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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
When the court reconvenes in October, its docket will include a new Second Amendment appeal—New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York—that has the potential to rival or surpass Heller for its impact on gun rights and gun regulation.(Photo: PJMixer / Flickr) Bill Blum
The Biggest Obstacle to Gun Control May Be the Supreme Court
With the addition of Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, today’s Supreme Court may be even more pro-gun than it was when Scalia penned Heller.
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Monday, August 19, 2019
While the U.S. has the most powerful military machine in history, it is also incomparably the most expensive – and members of Congress work aggressively to maintain it. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Rebecca U. Thorpe
One Budget Line Congress Can Agree On: Spending Billions on the US Military
Americans are increasingly insulated and isolated from the political, economic and human costs of warfare.
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Excessive CEO, which comes at the expense of the corporation, is far more pernicious than returns to shareholders. (Image: Shutterstock) Dean Baker
CEOs Say They Will Stop Maximizing Shareholder Value. Would Be Better If They Stopped Maximizing CEO Compensation
Rather than maximizing shareholder returns, it seems more plausible that CEOs have been maximizing CEO pay, which has risen 940 percent since 1978.
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This week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced updates to the public charge rule that would bar immigrants who use safety-net programs including Medicaid and food stamps from obtaining green cards. (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.) Rebekah Barber
Public Charge Rule Is Trump's Latest Attack on Immigrants
The rule could have a particularly devastating effect on immigrant communities in the South, the nation's poorest region.
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These war crimes promise to continue unless the U.S. military completely withdraws from Afghanistan. Marjorie Cohn
The Foreign Policy Litmus Test for Democrats in 2020
As the carnage continues with no end in sight, all of the Democratic candidates should be making immediate and complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and indeed, all countries in which the United States is fighting, a central pillar of their platforms.
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That report notes that among the key resource sectors that are driving the violence against human rights defenders is agribusiness. (Photo: Gabrielle Galindo) Brent Patterson
Remembering Colombian Land Defender Hernán Bedoya
"A year before he died, Hernán warned the palm oil companies planned to plant another 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres), which would be impossible unless he and more than a dozen other campesinos were dispossessed."
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Little is known about this industry, which operates from the shadows despite repeated requests for more transparency. (Photo: g4ll4is / Flickr) Likhita Banerji
A Dangerous Alliance: Governments Collaborate with Surveillance Companies to Shrink the Space for Human Rights Work
Despite the existence of these international laws and standards, states and private companies have been able to buy and use spyware freely and without any provision for accountability.
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"The Biggest Little Farm” will likely leave you inspired, hopeful even, and you'll want all your friends to see it. (Photo: Screenshot) Diana Donlon
Got Climate Anxiety? Watch "The Biggest Little Farm"—a Template for Regeneration
The real takeaway from this movie is that the miracle of self-renewal can happen anywhere, once soil-health restoration becomes the priority and the processes that allow nature to regenerate are set into motion.
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Representative Rashida Tlaib (L) and Representative Ilhan Oma. (Photo: Mondoweiss)  Philip Weiss
Political Upheaval Over Tlaib and Omar Shows the Power of BDS
The 56 percent majority of Democrats who believe in punishing Israel in aid for its unending gobbling of Palestinian land is gaining numbers as we speak.
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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with President Donald Trump in the East Room, June 13, 2019. (Photo: Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/AP Images)  Paul Waldman
There Will Be No Justice For Trump's Enablers
The moral and professional accounting some Republicans feared will never take place.
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We are, in other words, already on a dystopian planet. (Photo Detail: Jim Bourg/Reuters, Paneikon) Tom Engelhardt
2084: Is Donald Trump Big Brother?
Orwell revisited in the age of Trump
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Sunday, August 18, 2019
Zubeida Mustafa
Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir
Observers believe that Donald Trump's ham-handedness has provoked Modi—or rather, provided him the opening he was looking for
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Larry Beinhart
Donald and Ronald
Just how different is Trump's presidency from Reagan's?
