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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Mainstream Democrats and the punditocracy seem surprised and shocked to learn that nearly 60 percent of Americans support a top marginal rate of 70 percent on the ultra-rich. (Photo: Yuri Keegstra/Flickr/cc) John Atcheson
AOC’S 70 Percent Solution Shows US the Progressive Majority Has Been There All Along
But the Democrats aren’t interested in representing them
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Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance didn’t miss the irony of losing HR 676 to NATO on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It was King who said – “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”  (Photo: Screenshot) Russell Mokhiber
Single Payer Gold Standard HR 676 Rest in Peace
“Unless the movement acts quickly to assure HR 676’s ban on for-profit institutions is maintained, Jayapal’s new bill will remove this vital section of HR 676.”
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Thomas Neuburger
Medicare For All—The Democratic Party Audition for 2020
How will the Democratic Party, in the aggregate, respond when bills in Congress present Party leaders with a moment of decision — to support or not to support; to sabotage in secret or to show their approval in plain sight and by their actions?
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Davos Man will fight hard to protect the wealth that has been secreted away, wealth that people created, and that people are now denied. (Photo: Screenshot) Vijay Prashad
Reality Is Starting to Creep Into the Billionaire Oasis of Davos
Only 26 individuals have as much wealth as 3.8 billion people. Let that sink in.
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Robert Shetterly
Thinking About George Washington's Teeth on MLK, Jr. Day
I wonder if we are all taught the story about the wooden teeth to cover up the story of the slaves' teeth. Perhaps Washington himself, ashamed of the truth, promoted the wooden teeth story.
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Some 22% of Denmark’s electricity is produced by wind turbines, but the country intends to increase that proportion to 50% by 2025, only six years from now. (Photo: AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Copenhagen to be 1st Carbon Neutral City by 2025 and Other Wind Energy Good News Stories
Denmark, Costa Rica, and India are pioneering crucial models to avoid the worst effects of our climate crisis
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Trump is desperate to demonstrate that he can successfully negotiate with someone, anyone.(Photo: Marina Linchevska via Shutterstock) John Feffer
The Next US-North Korea Summit
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet again. Here are several reasons to be optimistic about next month’s summit
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The corporate forces that have commodified the natural world for profit have also commodified human beings. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
Confronting the Culture of Death
When we pit ourselves against the culture of death—and this means performing acts of civil disobedience and noncompliance, it means becoming an outlaw in the eyes of the corporate state—then suffering, and even death, does not have the last word
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shoved back by Mississippi patrolmen during the 1966 March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson (Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images) Zenobia Jeffries Warfield
The Part About MLK Many White People Don’t Like to Talk About
Dr. King was widely disliked for his message of liberation for oppressed people in this country—Black people, Brown people, Native people, all poor people
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Children in a refugee camp in Jordan. (Photo: Reuters) Karen Greenberg
The Year of the Child (in Trouble): We-Are-Not-Them Exceptionalism
Creating a global lost generation
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Mike Lofgren
Is Pence as Unfit for Office as Trump?
His delusional, dead-on-arrival speech about ISIS certainly suggests it.
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Monday, January 21, 2019
US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion at the US Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, US, January 10, 2019 (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) Rachel Gilmer
Trump's Shutdown Is a Historic Opportunity for Real Change
Now, as support for Trump is waning, leftists need to stop 'playing-it-safe' and present a new vision for this country
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'The closure of General Motors’ Oshawa plant should serve as a game-changer." (Photo: Screenshot) Linda McQuaig
Trudeau Should Consider Buying GM and Making Electric Cars
The global auto industry is in flux, with the world expected to transition to the electric car over the next few decades
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"In this difficult moment, we can let Dr. King rise in us, if we dare, by daring to rise to the occasion, and becoming the people of active nonviolence he hoped for." (Photo: AP/Charles Kelly, File) Rev. John Dear
The Resurrection of Dr. King
From Jesus to Dr. King, those who give their lives in the nonviolent struggle for justice, disarmament and peace, even though they appear to fail, bear tremendous good fruit in the long haul
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Katie Halper
The 11 Most Anti-Capitalist Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.
The truth is, most politicians would distance themselves from Dr. King's stunning (and spot on) indictments of capitalism.
