Friday, January 20, 2017
Rebecca Solnit
We Could’ve Avoided President Donald Trump. Now, We Must Learn the Lessons
The road to President Trump was long and bumpy. There were many turns not taken, countless alternative routes that would have spared us this outcome. Instead, we kept going, corruption, infighting...
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Peter Dreier
American Fascist
I have watched, listened to, and read many commentaries on the inaugural address but so far none of the mainstream pundits have used the one word that best identifies Donald Trump: fascist. The...
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Matt Taibbi
Remembering Trump Biographer and Reporter Wayne Barrett
Wayne Barrett, an icon of New York journalism and one of the great muckrakers of our time, died Thursday. W ayne was New York's iconoclast-in-chief for many years, in particular the Eighties and...
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Richard Eskow
Inauguration Day: Letter to a Trump Voter
We don’t know each other. But today, on the occasion of Donald Trump’s inauguration, there were some things I wanted to say to you as one American to another. (I’m willing to listen, too.) Let’s get...
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Bob Burnett
It’s Midnight in America
Thirty-three years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected President in large part because of his TV ad, It's morning in America : "It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan...
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Christian Christensen
Until He Shows Respect, We Owe Donald Trump Nothing But Resistance
A Swedish language version of this article ran today in Aftonbladet , a daily newspaper in Sweden. Today, Donald John Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of...
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Richard Heinberg
A Good Day for a Walk in the Woods
Not since the Civil War has an American presidential Inauguration Day been so fraught with fear and dread (on February 23, 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled to his inauguration under military guard,...
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Yifat Susskind
A Beginning, Not an End: My Open Letter To You on Inauguration Day
Today is the beginning. It may be the start of the Trump Administration, but let it also be the inauguration of something much more powerful: a renewed feminist social justice movement that takes...
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Christopher D. Cook
Trump’s Attack on America
As "President" Trump assumes the Oval Office amid historically rock-bottom public support, the clatter of partisan battling and liberal anger clutters a harsher reality. This moment isn’t about how...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Julie Matthaei
The Women’s March on Washington and the Coming of Age of Feminism
For those who believe in equality and solidarity, and face the outrage of the upcoming Trump inauguration, it is heartening to witness the Women’s March on Washington take shape. The March represents...
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Rick Claypool
Corporate Contributors to Trump Inauguration Seek to Curry Favor
Despite the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald Trump’s efforts to keep inauguration donors secret, The New York Times has reported seven of the event’s corporate donors: AT&T, Bank...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
Access to Buying Insurance Is Not Health Coverage
A signature exchange early in the first Senate hearing Wednesday for Rep. Tom Price in his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary illustrates a lot about our still damaged...
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Jack Serle, Abigail Fielding-Smith
Trump, Obama and the Future of Targeted Killing
Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy is often discussed in terms of things he didn’t do: intervene in Syria, reset with Russia, get out of Afghanistan. In one area however, Obama developed and...
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Steven Harper
The Trump Resistance Plan: Step One
The king and his worthless adherents are got at their old game of dividing the continent, and there are not wanting among us, printers, who will be busy in spreading specious falsehoods… — Thomas...
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Elizabeth Warren
Trump’s Nominees Putting Us All at Risk by Ignoring Ethics Laws
President-elect Donald Trump is selecting nominees to run his government. It’s no secret that I have deep reservations about the policy views of many of these nominees. I will vote against some of...
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Zephyr Teachout
 Donald Trump Will Violate the Constitution on Day One
T hus far, the debate over Donald Trump’s refusal to sell his assets has focused on whether he might use his position to make himself even wealthier, in ways that most people would regard as corrupt...
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Norman Solomon
Caution: Not All Attacks on Trump Are Created Equal
Thirty-five Democrats in the House have sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging her to appoint an independent Special Counsel because Donald Trump “has repeatedly engaged in actions...
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Jake Johnson
Bernie Sanders Said America Is Not a Compassionate Country. The Numbers Say He's Right.
On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders had his chance to question Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Asked if he would work to ensure that every...
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Gonzalo Martínez de Vedia, Jeremy Haile
How to Stop Trump: Lessons From the Tea Party
Donald Trump represents a grave threat to liberal democratic values. On Capitol Hill, Republicans are falling in line and some moderate Democrats have signaled a willingness to cut deals. But...