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Juan Cole
America as a Company Town: Royal Dutch Shell Workers in Pennsylvania Coerced to Show Up for Trump
This campaign rally was a way for Royal Dutch Shell to force its workers to show up for Trump and to put them under his political influence
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Tim Wilkins
The AMA Gets Out of the Way of #MedicareForAll
"The AMA has made the right—if overdue—call by leaving the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, and to stop giving their credibility to this effort by big corporations to put profits before people's health."
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Sarah Jaffe
Bad Boss Trump, the Great Organizer
Working people at all levels are beginning to understand how their interests are not that different, whether they pack chickens in Mississippi, sell Walmart products in California, or program for IBM in Atlanta
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Longtime progressive activist and political organizer Tom Gallagher is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her congressional seat in 2020. (Photo: Gallagher for Congress) Patrick O'Malley
Meet Tom Gallagher, the Democratic Socialist Challenging Nancy Pelosi in 2020
Gallagher's record provides a bold contrast to the rightward drift of the Democratic Party: he was resisting neoliberalism before we called it neoliberalism
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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Brian Mier
Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests
Why are the New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil's far-right president?
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Ashoka Mukpo
Corrections Officer Who Struck Rhode Island ICE Protesters With Pickup Truck Resigns
"From the perspective of the Never Again movement, looking to shut down ICE and stop the deportation machine, the place where that intersects in Rhode Island is at Wyatt."
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Christopher Brauchli
A Dangerous and Filthy Place
Trump's descriptions of Baltimore were actually descriptions of the Kushner properties
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Randi Spivak
How to Counter Trump's Disastrous Attack on Our Public Lands
Fossil fuel leasing on public lands is worsening the climate crisis. But there's hope.
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Juan Cole
After Tlaib and Omar Are Barred by Netanyahu, Why Would Any Self-Respecting Democrats in Congress Do the AIPAC Tour Again?
Dem leaders Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Steny Hoyer condemned the move, but it is unlikely that they will do more than that.
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Jeff Cohen
Memo to Mainstream Journalists: Can the Phony Outrage; Bernie Is Right About Bias
Mainstream media is shocked at Sanders' suggestion that ownership influences coverage. I can tell you it's true.
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Friday, August 16, 2019
Most of these localities also have poverty rates far higher than the U.S. average. (Photo: Shutterstock) Negin Owliaei
Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion
If you’re a minimum wage worker in a conservative state, your state lawmakers may have cut your paycheck by over $4,000.
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Scott Zimmerman
ALEC Fails to Denounce Dangerous and Racist Views of Its Leaders and Members
ALEC has remained conspicuously silent about the dangerous and racist statements and ties of its legislative leaders and members Shea, King, Nearman, Stringer, and Keller.
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Trump won because he promised to do something about it, but asking Donald Trump to fix our international trade policy is about as sane as asking your six-year old to perform brain surgery. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) John Atcheson
It Looks Like We're Heading For a Recession: Which Would Make Republicans' Favorite Economic Policies 0 FOR 4
Trump—despite populist rhetoric—did the usual Republican scam, cutting taxes for the rich and corporations, exacerbating both the deficit and income inequality, and assuring that a recession is increasingly likely.
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President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.  (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images) Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
From Jerusalem, A Letter to Jared Kushner
As a peace activist, I see the denial of Palestinian freedom by Israel and the United States following a tragic trajectory
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US President George Bush addresses the nation during his State of the Union address from Capitol Hill in Washington 20 January 2004. Bush vowed that the United States "will never seek a permission slip" to go to war as he took aim in his annual State of the Union speech at critics of the invasion of Iraq. At left is Vice President Dick Cheney; at right House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-IL. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Shetterly
George W. Bush's Infuriating Innocence Project
The former president is a war criminal guilty of crimes against humanity—a serial killer. Will the American people ever come to grips with this fact?
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DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos announced a “blacklist” policy, which sought to stifle the people-powered democratic process by requiring political consultants to sign a loyalty pledge to incumbent Democrats. (Photo: Greg Nash) Richard Rodriguez
DCCC Is Out of Step With Democratic Values
We need a political system that works for the people, not the deep-pocketed special interests.