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Part of King’s Beyond Vietnam speech was the idea that moral conviction should not be limited by race, class or nationality. That solidarity should even extend to the supposed enemy. (Photo: AP/Bill Ingraham) Naomi LaChance
What Activists Today Can Learn From MLK’s Bold Anti-War Stance
King, facing public pressure to support the war, set an example for progressives by doing just the opposite
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"The American elite, people like Dick Cheney, had opposed the establishment of Martin Luther King Day, but once it was voted as a Federal holiday, they have attempted to defang it."(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Juan Cole
Why Martin Luther King, Jr., Would Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
We aren’t typically exposed on television to King’s anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism, and anti-war message
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Jeff Cohen
The System’s Falling Apart: Were the Dogmatic Marxists Right After All?
With our political system in lockdown and our natural world under global threat, we need to look—as some have argued for decades—"beyond capitalism"
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"Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood." (Photo: Screenshot) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
Dr. King Would Want Us to Fight for Medicare For All
Now is the time for Medicare For All and for health care to be a basic human right regardless of where you live, what you earn, or what you look like
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Jeff Bezos built his business with the extraordinary advantage of minimally-taxed sales on Amazon to offer discounts while undercutting competitors, pushing many of them out of business. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
Capitalist-Style Wealth Gap: 1 Tech Guy = 1,000,000 Teachers
As Charles Koch said, "I want my fair share and that's all of it."
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"I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”(Photo: Democracy Now!) Peter Dreier
Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint
“For years I labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions of society, a little change here, a little change there. Now I feel quite differently. I think you’ve got to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values.”
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Protesters hold signs demanding economic justice. Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chuck Collins
An MLK Day Reflection: The Racial Wealth Gap Is Killing the Middle Class
Ninety years out from Dr. King's birth, the typical white family had 41 times more wealth than the typical Black family
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Sunday, January 20, 2019
UTLA on strike on on January 14, 2019 Sam Pizzigati
The Deep-Pocket Push to Deep-Six Public Schools
The backstory to the showdown in Los Angeles between teachers and billionaires
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A glimpse of the ugly scene on Friday. Juan Cole
The Stupidity of Evil: Teens Shouting ‘Build that Wall’ at Native American Vet
The teen’s smug look no doubt was worn by those thugs who ordered the Trail of Tears
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An "extinction rebellion" protester in London Susann Scherbarth, Sean Sweeney
2019 Is the Year to Embrace Energy Democracy—Or Face Social and Climate Breakdown
The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It's time for something new.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Christopher Brauchli
The DeVos and the Defrauded
The Education Department under Trump is making for-profit businesses happy
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"Health Warning" reads sign Derrick Z. Jackson
Trump Swamp Threatens Waters of the US
Trump wants to give the nation’s chronic polluters freedom from consequence for harming ecosystems and the nation’s drinking water.
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Saturday, January 19, 2019
A crowd holds signs reading "On strike for our students." Marjorie Orellana
Why I Stand With UTLA’s Fight for Teachers, Families and Children
We have an opportunity in this moment to publicly ratify the human rights of teachers, families and all children, and to call for an end to the erosion of public education in the second largest school district in the nation.
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Members of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Sue Sturgis
Institute Index: The Racial Injustice of the Government Shutdown
An eye-opening list of the shutdown's impacts
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A caricature of President Donald Trump. Al Martinich, Tom Palaima
President Donald Trump and Political Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Trump’s latest manifestationof political MSP has many stages.
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background. Nancy J. Altman
Let’s Honor MLK’s Fight for Economic Justice by Expanding Social Security
Those who stand in the way should know that we are watching and we vote.
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Demonstrators march in San Francisco on Nov. 5, 2011. (Photo: Glenn Halog/flickr/cc) Cynthia Kaufman
Belonging and Social Change: A Critique of the Politics of Wokeness
Being woke and seeing what is wrong serves no good purpose if it is not also aligned to engagement which is aimed at transforming social patterns.
