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Friday, January 13, 2017
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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Steven Harper
Begin The Trump Resistance Plan Before It’s Too Late
“Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppression…” — Thomas Paine , Common Sense (1776) Ordinary citizens searching for the convenient satisfaction of...
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Rebecca Gordon
What Is a Country For? Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia
Many of the folks I know are getting ready to play serious defense in 2017, and they’re not wrong. Before we take up our three-point stance on the national line of scrimmage, however, maybe we should...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Where’s the GOP’s Health-Care Plan?
For six years, Republicans have voted more than 60 times to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Repeal and replace” was a staple of Donald Trump’s stump speech. Give us control, Republicans...
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Peter Dreier
For Anti-Trump Protesters: Lessons From the First White House Protests—For Women’s Suffrage—100 Years Ago
Many Americans will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next week to protesting against Donald Trump on his inauguration day. Many will continue to demonstrate outside the White House after he takes...
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Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Holding Sessions Accountable on Civil Liberties
On January 10 and 11, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to consider whether Senator Jeff Sessions is fit to be appointed as this country’s next Attorney General. Mr. Sessions will assuredly be...
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Monday, January 9, 2017
Jeremy Brecher
'Social Self-Defense': Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism
Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump...
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Les Leopold
Breaking Free of Trump's Trap on Trade and Jobs
As progressives rally to resist him, Trump is building support in key swing states by fighting for American jobs. He is using the bully pulpit to pressure manufacturers to keep jobs here rather than...
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Rev. Billy Talen
The 100-Year Conversation
"It’s time to learn how to have the 10 year conversation, the 20 year conversation - the 100 year conversation!" —Anohni Since November 8th, we gaze out at the funky world. No one has called the...
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Erika Wozniak
Billionaire Betsy Devos: A Horrifying Prospect for Public Schools
Betsy DeVos has never gone to public schools. Her children have never attended public schools. She has never taught or served as an administrator in public schools. She has made a career out of...
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Juan Cole
Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe Speech Is So Important in the Trump Era
Occasionally entertainment and politics intersect, often hitting a false note. You never want your screenplay to be, as they say in Hollywood, “on the nose.” You have to step sideways away from...
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Bernie Sanders
Trump Has to Rescue Obamacare or Admit He’s a Liar
It didn’t take long. During the first week of 2017, the new Republican Congress has begun efforts to dismantle America’s health-care system. Their long-standing goal, consistent with their right-wing...
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Andrew Bacevich
How We Got Here: American History After "the End of History"
The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the...
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Robert Reich
The Two Resistances to Trump
It’s important to distinguish two lines of resistance to Trump: 1. Resistance to Trump’s regressiveness: repealing Obamacare, turning Medicare into vouchers (that will leave many elderly worse off)...
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Dean Baker
Politico Is Mistaken, It Would Be Fun and Easy for Donald Trump to Divest
Politico badly misled readers this morning in an article that said Trump "can't simply divest from his businesses." The article cited a number of experts who explained how difficult and complicated...
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Sunday, January 8, 2017
Mark Morford
California Floods, America Burns, Irony Explodes
The bloated orange president-elect is in love with dumb-thug Russians, tweets about himself in the third person and is readying his murder of conspiracy-minded billionaire-idiots to lead the nation...
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Michael Calhoun
Americans Can't Afford to Lose Richard Cordray or the CFPB
At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, an estimated one out of every 54 homeowners lost their homes. Workers and seniors lost lifetimes’ worth of savings or retirement accounts, small...
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Baher Kamal
Trump, the Banks, and the Bomb
When pro-nuclear disarmament organisations last October cheered the United Nations decision to start in 2017 negotiations on a global treaty banning these weapons, they probably did not expect that...
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Jeff Bryant
Democrats Who Oppose Betsy DeVos Have Nothing To Lose
In “an unprecedented break” from tradition, Democrats in the US Senate are expected to challenge as many as eight of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, including Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of...
