Norman Solomon

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Traders gather around a post as they wait for shares of Slack to start trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), June 20, 2019 in New York City. The workplace messaging app Slack will list on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Shares of Slack were surging more than 60 percent over its reference price in early afternoon trading. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 01, 2019
After Biden’s Sharp Decline, Wall Street Investors Reassessing Other Blue Chips
Investors are pondering where to put their money this week after the sudden decline in the assessed value of presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Wall Street and in other corporate quarters where financiers were heavily invested in Biden, hopes have eroded in recent days amid reduced investor...
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With plenty of Democratic members of Congress with terrible voting records, a grassroots primary campaign can put a scare into those who pay more attention to big donors than consituents and voters. (Photo: Gordon_Frets/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Meet the 'Bad Blues': House Democrats Who Deserve to Be Primaried by Progressives
The following report is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative. There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial and...
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Staggering Frontrunner Status of Clueless and Shameless Joe Biden
Joe Biden just put a spotlight on his mindset when he explicitly refused to apologize for fondly recalling how the Senate “got things done” with “civility” as he worked alongside some of the leading racist lawmakers of the 20th century. For Biden, the personal is the political; he knows that he’s...
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Monday, June 10, 2019
Why an "Apology Tour" Is Needed: An Open Letter to Joe Biden
Dear Mr. Biden: News outlets are reporting that you’re determined to prevent your campaign from turning into an “apology tour” this summer. But your only other option is a campaign of denial—sinking deeper into a quagmire of unsustainable pretense. After your flip-flop late last week that finally...
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Monday, June 03, 2019
Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California’s Democratic Party
Joe Biden’s glaring absence from the California Democratic Party convention has thrown a national spotlight on his eagerness to detour around the party’s progressive base. While dodging an overt clash for now, Biden is on a collision course with grassroots Democrats across the country who are...
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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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