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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Diane Wilson
EPA’s Scott Pruitt: The Great Disruptor
On January 17, 2017, a congressional hearing to confirm Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s chosen appointee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, was held in Washington, D.C. Now, anybody who knows...
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Olivia Alperstein
It’s Only My Health
I’m one of the 27 percent of Americans with a pre-existing medical condition. Pre-existing conditions range from life-threatening illnesses like cancer or multiple sclerosis to chronic conditions...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
In the Face of Hatred, Americans Can Speak Up or They Can Look Away
There is a strip mall across the street from Auschwitz. From the commandant’s house at Plaszow it’s a short walk to McDonald’s. Belzec is in a residential neighborhood. I didn’t expect that. In 2005...
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Peter Certo
There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech
Donald Trump began his recent speech to Congress with a line seemingly designed to appease his critics. “As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month,” he said, “we are...
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Evelyn Leopold
The Earth Is Not Flat, Mr. Trump
The question is not whether climate change exists but what to do about it. It is difficult to find a respected scientist in the United States or around the world who disputes man-made contributions...
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Allison McGillivray
Nuclear Midnight Is Closer Than Ever – So Where’s the Resistance?
I watched from the front gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:39 pm PDT on February 8, 2017 as a pencil-thin beam of light shot above the treeline and disappeared into the atmosphere. The United...
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Randall Amster
And the Oscar Goes to…
We learned a few important things following the President’s speech to Congress. First, we now know that he is able to read from a teleprompter, after all, and stick close to a script for an extended...
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Michelle Chen
Trump’s Budget Proposal Is an Attack on the Working Class
T he world’s eight richest individuals possess the same amount of money as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion. According to Oxfam’s annual assessment of wealth distribution , “collectively the poorest...
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Richard Eskow
Trump Offers “A Nation of Miracles.” Your Move, Democrats
The bad news for Democrats in President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress is that he exceeded expectations. A Washington Post headline called the speech “ surprisingly presidential...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Harvey Kaye
Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?
Donald Trump’s candidacy and now, presidency, have resurrected a public discourse not heard in this country since the Great Depression — an anxious discourse about the possible triumph in America of...
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Peter Dreier
Will Trump’s Tax Records Be the Next Pentagon Papers?
Democrats, liberals, activist groups, and the media are scrambling to figure out how to respond to the dizzying array of crises triggered by the Trump administration. People concerned about...
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Andy Rowell
Trump to Rip Up Rules that Will “Cost Billions in Pollution & Cause 120,000 Premature Deaths”
Later today, Donald Trump will make his first address to Congress, where he is expected to outline an “historic increase in defence spending” at the expense of foreign aid and environmental...
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Dean Baker
News for NYT: Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are Not Political Philosophers
Apparently the paper is confused on this issue since it headlined a front page piece on the budget, "Trump budget sets up clash over ideology within G.O.P." The article lays out this case in the...
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Rev. John Dear
In Court for Protesting—The New Normal
It’s Friday morning and I’m standing before the Federal Judge in D.C. Superior Court in Washington, D.C., another hearing for my recent protest and arrest during inauguration week. Another protest,...
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William Astore
In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception
America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history. The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation. Prospects of victory -- if victory is defined...
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Helene Sinnreich
Beware of Another Reichstag Fire
As various commentators compare President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, a flurry of responses has claimed that this is an inappropriate comparison because the Nazi regime murdered millions of men,...
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Bill Blum
Trump’s War on Immigrants Has Already Reached the Supreme Court
If you’ve been waiting for President Donald John Trump’s war on immigrants to reach the Supreme Court, your wait is over. The battle has already begun. No, the conflict hasn’t come to the top court...
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Les Leopold
Can the Democrats Break Through These 7 Debilitating Myths?
The Democratic Party, with Thomas Perez as its new chair, vows to seek unity, transparency, Trump resistance, grassroots participation, and most importantly, “make sure we talk about our positive...
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Adam Parsons
Initiating a Global Citizens Movement for the Great Transition
Journey to Earthland is a recently released book by the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), a worldwide network of activist scholars with a unique purpose—to advance “a vision and praxis for global...
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Isaiah Poole
The Trump Infrastructure Plan Won’t Bridge the Nation’s Job Gap
President Trump on Tuesday night is expected to make what he told a meeting of governors on Monday would be “a big statement” on infrastructure spending. Democrats who have been fighting Trump...
