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Monday, May 29, 2017
Nancy Matsumoto
Want to Get “Back to the Land?” You’re Not Alone
Over the past century, generations of young people have turned their backs on city life to embrace small-scale farming and back-to-the-land ideals. The exact circumstances for each generation's...
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Marian Wright Edelman
President Trump's War On Children
Our nation’s budget should reflect our nation’s professed values, but President Trump’s 2018 Federal Budget, “A New Foundation for America’s Greatness,” radically does the opposite. This immoral...
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Greg Kaufmann
Trump’s Budget Is What Class Warfare Looks Like
Earlier this week, the Trump administration launched a massive salvo against the working and middle class with a budget that was every bit as absurd as its title: “ A New Foundation for American...
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Peter Dreier
Celebrating Barry Commoner, Father of the Modern Environmental Movement
Described in 1970 by Time magazine as the “Paul Revere of ecology,” Commoner followed Rachel Carson as America’s most prominent modern environmentalist. But unlike Carson, Commoner viewed the...
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Daniel C. Maguire
Comedians to the Rescue
Let’s hear it for the comedians. We never needed them more than now in the age of Trump. Historically, societies have learned with a stunning unanimity that power untamed by humor turns quickly...
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Dean Baker
Republicans Are Only Opposed to Redistribution that Goes Downward
Matt O'Brien's Wonkblog piece might have misled readers on Republicans views on the role of government. O'Brien argued that the reason that the Republicans have such a hard time designing a workable...
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Chris Hedges
The Artist as Prophet
The Israeli writer and dissident Uri Avnery asked an Egyptian general how the Egyptians managed to surprise the Israelis when they launched the October 1973 war. The general answered: “Instead of...
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Tom Engelhardt
Little Big Man: Into the Whirlwind
He’s huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day. His over-tanned face glows unceasingly in living rooms across America. Never has a president been quite so big. So absolutely...
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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Diane Ravitch
DeVos Hires Top Official at For-Profit University to Help "Right-Size" Department of Education
Jennifer Berkshire reports that Secretary Betsy DeVos has turned to a top official from the scandal-plagued for-profit higher education industry to “right-size” the Department of Education. As the...
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Mel Gurtov
All Is Not Quiet on the Western Front
Donald Trump’s visit to NATO headquarters last week was consistent with two of his foreign policy views: the need to pursue close relations with Russia, and skepticism about NATO’s utility. Despite...
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Janine Jackson
Five Years Later, US Admits Lies About Deadly Honduran Shooting
A Justice and State Department review reveals that top Drug Enforcement Administration officials lied repeatedly to Justice and to Congress about deadly shootings in Honduras in May 2012—including an...
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Tobita Chow
New NAFTA Must Put People and Planet First
The White House has sent formal notice to Congress that it is initiating the process to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). All evidence suggests that despite Trump’s claims...
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Bill Honigman
Single Payer Healthcare, It's Not Pie-in-the-Sky, It's About Stopping the Pie Shop Piracy!
The movement for Healthcare Justice is currently coming to a peak in California with the recent introduction and now advancement to the State Senate floor for a vote due next week on SB 562 The...
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César Chelala
Poetry to the Rescue of America's Soul
As President Donald Trump’s (is this true or is it only a passingvnightmare?) wrecking machine continues its steady work of destroying everything that is dear to Americans, two poets, Roque Dalton (...
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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ali Abunimah
Hunger Strike Ends, Prisoners Declare Victory
After 40 days without food, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails. The end of the strike came after 20 hours of intense negotiations between the strike...
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Charles Ornstein
Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements, and Deleted Comments
This story was co-published with Stat and Kaiser Health News . Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act...
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Lois Marie Gibbs
Fight Back for Energy Independence Over Corporate Profits
‘Homeland Security – No more wars over oil!’ That’s what families in communities across Pennsylvania were promised a decade ago. ‘We’ll extract natural gas from the ground, using an unconventional...
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Christopher Brauchli
Don Trumpoté de la Torre
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? — Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote de la Mancha In the novel, Don Quixote is remembered for, among other things, tilting at...