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William deBuys
New From Trump University: Election Rigging 101
Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. The manipulations took three monumental forms:...
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Isaiah Poole
Millions of Reasons – Plus One Big One – To Block Tom Price’s Nomination
A school bus driver living in Slatington, Pa., writes that three years ago she was beginning to feel ill, but thought nothing of it until one morning, while checking the bus before starting her route...
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Sarah van Gelder
Big Trump Protests Are Fine, But Here’s a To-Do List for Lasting Change
As the Trump regime rolls out, the need for building local power becomes startlingly clear. Many will march in the Women’s March on Saturday, and that promises to be an important statement against...
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Robert C. Koehler
Tomorrow Is Today
The icon’s day has come and gone, and — oh, the irony — eight people were fatally shot in Chicago on his weekend. Another eight were shot during a Martin Luther King rally and celebration in Miami...
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Betsy Hartmann
Making Music Out of the Post-Inaugural Blues
It’s a beautiful thing, the refusal of big-name singers like Celine Dion, Elton John, and Garth Brooks to perform at Trump’s inauguration. Their absence has Trump’s spin doctors grasping at straws...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Robert Reich
Four Takeaways from Trump’s Latest Tweet Tantrum
This morning Donald Trump bashed NBC, tweeting: “Totally biased NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U...
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Frances Fox Piven
 Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything
A s many are saying, we woke from a nightmare to find it was our new reality. A gaggle of inflated far-right self-promoters and operatives, big businessmen and their toadies, and homegrown fascists...
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Betsy DeVos Jeremy Scahill
Trump Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lied to the Senate
There are many reasons Betsy DeVos’s nomination to serve as Donald Trump’s education secretary could be justifiably quashed by the U.S. Senate. Her long public record indicates she is a religious...
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Laura Tanenbaum , Mark Engler
When Women Revolted
Fifty years ago, feminist organizing in the United States entered a vibrant new phase of activity. While pinning down an exact starting date is a controversial endeavor, several major events in the...
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Josh Hoxie
Health Care Repeal Is a Stealth Tax Break for Millionaires
Great magicians are masters of diversion. They attract our attention with one hand while using the other to trick us into thinking a supernatural act is taking place. But even the best street...
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Steven Singer
Ignorance and Arrogance – the Defining Characteristics of the Betsy DeVos Hearing
Betsy DeVos wouldn’t commit to protecting students with special needs. She wouldn’t commit to keeping guns out of school campuses . She wouldn’t commit to holding charter and voucher schools to the...
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Tim Koechlin
Déjà vu All Over Again: The GOP Prepares to Make the Rich Even Richer
As the Republican Congress begins to execute its latest attack on poor and middle class Americans (the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; cuts in education spending, Social Security and Medicare;...
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Ira Chernus
Moving Beyond Resistance
In the very early morning hours of November 9 , when we learned that Donald Trump—however improbably and perhaps illegitimately—would be the next president of the United States, a battle broke out...
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Nisha Swinton
Why Susan Collins (and All Senators) Must Stand Against Pruitt
When it was announced that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Maine's U.S. Sen. Susan Collins reportedly said, “I don’t know...
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Dana Gold
Obama Should Pardon Snowden as Well as Manning
President Obama’s brave and principled decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s remaining 35-year prison sentence highlights the equally strong need to pardon whistleblower Edward Snowden. Offering a...
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Trevor Timm
Chelsea Manning Did the Right Thing. Finally, Barack Obama Has Too
here is no one who has suffered more under the US government’s crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers than Chelsea Manning. But now, after President Obama commuted her unjust 35 year jail sentence...
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Jim Hightower
We Can Beat Back the Reign of Trump
Buckle up, friends. Most Americans are about to be detoured onto a rough and rocky back road called "Trump Way." The autocratic tycoon was unabashed on the campaign trail in promising his victory...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
We Cannot Wait for History to Judge. We Need the Truth About Trump and Russia Now.
Over the holidays, John Farrell, author of an upcoming biography of Richard Nixon, wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times confirming what many of us have known for nearly 50 years: In the fall of...
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Ralph Nader
Beyond the Spasmodic and Petty: An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump
President-Elect Donald Trump Trump Tower 725 5th Ave New York, NY 10022 Dear President-Elect Trump, You’ve come a long way without my advice, but ascension to the White House invites listening to...
