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Friday, February 24, 2017
Mehrdad Azemun
Yes, We Can Fight Trump’s Deportation Force
On the same day the Trump administration detailed its cruel plan to target and deport undocumented immigrants , Chicago Public Schools sent some guidance to its principals: “ICE should not be...
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An exam room at the Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center on June 27, 2016. William Hartung
We Can Fight Trump’s Cuts to Essential Government Programs
E ven as the White House descends into further disarray, the Trump/Bannon administration has continued its campaign of political shock and awe, from its stalled Muslim ban to its gutting of...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
The Fight Against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Won’t Be Won by This White House
Jewish Americans have generally been able to count on full support from elected officials of their rights as a minority, at least over the past few decades. Given the community’s history of...
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Jenna Ruddock
Republicans Take Aim at Public Lands
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump demonstrated little interest in the Republican agenda of transferring control of federal public lands to the states and opening them up for private...
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Ramzy Baroud
The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself
The President of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political...
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Libero Della Piana
Resistance Recess Puts Congress on Notice for Supporting Trump’s Agenda
Rep. Dave Trott’s constituents in the Northeastern suburbs of Detroit gathered at his office to ask him about his stance on health care, refugees and other urgent issues. Instead of scheduling a...
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Jeremy Brecher
Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against 'Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life'
Two days after the election of Donald Trump, 21 plaintiffs aged 9-20 won a court ruling that may be just as important as that election in determining our future. As the world hurtles into climate...
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Randall Amster
Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion
There has been a lot of analysis suggesting that the executive-level politics we’re seeing play out right now are about incompetence or irrationality. The psychology of the President himself has been...
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Dean Baker
Paul Ryan's Next Attack on Workers' Retirement a Win for Wall Street
As everyone knows, the fundamental principle of the Republican party is to redistribute as much income as possible from the rest of us to the rich. In keeping with this principle, Paul Ryan and the...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Conn Hallinan
Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy? Not in the Least.
“Chaos,” “dismay, ” “ radically inept ” — those are just a few of the recent headlines analyzing Donald Trump’s foreign policy. In truth, disorder would seem to be the strategy of the day. Picking up...
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Jim Naureckas
Trump Didn’t ‘Revoke’ Protections for Trans Students–Because He Can’t
If you’re concerned that someone has authoritarian tendencies, the worst thing you can do is treat them like they have the power to rewrite the law . Yet that’s what many media outlets did in...
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A Trump protest sign Juan Cole
Buyers’ Remorse: Americans Think Trump is Bad at Almost Everything
The vast majority of Americans in a new Quinnipiac opinion poll do not believe that Donald J. Trump is level-headed or shares their values. Of course, this is only one poll, and likely the plus or...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The U.S. Rejected Would-Be Refugee Anne Frank—Let’s Not Make a Similar Error Now
Anne Frank would be 87 years old had she not perished in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. What words of wisdom might she offer the Trump administration as it crafts its latest...
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John Nichols
Ed Garvey Was the Progressive Populist Who Inspired Bernie Sanders and Paul Wellstone
When Bernie Sanders was barnstorming across Wisconsin in the spring of 2016, just days before the state’s critical presidential primary vote, his schedule was packed with policy addresses, rallies...
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Reed Lindsey
‘Any of the Journalists Present Could Have Been Arrested’
As residents were evicted from the Oceti Sakowin Camp where they had gathered to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, filmmaker and journalist Reed Lindsay posted this update on the continued assault...
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John Feffer
A Global Counter-Trump Movement Is Taking Shape
Let’s hope that Donald Trump is the political version of syrup of ipecac. The American system has been sick to its stomach for some time. Then along comes Donald Trump, America swallows him (hook,...
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Robert C. Koehler
Costa Rica’s Peace Journey
“This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” Dwight Eisenhower gave the world some extraordinary rhetoric —...
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Andrew Bacevich
Arrogance and Conceit at the Altar of American Greatness
Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a major American newspaper has got to be one of the toughest and most...
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Christopher D. Cook
Earth to the Democrats—Anybody Home?
In the wake of the distressing confirmation of Scott Pruitt to ruin the Environmental Protection Agency—the very agency he has undermined for years—there are important lessons to learn beyond the...