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Cynthia Kaufman
Thinking About Fascism
The 2016 presidential election made me think about 1933 and Hitler's rise to power. I've known that he came to power through constitutional means and then used that power from the inside to destroy a...
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Peter Dykstra
25 Smears, Hoaxes, Grifts and Whoppers on Climate and the Environment in the Obama Era
As the curtain comes down on Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House, most Americans seemed convinced of one of two things: We’re either about to Make America Great Again®, or we’re about to...
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Saturday, January 7, 2017
Robert Reich
The Three Big Reasons Republicans Can't Replace Obamacare
Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have promised to replace it with something that doesn’t leave more than 20 million Americans stranded without health insurance. Yet...
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Todd Gitlin
Welcome to the Vortex
I spent most of 2016 doing my duty as citizen, writer and educator aghast at the favors done for the unprincipled, incoherent, vicious, dangerous ignoramus Donald Trump by the business known as “the...
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Sue Sturgis
As More Southerners Benefit From It, Medicaid Expansion Faces Congressional Death Threats
Date on which North Carolina's newly sworn-in Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced he'd take executive action to expand Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor, under the Affordable Care...
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Janine Jackson
Signs Look Grim for Media Picking the Side of Liberty and Dissent
This is a kind of “which side are you on?” moment for journalists. Will they defend the rights and liberties of the many communities under threat—Muslims, women, those reliant on government...
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Randall Amster
Faux Real: What's in Your Worldview?
We had to know this was coming. It was always here, but now it can be seen more clearly through the unvarnished lens of protofascism. Retrenchment and revanchism arrive with a new pitchman, selling...
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Mary Bottari
Koch Astroturf Army Cheers Union Busting in Kentucky
On the first day that the Kentucky legislature got underway with a newly elected Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican governor, the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group...
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Friday, January 6, 2017
Bill McKibben
Democrats Shouldn’t Squander Their One Advantage
The Democrats were given one great gift last year. Even as they lost state legislatures and control of the Senate, even as they surrendered governors’ mansions and somehow turned over the White House...
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Robert Reich
The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, and putting in place a cabinet that...
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Alex Kotch
North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Has Cost the State More Than $560 million So Far
At a Jan. 4 economic forum sponsored by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, newly elected Gov. Roy Cooper (D) asked businesses for help repealing the state's widely criticized House Bill 2, which...
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John Nichols
Why Workers Everywhere Should Be Scared by Kentucky’s Assault on Unions
“A lot of working people voted for change in this election,” argued Bill Finn , the director of the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council. “They didn’t vote for this. They didn’t...
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Joyce Marcel
On Watching a Democracy Die
“Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms,” wrote economist Paul Krugman, prophetically, in The New York Times on December 19, 2016...
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Dave Johnson
Billionaires Celebrate Their Own Social Security Freedom Day
Ninety-four percent of us pay into Social Security from every paycheck we receive. A few of us stop paying into Social Security in the first few working hours of the year. The “Tax Freedom Day” Scam...
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Jake Johnson
American Capitalism Is Already Abysmal — Trump Is About to Make It a Lot Worse
Matt Yglesias wrote in September of last year that "we are currently living through the best of times." In a similar vein, Ezra Klein has argued that critics of the American economy, left and right,...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Protest Stopped the Predators. They Will Be Back.
Mark Twain noted that man is the only animal that blushes — or needs to. He also believed that “public office is private graft.” Those two observations from our greatest and most sagacious humorist...
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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Nick Turse
The Year of the Commando
They could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya , supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen , backing troops from the United Arab Emirates. At Saakow, a remote outpost in southern...
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Joseph Jerome
Alexa, is Law Enforcement Listening?
Just days after Christmas, news broke that police in Bentonville, Arkansas, had issued a warrant to Amazon to turn over audio recordings from an Echo as part of a hot tub murder investigation. The...