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Children of mainly Latino immigrant parents hold signs during a march to the Madison County Courthouse in Canton, Miss., on Aug. 11, 2019. The demonstration followed ICE raids earlier that week at seven poultry plants in Mississippi, including one in Canton. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
The Right Gives Corporations the Help It Denies Poor Immigrants of Color
In Trump’s version of America, the Statue of Liberty might say, "only white wealthy immigrants are welcome here."
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
US Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to cheering supporters at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California Sunday June 2, 2019. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
If You're Looking for Evidence of WaPo Media Bias Against Bernie Sanders, Here It Is
Fairness & Accuracy In Media (FAIR) has been following this issue for quite some time, so we're happy to offer the evidence CNN and the Post claim is lacking
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Some conservative intellectuals have provocatively characterized the United States as a "nation of takers" and most working-class America’s as "takers."(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Shawn Fremstad
Trump’s Contempt for Working-Class Expressed in New Expanded Public Charge Rule
It is unimaginable that Congress would classify so many working-class and middle-class Americans as undesirable public charges.
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Immigrants not only don’t vote but likewise their economic power and ability to shape the media narrative are irrelevant. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jorge Majfud
Why the Government’s Hunt for the Migrant Poor Is a Perfect Distraction From the Real Problems of Our Time
The powerful old men who rule the world have an existential advantage, which is that they won’t live to see the fruits of their hate and greed.
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Workers at nonprofits often experience overwork and burn out. The answer is a union. (Getty Images)   Kayla Blado
The Answer To Burn Out At Work Isn’t "Self-Care"—It’s Unionizing
Being in a union means that you and your coworkers work together to fix the problems at your workplace, and then negotiate for solutions with management.
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Couple Sleeping on Car at Woodstock, 1969. (Photo: Bettmann / Getty) Michael Winship
Fifty Years After Woodstock, We Are Caught in the Devil’s Bargain
The anniversary reminds us of the best and worst of 1969—and today.
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The Death Penalty Information Center presents clear and compelling statistics on the 2,500 people currently on death row in the U.S., and how unjustly the death penalty is implemented. (Photo: Eric Risberg / AP) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Ghastly Return of the Federal Death Penalty
The most significant factors in determining whether or not a person is given the death penalty are the location where they are tried, whether they are poor, and the race of the victim.
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Sanders and Biden debate in Miami (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Matt Taibbi
Bernie Sanders’ Chances Depend on Taking Support from Biden, and Soon
"Scranton Joe" has proved a more difficult foil for Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton, particularly with working-class voters.
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Perhaps slowbalization is exactly what the planet needs right now. (Robert Thomson via Wikimedia Commons) John Feffer
'Slowbalization': Is the Slowing Global Economy a Boon or Bane?
Some economists worry the world has passed “peak globalization.” But that could be good for the planet.
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Mickey Ray Williams, president of the USW local union at the Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Alabama, with a tire made in Mexico. Tom Conway
A Tire That Should Inspire Fear in the Heart of Workers
This sad story is as old as NAFTA.
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The rise in these public-place mass shootings and extremist violence correlates with the rise in rhetoric on White supremacy, xenophobia, and misogyny. (Photo: YES! Infographic by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz) Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz
What an American Terrorist Looks Like
Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.
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The great majority of farmers—80% of eligible grain farmers—got zilch from Donald the Dealmaker. (Photo: AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Jim Hightower
Government for the Rich, the Poor Be Damned
What we have here is government by plutocratic authoritarians who'll gleefully dole out millions to a wealthy family and then just as gleefully go out of their way to deny food to millions of poor families.