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Gretchen Goldman
Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake
Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof
MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take...
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Adam Markham
Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department
Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke will begin Senate confirmation hearings today for the post of Secretary of Interior in Donald Trump’s cabinet. As Secretary, he would oversee America’s 500 million...
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Richard Eskow
Booker and the Big Pharma Dems Have No Excuse. This Vote Proves It.
It’s devastating, and potentially lethal, when Americans can’t afford life-saving drugs because their elected representatives are in thrall to Big Pharma. It’s disappointing when Democrats offer...
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Joanne Barkan
Milton Friedman, Betsy DeVos, and the Privatization of Public Education
Milton Friedman, patron saint of the free market, died in 2006, but his ideas about public education live on in the thought and deeds of Betsy DeVos, likely the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The...
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Michael T. Klare
Escalation Watch: Four Looming Flashpoints Facing President Trump
Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation. Not since the end of the Cold War has...
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Monday, January 16, 2017
Lee Saunders
Dr. King, Labor Leader
The photograph is iconic. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only 39 years old but the nation’s most prominent civil rights leader, lay fatally wounded on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. His...
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Wendi C. Thomas
Let’s Not Forget—Martin Luther King Jr. Was Preaching Economic Justice, Too
“Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service,” wrote King’s widow, Coretta Scott King. In Atlanta, where King...
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DeShawn Taylor
I’m an Abortion Provider in a Red State, and I Expect the Attacks on Reproductive Freedom to Intensify in Trump’s America
If we take President Donald Trump at his word, his administration will try to implement policies that will be a sustained assault on the constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly its most...
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Chris Hedges
Building the Institutions for Revolt
Politics is a game of fear. Those who do not have the ability to make power elites afraid do not succeed. All of the movements that opened up the democratic space in America—the abolitionists, the...
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Elizabeth Warren
The GOP’s Strategy for Obamacare? Repeal and Run.
For eight years, Republicans in Congress have complained about health care in America, heaping most of the blame on President Obama. Meanwhile, they’ve hung out on the sidelines making doomsday...
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Bill Moyers
John Lewis Is a True American Profile in Courage
High from his gilded throne room in midtown Manhattan — like Zeus from Mt. Olympus — Donald Trump has been hurling tweeted spitballs at Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. He’s a man of “ no action ,” typed...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps, and Neuter Our Democracy
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration...
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Duncan Green
8 Men Now Own the Same as the Poorest Half of the World
It’s Davos this week, which means it’s time for Oxfam’s latest global ‘ killer fact ’ on extreme inequality. Since our first calculation in 2014 , these have helped get inequality onto the agenda of...
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Paul Buchheit
How American Life Continued to Deteriorate in 2016
The reality of the disposable American has been building up in recent years, and new evidence keeps pouring in. Now the potential exists for greater suffering under the rule of a billionaire Cabinet...
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Harvey Wasserman
King CONG vs. Solartopia
As you ride the Amtrak along the Pacific coast between Los Angeles and San Diego, you pass the San Onofre nuclear power plant, home to three mammoth atomic reactors shut by citizen activism. Framed...
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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Dean Baker
Davos Man Is a Neanderthal Protectionist
The NYT had an article on the annual meeting of the world's super-rich at Davos, Switzerland. It refers to Davos Man as "an economic elite who built unheard-of fortunes on the seemingly high-minded...
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Lauren-Brooke Eisen
Private Prisons Are Poised for a Comeback Under Trump. Here’s How to Reform Them.
Just a few months ago, things were looking very bleak for the private prison industry. In mid-August, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a report finding that privately operated...
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Kate Tummarello
Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out
With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to...
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Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
Trump Voters and I Have One Thing in Common: We’re Scared of Losing Medicaid
I recently read about a county in Kentucky that is typical of the kinds of depressed white communities that have dominated the news since Trump’s election. Owsley County is 83 percent white, mostly...
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Christopher Brauchli
Congress and Ethics
When Socrates and his two great disciples composed a system of rational ethics, they were hardly proposing practical legislation for mankind...They were merely writing an eloquent epitaph for their...
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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Karen Stillerman
Even Without an Agriculture Secretary, Trump’s Cabinet Says Plenty about Food and Water Plans
It’s official. This week’s Veterans Affairs nomination leaves the Trump administration’s Secretary of Agriculture position as the last cabinet slot to be filled. With his inauguration just 7 days...
