Norman Solomon

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 A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa caucuses will be held on February 3. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 07, 2020
The Fight for Bernie Delegates Is Escalating—and Could Help Beat Trump
The Presumptive Nominee seems to be in trouble. Reuters just released a national pol l showing that “Joe Biden’s advantage over President Donald Trump in popular support has eroded in recent weeks”—and the contest is “essentially a toss-up.” In a half-dozen key swing states, Biden is only up by an...
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Then US Vice President Joe Biden (L) smiles with former labor secretary Tom Perez, currently the chair of Democratic National Committee, as he arrives to address the Apprenticeship Summit at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 8, 2015. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez
Whatever our political differences, vast numbers of Democrats and others agree that it’s imperative to defeat Donald Trump. But with scarcely five months to go before the voting starts, Joe Biden is not helping to assemble a broad tactical alliance. Instead, he’s ignoring the wisdom that Jesse...
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In this photo illustration, President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Former vice president Joe Biden as Former president Barack Obama looks on at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017. (Photo:Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Some Progressives Are in Denial About Trump's Fascist Momentum
Two years after Donald Trump won the presidency, the author of "How Fascism Works" assessed him in a video . "It might seem like an exaggeration to call Trump a fascist," Yale professor Jason Stanley said. "I mean, he's not calling for a genocide or imprisoning his own people without due process...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders shake hands ahead of the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Bernie's Pivot for Biden Might Not Be Pleasant, But Trump Must Be Defeated
This week, soon after Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign, one of its most effective message-crafters summed up a vital challenge ahead. “The best hope to defeat Trump is to positively and constructively motivate a large Democratic turnout,” David Sirota wrote . “The best way to do that is to...
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Bernie’s Decision: Retreat Should Not Be Confused with Surrender
Politics is ultimately about life and death, as the current pandemic horrors make clear. Policies that can seem abstract not only routinely harm quality of life—they also kill. Both Bernie Sanders campaigns for president have brought a principled seriousness to the national discourse that no other...
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Solid reasons for Sanders to stay in the presidential primaries are hardly appreciated by party power brokers and big media outlets that have been hostile toward the Bernie 2020 campaign from the beginning. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 06, 2020
The Pandemic Makes the Bernie 2020 Campaign More Vital Than Ever
Pressure on Bernie Sanders to quit the presidential race is intensifying. Over the weekend, the Washington Post splashed a major story under the headline " Some Top Sanders Advisers Urge Him to Consider Withdrawing ." While sheltering at home, comedian Larry David couldn’t curb his enthusiasm for...
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A man casts his vote during the Florida primary election in Miami, Florida, on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
Trump's Mass Negligent Homicide Doesn't Let Democratic Leaders Off the Hook
In the last few days, New York and Pennsylvania postponed voting in presidential primaries from April until June. A dozen other states have also rescheduled. Those wise decisions are in sharp contrast to a failure of leadership from Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee. Just two weeks...
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A supportive sign is posted on a theater's marquis in the North Beach area of San Francisco, California on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 23, 2020
Power in a Time of Coronavirus
Every day now we’re waking up into an extreme real-life nightmare, while responses are still routinely lagging far behind what’s at stake. Urgency is reality. The horrific momentum of the coronavirus is personal, social and political. In those realms, a baseline formula is “passivity = death.” The...
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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders bump elbows before the Democratic debat hosted by CNN on Sunday, March 15, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 19, 2020
What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders
On the surface, the coronavirus emergency has nothing in particular to do with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. What’s obvious is that Donald Trump’s unhinged bluster and inaction let the pandemic get a lethal jump on the United States, people are dying while huge numbers of lives are in jeopardy, and...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Democratic Presidential Candidate, speaks to thousands of supporters during a rally at the Boston Common on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
'In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See': The 2020 Bernie Campaign Represents a Fight That Must Continue
“In a dark time,” poet Theodore Roethke wrote , “the eye begins to see.” No matter who wins the Democratic presidential nomination, many millions of people will refuse to unsee what has become all too clear. On the verge of spring 2020, we can see what we’re up against: •A crowing media...
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