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Today, a number of push factors are driving Central Americans from their homes, especially (once again) in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.(Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis
What happens in El Norte, doesn’t stay in El Norte
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Statue of Liberty through the morning fog from the Staten Island Ferry. (Photo: Brian Angell/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
"World-Wide Welcome": No, Cuccinelli, the Statue of Liberty and Lazarus Poem Are Not About European Whiteness
CNN quotes the interchange between Erin Burnett and Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, over a new policy that might prevent immigrants who accepted public...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
David Armiak
ALEC Doubles Down on Trump, Corporate Agenda at Annual Meeting in Texas
The corporate lobby group and right-wing 'model legislation' factory is back
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Social Security is 84 today. Notwithstanding constant attacks by many, Social Security’s current projected shortfall, modest in size and still years away, is not a " crisis," as too many politicians assert, but a call for simple maintenance. If your car needs an oil change, it's not a crisis. But if you do nothing, and wait until your engine is blown, it can become a crisis. (Photo: Joey Gannon/Wikimedia/cc) Nancy Altman
Social Security Isn’t in Crisis. It Just Needs a Tune-Up
Democrats appear increasingly ready to take the necessary action, but the Republican Party would just as soon let one of the nation's most popular programs die
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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) special agent pictured June 19, 2018.(Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) W. Ralph Eubanks
Mississippi ICE Raids a Call to Action for the Civil Rights Generation
What happened in the ICE raids in Mississippi is just as un-American as our old race-based immigration quota system, as un-American as the way African Americans had to live in this country before the civil rights movement
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A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner lifts off for its first flight on January 29, 2016 in Renton, Washington. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
It Is Time to Haul Boeing Executives Before Congress to Testify Under Oath
With the Boeing 737 MAX still grounded, there may not be a better opportunity to get answers to the most crucial questions
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Indian security personnel stand guard overlooking the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Nagrota near Jammu on August 14, 2019. (Photo: Rakesh Bakshi/AFP/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Why Kashmir Is Suddenly a Potential Global Point of Conflict
The Indian government’s move on Jammu and Kashmir should not merely be seen as an internal matter. It is inextricably linked to the geopolitical atmosphere around the region.
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Flower are left at the Al Noor mosque March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 49 people are confirmed dead, with with 36 injured still in hospital following shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. (Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common
Writing under the title of “If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim”, Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. “If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim,” Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper...
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner marching with Fight For $15 fast food workers on June 9, 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
It's Very Clear: Bernie Sanders Can Beat Donald Trump
America very badly needs a president who is not just another establishment stooge in thrall to plutocrats to undo the damage of Trump and 30 years of neoliberal corrosion
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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks about immigration policy at the White House during a briefing August 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. During the briefing, Cuccinelli said that immigrants legally in the U.S. would no longer be eligible for green cards if they utilize any social programs available in the nation. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Sabrina Hersi Issa
Trump's Public Charge Plan Punishes Legal Immigrants for America's Existing Income Inequality
The administration explicitly disavowed the language chiseled on the Statue of Liberty to defend their new immigration strategy
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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) Norman Solomon
Why Bernie Sanders Is Absolutely Correct About the Washington Post—and Corporate Media Overall
The fact that cable news pundits, anchors, and reporters rushed to vehemently defend corporate media against Sanders' comments is illustrative of the dynamic. It makes you wonder where career self-interest ends and sincere delusion begins.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Julie Hollar
Media Defend Biden by Attacking Dems for ‘Attacking’ Obama
Note that the "Dems" who are seething in these stories are almost exclusively Biden strategists, former Obama administration officials or strategists, and other party centrists
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Andrew Cohen
The Completely Predictable Death of Jeffrey Epstein
If you are shocked by a jail suicide you aren’t paying attention to the grim conditions of incarceration in America.
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Justin Vest
ICE: You're Not Welcome in the South
I'm sick of the government claiming it "protects" me by locking up my Latinx neighbors while their kids are at school
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Reese Erlich
Trade War With China Is Not Going So Well For Trump
Despite tremendous Trumpian pressure, China hasn't backed down
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William Astore
In Wars and Weapons We Trust: Military Strength Is America's National Religion
What happened to "blessed are the peacemakers"?
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Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House July 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO and additional organizations held the event to deliver 'more than 2 million petition signatures' in support of expanding Social Security benefits. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Diane Archer
Social Security 2100—A Path to Protecting America’s Elderly Communities
Social Security’s one shortcoming is that its benefits are extremely modest by virtually any measure. We can do so much better.