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David Korten
Mayor's Unflinching Honesty About Confederate Monuments Gives Me Hope
I’ve rarely been so moved by a political speech. If you haven’t heard it, don’t miss it. I refer to the speech on May 19 by Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans. He was speaking about the reasons for...
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Christopher Cook
Fiscal Fightback: Trump's Budget Could Ignite Progressive Uprising
President Trump’s budget proposal —a fiscal assault on everything other than rich people and the military—could prove to be progressives’ ultimate trump card. With its deep cuts to vital programs and...
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Friday, May 26, 2017
D.D. Guttenplan
While Democrats Bicker, Another Republican Bully Wins an Election
W e live in the age of rich bullies. In November, Donald Trump showed that a proven record of stiffing your own employees and being caught on tape boasting about grabbing women “by the pussy,” was no...
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David Macaray
No, Stephen Hawking. Let's Save This Planet Instead of Looking for Another
Back in the 1970s, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist named William Shockley created quite a stir when he suggested that certain races (i.e., black people) were “genetically inferior” to whites and...
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Kathleen Romig
How Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans
President Trump’s 2018 budget wouldn’t just hurt people with disabilities, as we’ve explained , but older Americans as well. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security...
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Bob Burnett
The Four Faces of Trump
After four enervating months of Donald Trump's presidency, Americans have seen four different sides of Trump. Trump the Politician We've seen a lot of the same Donald Trump we saw during the 2016...
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Bryce Oates
Preserving Public Lands in Montana and Beyond
Long before the nation got to know Greg Gianforte as a body-slamming, reporter-punching candidate to Congress, I knew the guy was a jerk. Why? Because he sued his own state, Montana, to remove public...
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Steven Harper
A Timeline: Pence’s Role in the White House’s Russia-Related Mess
The Trump White House has produced what appear to be at least three cover-ups. They relate to: 1) former-national security adviser Mike Flynn’s questionable activities relating to Turkey; 2) Flynn’s...
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Edward Hunt
If They’re Wrong, the Planet Dies
With each passing day, the long-term prospects for life on Earth grow increasingly dim. As human activity continues to warm the planet at an alarming rate , the leaders of the United States are...
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Janine Jackson
Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat
It is heartening at least that Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsements of Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte—who won a special election in the state on Thursday—after he grabbed...
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Linda Bilmes
Iraq and Afghanistan: The $6 Trillion Bill for America’s Longest War Is Unpaid
On Memorial Day, we pay respects to the fallen from past wars – including the more than one million American soldiers killed in the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam. Yet the nation’s...
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John Atcheson
Democrats – Lemmings in Search of a Cliff: Why You Shouldn’t Bet the Ranch on 2018
Republicans should be on the run. Trumpcare is toxic, the White House stumbles from disaster to disaster, Trump's budget is a giant slap in the face to the people who voted for him, and Russiagate...
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Robert Borosage
 Will the Republican Health Care Debacle Pave the Way for ‘Medicare for All’?
This week, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed what was already apparent: the revised House Republican health care bill will still deprive millions of Americans–23 million in the CBO estimate—...
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Jeremy Corbyn
We Must Be Brave Enough to Admit the War on Terror Simply Not Working
Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people enjoying themselves. When I stood on...
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Michael Winship
Kick Donald Trump’s Circus Out of Town
I’m increasingly convinced that the real reason Ringling Bros. has gone out of business is that when it comes to circuses, the Trump White House was just too much competition. For sure, it’s a sordid...
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Joshua Matz
Trump’s Foreign Emoluments: Another Fig Leaf Falls Away
Yesterday we learned that the Trump Organization has deemed it “impractical” to identify all payments that its hotels receive from foreign governments. Instead of asking guests a few simple questions...
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Dean Baker
Deficit Scare Tactics Are What Citizens Should Really Be Afraid Of
The New York Times ( 5/23/17 ) ran a column by Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Peter Peterson –backed Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The piece begins with the ominous announcement...
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John Feffer
Trump’s Middle East Apology Tour
Conservatives used to love to lambaste Barack Obama for traveling abroad and “apologizing” for U.S. conduct. Mitt Romney popularized the argument during one of the presidential debates in 2012. The “...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Let the Media Coverage of Manchester Victims Be a Model for All Young Victims of War
Donald Trump, the so-called leader of the free world, made his first foreign visit as president to an absolute monarchy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a petrostate legendary for its complete absence...
