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Monday, February 6, 2017
Chris Hedges
Make America Ungovernable
Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer exist. Corporate...
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Ira Chernus
Field of Fright: The Terror Inside Trump's White House
What kind of national security policy will the Trump administration pursue globally? On this issue, as on so many others, the incoming president has offered enough contradictory clues, tweets, and...
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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Jim Naureckas
A Lesson Media Missed About the Dangers of Scapegoating
If you were unfamiliar with the way US corporate media works, you might assume that the murder of six people in a Quebec City mosque, allegedly by far-right white supremacist Alexandre Bissonnette ,...
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Matt Taibbi
Extreme Vetting, But Not for Banks
Donald Trump, the man who positioned himself as the common man's shield against Wall Street, signed a series of orders today calling for reviews or rollbacks of financial regulations. He did so after...
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Robert Reich
A Yiannopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities?
The events at Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milos Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere. As you may know, on...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Truth
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful. . . . and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. — George Orwell, Politics and the English Language In trying to help their...
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Robert Lipsyte
Football Is Trumpball Lite
The Super Bowl is superfluous this year. Who needs a reality show about violence, domination, and sexism, not to mention brain damage, now that we have Trumpball, actual reality that not only...
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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Adele Stan
Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land
It’s been a heady two weeks for right-wing Christian evangelicals. Never before has a president of the United States — not Reagan or either of the Bushes — delivered so much of their agenda in such...
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Phyllis Bennis
The Trump Administration Is Recklessly Escalating Tensions With Iran
T he Trump administration is continuing to make reckless threats against Iran. On Wednesday, in response to recent missile tests, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the White...
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John Atcheson
Ready... Fire... Aim: How an Unhinged Trump Is Threatening US National Security
Trump doesn’t do nuance. He got elected by overtly exploiting fear, spreading hate, and promising to make us safer. Unfortunately, his simple-minded approach to the Presidency is making us less safe...
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William Beeman
Trump Administration Risks War with Iran Over Nothing
The Trump administration appears to be renewing the possibility of violent confrontation with Iran using a questionable pretext—Iran’s testing of conventional missiles. No one in the U.S. government...
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Marjorie Cohn
Though Blocked for Now, Trump's Unconstitutional Muslim Ban Deserves Total Destruction
On January 27, 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to institute a ban on Muslims entering the US. Trump's executive order ("EO") is titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign...
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Friday, February 3, 2017
Adam Johnson
30 Washington Post Articles on Gorsuch’s Nomination–Not a Single One Opposed
A review of The Washington Post ’s coverage of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch over the past two days reveals overwhelmingly positive coverage of the right-wing jurist. The Post ,...
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Walden Bello
Trump’s Travel Ban: The View from One Permanently on US Immigration’s Watch List
As a citizen of the Philippines who’s been detained and subjected to questioning and “secondary screening” almost every time I’ve entered the United States, I feel much sympathy for those whose...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Kraft, Belichick, and Brady — All the President’s Men
As certain as it is that Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady will one day be in pro football’s hall of fame, they are no profile in courage. They are delivering, on sport’s biggest stage, a...
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Crawford Kilian
Is Donald Trump an Ebola-Level Global Health Threat?
On rare occasions the World Health Organization declares a “public health emergency of international concern” (abbreviated to PHEIC and pronounced “fake”). The Ebola outbreak, which killed some 12,...
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Martha Durkee-Neuman
In An Era Of Trump And DeVos, Young Women Are Standing Up For Each Other
The President of the United States of America is a sexual predator. During his campaign, a now-infamous tape leaked of Donald Trump boasted about assaulting women. He subsequently dismissed the...
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Katherine Van Wormer
Analyzing the Mindset of President Trump: Does Antisocial Personality Disorder Fit?
Because so many of his executive actions and remarks on Twitter and in interviews seem rash, commentators, including psychiatrists and psychologists are raising questions about the stability of...
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Dustin Axe
Our Resistance Must Not Descend into Chaos: Practical Suggestions for a Growing Movement
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." –Fredrick Douglas. "By the way, I think anger is a good thing. This country is in a crisis. And if you’re fighting to save...
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Bernie Sanders
Will Trump Have the Guts to Stand Up to Drug Companies?