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Three fifth graders Dean Baker
Washington Post Forgets to Mention, Scott Walker Misled Fifth Graders About Taxes
Former Wisconsin governor either does not understand how our income tax system works or is deliberately lying to advance his agenda
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Friday, January 18, 2019
The typical government worker is short $5,000 in pay after four weeks of government closure and confronting the indignity of feeding the family from food banks, selling possessions on eBay, begging on GoFundMe and missing mortgage, rent, car loan, credit card and utility bill payment deadlines. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Leo Gerard
The Indignity of Work Without Pay
Forty percent of conservative Republicans view the government shutdown as inconsequential
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Tom Engelhardt
Hiroshima and Me: A Duck-and-Cover Story
I still remember those dreams... that were nightmares
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Gerry Condon
The Wall, The Endless War, and the Troops Who Pay
Neither Trump nor the rest of the Establishment appear to give a damn about the men and women whom they praise so effusively
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The emergence of charter schools as an important consideration in teacher collective bargaining agreements, and the recognition of charters as a form of privatization, are two major developments in the education policy and politics of choice. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Jeff Bryant
A Swelling Tide of Major Teacher Strikes Is Shifting Our Politics Against the Charter Agenda
When charter schools pull funding from a public school, it damages the school’s ability to educate the students who remain
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President Donald Trump leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders Friday in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MARTIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS)  John Nichols
Donald Trump Has Never Cared About Workers, and Never Will
Trump as president has “betrayed workers at every turn.”
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We are entering a time when the US American people as a whole are going to be hearing about and talking about progressive approaches to the issues much more than they have been for the last couple of years. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ted Glick
Elections and Movement-Building Through 2020 and Beyond
Let’s resolve in this first month of the new year to make the next 22 months the decisive period in history that they absolutely need to be
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Teachers and their supporters rally in downtown Los Angeles, California on the second day of the teachers strike, on Jan. 15, 2019. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Jeremy Zwang-Weissman
Teachers in Los Angeles are Striking for our Students, Not Ourselves
I dream of a district that works to do what’s best for our students, rather than minimizing costs and maximizing so-called efficiency
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Pelosi is number 2 in line to succeed if the president is incapacitated, after the vice president. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Top 6 Things Wrong With Trump Denying Pelosi Gov’t Transport
I suggest Speaker Pelosi consult with Rep. Rashida Tlaib about how to deal with Trump’s erratic mind games
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Strike on: Demonstrators shout slogans on Tuesday, the second day of the L.A. teachers' strike, during a rally in downtown Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
The L.A. Teachers’ Strike Is About So Much More Than Wages
Los Angeles teachers are telling the district and the world that their public schools have been deeply damaged by years of austerity
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Michael Winship
Another Day, Another Disaster. And Another, And Another...
It’s as if the country’s being run by Beetlejuice.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
RoseAnn DeMoro
10 Things We All Lose If Bernie Chooses Not to Run in 2020
What policy issues would be off the table? What demands for transformation would be watered down?
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Barr was also George H.W. Bush’s Attorney General and has been a long-time defender of executive branch lawlessness. (Photo: AP) Ralph Nader
Bar Barr or Regret this Dictatorial Attorney General
There is much more in Barr’s secretive, corporatist, anti-consumer, labor, and environmental record to get the Senate Democrats’ dander up and throw down the gauntlet. But, no, they prefer to be polite and in so doing let the American people down
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This shutdown, then, is a wake-up call for all working women and men–whether organized or unorganized, government or private sector. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Alycee Lane
Trump’s Federal Government Shutdown and Unpaid Dishwashers
Steeped in Trump’s anti-labor practices, this shutdown must be seen for what it is: a war on working people, executed from the Oval Office
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Trump has long supported Steve King. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Steve King Stands for Everything MLK Fought Against
On this 90th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, let’s recommit to the eradication of racism and bigotry
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In Nagasaki alone, by the end of 1945 when a first count was possible, 74,000 men, women, and children were dead. Of those, only 150 were military personnel. Seventy-five thousand more civilians were injured or irradiated. (Photo: Getty) Susan Southard
Against Forgetting: Ground Zero Nagasaki
Living the nuclear past—and future
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 While borders, just as any lines of definition, have a purpose, I fear that purpose is trivialized, mocked and ultimately obliterated by their militarized overprotection, which comes at a cost that we pay and a cost that we do not pay. (Photo: Reuters) Robert C. Koehler
What About Open Borders?
“The construction of more walls will only worsen the existing human rights catastrophe."
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Bill Bigelow
Tax the Rich, Fight the Climate Crisis
Why we need much more of what solidarity and organizing just accomplished in Oregon
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Maduro said, “this presidential sash is yours. The power of this sash is yours. It does not belong to the oligarchy or to imperialism. It belongs to the sovereign people of Venezuela.”(Photo: Noticia al Día) Vijay Prashad
America Has Its Gunsights on Venezuela
It is plain as day that the United States wants to overthrow the government in Venezuela
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Richard Heinberg
Could a Green New Deal Save Civilization?