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Rachel Tiven
Even for a Bully Like Trump, Attacking Children Is a New Low
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education rescinded the Obama administration’s 2016 Title IX guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students. We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Ashley Gorski
We Must Rein in President Trump’s Spying Powers
It’s been just over a month since Donald J. Trump assumed the enormous powers of the U.S. presidency, including the power to control the government’s far-reaching surveillance of Americans and others...
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Robert Reich
7 Signs of Tyranny
As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: 1. They exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing...
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Sarah van Gelder
To Survive, the Democratic Party Needs to Stand Up to Wall Street and Global Corporations
With the attention of the nation riveted on the Trump train wreck and on the historic Women’s March, one lesson of this moment is getting lost: The Democratic Party lost an election to one of the...
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Neal Gabler
The Manchurian President
As the Trump presidency unravels, unraveling the country along with it, there is no real political antecedent, no lessons from American history on which to draw and provide guidance. We are in...
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Myrna Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, Ezra Levin
Your Representatives Are Home This Week. Make Them Listen to You.
A month into the Trump administration, we can see the outline of Trump’s vision for America: An attorney general who prosecuted voting rights activists; a secretary of education devoted to...
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Lacy MacAuley
Beware of Milo the Wounded Tiger
Milo Yiannopoulos is like a wounded tiger right now. I have pity for him, but I still know that, given the chance, he would gladly strike me down. In just 48 hours, the right-wing joy ride of Milo...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Keith Ellison and the Stakes for the Democrats
Keith Ellison, the Minnesota congressman who’s running to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC), won’t fix everything that’s wrong with the Democratic Party. But as the party girds itself for...
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John Atcheson
Beyond Protest: What Are We in Favor Of?
George Costanza of Seinfeld famously tried to sell a show about nothing to NBC executives. It didn’t go too well. When you get right down to it, that’s what the Democrats have been doing for decades...
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Kathy Kelly
Friendship in Defiance of War
Before making their home in Damascus , Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak had regularly visited Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, where they developed lasting friendships and deepened cultural awareness...
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Julie Chinitz
The Republican Bid to Kill the ACA Is a Trojan Horse
In his last five years, my grandfather used Medicaid to cover his nursing-home care. He spent those years in a wheelchair and needed professional help for his most basic needs. Thanks to Medicaid, he...
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Bill Quigley
Ten Examples of Direct Resistance to Stop Government Raids
Resistance to unjust government action is the duty of all people who care about human rights. As Dr. King reminded us in his letter from a Birmingham jail , "Never forget that everything Hitler did...
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Michael Moore
Do These 10 Things, And Trump Will Be Toast
Friends, I welcome you to “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump.” First, let’s acknowledge what we all know to be true: Trump is in deep, deep trouble — in the pocket of...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
John Boik
An Economy of Meaning – or Bust
It’s not often that a scientist gets to use the words love, creativity, and wisdom in a paper, especially when writing about economics. Perhaps that’s because economics, the dismal science, is...
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Ralph Nader
Restricting People’s Use of Their Courts
In not so merry old medieval England, wrongful injuries between people either were suffered in silence or provoked revenge. Cooler heads began to prevail and courts of law were opened so such...
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Amanda Baran
Donald Trump’s War on Immigrant Women
Earlier this month, immigration authorities arrested a domestic violence victim in an El Paso courthouse after she obtained a protection order. Reports indicate the victim, a transgender woman, was...
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Danny Sjursen
How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos
The United States has already lost -- its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at combat soldiering in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that couldn’t be clearer to me. Unfortunately...
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Les Leopold
The Constitutional Apocalypse
As Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protestors and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn’t hard to imagine a modern day Mussolini... or worse. But, an even...
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Tom Gallagher
The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair
One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be...
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Ben Manski
DHS Immigration Memo Underscores Urgent Need for National Guard Reform
A general alarm has risen in response to the recently leaked draft memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly outlining steps for the deployment of National Guard units, as well...
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Nnimmo Bassey
System Change Will Not Be Negotiated
We frequently hear calls for system change, at public mobilisations, in conference halls and even in negotiation halls. The calls come as slogans, they come in anger and they come as a strong rebuke...