President Trump and other Republicans have talked about the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. Recently, Trump said (rightly) that Big Pharma is “ getting away with murder .” But talk is cheap...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Disrespects the Constitution
In explaining how he would ensure that Muslim immigrants do not pose a threat to Americans, Donald Trump has said repeatedly that his administration would subject people seeking to enter the country...
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Juan Cole
Trump Spokespeople's Ca-r-ra-a-zy Fake News: From Iran to Bowling Green
So I was watching Chris Matthews’ Hardball on MSNBC Thursday evening and Matthews had Kellyanne Conway on to defend Trump’s disastrous first two weeks. For some reason, Matthews declines to challenge...
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Tim Koechlin
The Extremist Steve Bannon Must Resign
Senator Cory Booker Newark Office One Gateway Center 23rd Floor Newark, NJ 07102 Dear Senator Booker, I am resident of New Jersey, a progressive, and I vote. I am writing to express my alarm and...
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
William Hartung
Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America
At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum...
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Jerry Lembcke
The Great American "Welcoming" Break-Out: What’s Not to Like?
My hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts is dealing with the sanctuary city issue. Officially, Worcester is not a sanctuary city but its Mayor, Joe Petty, has declared that it will not cooperate with...
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Trita Parsi
What Flynn Could Learn From Kerry About Iran
Even the most inexperienced commander knows not to escalate without having de-escalatory options at hand. That is the most troubling issue with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s harsh “...
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Robert Reich
Don’t Focus on Gorsuch, Focus on Trump
Don’t get caught up in the predictable brawl over Neil Gorsuch’s credentials or his ideology. That normalizes the Trump presidency. Instead, there should be no vote on Gorsuch’s nomination until...
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Les Leopold
From Resisting Trump To What?
Resistance is breaking out all over: the women’s marches, the immigration airport protests and the defiant Sally Yates, the State Department mass dissents, the battle for the Supreme Court, with much...
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Ramzy Baroud
In the Middle East and Beyond, Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him
US President Donald Trump promises to be pro-Israel in every aspect. ‘I'm the best thing that could ever happen to Israel,’ he boasted at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Forum in...
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Robert C. Koehler
Creating Enemies, Creating Hell
“Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.” As Donald Trump sets out to “protect America,” I dedicate the words of his...
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Ralph Nader
Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation
The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily...
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Worse Than We Imagined: Trump’s Mission Creep Takes Giant Leap Forward
The smell of a coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few days of the Trump administration we have...
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Sarah Jaffe
After the Apocalypse: Trying to Describe Reality in Unreal Times
Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, I’ve seen several photos of chalkboards in front of bookstores, reading something along the lines of, “Dystopian Fiction Has Now Been Moved to...
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Edward Hunt
Taking Iraq's Oil... The Trump Edition
The leaders of the United States have provided many reasons for their numerous interventions in Iraq. President Donald Trump has focused on one thing: the United States should take the country’s oil...
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Ronnie Cummins
Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the...
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Peter Dreier
57 Years Ago Today - How Four College Students Started a Revolution
Late in the afternoon of February 1, 1960, four young black men — Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil, all students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical...
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Lucia Graves
Why Democrats Should Hold the Line and Filibuster Against Neil Gorsuch
In nominating Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court, Donald Trump just gave Senate Republicans exactly what they’ve long hoped for in filling Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat – and Democrats should do...
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Kate Berry
Immigration Ban Illustrates Vital Role of Courts
Our democracy depends on courts upholding constitutional values and government officials enforcing court orders. The judiciary’s rapid response to Friday’s executive order — which instituted travel...
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Richard Eskow
Trump’s Supreme Court Pageant: a Silly Show to Fill a Stolen Seat
The 45th President of the United States just handled one of his gravest responsibilities, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, with his trademark vulgar and vaudevillian vapidity. Only 11 days...
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Bill Blum
Meet Neil Gorsuch, the New Antonin Scalia
Just when we might have thought we’d seen Donald Trump at his zaniest (say, in the first presidential debate) and most dangerous (say, in his executive order on immigration last week), he outdid...
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Bill Moyers
Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great — For Polluters
In this exclusive web essay, Bill Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record of putting the...
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Fran Shor
Whither the Resistance?
