizens Watch Indifferent
We are witnessing the slow agony of the dream of European integration, disintegrating without a single demonstration occuring anywhere, among its 500 millions of citizens. It is clear that European...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction
The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that but also realize that the elections are only a small part of a...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water
Less than one month after the attacks of Sept. 11, a senior FBI official, Ronald Dick, told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Due to the vital importance of water to all life...
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Robert C. Koehler
Four Horsemen of Democracy
“It was also a shock to the system that a candidate universally known in Iowa, with deep pockets and long experience, could come close to losing to a relative unknown who was initially considered...
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Michael Winship
Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner”
A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes...
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Aki Soga
How Bernie Sanders Can Win the Black Vote
No one should underestimate the ability of Bernie Sanders to turn skeptics into supporters. The race for the Democratic nomination will test Sanders’ ability to win over opponents as the contest...
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John Kiriakou
Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons
Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like. A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day. For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small...
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Kenneth Roth
A Way for Europe to Remove Chaos from the Migration Crisis
ISTANBUL — The last year shattered any belief that the European Union was immune to the global refugee crisis. The desperation of people fleeing conflicts and violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan...
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Richard Trumka
TPP: A New Low
As a dozen nations gather in New Zealand this week to officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), working families in the United States are sounding the alarm on a deal that would lower...
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Michael Copps
The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody in Washington Is Talking About
When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger;...
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Tom Engelhardt
How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History
Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at...
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Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig
For the Student Debt Movement, JUBILEE is an Old Idea Made New
A growing movement is pressing for relief from this country’s oppressive and mounting burden of student debt. Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a gathering of millennials in Washington,...
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Janine Jackson
Even Praising His Political Skills, Washington Post Still Side-Eyes Sanders
Despite some by-now familiar imagery—Bernie Sanders is a “self-described democratic socialist” who has been “traveling the country venting his outrage”—the Washington Post ’s post-Iowa rundown ( 2/2/...
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Ruth Conniff
Iowans Vote for Revolution, Reject Establishment
The Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders tie in the Iowa caucuses made it official: Voters are fed up with the political establishment. Hillary, who finished ahead by a tiny margin in the closest Iowa...
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Charles P. Pierce
This Is Not the Way the Democratic Campaign Should Be Conducted
Chris Matthews had an interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the MSNBC channel of the electric teevee machine Tuesday afternoon that was flatly astounding . This is especially true if you remember...
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Conn Hallinan
Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars
The Greek playwright Aeschylus — who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece — had few illusions about the consequences of war. No wonder, in the...
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Hank Edson
Carpe Diem, Senator Warren
With yesterday’s dead-heat contest in Iowa between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the moment has arrived when Elizabeth Warren’s commitment to fixing our democracy and our economy is being put...
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Valerie Strauss
How Do States Support Their Public Schools? Badly, A New 50-state Report Card Shows.
How do the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia support their public schools? Badly, according to a new report card (see in full below) which evaluates their performance on six key criteria...
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Alec Connon
Who Really Needs A Super Yacht Anyway?
Coral reefs rival tropical rain forests as Earth's most abundant ecosystems. Despite only covering 0.2% of the ocean floor, nearly one million distinct species of fish, invertebrates and algae can be...
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Ira Chernus
America's New Vietnam in the Middle East
It was half a century ago, but I still remember it vividly. “We have to help South Vietnam,” I explained. “It’s a sovereign nation being invaded by another nation, North Vietnam.” “No, no,” my friend...
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Robert Borosage
The Iowa Winnow (And Why Bernie Sanders is for Real)
The Iowa Caucuses just supercharged the 2016 presidential race. Younger and lower-income voters drove Bernie Sanders into a head heat with Hillary Clinton. A record Republican turnout of white voters...
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Jeb Lund
The Electability Spin Machine
Here's where the spin begins. Ordinarily you would think math would settle the issue of who won or did not win an election, but that's not the country we live in. The spin started months ago, and...