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Ira Chernus
Why We Protest: A Message for Middle America
I live in a small, pretty typical middle-American city. For decades it was rock-ribbed Republican. Recently it’s been turning slowly but steadily more liberal. So now it is solidly purple. When we...
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Monday, February 20, 2017
David Smith-Ferri
Resistance and Resolve in Russia: Memorial HRC
In late October, while traveling in Russia with a small delegation of peace activists from Voices for Creative Nonviolence , a young Russian lawyer and his brother took me to Dacha Na Pokrovke, a...
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Chris Hedges
James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness
Raoul Peck ’s “ I Am Not Your Negro ” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have stayed in the theater in New York to see the film again if the next showing had not been sold...
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Robert Weissman
The For-Profit Presidency, Month One
One month into the Trump administration, and it’s clear that there has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government A day-by-day review of the administration’s first month shows that...
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Dorothy M. Ehrlich
The 75th Anniversary of E.O. 9066 Is a Solemn Reminder to Fight Back Against the Trump Administration's Fearmongering
Seventy-five years ago, in one of the darkest moments in American history, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 . Immediately, the federal government began forcing 110,000...
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Jesse Heitz
The Trump Administration has Definitely not Drained the Swamp
For many Americans, the past several weeks have served as an intensive seminar in the generation of acute anxiety and animosity. Over these few short weeks, we've witnessed the gruesome collision...
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Rick Salutin
Don't Be Fooled by the Politics of Smart
Whatever happened to liberals? Sadly, they got smart. For this insight I’m indebted to U.S. journalist Thomas Frank, whose 2004 book, What’s the Matter with Kansas? explained the success of right-...
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Jim Naureckas
Are Liberals Helping Trump? Not Much, Apparently
“Are Liberals Helping Trump?” asks the New York Times national correspondent Sabrina Tavernise ( 2/18/17 ). She seems to think they are. “Jeffrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina [...
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Paul Buchheit
Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population
Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 Oxfam reported that just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the bottom half of humanity. About a year later Oxfam reported that just 8...
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Shirley Ann Higuchi
What Happened to Japanese Americans 75 Years Ago Is Newly Relevant
In May 1942, just six months into World War II, a medical doctor in the US Army went to a notary in Fort Smith, Arkansas and signed over the sale of his family farm in San Jose, California. The...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Madeline Ostrander
Science Isn't Just for Scientists—We Can All Take Part
After he moved to London in his early 20s, Luke Howard became obsessed with the weather. Howard had a day job running a pharmacy business in the 1790s and early 1800s, but he spent a lot of his spare...
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Pierre Tristam
Protesters, True Patriots
One of the most noble protests in the history of protest was that of Thick Quand Duc, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk who doused himself in fuel and lit himself on fire on a Saigon Street in 1963 to...
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Robert Reich
Why Trumponomics Fails
When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina – unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” – he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right...
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Diane Ravitch
John Kasich is a Nitwit
During the Republican primaries last year, many friends of mine considered John Kasich the adult in the GIP field. When I explained his demonstrated hostility to public education, they thought I must...
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Tom Gallagher
The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair
One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be...
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Rev. Billy Talen
Wild Cats Grab Back
The big wild cats are dying. The leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers… Each of these cats leaps from the top of their own ecosystem, and yet we humans are above the...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Janine Jackson
Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled
Since Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court, media have coalesced around a few themes: One is about whether any Trump appointment should be blocked as payback to...
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Elizabeth Goitein
The Same Republicans Who Pushed For Invasive Surveillance Are Complaining About It Now
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, is not particularly concerned by the fact that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussed sanctions against Russia with...
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Susan Quinn, Joyce Antler, et al.
When Women Speak Out for All
As scholars of women’s history, we are aware of times in our past when advocates for women’s rights and advocates for black rights competed against one another. But not this time. We need look no...
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Dave Johnson
This Isn’t Just Trump. This Is Who the Republicans Are.
So far President Donald Trump has signed very few bills. One lets coal companies dump waste into streams. Another lets oil companies bribe foreign dictators in secret. Now he is moving to block a...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump, Tillerson, and Elliott Abrams
Adopt the character of the twisting octopus, which takes on the appearance of the nearby rock. Now follow in this direction, now turn a different hue. —Therognis, Elegies Here’s the score: DJT 1, Rex...