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Thom Hartmann
The Right-Wing American Love Affair With One of the Most Disturbing Serial Killers
A monster who boasted of how he had hacked up a 12-year-old girl—had Ayn Rand's ear, as well as her heart. What happened next was the modern Republican Party.
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Monday, August 12, 2019
Demonstrators spotlight the power of soil at a march in Oakland Kristin Ohlson
Regenerative Agriculture Is Key for a Sustainable Climate and Food System
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report shows that agriculture is responsible for 37 percent of greenhouse gas emissions
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NAFTA protest Dean Baker
Why Would the Democrats Want to be 'Tough' on Trade, as Opposed to Smart on Trade?
Over the last three decades, the United States has negotiated trade deals to benefit U.S. corporations
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Guatemalan migrants deported from the United States remain outside the Air Force Base after their arrival in Guatemala City on July 31, 2019. Renata Avila
All or Nothing: A Green New Deal for Central America
The Trump administration is already campaigning for the upcoming elections and its main target is an easy fragile one – migration and how to put the brakes on it. Turning Guatemala into a temporary prison has been its latest achievement.
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Deforestation Pablo Pacheco
The Need for a Climate Action Plan That Puts Forests Front and Center Is Clearer Than Ever
Forest-related solutions are cost effective precisely because we can harness the power of nature to address climate change.
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Submerged graffiti reads: I don't believe in global warming. David Suzuki
Deniers Deflated as Climate Reality Hits Home
It’s getting harder for anyone to deny the reality staring us in the face.
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Thousands of new Rohingya refugee arrivals cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Tom Andrews
Will Congress Hold Those Who Commit and Profit From Genocide Accountable?
The next phase of the genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is underway. Congress can help stop it by passing a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)...
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Site of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster more than Three Years Later Gloria Oladipo
Trump’s New Coal Rules Will Bury Rural America
People of color and white rural populations are going to suffer the most from the EPA’s war on renewable power.
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 A doctor showing a patient a syringe used to inject testosterone. Lindsey Kaley
We Have Until Aug 13 to Oppose Trump’s Anti-Trans Healthcare Plan
The proposal is yet another attempt by the Trump administration to undermine our nation’s antidiscrimination laws.
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Sunday, August 11, 2019
"Americans struggle to come to terms with its original sin of racism," writes Love, "at a time of weaponised white supremacy, when domestic terrorism with a white male face poses the greatest threat to their lives." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images News) David A. Love
Mass Shootings: The Most American Way to Kill and Die
Racism, corruption and arms proliferation are fuelling America's mass shooting epidemic
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Jeremy Toback
A Fresh Case for the Political Revolution
The neoliberal project has left us with but one choice.
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India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writes Margolis, is a Hindu nationalist hardliner who has proved willing to dangerously antagonize Pakistan and India's 200 million Muslims, who make up over 14% of the population. Eric Margolis
Hair-Trigger Nuclear Alert Over Kashmir
India and Pakistan, where people starve in the streets, waste billions on military spending because of the Kashmir dispute. Now some of India’s extreme Hindu nationalists warn they want to reabsorb Pakistan, Bangladesh, and even Sri Lanka into Mother India.
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 "Time after time after time," writes McFeatters, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky "has defended Trump's indefensible behavior and policy positions that at one time were anathema to the Republican Party." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ann McFeatters
The Name of the Only Republican Possibly Worse Than Donald Trump Is Mitch McConnell
Perhaps even more than the morally bankrupt Trump, McConnell is the worst among us
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A handout photo provided by Dong-A Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea on June 30, 2019 in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo: Handout/Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
The Perfect Trumpian Friendship
In bragging about the letters Kim has written him, letters that he frequently shows White House visitors, Trump says he and Kim fell in love. This is all very interesting.
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School teachers and administrators fire their guns during the FASTER Level 2 two day firearms course at Flatrock Training Center in Commerce City, Colorado on August 10, 2019. (Photo: Jason Connolly / AFP) Pierre Tristam
Of Course Guns Have Nothing To Do With It. Nothing.
The United States of American is really only exceptional in one undeniable regard: We have 300 million guns.