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Peter Van Buren
A Soldier and His Dog Come Home for the Last Time
There are two ways to look at the video below, and they are both right. It shows the remains of a soldier and his K-9 coming home for the last time from Afghanistan. The circumstances of their deaths...
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Lucia Graves
Iowa Proved Bernie Sanders Can Win – and that Hillary Clinton Is Beatable
Bernie Sanders’ path to the White House has been incredibly narrow but, after his near-draw in Iowa on Monday night, there’s clearly open road ahead of him. On Tuesday, the race in which pundits long...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
We Need Bernie Sanders to Redefine Our Politics — Just Like Ronald Reagan Did
During the 2008 primaries, Hillary Clinton criticized Barack Obama after he cited Ronald Reagan’s presidency as an example of the impact he hoped to achieve. Reagan “changed the trajectory of America...
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Robert Reich
It Takes a Movement
In 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama promised progressive change if elected President, his primary opponent, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, derided him. “The skies will open, the light will come...
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Monday, February 1, 2016
Marjorie Cohn
Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice
Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies...
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Nafeez Ahmed
Western Warmongers Have All the Answers, and They're All Wrong
Despite an almost total lack of public debate, Western military escalation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya is on the rise. Renewed military interventionism has been largely justified as a response to...
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Robert Borosage
Iowa’s Big Winner: Senator Bernie Sanders
The results of the Iowa caucuses won’t be known until late this evening, but we already know the big winner: Senator Bernie Sanders. The 24/7 chattering classes focus on whether Sanders’ young and...
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Peter Bloom
Democratic Myths: Challenging Mainstream Misconceptions Before the Iowa Caucus
After months of campaigning and speculation, the 2016 Presidential election is finally about to begin. The Iowa caucus is the first stop in what is shaping up to be a landmark election. While...
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Glenn Greenwald
The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism
The concoction of the “Bernie Bro” narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic — and a journalistic disgrace. It’s intended to imply two equally false claims: (1) a...
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Jeremy Mohler
Proof that Snyder’s Emergency Management is to Blame in Flint
A little over a week ago, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released hundreds of pages of e-mails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015. One of the attachments, an assessment of Flint’s water system by a...
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Nomi Prins
Democracy of the Billionaires
Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address , President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate...
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Paul Buchheit
Our Jobs Are Disappearing
Americans are feeling the impoverishing effects of the shift from middle-income to low-income jobs. The disappearance—or, more accurately, downsizing—of living-wage jobs is documented by numerous...
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Donna Smith
Iowa 2016: What Will We Do With People Like Me?
It all seems an unlikely scenario. It also seems unlikely that a person such as me will have a piece published on Monday morning, February 1, 2016 . I don't hold the sway or nearly the level of...
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Norman Solomon
The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party’s Biggest Insurrection in Decades
Forty-eight years ago, a serious insurrection jeopardized the power structure of the national Democratic Party for the first time in memory. Propelled by the movement against the Vietnam War, that...
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Miyoko Sakashita
We Can't Let it Be... More Plastic Than Fish in Our Sea
News that plastic pollution will exceed all the fish in the sea by 2050 is beyond appalling -- it's unacceptable. We need bold action to stop plastic garbage from choking out ocean life. One ocean...
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Robert Naiman
Elizabeth Warren: It Matters Greatly Who the Democratic President Is
An unfortunate fact of political debate is that one often feels compelled to state and re-state what one thinks should be obvious, because a bunch of folks are apparently having success at pretending...
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Adam Johnson
Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System
With the first nomination contest only two days away, the corporate media reaction to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong campaign, while not reaching Jeremy Corbyn-level hysteria , has reached a...
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Marian Wright Edelman
Hungry Children in Rich America
Sarah is three years old. She and her six-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it’s time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home...
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Tad Daley
Top Ten Reasons Why Bernie Sanders Can Win
Late last year, as I was making my way by Capital Bikeshare across the Washington National Mall on an unseasonably warm December night, the phone in my jacket pocket dinged. It was a text from a...