The incredible outpouring of protest against Trump’s presidency and policies, from the amazing global women’s marches to organizational responses to all of his egregious executive orders, portends a...
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David Solnit, George Lakey
How Do We Stop Trump and Win Gains in Justice and Equality?
As mass demonstrations against President Donald Trump's Muslim ban rocked airports across the United States last weekend and after a week of mass demonstrations against Trump's memo pushing for the...
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Michael Moore
Tonight You Should Be at the Nearest Federal Courthouse Denouncing Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
The following message was posted to Michael Moore's Facebook page Tuesday morning: Another Dark Day Is Upon Us. There's no way to put a good face on what will happen tonight at 8pm when Donald J...
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Sue Halpern, Bill McKibben
The Americans We Need
As tens of thousands of people across the United States rushed to airports and took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration by Muslims from seven countries, and...
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Monday, January 30, 2017
Richard Eskow
Will the Senate’s "Good Republicans" Reject a Dishonest Nominee?
There’s compelling evidence to show that Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, lied to the Senate in both written and verbal testimony. Senate Republicans seem to be...
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Pierre Tristam
Trump’s Middle Finger to Muslims, and Law
If there ever was a time to ask What Would Jesus Do, this is it. But Jesus’s head would explode, and not from the belt of a suicide bomber. From some of his own Christian worshippers-turned-jihadists...
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Nomi Prins
The Goldman Sachs Effect: How a Bank Conquered Washington
Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small...
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Suad Abdul Khabeer
Trump's Muslim Ban Is Dangerous and a Distraction
On January 27, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to make good on his promised Muslim Ban . One of the primary provisions of the order is a ban on visas to the US to nationals from...
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Laila Lalami
Don’t Give In to Donald Trump’s Shock-and-Awe Campaign—Stand Up and Speak Out
I n the two weeks since he raised his right hand and swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, Donald Trump has shut down the entire refugee program for 120 days;...
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Juan Cole
German Ambassador 1933: "Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at 'Immigrants'"
Here are two newspaper articles from spring, 1933. They concern the issue of early Nazi policy toward Germany’s Jews. In the first, the German ambassador to the UK maintains that the issue isn’t Jews...
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Robert Reich
Trump and Bannon’s “America First”
Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint...
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Adil E. Shamoo
America Should Look in the Mirror
Esteban Santiago, the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter, is an Iraq war veteran. Prior to executing five innocent people and wounding seven, he told the FBI that voices were telling him to watch ISIS...
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Bill Moyers
Donald Trump’s Demolition Derby
We’re a week into the Trump administration and it’s pretty obvious what he’s up to. First, Donald Trump is running a demolition derby: He wants to demolish everything he doesn’t like, and he doesn’t...
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Gina Benevento
Sexual Assault in the Time of Trump
"Affirmative consent, for those who don't know, is the idea that if you don't consent at every stage of a sexual encounter, it's rape. That means asking for every kiss and asking for every boob...
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David Cole
We’ll See You in Court: Why Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees Violates the Establishment Clause
According to the Supreme Court, “the clearest command of the Establishment Clause is that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.” Larson v. Valente , 456 US. 228, 244...
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Mark Trahant
5 Ways Indian Country Can Resist Trump’s Chaos
How does Indian Country survive the Donald Trump era? The new administration is only a few days old, and already the chaos of the times has upset business as usual—and possibly the very structure of...
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sofia Ali-Khan
Dear Beloved Resistance: We Are Stronger Together
Dear beloved resistance, We now have a President and Cabinet who almost certainly have no interest in the safety or well-being of their people. Many of us marched in the streets last weekend in an...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Standing Rock Sioux to Trump: ‘Creating a Second Flint Does Not Make America Great Again’
No longer just tweeting, President Donald J. Trump has been issuing a stream of executive orders and memoranda since his inauguration. On Tuesday, his pronouncements involved the Keystone XL and...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Disappointed but Not Defeated: Battle Over Oil Pipelines Continues
Despite the immense failures of the Democratic Party to live up to its stated progressive ideals, there are differences between the two major parties. Nowhere is that difference more obvious in...
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Juan Cole
Torture Works...to Produce Fake News (And That’s How We Got Into Iraq)
I told this story back in 2005 but it is a good story, has held up, and bears repeating now that President Trump is again promoting torture as “effective.” Torture is a good way to get people to tell...