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A picture taken on August 10, 2019 shows medics with a stretcher near the al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb. - The gunman injured one worshipper before being arrested, police and witnesses said. (Photo: Terje Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
After Terror Attack at Oslo Mosque, What if Trump Spoke About White Supremacists the Way He Does Islam?
Valhalla Awaits!
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Saturday, August 10, 2019
Valerie Schloredt
How Capitalism Exploits Our Fear of Old Age
Getting older isn’t all loss and no gain. We may actually become happier and more emotionally resilient.
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"Once you’re debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) Gregory Shupak
The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
Recent editorials make it sound as if the US and Iran have been brought to the edge of war by immutable physical laws, rather than by conscious decisions the US ruling class has made
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Greenpeace activists hang a large banner on the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel with a message to the visiting Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on April 1, 2019. (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg / AFP / Israel Out) Andrew E. Miller
A Trump-Bolsonaro Free Trade Deal Is an Apocalyptically Bad Idea
Proponents of the U.S. Brazil free trade agreement seem to be operating in an alternative universe, oblivious to or willfully ignorant of the environmental and social realities playing themselves out in Brazil
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A protest group called "Hot Mess" hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Nobody Will Ever Believe the Official Story of This Epstein Suicide
Epstein was found dead in his jail cell Saturday morning
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Friday, August 9, 2019
Artivists STL, an artist collective that formed in the midst of the Ferguson Uprising, created this liberation alter to honor Michael Brown Jr. (Photo: Harry Wadlington) Lornet Turnbull
Five Years After Ferguson Uprising, Still Seeking Justice and Healing
On the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death, his family and the town of Ferguson look to the past—and future—to bring about meaningful change.
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 We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader. (Photo: photolibrarian/Flickr/cc) Steven Rosenfeld
Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies
The author, Burt Neuborne, is one of America’s top civil liberties lawyers, and questions whether federal government can contain Trump and GOP power grabs.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) participates in a Fox News town hall on April 15, 2019, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Shane Ryan
If You Think Bernie Shouldn't Have Gone on Joe Rogan, or Fox News, You're Leaving Fellow Americans for Dead
Ultimately, this is about reach. Electoral College Mindset has led us to believe that there are certain demographics who are lost to us totally, but this is ridiculous
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Globally, industrialized agriculture now emits extraordinarily high levels of GHG emissions as a sector. (Photo: Jason Johnson/Flickr/cc) Juliette Majot
Landmark UN Report Emphasizes Crucial Role of Regenerative Farming Practices to Address Climate and Food Emergencies
Consumers will not understand how agricultural systems work (and what we must do to maintain them), without being taught and agribusiness will not cede power without the strong insistence of the public and political will.
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China thinks this is a better banking model than the private Western system focused on short-term profits for private shareholders. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Ellen Brown
Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China
The Chinese have proven the effectiveness of their public banking system in supporting their industries and their workers. Rather than seeing it as an existential threat, we could thank them for test-driving the model and take a spin in it ourselves.
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People attend a candlelight vigil at a makeshift memorial honoring victims of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 7, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. President Donald Trump visited the city earlier today. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Phil Rockstroh
Bodies on the Ground and the Rise And Rise of the Economic Elite
Trump is not an anomaly of a morally bankrupt nation, but rather an emblem
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ABBA House provides humanitarian services for Central American immigrants fleeing the violence, danger, and poverty of their countries on their way to the United States. (Photo:ABBA House/GoFundme) Karen Kinney
With Migrants Facing Unbeatable Odds, Privilege Blinds Us to What Is Just
The danger of privilege is that it colors our interpretation of "right and wrong," and at the same time distorts our view of justice.
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Elizabeth Warren, looking more and more viable. (Photo: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Ed Kilgore
Surging in Polls, Elizabeth Warren Now Has a Path to the Nomination
Recent polls have clearly indicated that Warren is going places.
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Handcuffed workers at the Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss. await transportation to a processing center following an Aug. 7 raid by U.S. immigration officials. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
This Is How We Defend Immigrants From Trump
We are going to require deep reserves of patience, persistence and militant, nonviolent resistance to Trump, Trumpism, racism, white supremacy and violence.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019
Green cities powered only by renewable energy sources—save money, their health, and our planet.  (Photo: Eviart / Shutterstock.com) Frances Moore Lappé, Zachary Field
Climate Courage—Cities and States Matter, Too
Across America, local governments are leading the way with some of the most progressive transitions in the nation.