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Janine Jackson
In Coverage of Planned Parenthood Smear, Partisan Conflict Crowds Out Reproductive Rights
“Indictment Deals Blow to GOP Over Planned Parenthood Battle” was the New York Times ‘ choice of headline for a January 26 piece reporting that a Texas grand jury—set to investigate the women’s...
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Diane Ravitch
The Perils of Privatization
Make no mistake: The purpose of privatization is to make a profit. The promise of privatization is efficiency. But in its pursuit of both profits and efficiency, privatization creates perverse...
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Elliot Harmon
Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education?
In December, over 3,000 of you rallied in support in support of a proposed Department of Education (ED) policy that would make ED-funded educational resources a lot more accessible to educators and...
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Margaret Kimberley
Flint, Michigan and Democracy
Americans are browbeaten and propagandized into believing they live in a democracy. The word democracy is bandied about with such consistent ferocity that the expression “protesting too much” comes...
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Chris Kromm
Fables of the Reconstruction: Why Clinton's Comments About Southern History Matter
At a CNN town hall for the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week, Hillary Clinton was asked a seemingly softball question: Who is your favorite president of all time? Clinton's answer: Abraham...
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Jim Hightower
Manna From Hell
War is hell. Unless, of course, you happen to be a global corporate peddler of rockets, drones, bombs, and all the other hellish weaponry of military conflict. In that case, war is manna from hell...
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Friday, January 29, 2016
Ralph Nader
Hillary’s Corporate Democrats Taking Down Bernie Sanders
Before announcing for President in the Democratic Primaries, Bernie Sanders told the people he would not run as an Independent and be like Nader—invoking the politically-bigoted words “being a...
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Michael Winship
Both Parties Agree: Selling Out Is Worth It
Pity poor Washington. No doubt breaking the hearts of elected and appointed government officials, their staffs and hangers-on, the Open Secrets blog at the Center for Responsive Politics reports that...
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Wenonah Hauter
A Poisonous Approach to Governing
The Flint water crisis is a disaster on all levels, and many factors are to blame—austerity measures imposed by emergency management, the Snyder administration’s gross mismanagement, EPA’s failure to...
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Tom Engelhardt
Speaking Russian about American Assassinations
It was the grisliest of stories : a decade and a half ago a former KGB man, Alexander Litvinenko, defected to England and turned on the powers-that-be in his own country, accusing its leader of both...
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John Atcheson
It's a Movement, Stupid: Why Bernie Can Deliver on Promises of Change, While the Sensible Centrists Can’t
The Democratic Party is engaged in an epic battle about how change happens. On one side is the establishment who are backing Hillary’s cautious, pragmatic, and incremental approach. On the other are...
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Tom Gallagher
To All the Clinton Supporters on the Left—Please Come Home!
Despite the beyond-some-of-our-wildest-dreams strides the Bernie Sanders campaign has made since he launched his then longshot bid last April, there are obviously still considerable numbers of people...
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Terrell Jermaine Starr
I Thought Sanders Was Bad for Black People. These Women Changed My Mind.
Six months ago, I was a Bernie Sanders skeptic. In July, I wrote about how Sanders had bungled his outreach to the black base. Though he spent a lot of time talking about economic inequality, his...
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Erica Garner
Black Lives Like My Father’s Should Matter. That’s Why I’m Endorsing Bernie Sanders.
When I talk to other black voters about this year’s presidential election, some seem ready to dismiss it. Why, they ask, should we continue to put our faith in a system that continues to fail us? And...
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Brent Budowsky
Sanders Surge Panics Washington Establishment
Virtually the entire Washington and Wall Street establishments are now in a state of panic about the possibility of a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) victory in the Iowa Democratic caucus next Monday...
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Zoe Weil
Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead
Michael Fields, a science teacher in the Au Gres school system in Arenac County, Michigan, recently showed his fifth grade students an undercover video produced by Mercy for Animals (MFA). Depicting...
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Norman Solomon
Needed: Gun Control at the Pentagon
With passion and eloquence, President Barack Obama has renewed efforts to reduce gun tragedies. His proposals to strengthen safety measures and background checks for gun purchasers deserve support...
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