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Molly Knefel
Media Consensus on ‘Failing Schools’ Paved Way for DeVos
The nomination of billionaire voucher enthusiast Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education comes after nearly two decades of a largely bipartisan consensus around “education reform.” That consensus,...
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Angela Sutton
The Speech from the Women’s March You Needed to Hear
Editor’s Note: The text below is a modified version of a speech that Angela Sutton gave at the Philadelphia Women’s March that took place on January 21, 2017. I am a black woman, a mother of two...
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Rob Hopkins
How Do I Know Good Can Overcome Ignorance, Spite and Hate? Because I’ve Seen it.
I want to share a story with you today that I’ve not shared before on this blog. I was moved by something I saw on Twitter to the effect that the future will not remember Trump, but the future will...
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Adam Johnson
NPR’s No-‘Lie’ Policy and the Limits of Impartiality in the Trump Era
After much back and forth over the past few weeks, National Public Radio finally clarified their editorial stance on when it is and isn’t appropriate to call a lie a lie, a determination that many...
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Bob Burnett
One Week of President Donald Trump
To get an idea of what to expect from Donald Trump for the next four years, we only have to examine his first week in office. January 20 (Friday): Trump was sworn in and delivered a dark inaugural...
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Katherine Paul
Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary Has ‘Bigly’ Ties to Big Ag and Big Food
In announcing his pick last week for Secretary of Agriculture, Trump heaped predictable praise on Sonny Perdue, promising that the former governor of Georgia will “deliver big results for all...
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Christopher D. Cook
How Trump Can Unite the Left
As millions of Democrats, Greens, liberals, progressives, and lefties across America prepare to resist Trump, it’s time to build greater unity and alliances among this vast rainbow of people,...
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Ira Chernus
Trying to Save the World Should Be Fun
Since Election Day my mood has been sunk deep in the shadows. It’s been hard to find the energy to smile, even on the sunniest day. Then came the Women’s March. I arrived late and joined the march in...
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Robert Dodge
2 ½ Minutes to Midnight – Our World in Peril
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock . In so doing they moved the symbolic minute hand ahead thirty seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight...
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Eva Hamer
Meet Ava: The Chicken I Risked My Freedom For
This past summer, I entered a place most Americans - especially those in urban areas - can barely even fathom: a place that sounds innocent, but when you step foot in it, you realize it’s one of the...
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Kenny Torrella
The Big (Ag) Cover-Up: Will Factory Farming Finally Stop Its Culture of Abuse?
Last year, the investigator working undercover at New England’s largest egg farm found rows and rows of chickens packed tightly into cages so small they were unable to even extend their wings. He...
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Jules Lobel
Where We Go From Here: 5 Key Ways to Build a Movement
Millions of people marched throughout the United States and abroad last Saturday to protest Donald Trump’s first day in office and to affirm women’s rights and human rights. The demonstrations were...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Richard Allen Williams, Elena Rios
Climate Change Raises the Stakes for Affordable Healthcare Coverage
Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Birth of a Movement
The sense of resistance was fierce: “Grab ’em by the profits” . . . “Keep your hands out of my wherever” . . . “NOT DECLAWED” . . . But it was also, oh Lord, joyous — in a scraped raw kind of way,...
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Jonathan Foley
The War on Facts is a War on Democracy
There is a new incumbent in the White House, a new Congress has been sworn in, and scientists around the country are nervous as hell. We’re nervous because there seems to be a seismic shift going on...
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William Astore
A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making: The Dark [K]night of Donald Trump
I came of age during America's Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the U.S. military. In those days, the USSR led the world's weapons trade, providing arms to...
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Ellen Brown
How to Cut Infrastructure Costs in Half
President Donald Trump has promised to rebuild America’s airports, bridges, tunnels, roads and other infrastructure, something both Democrats and Republicans agree should be done. The country needs a...
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Kathy Kelly
White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting a Verdict
On Wednesday morning, here in Minneapolis, six jurors decided beyond a reasonable doubt that I am guilty as charged and my co-defendant, Dan Wilson was found innocent. The court case stems from an...