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Lee Rowland, Vera Eidelman
Where Protests Flourish, Anti-Protest Bills Follow
Over the past year, a historic level of activism and protest has spilled out into our nation’s parks, streets, and sidewalks — places where our First Amendment rights are at their height. The January...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare
After Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with “ something terrific ,” his administration has just released a set of tweaks to the health care...
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Jud Lounsbury
Trump’s Timeline with Russia: Stranger Than Fiction
Dan Rather recently remarked about the current Russia scandal rocking Washington, “If a scriptwriter had approached Hollywood with what we are witnessing, he or she would probably have been told it...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Robert C. Koehler
Resisting Trump: The Great American Awakening
Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet. The news is All Trump, All the Time, but what’s really...
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John Nichols
Trump’s New Labor Pick Has a History of Attacking Voting Rights
The essential battleground state of the 2004 presidential campaign was Ohio, and as the election approached, supporters of embattled President George W. Bush announced an exceptionally controversial...
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Andy Rowell
Hey "Polluting Pruitt" – What Are you Trying to Hide?
As the world reacts to President Trump’s chaotic turkey-shoot politics it is easy to get sucked into the headlines, but miss the real news. Later today, Scott “Polluting Pruitt” could be confirmed as...
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Julie Chinitz
Five GOP Health Care Buzz Phrases You Need to Inoculate Yourself Against
Bruised in heated town halls in Florida , Tennessee , Georgia and elsewhere, the right wing in Congress now realizes it could pay a steep political price for throwing tens of millions of people off...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Republicans, Where’s the Backbone?
Congressional Republicans, we watched you at the White House Thursday. Just before Donald Trump’s rambling, manic, often snarky press conference — delivered more in the manner of a churlish insult...
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Laura Bonham, Garrett Jennings
Is Trump’s Billionaire Cabinet Actually A Closet Full of Fascists?
Yes, Donald Trump’s cabinet will end up being the richest in modern history— worth around $4.5 billion at conservative estimates but many multi-billions more if you include the family wealth of his...
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Dean Baker
Paul Ryan Has a Plan to Take Away Insurance from Tens of Millions of People
Hey, no one said Speaker Ryan wasn't a smart guy. (Actually, many people have, but whatever.) Anyhow the Republicans have published an outline of their proposal for an Obamacare replacement. It seems...
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Bob Burnett
One Month of Trump
29 days into the Trump regime it's worse than expected. Here's what we've learned. 1. Trump's not an executive. On November 8th, undecided voters opted for Trump because they were impressed by his...
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Bianca Jagger
We Must #ResistTrump
On Monday 20th February 2017, thousands of people all over the UK will come together as part of a 'Stop Trump' national day of action, to demand that the government withdraw the invitation for a...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Robert Borosage
Resisting Trump Is Not Enough
Donald Trump’s provocations have stirred a resistance that is ferocious, diverse, and growing, shaking Republicans and stiffening Democratic spines. Raucous town-hall meetings targeting members of...
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Will Bunch
The People Need to Take Down Trump. Not the Deep State
I fell asleep last night to the sounds of a media frenzy, as a wave of bombshell revelations in the Mike Flynn/Trump/Putin scandal had frothing cable TV pundits in full "All the President's Men"/what...
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Jesselyn Radack
Alternative "Facts" and the Fourth Estate
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, famously coined the Orwellian phrase "alternative facts" when pressed about flat out lies told the previous day by White House press secretary Sean...
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Randall Amster
Weaving the Threads of Resistance
Good morning America, and welcome to those proverbial "interesting times." We have a so-called President seemingly coming unhinged in public, a dystopian aura infusing politics at every level, a...
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Richard Eskow
A Big Day for Trump’s Budget Pick, Social Security — and Millionaires
A full Senate vote is expected today on Donald Trump’s pick for White House Budget Director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney. That means that Mulvaney’s nomination could come up for a vote just as a group of...
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Frida Berrigan
Loving America and Resisting Trump: The New Patriotism
So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life. It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’...