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Jeff Bryant
Will Betsy DeVos Restart The ‘Education Wars’?
Education, which was hardly ever mentioned in the recent presidential election, has suddenly been thrust to the frontline in the increasingly heated conflict over President-Elect Donald Trump’s...
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Robert Reich
Six Reasons Why Trump’s Wall is Even Dumber Than Most of Trump’s Other Ideas
At his turbulent his news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a...
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Eoin Higgins
Fox News Going All-In on Trump in the New Era
On January 19, 2009—the day before Barack Obama was sworn in as president— Fox News aired the first episode of Glenn Beck . Obama was a polished representative of the multicultural values that the...
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Christine Mason, Maud Schaafsma
Does Betsy DeVos Understand the Impact of Poverty and Trauma on Children’s Learning?
Educators who look at learning from a developmental perspective know that the trauma and toxic stress associated with poverty can seriously interfere with a child’s brain development and inhibit...
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Michael Winship
Yertle, the Commander-in-Chief
Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own. The Cat in the Hat , Horton Hears...
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David Suzuki
We Can Learn So Much From Nature
If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or...
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Bethany Woolman
Dissent Is Patriotic. It’s Also a Powerful Antidote to Propaganda.
“If you’re to be called a communist every time you stand up for basic American rights and freedoms, what’s likely to happen? Will you be silent? And if so, is this what the House Committee on Un-...
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David Kotz
It Can Happen Here
On November 8 the rise of a right-wing nationalist regime in the United States became a realistic possibility, if not now then in the coming years. Such regimes stress nationalist and patriotic...
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Friday, January 13, 2017
Kate Fried
Donald Trump’s Plan for Our Water is Just as Bad as You’d Imagine
During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to use his first 100 days in office to implement plans to overhaul our nation’s aging roads, bridges, ports and yes—water systems. This sounds...
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Miles Mogulescu
Resisting the Trumpublican Shock Doctrine Blitzkrieg
The Trumpublicans are intent on manipulating the shock of Donald Trump’s victory to roll back much of the New Deal and Great Society; ram through unvetted Cabinet appointments intent on undermining...
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Elizabeth Goitein
Trump and the Dangers of Secret Law
President-elect Trump has disdained the rule of law when it comes to national security, vowing to reinstitute torture and suggesting that the military should target terrorists’ families. In response...
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Shaun King
Arizona Lawmaker Proposes New Bill Banning Classes or Events Discussing Social Justice on College Campuses
Is this where our country is going? A conservative Arizona lawmaker, Rep. Bob Thorpe, is proposing a far-reaching law in Arizona, House Bill 2120 , banning virtually every college event, activity or...
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Cynthia Kaufman
Unicorns, Gnomes, and Plea to the Press on Covering Trump
On January 11 finally Trump held his much awaited press conference. And it was a terrifying success. The press faithfully covered a wild and strange show. But we don't need to be told about the show...
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Karl Grossman
Why This Nuclear Engineer Says Every Nuke Plant in the US Should Be Shut Down Yesterday
The good—the very good —energy news is that the Indian Point nuclear power plants 26 miles north of New York City will be closed in the next few years under an agreement reached between New York...
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Evgeny Morozov
Moral Panic Over Fake News Hides the Real Enemy – the Digital Giants
Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian referendum. Apparently, all...
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Robert Reich
Five Ways Trump’s “News Conference” Wasn’t a News Conference
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why Trump’s so-called “news conference” on December 11 – the first he’s held in six months – wasn’t...
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Juan Cole
All the President’s Deniers
This week, we’ve seen a parade of Donald J. Trump’s far-right cabinet appointees attempting to tone themselves down (with help from pliant GOP senators) for the general public with half-truths and...
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Stephen Zunes
Once Again, Democrats Are Blowing It on Middle East Peace
n the waning days of the Obama administration, House Democrats dealt a shocking rebuke to President Obama’s moderate foreign policy legacy and effectively endorsed the incoming Trump administration’s...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Fran Korten
The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing to Risk?
The signs of defiance and compassion are everywhere. Cities from San Francisco to New York are defending their status as “sanctuary cities,” ready to defy Donald Trump’s promised orders that could...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
30 Years Later, the Senate Should Reject Jeff Sessions Again
The arc of U.S. history is on full display as the peaceful transition of power takes place from the administration of President Barack Obama to that of incoming President-elect Donald Trump. The...