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Bob Rae
Orwell’s Lessons for the Era of Trump
George Orwell is best known for his novels Animal Farm and 1984 . Both were written toward the end of a life cut short by tuberculosis. But they came after a long period of reflection, activism, and...
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Michael Winship
A Great and Joyful March, But It’s Not Enough
“Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.” On Sunday morning, that came flying out from the Twitter...
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Chelsea Manning
Compromise Does Not Work With Our Political Opponents. When Will We Learn?
Barack Obama left behind hints of a progressive legacy. Unfortunately, despite his faith in our system and his positive track record on many issues over the last eight years, there have been very few...
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jake Johnson
Dance on the Grave of the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership was effectively dead before Donald Trump's inauguration but, somehow, it always seemed poised to emerge from the grave and walk among the living once more. But now it...
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Marjorie Cohn
The Injustices of Manning’s Ordeal
After overseeing the aggressive prosecution and near-seven-year incarceration of Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, President Obama – in one of his last acts in office – commuted all but four months...
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Chuck Collins
Most Trump Voters Didn't Vote to Make Richest Richer, But GOP Congress Is About To
Donald Trump’s voters have high hopes that he’ll boost the economy and protect jobs for those who’ve been left behind after three decades of flat or shrinking paychecks. They didn’t vote to make the...
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Les Leopold
If Progressives Want to Defeat Trump, They Must Win Back Workers
During the Sanders campaign I heard a high level official give a powerful speech blasting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act (TPP) for the harm it would bring to workers, environmentalists and to all...
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Dave Johnson
Trump Declares TPP Still Dead. So Now What?
President Trump formally withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Though TPP was killed by a long progressive fight that resulted in it not having the votes to pass Congress, of...
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Peter Dreier, Donald Cohen
Turning the March Into a Movement
Saturday’s day of protest—against Donald Trump and for women’s equality—was successful in two significant ways. First, it was the largest one-day protest in American history. Based on news reports...
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Andrew Cohen
Okay. Let's Have That Investigation into "Voter Fraud"
The scary part of the still-developing "voter fraud" story isn't that President Donald Trump evidently buys into a conspiracy theory that supports both his worldview and his ego. The scary part is...
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Bill McKibben
From Faith to Action: Fossil Fuel Divestment More Vital Than Ever
In a world where too many institutions now worship power and wealth, the Church remains a citadel of the word, a place where ideas matter. And words have rarely been used with more power than by Pope...
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Dean Baker
It’s Austerity, Not Globalization, That Pulls European Workers to the Right
Both the Washington Post ( 1/22/17 ) and New York Times ( 1/22/17 ) had pieces about declining support for the left in France and the rise of a nationalist right in both Italy and France. Both pieces...
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David Macaray
The Existential Threat of Trump's Genius
When people blur the relationship between facts and reality—when they jettison what has long been accepted as the basis of “verifiable evidence”—they put themselves in the awkward position of...
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Nick Dearden
The Death of the Toxic Trade Deal TPP Was Long Overdue - But Don’t Praise Trump for It
It’s good news that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. In fact, the toxic deal – a pacific version of US-EU deal TTIP – was already dead before Trump took office. Popular pressure from...
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Jim Lobe
Who Will Rule Trump Foreign Policy?
The most frightening commentary I’ve read in the run-up to the inauguration—and there have been many—appeared in a column identifying the four people whose foreign policy ideas were likely to be most...
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Naomi Klein
Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism
We already know that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that...
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Stephanie Woodard
The Never-Ending Indian Wars
The following is part of a YES! Magazine special report: The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move. The world has been shocked by North Dakota’s violent reaction to the anti-oil pipeline resistance at...
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Rachel Cleetus
Gutting the EPA Hurts Real People
News reports indicate that the Trump administration has big plans underway to undermine the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency working to protect our health and the...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Why Trump’s Con Can’t Last Forever
From the start of his short, truculent and unabashedly populist inaugural address, President Trump called out the Washington establishment: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has...
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Robert Reich
Trump's Infrastructure Scam
Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich. 1. It’s a giant public subsidy to...
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Laurie Garrett
Gag Me: Trump's Anti-Abortion Executive Order
Here we go again. The bad old days of United States foreign assistance are coming back, now that President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the global gag rule on overseas...
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