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Detail from a recruiting poster for the U.S. Army. Mike Ferner
"Culture of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games
It’s much more accurate to say that everybody in America is surrounded by a culture of violence, even if they’ve never played a video game.
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He was playing war. My guess is that they’re all playing war, in one way or another. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Dead Canaries
When we mix racism in with the easy availability of lethal weaponry, it turns into terrorism, which is to say, collective lunacy—a lunacy surpassed in its scope and human cost only by the lunacy of war itself.
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Greg, who died in 2017 at 84, is now gaining the full recognition he long deserved as a pioneer of political black comedy who sacrificed a superstar career on the ramparts of 1960s civil rights activism. (Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
When Comedian Dick Gregory Tried to Bust the Word and Stand Up to Racism
Nigger, the Book, Never Overcame "Nigger," the Slur.
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Democratic presidential hopeful former US Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district John Delaney (C) speaks flanked by former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper (L) and Governor of Montana Steve Bullock during the first round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 30, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Ernest A. Canning
Step One of Closing the "Democracy Deficit": Stop Referring to Corporatists as "Centrists" or "Moderates"
Once more, ostensibly objective moderators carefully script questions to ensure Democratic debates are conducted within an industry-preferred frame
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There is no moral or compassionate society without taxation. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Ravi Mangla
It’s Time for the Left to Retire the Word 'Taxpayer'
Phrases like "protect the taxpayer" promote the idea that taxation is theft—and not an indispensable part of a healthy, functioning society.
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 In America today, your life chances depend largely on how you started – where you grew up and how much your parents earned. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Myth of the Rugged Individual
If everyone thinks they’re on their own, it’s easier for the powerful to dismantle unions, unravel safety nets, and slash taxes for the wealthy.
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The president who claims to be saving the United States is out there patrolling the firebreak, but with lighter fluid in hand. (Photo: Pixabay) John Feffer
Trump: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre?
Even if Trump manages to end the war in Afghanistan, he’s fueling other wars that will be even more devastating.
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Ohio State. Rep. Candice Keller blamed recent mass shootings on gay marriage and drag queens, among other things. (Photo: Ohio House of Representatives) Leonard Pitts Jr.
Republicans, Either Cowed or Clueless, Are Useless After a Mass Shooting
Everything except the gun, everything except the fact that this is a country where the angry and disaffected can buy weapons of mass destruction more easily and with less regulation than you could buy a car.
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By depicting El Paso as crime infested when Mexicans were supposedly unconstrained by a wall, Trump implied that Mexicans are criminals, bringing their crime over the border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Juan Cole
White Al-Qaeda, Trump and Economic Terrorism Against El Paso
Both Trump’s rhetoric and the shooter’s murders target El Paso’s economy in classic terrorist style.
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We need to paint a picture of an inclusive sustainable world we are trying to build; remind people that the work is already underway and that millions of people are doing important work. (Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc) Cynthia Kaufman
Motivating Climate Action: A Review of Per Espen Stoknes "What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming."
I hope everyone in the climate movement will read this book, and think deeply about the ways we try to engage people, and the kinds of actions we have ready for them to take up.
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The revolutionary aspirations of the Green New Deal will only be brought to life by people who grasp the enormity of the crisis that humanity faces and the radical changes necessary to address it. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)  Rethinking Schools Editorial
The Green New Deal and Our Schools
This dystopian possibility is forcing us to imagine an entirely different kind of society. Schools have a central role to play in devising new alternatives and equipping young people to bring those alternatives to life.
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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) Norman Solomon
The Danger of Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Attitude Toward Progressives
At a time when the virulent racism of the Trump regime is becoming more flagrant, it might seem a divergence to challenge Democratic Party leadership. On the contrary, the imperative of preventing Trump's re-election will require massive engagement and huge turnout of the progressive grassroots...
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