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Bill Moyers
The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows
As the Senate hearings for Jeff Sessions’ nomination as attorney general ran into their second day, I kept thinking about the movie Hidden Figures , which my wife Judith and I saw three days earlier...
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Timothy Karr
Fighting for Techdirt and All Independent Media
Anyone who’s followed Techdirt’s reporting and analysis over the years knows how vital this news outlet has been when it comes to clearing the fog that often clouds policy debates about Net...
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Rajan Menon
Will Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?
Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you’ll have a long list of dismaying scenarios. One that makes the lineups of...
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Robert C. Koehler
War Consciousness and the F-35
“The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for...
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Jake Johnson
"When Progressives Show Up, We Win": Berniecrats Make Huge Gains in California
The Democratic Party has for far too long neglected local and state politics. Now, having given the pursuit of the presidency primacy over grassroots organizing — having chosen a top-down approach...
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Evan Greer
If President Obama Doesn't Commute Her Sentence, Chelsea Manning Won't Survive
Reports suggest that imprisoned transparency advocate Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s “shortlist” for a possible commutation. If true, this move would offer a glimmer of hope during a time...
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Richard Eskow
The Dullest—and Most Shocking—Moment in Trump’s Press Conference
“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.” —President-elect Donald J. Trump Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the...
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Janet Redman
Rex Tillerson Denies Oil & Gas Subsidies Exist, While Company Profits From Them
Rex Tillerson on Wednesday, under oath, denied the existence of fossil fuel subsidies. This is dangerously incorrect. In fact, the Oil & Gas Industry receives more than $17 Billion in Subsidies...
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Paul Savoy, Georgia Morrison
Eight Days That Could Shake the World: Restraining Trump from Taking Office
President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to resolve potential conflicts of interest without divesting himself of ownership of his business empire, announced at a news conference on Wednesday morning,...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
John Nichols
Rex Tillerson Would Put the Dollar Sign on the American Flag
“I feel,” Nebraska Senator George Norris warned a century ago, “that we are about to put the dollar sign on the American flag.” Decrying the advocacy by munitions merchants, speculators, and...
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Mike Lofgren
Maybe This Is How Democracy Ends
The election of Donald Trump has triggered as much wonderment abroad as it has in the United States. David Runciman , a professor of politics at the University of Cambridge, has written in the London...
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Jill Richardson
A War on Regulations
The incoming Republican government is waging a war against regulations. “For every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated,” Donald Trump promised after the November vote. Since...
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Bonnie Darves
Professions (and Confessions) of a Reluctant Activist in the Time of Trump
I missed the protests of the 1960s because I was too young. I was on the sidelines of 1970s activism because I was working and trying to get through college. In the 1980s I had young children. In the...
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Bill McKibben
Rex Tillerson Is Big Oil Personified. The Damage He Can Do Is Immense
In one of the futile demonstrations that marked the run-up to the Iraq war, I saw a woman with a sign that read “How Did Our Oil End Up Under Their Sand?” In nine words she managed to sum up a great...
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Jim Hightower
Searching for Integrity in Trumplandia
It's about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump...
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Andy Rowell
Seven Issues that Could Have Rex on the Ropes
There could be fireworks on Capital Hill today when Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee finally grill Rex Tillerson on his potential nomination as Secretary of State...
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Ira Chernus
MLK's Big Mistake: Love and Strategy in the Age of Trump
With the MLK holiday approaching, I keep thinking of this wisdom from the eminent progressive historian Eric Foner: “Single-focus organizations, which have proliferated in the last generation, need...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Richard Eskow
The McConnell/Trump GOP Guts Ethics Rules For Its Billionaire Cabinet
“Ironic” is an overused word. And yet, how else can you describe what’s going on this week in Washington? The Republican president-elect says he wants “extreme vetting” for Syrian refugee families...
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Robert Weissman
The Existential Threat of Trump’s Corporate Cabinet
We’re facing the prospect of a government literally of the Exxons, by the Goldman Sachses and for the Kochs. President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet and top nominees draw more deeply from an extremist...
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
8 Reasons The Senate Must Reject Jeff Sessions
On Capitol Hill today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings to consider the first of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations, Sen. Jefferson B. Sessions of Alabama. 26 years ago...
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