To fully and systematically address the climate/energy crisis, the plan will have to be far broader in scope than what is currently being proposed. And while we need to mobilize society as a whole with a World War II-level of effort, the reality is that there's never been a challenge like this...
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
“If you all like him so much, I’ll have what he had.” (Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg) Sam Husseini
Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr’s Record
As attorney general in 1992, Barr endorsed Bush’s pardons of Reagan administration officials in the Iran/Contra scandal
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"But they will have made a public declaration so they can’t just go and then vote in a Republican caucus." (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Rosenfeld
DNC Rules Chair: How the 2020 Caucuses Could Change
DNC Rules Committee co-chair James Roosevelt III explains the proposed changes and challenges
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"Wages for half the population have been stagnant for over four decades, while expenses such as health care, housing, and other basic necessities have risen." (Photo: MonkeyAtLarge / Flickr) Chuck Collins
The Government Shutdown Expands the Ranks of ‘Underwater Nation’
Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.
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As much as we cite the vision that MLK laid out for America, decades later we’ve not moved in the right direction. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jessicah Pierre
A Dream Deferred: MLK’s Dream of Economic Justice is Far From Reality
90 years after King was born, the racial wealth divide is actually growing — which drags down the entire economy
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Jesse Starkey
Arne Duncan's Attack on Los Angeles Public Teachers Shows He Doesn't Care About Real Student Needs
Public education is a right. But the former secretary of education has treated it like—at best—an afterthought
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In all three cover-ups, Barr sacrificed the interests of transparency and accountability to the political needs of Langley and the White House. (Photo: Fox Business/Screengrab) Jefferson Morley
William Barr’s Deep State Resume: Cover-Ups, Covert Ops, and Pardons
A close examination of Barr’s legal career indicates a high tolerance for presidentially sanctioned law-breaking
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The United States is now the world’s largest oil and gas producer and, increasingly, dumping our excess oil and gas into global markets, which drives down prices and undermines policies aimed at reducing demand for fossil fuels.(Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) Kelly Trout
The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Is Drilling Us Towards Climate Disaster
The fossil fuel industry is gearing up to swing a giant wrecking ball through global climate goals
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The village of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, is using eminent domain to make way for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. (Photo: Alinghi3/flickr/cc) Roger Bybee
Masters of Our Domain: Foxconn and State Minions Seize Land
Eminent domain is supposed to support projects for the public good. In Wisconsin, it’s been harnessed instead for private gain
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But beyond wages, teachers have begun to demand a greater commitment to investment in public education from their governing bodies, either school boards or state legislatures.(Photo: @NEAToday) Erin McHenry-Sorber
3 Reasons to Pay Attention to the LA Teacher Strike
Teachers walk out in the second-largest U.S. school district for the first time in 30 years
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Trump’s entire presidency to date has sacrificed the means of democracy to the end of his personal power. (Photo: Evan Guest/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The Trump Dictatorship
Trump’s entire presidency to date has sacrificed the means of democracy to the end of his personal power
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Trump presumptively violated the law and the Constitution by keeping or destroying his interpreter’s notes, or indeed if he failed to have notes of meetings with Putin and other foreign leaders taken and preserved.(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Trump Violates Law by Taking Putin Notes
Will Congress – including the Republicans who control the Senate – finally step up to their responsibility as a co-equal branch of government to stop Trump?
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Gaby Hinsliff
Gillette's Ad Is Not PC Guff, Piers Morgan – Look Beyond the Macho Stereotype
The TV presenter’s rant misses the point about letting boys be boys. The expectation of what that means must be widened
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But a move to sideline Ocasio-Cortez is a mistake—she has shown that she picks her battles carefully.(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Zeeshan Aleem
Democrats' Attacks on AOC Are Silly and Self-Defeating
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't a bomb-thrower, she's a rising star who is picking her battles and who looks more and more like the future of their party
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This cycle, progressives have an opportunity to strategically primary the worst Democrats in their ranks, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, should top the list. (Photo: Screenshot) Alexandra Rojas, Sean McElwee
A Democrat Who Votes With Trump 69% of the Time Should Be Primaried
When new members know there's a progressive base they need to respond to, they embrace progressive policies
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The Gulkana Glacier in the Alaska Range, like most glaciers globally, is losing mass rapidly. Some experts predict that every alpine glacier in the world will be gone by 2100. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) Dahr Jamail
'We Can't Undo This': On a Planet in Crisis
The heat’s on us
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President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr, left, to serve as his new attorney general—a post held under former President George H.W. Bush, right. (Photo: AP) Vanita Gupta
Bill Barr Must Not Be Sessions 2.0 on Civil Rights
Senators must obtain assurances from Barr that he will embrace and enforce our federal civil rights laws, not seek to undermine them
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Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chuck Collins
Dreams Deferred: How Enriching the 1 Percent Widens the Racial Wealth Divide
Our new report highlights how a polarizing racial wealth divide has grown between White households and households of color over the past three decades
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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) Norman Solomon
Democrats Are Afraid Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Too. And That’s A Good Thing.
