Norman Solomon

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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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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The Only Hope for Bernie 2020 Is a Progressive Grassroots Uprising
Presidential candidate Kamala Harris began this week in the nation’s first primary state by proclaiming what she isn’t. “The people of New Hampshire will tell me what’s required to compete in New Hampshire,” she said , “but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist.” Harris continued: “I...
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses the crowd during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dome event on January 21, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Bernie 2020 Campaign Has Corporate Democrats Running Scared
With a launch of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign on the near horizon, efforts to block his trajectory to the Democratic presidential nomination are intensifying. The lines of attack are already aggressive—and often contradictory. One media meme says that Bernie has made so much headway in moving...
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Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is alarming some Democrats by pushing the party to the left. (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Democrats Are Afraid Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Too. And That’s A Good Thing.
In the last few days, both Politico and the New York Times have reported that freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ruffled the feathers of fellow congressional Democrats. Chief among the reasons for the tension? Ocasio-Cortez’s apparent support for progressive primary challenges...
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Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz during this year's campaign. Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Beto, We Hardly Knew Ye
News media tell us that Beto O’Rourke has reached the top tier of potential contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. CNN polls now rank him in third place—behind only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders— among likely Iowa caucusgoers as well as among Democrats nationwide . Progressives...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020
Twenty-five years ago—when I wrote a book titled “False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era”—I didn’t expect that the Democratic Party would still be mired in Clintonism two and a half decades later. But such approaches to politics continue to haunt the party and the country. The last...
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