Norman Solomon

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Monday, September 30, 2019
MoveOn's Phony New Campaign for 'Protecting Whistleblowers'
All of a sudden, MoveOn wants to help "national security" whistleblowers. Well, some of them, anyway. After many years of carefully refusing to launch a single campaign in support of brave whistleblowers who faced vicious prosecution during the Obama administration—including Army whistleblower...
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Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R) and incumbent U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) share a moment during a mock swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 26, 2019
To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context"—an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly...
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Then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios December 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The 'Official Secrets' Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War
Joe Biden’s recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another . This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo:  Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 09, 2019
Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out for Sharing Critical, Accurate Information About Joe Biden
The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn’t need to tell me that he was hopping mad. Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier—providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden—to delegates and activists as they...
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Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (l), Ayanna Pressley (c), and Rashida Tlaib have shown that progressive lawmakers can be elected if they mount serious and compelling campaigns. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 05, 2019
To Win Power, Progressives Must Embrace 'Primary' as a Verb
Progressive activists often see a frustrating pattern. Many Democrats in office are good at liberal platitudes but don’t really fight for what we need. Even when constituents organize to lobby or protest, they have little leverage compared to big campaign donors, party leaders and corporate media...
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Thursday, August 29, 2019
With Sanders and Warren Surging, Is Wall Street's 2020 Nightmare Coming True?
For plutocrats, this summer has gotten a bit scary. Two feared candidates are rising. Trusted candidates are underperforming. The 2020 presidential election could turn out to be a real-life horror movie: A Nightmare on Wall Street. “Wall Street executives who want Trump out,” Politico reported in...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talks to journalists after speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair August 11, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Why Bernie Sanders Is Absolutely Correct About the Washington Post—and Corporate Media Overall
Many decades ago, the great media critic George Seldes observed: "The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself." That remains true today. Bernie Sanders set off the latest round of outraged denial from elite media this week when he talked to a crowd in New Hampshire about the tax avoidance...
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From left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gather in the Capitol before a rally with House Democrats on their first 200 days of the 116th Congress on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Views
Thursday, August 08, 2019
The Danger of Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Attitude Toward Progressives
Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine that a letter from the billionaire real-estate broker George M. Marcus was hand-delivered to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking to meet with her. What are the chances that Pelosi would find time on her calendar? Hint: Marcus gave $4.5 million to...
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How are policies really "moderate" when they perpetuate and increase extreme suffering due to vast income inequality? (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 01, 2019
There’s Nothing Moderate About "Moderates." A Primary Example Is Joe Biden
The comedian George Carlin liked to marvel at oxymorons like "jumbo shrimp" and "military intelligence." Now, as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination intensifies, reporters and pundits at corporate media outlets are escalating their use of a one-word political oxymoron—"moderate." As...
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Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris addresses the media about migrant children in front of a detention center in Homestead, Florida on June 28, 2019 (Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
Corporate Team of Rivals: Harris Now in Top Tier with Biden to Prevent a Progressive Nominee
The odds are now very strong that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic presidential nominee. New polling averages say they account for almost 70 percent of support nationwide, while no other candidate is anywhere near. For progressives who want to...
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