The corporate Democrats who dominate the party’s power structure in Congress should fear losing their seats because they’re out of step with constituents
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While there is little question that Trump has the legal authority to declare a state of emergency, it remains to be seen whether doing so will actually get him the money he wants for the border wall. (Photo: Victoria Pickering / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Bill Blum
This Is How American Democracy Ends
Trump’s threat to deploy extraordinary powers to counter a fake crisis on our southern boundary should spark a clarion call to reexamine, repeal and replace the NEA
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Too many Democrats inside and outside the district don’t support the very idea of public schools. They’d rather boost privatization.(Phooto: NPE Action/Twiiter) Steven Singer
LA Teachers Strike Is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing
Corporate Democrats like almost all Republicans support the same education policies – school privatization and high stakes testing – that are robbing the LA Unified School District of the funding it needs to meet the needs of its students
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Phyllis Bennis
United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today
The refusal of the United Nations, largely because of U.S. pressure, to hold Israel to account for the horrific "Cast Lead" operation a decade ago created a dangerous precedent of impunity that has continued to this day
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Steven Rosenfeld
Big Changes Are Coming to Iowa's 2020 Caucuses
Why the process could look very different next year in the key early-voting state
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The best practices and practitioners in alternative energy, infrastructure rebuilding and regenerative food and farming are already visible in or near our local communities. (Photo: Don Graham) Ronnie Cummins
A Call for the Food Movement to Get Behind the Green New Deal
"In the next decade we must facilitate a just transition away from climate-destabilizing factory farms and fossil fuel-intensive agriculture, at the same time as we switch, as rapidly possible, to 100-percent renewable energy."
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Trump picked up Bolton for the post of national security adviser from the Gatestone Institute, a known hate group dedicated to spreading disinformation about Muslims and Islam, which he chaired. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Who’s Running John Bolton to Start a War With Iran? He Worried Even Mad Dog Mattis
Bolton has been agitating for a war on Iran for two decades
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This timeline illustrates how some of the most outward-looking presidents, men who insisted that the prosperity of the nation was inseparable from the prosperity of the world, also presided over the erection of a deadly run of border barriers, be they called fences or walls, that would come to separate the United States from Mexico.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Greg Grandin
How Not to Build a “Great, Great Wall”
A timeline of border fortification
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American workers have never achieved the array of rights won by workers in other industrialized countries.(Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers
This neoliberal economic model is defective.
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Jeff Cohen
Corporate Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear
Let's be clear: One reason mainstream journalists were so wrong about the 2016 election is because they are largely divorced from poor and working-class voters
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Sunday, January 13, 2019
prison bars Daniel McGowan
What the Government Shutdown Really Means for Federal Prisoners
Pay no attention to stories about prisoners feasting during the shutdown. The reality is that the shutdown only makes prison conditions worse
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#MeToo Bianca Rosen
The Next Steps for the #MeToo Movement
Movement leaders and anti-violence advocacy groups need to turn their sights on localities—to call on city officials to develop sound, survivor-centered policies that respond to and prevent, sexual violence
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Lindsay Koshgarian
Longest Shutdown Ever: This Is Bad Governance
This shutdown is a brazen power grab by the president, and so far, too many members of Congress have been willing to cede this power
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A Universal Basic Income isn't the answer to the United States' problems, argues Valerie Vande Panne. "It's allowing people to go back to more traditional ways of life, without punishing them for it or making it so difficult if they are unable to." Valerie Vande Panne
Universal Basic Income: Why a So-Called 'Solution' for Disappearing Jobs Makes Serfs of Us All
UBI is a big distraction from questions we should be asking
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Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Bill McKibben
Ocasio-Cortez's Climate Genius Stroke: Her #GreenNewDeal Is the Most Serious Response to the Crisis Yet
The call to get off fossil fuel by the 2030s is hard but technically achievable; the guarantee of a job in the renewable industry to anyone who wants one would actually provide the labor required to make a transition of this magnitude
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The March to End Violence Against Women César Chelala
Violence Against Women: A Pandemic No Longer Hidden
Worldwide, violence is as common a cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age as cancer
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
US border Elizabeth Goitein, Tim Lau
Can Trump Declare a National Emergency to Build the Wall?