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Robert Parry
‘Getting Trump’ with the New McCarthyism
Yes, I get it. A lot of people want to remove Donald Trump from the presidency for a lot of understandable reasons: his breathtaking incompetence, his relentless narcissism, his destructive policies...
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Trudy Lieberman
Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead
T he budget sent to Congress Tuesday for fiscal year 2018 puts the country’s schizophrenia over feeding hungry citizens back on the agenda—this time in the guise of defunding food programs for...
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Chuck Marr
Trump’s $2 Trillion Choice: Cut Health Coverage and Care for Millions; Cut Taxes for Wealthy
We’ve explained that President Trump’s 2018 budget is the most radical, Robin-Hood-in-reverse budget that any modern President has ever proposed, and here’s a perfect illustration: it cuts health...
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Neal Gabler
Roger Ailes: The Man Who Destroyed Objectivity
Fox News creator and former chief Roger Ailes, who died at 77 last week from complications after a fall in his Florida home, may have been the most significant political figure of the last 35 years...
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Ralph Nader
A New Way to Challenge the Failed "War on Drugs"
More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking. First, we...
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Robert C. Koehler
Cancer with Political Clout
A suicide bomber inflicts hell at a concert hall in Manchester, England that’s full of children, as though that was the point — to murder children. The horror of war . . . well, terrorism . . . doesn...
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Rebecca Gordon
Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole . Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we...
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Ryan Cooper
Democrats: Stop. Listening. To. Rahm. Emanuel.
Democrats are smelling blood in the 2018 midterms. President Trump is horrendously unpopular, has all but admitted to obstruction of justice, and already has a special prosecutor investigating his...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
John Nichols
'This Is a Thunderbolt of Resistance’
C hristine Pellegrino did not just declare victory after a remarkable special-election win that saw her flip a historically Republican New York state Assembly seat to the Democratic column on Tuesday...
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Mehdi Hasan
Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are "Useful Idiots" for ISIS
If you want to defeat ISIS, listen to former ISIS hostage Nicolas Henin. The group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … [and] drawn to any...
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Binta Baxter
Trump's Budget Is a Blueprint for a Banana Republic-Style Military Dictatorship
The Trump Administration has officially unveiled its proposed budget to "Make America Great Again," and by all accounts it’s a total flop. Most news outlets are ignoring are the greater implications...
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Bernie Sanders
Trump's Budget Is Immoral
The budget introduced this week by the Trump administration constitutes nothing less than a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1...
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Paul Song
Single Payer in California? Can We Afford it? Can We Afford Not to?
Yesterday the California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB562 sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately screamed that #SB562 would cost $...
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Jeff Bryant
What Betsy DeVos Calls Education Transformation Is Actually Public Theft
Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses and tell you it’s an education “transformation.” That’s the main theme of an address she gave this week to a conference...
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Monique Morrissey
President Trump’s Budget Kicks People When They’re Down
The president’s budget was released Tuesday and a House budget resolution will follow in June. Though the two plans will undoubtedly differ in certain areas—the president’s budget includes...
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Ronald Aronson
We — or Him?
When President Donald Trump last week began a tweet with “we” and then deleted it , Trumpwatchers on Twitter seized on the opportunity to turn it back on him. According to The Hill , a onetime aide...
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Pat LaMarche
Opponents of Single Payer Think You're Stupid... But Nothing Is Dumber Than a For-Profit Healthcare System
Lack of critical thinking: it’s killing us. And if you get alarmed by the headline of a May 22, Sacramento Bee article, it will continue killing us. One of the few reasonable opinions President Trump...
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Diane Ravitch
Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.
Of all the corrupt, unqualified, and extremist characters Donald Trump has tapped to lead his administration, none has generated the tsunami of liberal outrage whipped up by Education Secretary Betsy...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Robert Reich
Trump’s Cruel and Deviant Budget
For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior...
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Michael Linden
Trump's Immoral Budget Is 'Dead on Arrival' in Congress
President Trump’s budget proposal is an affront to decency, economics and, at a basic level, math. It is full of both broken and false promises. It forces those who have the least to suffer the most...
