Norman Solomon

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"Clearly the needed shift won’t be initiated by the Republican or Democratic leaders in Congress; it must come from Americans who make their voices heard." (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Views
Monday, July 16, 2018
Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda
Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in...
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Joseph Crowley on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Susan Walsh / AP) Views
Friday, June 29, 2018
What Joe Crowley’s Defeat Has to Do With Democratic Party 'Superdelegates'
Conventional wisdom said that powerful Congressman Joseph Crowley couldn’t be beat. But his 20-year career in the House of Representatives will end in early January, with the socialist organizer who beat him in the Democratic primary in the deep-blue district poised to become Congresswoman...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
New Polls Show Anti-Trump Isn’t Enough to Beat GOP
With six months to go before the midterm election, new national polls are showing that the Democratic Party’s much-touted momentum to gain control of the House has stalled out. The latest numbers tell us a lot about the limits of denouncing Donald Trump without offering much more than a return to...
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"From the outset of the Clinton and Obama administrations, top appointees reflected and propelled the deference to oligarchic power."  (Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
Twenty-five years ago, the so-called New Democrats were triumphant. Today, their political heirs are eager to prevent the Democratic Party from living up to its name. At stake is whether democracy will have a chance to function. A fundamental battle for democracy is in progress—a conflict over...
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"A loud and clear message from the Democrats’ 2016 election debacle is that hoping for working-class votes while refusing to do battle against corporate exploiters of the working class is a political dead end." (Photo: acidpolly/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street
Exactly 200 days before the crucial midterm election that will determine whether Republicans maintain control of Congress, the Democratic National Committee filed a 66-page lawsuit that surely cost lots of money and energy to assemble. Does the lawsuit target purveyors of racist barriers to voting...
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to 'Russiagate' Enthusiasts—Whether They Like It or Not
Politicians, pundits and activists who’ve routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
Those Who Controlled the Past Should Not Control the Future
Daniel Ellsberg has a message that managers of the warfare state don’t want people to hear. “If you have information that bears on deception or illegality in pursuing wrongful policies or an aggressive war,” he said in a statement released last week, “don't wait to put that out and think about it,...
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Friday, March 02, 2018
Is MSNBC Now the Most Dangerous Warmonger Network?
The evidence is damning. And the silence underscores the arrogance. More than seven weeks after a devastating report from the media watch group FAIR, top executives and prime-time anchors at MSNBC still refuse to discuss how the network’s obsession with Russia has thrown minimal journalistic...
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"During the electoral tailspin of 2016, Perez was all in with Clinton’s battle against Sanders." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 25, 2018
DNC Chair Tom Perez, the Democratic Party’s Grim Metaphor
Sometimes a party’s leader seems to symbolize an enduring malaise. For Democrats in 2018, that institutional leader is Tom Perez. While serving as secretary of labor during President Obama’s second term, Perez gained a reputation as an advocate for workers and civil rights. That image may have...
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Social Media Madness: The Russia Canard
For several months we’ve been hearing a crescendo of outcries that Russia used social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The claim has now been debunked by an unlikely source—one of the most Russiagate-frenzied big media outlets in the United States, the Washington Post . Far away from...
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