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Bernie Sanders
On Anti-Semitism, Israel, and the Palestinians
The following transcript, as published by Haaretz, is the full speech given by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the J Street 2017 conference in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 2017: Thank you for inviting me...
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Sandra Hernandez
What Happens When the 'Bad Hombres' Are ICE Agents? The Finer Points of Immigration Law Get Ignored
Whenever U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement insists it is just doing its job, Americans should take a closer look at what is happening. With an executive order signed in his first week in...
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Julie Devaney
Trump Is Lowering the Bar for Canada's Healthcare System Too
It's easy to laugh off the absurdity of Trump and his supporters' sentiments about the Canadian health-care system. But their ridiculousness doesn't make their impact any less dangerous. Canada is...
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Gara LaMarche
Progressives Must Mobilize and Persuade – And Get Better at Each
The 2016 election is more than three months past, and we live each day with its apocalyptic consequences. We need to fight Donald Trump and what he stands for on multiple fronts. We need to fight the...
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Norman Solomon
Trump Can Prove He’s Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World
Four weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that “nothing he has done since the inauguration allays fears that he is in effect a Putin puppet.” The liberal...
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Richard Eskow
CPAC and the DNC: A Party Is Not a Movement
The meetings of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) were a study in contrasts. Both told stories to unite their faithful. At CPAC, activists...
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Aviva Aron-Dine
Republican Governors’ Plan Would Threaten Medicaid Coverage for Tens of Millions
A number of Republican governors are crafting, but haven’t yet agreed on, a health plan that would cap federal funding for Medicaid, leaked documents show. Specifically, the plan would require states...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Art of the Trumpaclysm
It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens ?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in America (and possibly the world), shows no sign of...
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Roy Eidelson
The Predatory Presidency
The season premiere of BBC America’s Planet Earth II includes remarkable footage from the desolate Galapagos Islands. In one striking scene, baby marine iguanas race across the sand, desperately...
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Peter Dreier
Three Cheers for the Perez-Ellison DNC Team to Move the Democrats in a Progressive Direction
I was hoping that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) would win the Democratic National Committee chairmanship because of his experience as an organizer, but former Labor Secretary Tom Perez — who won a...
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Fiona Morgan
The FBI's New FOIA Policy Is a Big Step Backward
Dust off your fax machine. The FBI is planning to take a big step backward for government transparency. As of March 1, the Bureau will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests via...
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Randall J. Stephens
Richard Nixon’s Authoritarian Loathing of the Media Lives On in Donald Trump
[Note: This article was originally posted at The Conversation on Feb. 22, two days before the White House barred multiple news outlets from an off-camera briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer.—CD...
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Adele M. Stan
CPAC Dispatch: A Carefully Constructed Attack on the Media
WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, Feb. 22, a young man boarded the complimentary shuttle at Washington, DC’s Union Station headed for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) taking place in...
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Mark Trahant
Water Is Life: The Story of Standing Rock Won’t Go Away
Every day I write rhymes on Twitter. I get a kick out of reducing complicated ideas and events down to 140 characters. So yesterday I wrote: Powers That Be think it’s the end DAPL will now have much...
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Sue Sturgis
Congressional Town Halls Become Forums for Anti-GOP Resistance
This week marks the first recess of the 115th Congress. Members typically use the breaks as a chance to return to their home districts and hear from the locals at low-key town hall meetings. But this...
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Chuck Collins
Wall Street Hopes You’ve Forgotten the Crash Already
Remember October 2008 — the bank bailouts, the spiking unemployment rate, the stock market free fall? Maybe you lost a job, got a pay cut, or saw your retirement savings or home value evaporate...
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Juliette Majot
USTR Nomination Highlights Contradictions in Trump’s Trade Policy
Trump’s trade policy is a series of contradictions wrapped in a mystery. While advancing a boldfaced pro-business agenda, promising to gut regulations and reduce public spending on healthcare and...
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Victor Suarez, Alejandro Villamar
It’s Time to Scrap NAFTA, Not ‘Tweak’ It
In a recent appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump promised that “we’re going to tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, because of its “severe”...
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Diane Ravitch
DeVos to Conservative Conference: I Will Replace the Bush-Obama Failed Ideas with My Own Failed Ideas
Betsy DeVos gave a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), explaining that the programs created by George W. Bush and Barack Obama had failed, and she would replace them with...
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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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