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Michael Halpern
One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It
Since Election Day and into the first weeks of the Trump presidency, we’ve heard a lot about “alternative facts” and clampdowns on the ability of scientists to present scientific evidence or speak to...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
David Morris
Taking on the Billionaires
Combatting defeatism may be our single most important psychological objective in the wake of the election. We need to revive the spirit embodied in Barack Obama’s vague but hopeful campaign slogan in...
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Ramzy Baroud
Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying
Empirical historical evidence combined with a little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic...
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Donna Smith
Republicans Finally Unmask Their Healthcare Agenda – And It Isn’t Patient-Centered
If you have been inclined to trust in any way that the Republicans in Congress or the Trump-Pence-Ryan regime intend to make things better for you and your family in terms of healthcare policy, think...
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Adam Green, Stephanie Taylor
House Democratic Leadership May Lose 2018 Opportunity
Nancy Pelosi called a press conference last week during the House Democratic Caucus retreat in Baltimore. She announced the House Democratic message : “We believe that Americans should have an...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies
President Trump's national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, was forced to resign on Monday night as a result of getting caught lying about whether he discussed sanctions in a December telephone...
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Michael T. Klare
America Third: A 'China First' and 'Russia Second' Foreign Policy?
If there’s a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s this: U.S. foreign policy should alwaysbe governed by the simple principle of “America First,” with this country’s vital...
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John Chiang, Kevin de León
Stop Congress from Killing Retirement Savings for Low-Moderate Income Workers
CALIFORNIA — After eight years of collaboration between senior and consumer advocates, business, and labor — is on the cusp of providing greater retirement security to 6.8 million private-sector wage...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
We Must Know the Truth
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there MUST be an investigation by an independent, bipartisan commission of Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates and that nation’s interference...
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Allison Deger
Netanyahu Comes to Trump Meeting Under Pressure to Kill Palestinian State
As soon as today, there will likely be some clarity over President Donald Trump’s ever-evolving stance on Israeli settlements, and whether or not he will pursue moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Dave Johnson
#ResistTrumpTuesdays: Protect Our Protections on Valentine’s Day
President Donald Trump and his Republican-controlled Congress are getting ready to kill off our public “Dodd-Frank” protections passed after the financial crash, including killing or maiming the...
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Mary Sanchez
Taking Care of Refugees Is a Moral Duty
President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order halting the resettlement of refugees in America and banning travelers from seven Islamic countries has raised concern not only among liberals,...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Trump Administration’s Other War on the Media
The Trump administration’s unrelenting attacks on the media and assault on reality have been well covered by journalists and media outlets that find themselves in the new administration’s crosshairs...
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Robert Reich
Michael Flynn and the 6 Big Questions
The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth: 1. Why didn’t Trump act sooner to fire Flynn? He knew about...
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Les Leopold
Runaway Inequality Elected Trump. Here's How It Can Help Defeat Him
Over the last 37 years the top 10 percent of all Americans saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all...
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Trevor Timm
Flynn Resignation Shows Leaks Under Trump Are Working. Keep ‘Em Coming.
Leaks are coming out of the White House at a seemingly record pace, many of which have painted a picture of a dangerously ignorant and ill-equipped president who is narcissistic to the extreme,...
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Michael Winship
For America’s Sake, We Need Answers about Russia. Now.
(Note: I hardly had finished writing the following piece when Michael Flynn resigned, requiring a small revision. With this new development, the plot thickens, and getting to the truth about Russia...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
Frank Ackerman
Who Needs the Dakota Access Pipeline?
The final link of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) can now be built, thanks to a recent decision by the Army Corps of Engineers (although the Cheyenne River Sioux have filed a last-minute suit to...
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Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu Naomi Dann
Netanyahu and Trump: A Shared Focus on Terrorism
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit with President Trump at the White House this week. It will be a true meeting of minds. Both leaders are bombastic and rely on false claims, fear-...
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Nick Dearden
By Signing CETA with Justin Trudeau, the EU Isn’t Undermining Donald Trump – They’re Helping Him
This week the European Parliament finally gets a vote on the Canada-EU trade deal CETA . It’s taken years to get to this point, and the vote is likely to be close, reflecting just how contentious...
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Jeremy Brecher
How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate — not to mention immigrants,...
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