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Douglas Blackmon
'RussiaGate' Has Become a Catastrophic Failure of Leadership — and a Debacle From Which the Trump Presidency Will Not Recover
A version of this post first appeared on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Douglas A. Blackmon’s Facebook page. A little more than a week ago, I said on CNN and wrote on Facebook that — based on...
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Benjamin Dangl
Trump’s Budget Expands Global War on the Backs of the American Poor
It is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the...
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Jitu Brown
School Choice Is a Scam in Segregated Neighborhoods
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems not to hear the fierce protests of parents, teachers and school officials over school closings and charter expansion in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit...
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Richard Eskow
They’re Talking a Better Game, But Will the Democrats Fight?
In public, leading Democrats blame outside forces like Russia and former FBI Director James Comey for their losses in 2016. But privately, many acknowledge the party needs a new direction. The...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Trump Escalates War on Women
“I just want to state some facts,” Deja Foxx, a 16-year-old activist, told Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) at a town hall meeting in April . “I’m a young woman, and you’re a middle-aged man. I’m a person...
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Mattea Kramer
Boycott Trump
In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott...
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Juan Cole
Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester 2017 and 1996
Manchester, UK, was hit with the deadliest bomb attack on Monday since a June Saturday morning in 1996, when a massive 3000 lb. Provisional Irish Republican Army blast leveled the city center...
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Steven Singer
Why Care About Other People’s Children
As a vocal critic of charter and voucher schools , one of the most frequent questions I get from readers is this: “Why should I care about other people’s children?” One reader put it this way: “Why...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
David Schwenk
Calling for an End to Corruption, 23 Arrested at the Pennsylvania State Capitol
Chanting “Pass the gifts ban, do your job” and “Drain the swamp,” a boisterous crew of March on Harrisburg participants and members of the Teamsters Union jammed the hallways outside the office of...
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Michael Winship
The Internet Won’t Let Armenia Go Away
Here’s a different kind of story about media and politics. It demonstrates how the monstrosity of a crime a century old still divides and scorches the world. And it’s one more example of how digital...
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Medea Benjamin
Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?
With the world’s media focused on President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, it’s curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty . Unlike most of Trump’s public appearances, there was not a protester...
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Isaiah Poole
The Time Is Now to Stand Up for the CFPB
Mark Feuer, the Los Angeles City Attorney who helped hold Wells Fargo accountable for creating millions of fake accounts without customers’ knowledge, now warns against efforts by the Trump...
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Jennifer Dalven
There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences for Women
Recently, Lori Szala the national director of client services for the Human Coalition, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times attempting to deny a connection between the availability of abortion and...
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Chris Hedges
The Death of the Republic
The deep state ’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in his bath...
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Richard Falk
Trumped Up Diplomacy in the Middle East
In his first overseas trip since moving into the White House, Donald Trump is leaving behind the frustrations, allegations, rumors, and an increasing sense of implosion that seems to be dooming his...
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Mark Trahant
Don’t Let Trump Drama Distract You While Congress Dismantles Medicaid
Reality TV works for one simple reason: The antics of the characters are beyond what’s believable in fiction. It’s compelling drama because normal people do not do such things. So part of watching is...
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
GRAIN
20 Years of GM Soy in the Southern Cone of Latin America, 20 Reasons for a Definitive Ban
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) has just published its annual report , which confirms that the Southern Cone of Latin America is the region of the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Return Receipt Requested?
Oh for the good old days of heavy post-coaches and speed at the rate of six miles an hour. — Philip Hone, Diary, November 28, 1834 The preferred way of answering the question would have been to give...
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Sheila Kennedy
A Living Wage: A Human Right for All
We Americans tend to be self-satisfied about our national commitment to civil liberties and human rights; when political figures talk about “American Exceptionalism,” they evoke images of the City on...
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Jonas Ecke
Whatever Happened to Peace? Arms, Oil and War by Proxy
The end of the Cold War was one of the few historical moments in which people around the world looked forward to a future that promised to be more just and peaceful for everyone. The Berlin Wall was...