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Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who is charged with manslaughter by the Israeli military, sits to hear his verdict in a military court in Tel Aviv. Neve Gordon
Azaria Exposed the Reality of Israel's Colonial Project
It is no coincidence that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - who was then followed by a slew of ministers and Knesset members - has called for a presidential pardon for Israeli soldier Elor...
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Steven Harper
The Dangerous Normalization of Donald Trump
"[W]hatever is going to happen is really here now — if only one could see it.” — H.G. Wells, 1916 Americans are living through the dangerous effort to normalize the abnormal candidate who won the...
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Richard Falk
The Welcome Condemnation of Israeli Settlement Expansion
On December 23, 2016 the UN Security Council by a vote of 14-0 adopted Resolution 2334, notably with the United States abstaining, condemning Israeli settlement expansion. It was treated as big news...
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Livia Gershon
Conservatives Want to Cut Medicaid. If They Were Serious About Creating Jobs, They’d Expand It.
Sepia Coleman says she’s crazy about her job. “I love people,” she said. “It’s like a gift, a passion.” Coleman is a home care aide in Tennessee, helping older and disabled people with daily tasks...
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Juan Cole
Top 4 Ways Bush Even More Outrageously Dissed the Intelligence Community
Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency counter-terrorist center and FBI National Security Branch, has been on CNN maintaining that there was a big difference between...
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Steven Singer
Why Schools Should NOT Be Run Like Businesses
America loves business. We worship the free market . Nothing is more infallible – not reason, not morals, not even God. Money is the true measure of success – the more you have, the better a person...
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Chase Strangio
Legislatures Gear Up to Target Transgender People. We Gear Up to Fight Back.
Across the country, before state legislative sessions have even convened, lawmakers are making clear that transgender people will again be the relentless targets of discriminatory legislation. Last...
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Robert C. Koehler
Leaving the Age of Disconnect
It’s too easy simply to blame Donald Trump for the void that’s suddenly apparent at the center of American government — or will be on Jan. 20. In fact, I’m utterly sick of hearing his name, let alone...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Yogin Kothari
Attacking Science in Week One: How Congress is Trying to Dismantle Public Protections
You may have heard that Congress is back in session this week. The House of Representatives started off by trying to eviscerate their own independent ethics watchdog behind closed doors on a national...
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Clive Stafford Smith
Trump Knows Nothing About Guantanamo Bay – He'll Make Matters Even Worse
While the same could, sadly, be said of many subjects, the president-to-be obviously knows nothing about Guantánamo Bay. On Tuesday, he said that "There should be no further releases from Gitmo." His...
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Ramzy Baroud
A Blessing in Disguise? It Won't Be His Intention, But Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine
Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an...
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Hani Al-Masri
Palestinians, Wake Up: Trump's Pledge to Move Embassy to Jerusalem Is No Idle Threat
US President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, most recently in response to the UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements...
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Dean Baker
Can't We Kill the Deficit Hawk Industry?
Yes, I know Peter Peterson is a major source of employment in Washington and that the Washington Post editors and many pundits would have to look for substantive issues to talk about if they couldn't...
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Jesse Jackson
Civil Rights at Risk Under Jeff Sessions
Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, will begin on Jan. 10, before Trump is even inaugurated. The rush and...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Three Steps for Progressive Resistance and Rebuilding as Trump Era Launches
As the new year begins, any honest progressive knows the political outlook is bleak. But if we’re going to limit the damage that President-elect Donald Trump inflicts on the country, then despair is...
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Robert Reich
The 15 Warnings Signs of Impending Tyranny
As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically: 1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a l andslide even after losing the popular vote. 2...
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Shaun King
We’re Not Opposing Donald Trump with the Unified Fierceness He Deserves
A man who some believe to be a pretty terrible human being is scheduled to become our next President in less than three weeks. I won't make yet another rundown of all of the awful things he has said...
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Destiny Lopez
To Resist Trump, We Will Be Bold
There has always been resistance in the face of hate and oppression. When the ugliness of Jim Crow arose across the American south, black women and men resisted, fought back, and are still fighting...
