Carl Gibson

Carl Gibson is a freelance journalist, columnist, and editor primarily covering political and economic news. His investigative reporting and opinion writing has appeared in CNN, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Barron's, MarketWatch, The Independent, The Houston Chronicle, and NPR, among others.

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A protester scuffles with a Trump supporter (R) in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 1, 2020, amid ongoing demonstrations after the shooting by police of Jacob Blake. President Donald Trump on September 1 took his so-called "tough law and order" message to Kenosha, the latest US city roiled by the police shooting of a black man, as he branded recent anti-racism protests acts of "domestic terror" by violent mobs. (Photo:Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Trump’s Fascist Signaling Is Going to Create More Kyle Rittenhouses
It's not hyperbole to say that President Trump is encouraging right-wing domestic terrorism. After a white supremacist killed one and injured nearly two dozen others in a 2017 terrorist attack against protesters in Charlottesville, Trump initially condemned the violence, saying the hate groups...
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It’s tempting for progressive Kentuckians to want to check out of this election, as many of us have after the corporate wing of the Democratic Party threw a wet blanket on Bernie Sanders’ post-Nevada momentum to circle its wagons around Joe Biden. (Photo: @Booker4KY/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Booker's Loss Was Devastating. But We Can't Lose Sight of Defeating McConnell
Kentucky legislator Charles Booker, who hails from the poorest ZIP code in Kentucky, was the first truly inspiring progressive running in a Kentucky statewide election that I can remember, and his "from the hood to the holler" rallying cry was the best I’ve heard from any Kentucky Democrat. He got...
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Solidarity Through Charity: Occupy Evolves and Lives
I know what it’s like to be hounded by bill collectors. And regardless of how I feel about the Tea Party’s politics, if they spearheaded an initiative to abolish the $6,000 in medical debt I had racked up in Houston, Texas after breaking my elbow with no health insurance, and did the same with thousands of others’ debt out of sheer desire to do good, I would feel radically different about the Tea Party.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
'We Pay More': US Austerity Well Underway
After I pinned a dollar bill on my jacket lapel with “I PAY MORE” written on it in black marker, I’ve had countless conversations during my travels across the United States that went something like this:
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Saturday, October 06, 2012
The Illegitimate Debates of 2012
Imagine going out to dinner in a restaurant that only served Coke and Pepsi to drink. What if the establishment had strict rules against the serving of coffee, tea, juice, water, milk, or any other beverage, and was the only restaurant in town? Wouldn’t it be better to just find a new restaurant that offered multiple choices to customers? The same comparison can be made about the bland, exclusionary, corporate-sponsored presidential debates happening this month.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
'Snatched and Grabbed' by the NYPD
The white-shirted NYPD officer took his empty Chipotle tray and stood up, walking over to the trash can. I stretched out my hands. "I'll take that for you, bro," I said to him. He was caught off-guard. "Do you work here?"
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Standardized Tests for All Elected Officials
Rahm Emanuel wants to cheapen education to make it conform to a standardized testing model. So how about we come up with standardized testing models to see how our do-nothing politicians measure up?
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
RNC: You Didn't Build That
The entire theme of the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa is "We Built This." It's a dig at a remark Obama made at a Virginia campaign event, where he pushed the narrative that government investments in national infrastructure like good schools, good roads and good police/fire protection is essential to the success of the business community.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
What Do Stoners and Mitt Romney Have in Common?
Every smart weed smoker knows that while you’re applying for jobs, it’s best to stay clean. While all smokers have unique remedies they swear to when it comes to getting THC out of your system in a hurry, we all know it’s best to just lay off until after passing that drug test when you’re looking for work.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
Target Election Fraud, Not "Voter Fraud"
Fact: There are two things that occur more often than the right-wing myth of “voter fraud”: UFO sightings, and election-rigging. Statistically, you’re 3,615 times more likely to report seeing an alien than you are of seeing voter fraud.
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