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Jim Hightower
Billionaires Lay Siege to State Governments
It’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus. But a lot of the real action is in the outer rings, where the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Adam Schwartz
No Hunting Undocumented Immigrants With Stingrays
In the latest sign of mission creep in domestic deployment of battlefield-strength surveillance technology, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year used a cell site simulator...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors
President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to quash the FBI investigation into his former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his subsequent firing of FBI Director James Comey, has...
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Barbara Milrod
Child Anxiety and Parenting in the Trump Era
“Lucy,” a shy, intelligent six-year-old, missed three days of school because she had stomachaches. The symptoms started the day after Lucy witnessed a loud argument while waiting for the bus with her...
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Wenonah Hauter, Donald Cohen
Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters
We’ve all heard the statistics about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and agree it needs to be fixed—the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates we need to invest $4 trillion in our...
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Chuck Collins
Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes
Members of the House GOP were in a hurry on May 4 to pass their bill to gut Obamacare. They rushed it through before anyone even had a chance to check its cost or calculate its impact on people’s...
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Janine Jackson
Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
Human Rights Watch is glad that Chelsea Manning is free. A statement from the group’s General Counsel’s office notes that Manning’s “absurdly disproportionate” 35-year sentence for passing classified...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Andy Rowell
“Fossil Fuels Have Lost. The Rest of the World Just Doesn’t Know It Yet”
Fossil fuels have lost,” argues Eddie O’Connor, chief executive of Irelands’s Mainstream Renewable Power company, before adding: “The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.” O’Connor was...
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Matt Taibbi
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
On the Internet this week you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout...
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Medea Benjamin
Trump’s Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal But to End Yemen War
President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to highlight his "art of deal" by clinching a massive $100 billion arms deal. But instead of using his presidency to be a salesman for the arms...
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Adam Johnson
Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators
After a series of friendly gestures by President Donald Trump toward Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past few months, US media have recoiled with disgust...
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Corynne McSherry
Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality
Pretty much everyone says they are in favor of net neutrality–the idea that service providers shouldn’t engage in data discrimination, but should instead remain neutral in how they treat the content...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP
Like many Americans, I have been fantasizing since Jan. 20, 2017, about Donald Trump’s presidency coming to a quick and dirty halt, ideally of his own doing. At best, Trump has been a global...
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John Feffer
The Nixonization of Donald Trump
The comparisons are multiplying. There was Trump’s appeal to the “silent majority” during the presidential election, his later adoption of the “mad man” theory in his foreign policy, his possible...
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Judith Schwartz
Let’s Skip the War Part—and Go Right to Reparations
Thursday’s military airstrikes against pro-Syrian government forces barely made a dent in the unceasing news coverage of the political drama in the White House. This in itself reveals a discomfiting...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Jeff Cohen
Roger Ailes: No One Did More to Debase US Politics
Roger Ailes, the man who pioneered “alternative facts,” is dead. During the first five years of Fox News —which was built almost single-handedly by Ailes’ genius—I was a regular on-air contributor/...
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Peter Van Buren
The Human Price of Trump's Wars
“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn't believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If...
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Doug Henwood
The Post-Trump Era?
How much longer can this go on? As I write this, PredictIt gives 71/29 odds that Trump will last the year, but it’s mighty tempting to buy the “no”—especially after the revelation that he asked Comey...
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Jeff Bryant
Trump’s Education Budget Feeds School Privatization At The Expense of Students
The vision of “education reform” coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Establishment Remains Hostage to the 'Rules of Espionage'
“Trump emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria” . . . and “emphasized his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russia.” Welcome to the last...
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Robert Borosage
For Democrats, Resistance Trumps Ideas
Democratic Party luminaries and 2020 presidential mentionables gathered this week for an “ ideas conference” organized by the Center for American Progress , the Democratic establishment’s premier...
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Marjorie Cohn
Did Trump Commit High Crimes and Misdemeanors?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to the crescendo of outrage by appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate "any links and/or coordination...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Neal Gabler
Don’t Count on the Precedent of Watergate to Help Depose Trump. We Got Lucky.
“Our Constitution works.” So declared newly installed President Gerald Ford in 1974 after Richard Nixon’s resignation. “Our great republic is a government of laws and not of men.” Oh glory be! All’s...
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