A Q&A with the Brennan Center's Liza Goitein, a leading expert on emergency powers
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Juan Cole
Pompeo's US Jingoism and Anti-Iran Warmongering Rejected by Mideast Public
In both Egypt, where Pompeo spoke, and in Iraq, which he had just visited, over 90 percent of the population has an unfavorable view of the United States
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Christopher Brauchli
Federal Workers' Woes
Trump knew that federal workers would go without pay so long as the shutdown was in place—he didn't know that during past shutdowns when the IRS employees were furloughed, tax refunds weren't being processed
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Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Margery Eagan
'Extremists' Like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Actually Closer to What Most Americans Want
Trump ran as a populist, but governs like Marie Antoinette. And a sleeping, scammed America is finally waking up
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Pence, Trump, Ryan John Atcheson
Why 'Fact-Checking' Gives Liars a Free Pass
The story isn't that Trump gets his facts wrong—it's that he's a serial liar
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syria Gregory Shupak
Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever
And even if the U.S. were to pull its troops out of Syria, it's far from certain that this will mean the U.S. will stop meddling
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Friday, January 11, 2019
Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation argue that they were never consulted about the pipeline and that it violates their constitutional rights.(Photo: Facebook.) Andy Rowell
“Shameful” Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights Over Gas Pipeline
Indeed Trudeau has another crisis on his hands and once again his administration seems to be siding with oil and gas
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Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Nina Khrushcheva
Trump's Wall With Mexico Follows in the Footsteps of Authoritarian Leaders Throughout History
From China to Germany, walls have been used for centuries to spread fear, closed-mindedness and isolationism
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The Reichstag fire, a tragedy Hitler used to seize almost unlimited power. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) John Feffer
Will Trump Rule by Decree?
It’s a small leap from a “state of emergency” at the border to martial law throughout the country
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Reporters raise their hands to ask questions as President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after a meeting with congressional leaders on Jan. 4 in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Elizabeth Bruenig
Fact-Checking Has Flourished. But It’s More Complicated Than It Looks
Politics has always been and will always be a battlefield for moral reasoning that requires more than spot-checking of facts
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A staff member affixes the Presidential seal to a podium ahead of an event to mark the sixth-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 29, 2018. President Trump said his tax cuts "unleashed an economic miracle" and his tariffs are bringing "billions of dollars" to the U.S.  (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Frank Clemente
The GOP Tax Cut Is Just as Bad As We Feared it Would Be
What more evidence do we need that the Trump-GOP tax cuts are bad law—for the economy, for working families, and for the health and well-being of millions of Americans?
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We must be equally purposeful in our vigilance with our words if we are to break the structures that draw strength from the words of domination. (Photo: http://organizingcatholicsforjustice.org) Dr. Divine Taylor
It’s Time to End the Language of Oppression
We are brothers, sisters, sons, fathers and mothers who have been branded by incarceration
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After Trump’s announcement of troop withdrawals, just about every MSNBC host slammed the president and suddenly sounded more hawkish than the clowns over at Fox News. (Photo: The U.S. Army / Flickr) Danny Sjursen
The 'Liberal' Foreign Policy Establishment's Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds
Make no mistake, the Democrats have been tacking to the right on foreign policy and burgeoning their tough-guy-interventionist credentials for decades now
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A customer pays for a bag of cherry tomatoes with EBT tokens at a farmers market. (Photo: John Benford/Aurora Photos/Getty Images) Fran Korten
Healthy Food Just Got a Big Boost in the New Farm Bill
A program that doubles the spending power for food stamp recipients who buy fresh produce just got more funding
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President Trump stops to talk to reporters at the White House on Jan. 10 in Washington. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Eugene Robinson
Trump Is Terrified of the Far-Right Echo Chamber
He’s afraid of his shrunken but loyal base, which could abandon him if he doesn’t give them a wall
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