Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon is co-founder and national coordinator of His books include "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State." He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Will Biden’s Dog Whistles for Racism Catch Up with Him?
In a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential nomination may largely depend on the extent of “doublethink” that George Orwell described in 1984 as the willingness “to forget any fact...
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 Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals at the Mohegan Sun Pocono on April 15, 2019 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. One of Sanders' proposals for his presidential bids is Medicare for all. Views
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Why So Many Journalists Are Clueless About the Bernie 2020 Campaign
They don’t get it. Mainstream journalists routinely ignore the essential core of the Bernie 2020 campaign. As far as they’re concerned, when Bernie Sanders talks about the crucial importance of grassroots organizing, he might as well be speaking in tongues. Frequently using the word “unprecedented...
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Joe Biden Reality Check: The Puffery vs. the Record
Let’s be blunt: As a supposed friend of American workers, Joe Biden is a phony. And now that he’s running for president, Biden’s huge task is to hide his phoniness. From the outset, with dim prospects from small donors, the Biden campaign is depending on big checks from the rich and corporate...
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What set the stage for the latest funding battle in the House was a Budget Committee vote that approved the new measure with the $17 billion military boost. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, April 15, 2019
The Toxic Lure of “Guns and Butter”
The current political brawl over next year’s budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are...
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 Barbara Lee has been a stalwart opponent of endless war. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 08, 2019
Rep. Barbara Lee’s Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending
What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11— speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war—remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget...
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO
When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of...
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“We say no to oligarchy, yes to democracy.” Views
Monday, March 25, 2019
Bernie Is Not a Wind Sock
Bernie Sanders wrapped up a weekend campaign swing through California with a Sunday afternoon speech to 16,000 of us a few miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. News coverage seemed unlikely to convey much about the event. The multiracial crowd reflected the latest polling that shows great diversity...
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for 2020
To understand Beto O’Rourke as a candidate, it’s vital to go beneath the surface of his political backstory. News watchers are already well aware of the former Texas congressman’s good looks, charisma, youthful energy and fundraising prowess. But most remain unaware of an inconvenient truth that...
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Monday, March 11, 2019
Here Comes Joe Biden and It's Worse Than You Thought
When the New York Times front-paged its latest anti-left polemic masquerading as a news article, the March 9 piece declared: “Should former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. enter the race, as his top advisers vow he soon will, he would have the best immediate shot at the moderate mantle.” On the...
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Monday, March 04, 2019
The Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC "Rigging"—It's Media Trashing
Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will “rig” the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The meme encourages the belief that the Bernie 2020 campaign is futile because of powerful corporate Democrats. But such fatalism should be discarded. As...
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