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Jonathan Rosenblum
Unions in the Trump Era
Beginning in 1979 in Seattle, WA, Jim Levitt expertly fabricated custom aircraft parts and tools, helping make the Boeing Company one of the most successful businesses in the world. But in 2013,...
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Ralph Nader
Ready for the Jawboning Presidency of Donald Trump
All signs point to Donald Trump becoming a jawboning president without equal in American history. That is, jawboning by exerting rhetorical bombast focused on people, corporations and institutions,...
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Zoltán Grossman
In 2017, Fusing Identity and Class Politics in "Trumpland"
Like millions of other Americans, I was shocked, but perhaps not entirely surprised, by Donald Trump’s victory on election night. His blatant racism and misogyny, cynical exploitation of economic...
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Jim Tull
Positive Thinking in a Dark Age
I recall a Buddhist parable involving a stick that appears from a distance to be a snake, causing fear to rise in the perceiver. As the perception shifts upon closer examination, the fear subsides...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Real Face of Washington (and America)
Know thyself . It was what came to mind in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory and my own puzzling reaction to it. And while that familiar phrase just popped into my head, I had no idea it was so...
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Paul Buchheit
From the Moon to the Sun: How America's Ego Could Save the Planet
In October, 1957 the U.S. suffered a crippling blow to its pride when Russia's Sputnik soared 500 miles into space. The response from the White House was to call it "a useless hunk of iron" and "a...
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Monday, January 2, 2017
Trita Parsi
If You Thought 2016 Was Bad in the Middle East - Brace Yourself for 2017
It is difficult to be optimistic about the Middle East in 2017. With the bloodshed in Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen and elsewhere in the region, the anger, hatred and sectarian divides have only grown deeper...
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John Nichols
A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding Trump That He Has No Mandate
When Paul Ryan and top congressional Republicans gathered on the evening of January 20, 2009, to plot a strategy of absolute and unrelenting opposition to Barack Obama presidency, and to the House...
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Juan Cole
Preparing for the Normalization of a Neofascist White House
It is 2017, and shortly the White House will be inhabited by an unscrupulous, corrupt narcissist who has shamelessly mobilized the Neo-Nazi fringe of the Republican Party to get into power. Despite...
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Andrew Bacevich
On Loving Another Country
Say what you will about Israeli political leaders, you can always count on them for one thing: They will do whatever they believe necessary to ensure the security and wellbeing of the Jewish State...
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Carla Hall
How Trump Can Help Working-Class Americans: Keep Funding Planned Parenthood
Can Congress stop harassing Planned Parenthood ? That would be my wish for the new year. Unfortunately, the harassment may increase in a Trump administration. But it doesn’t have to. It is within...
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Christian Christensen
20 New Year’s Resolutions for News, Journalism and Social Media
1. Avoid use of headlines and writing of tweets that misrepresent and/or oversimplify the content of linked-to articles. Headlines matter as they frame the stories for users. 2. Call racism “racism...
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Dan Carter
What Does Trump’s Proposed Cabinet Tell Us About The Next Four Years?
Donald Trump will not be sworn in as President until January 20, 2017 (although you wouldn’t know it from his tweets). But his choice of staff and cabinet members gives us insight into the shape of...
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Sunday, January 1, 2017
Kathy Kelly
Eternal Hostility: A New Year’s Resolution
This New Year’s Eve, 750 heavy wooden crosses were distributed to a gathering of Chicagoans commemorating the victims of gun violence killed in 2016. Rev. Michael Pfleger and the Faith Community of...
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Mike Gaworecki
Top Climate Stories to Watch in 2017
2016 was something of a mixed bag for the global climate. On the one hand, renewable energy use has never been higher — but on the other hand, 2016 brought with it news of record fossil fuel...
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Sally Neas
As a Trump Administration Fast Approaches, Cities and Towns Gear Up for Political Resistance
Back in March, when Donald Trump was facing off with two now-forgotten candidates for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, the small town of Barnstead, New Hampshire, was quietly...
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